Saturday, 7 September 2019

The Formal Room Box

The room box is now emptied of its mini bounty....and ready for its Vogue photo shoot.  

The room box is made of MDF and measures 18.5" long 14" wide and 12" tall.  The fireplace brick bump out is permanent.  However, the fireplace isn't glue in, its just held in place with a dab of wax.  This way I can change the style or era of the room.  

The brick wall is embossed brick paper that I glued to the MDF, then primed and painted.  Even 3 coats of paint (primer + 2 top coats) didn't provide complete coverage, but I loved the shadowy effect so I didn't continue to paint.  I highly recomend painting the embossed paper if you're looking for an easy way to bring brick into your project.  No egg cartons, cork or paper brick cutting.  Just glue on the paper and paint it!

I was originally going to put a removable left and right built in cabinet on either side of the fireplace.  However, I ran out of steam and decided that I'd do it later or.... never.  We shall see!

The windows were made of plastic model making quarter round strips and clear acrylic sheets. I did this same window technique for my Real Good Toys room box a few years back.  

When I say "window technique" all I really did was sandwich the acrylic between the strips of plastic.  The strips are also glued to the frame.  It's a cheap and efficient way of making large windows.

So there you have it!  One project done, 30 more to go!


  1. Thirty more to go? That’s why I say finishing is overrated. Your room box looks beautiful and should be really satisfying to use as a backdrop for your vignettes.

  2. I really like the contrast with the dark floor and the pale walls. Should look pretty timeless as a backdrop.

  3. Lovely and LIght and will provide an extremely versatile backdrop, regardless the style of furnishings / decor you choose.

  4. Where do you get the embossed paper?