Today I put in a full eight hours of work on my diorama project. First my attention was directed towards the second floor apartment. The floor, columns and ceiling were painted in white and trim and wallpaper added to the kitchen walls.
Here is a quick photo update on the post office, laundromat and third floor bedroom of building one.
In the laundromat, the floor was painted, the walls covered with light green poster paper and the Soap Center machines were mounted. The post office floor was painted and the side wall covered in blue poster paper. The bedroom received a bed constructed of foam board and linen sewn by me. Then the floors were painted like the ground floor but I added a bit more detail by drawing in the planks and nails with a black ink pen. Tomorrow the floors will be painted over with Mod Podge to give a slight glossy finish.
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For the past couple weeks I have worked on detailing the post office and here are the results:
It was great fun creating those small packages and a tedious exercise cutting those small labels and postcards. There are a few pieces still to be fitted in place on the main structure such as the tape dispenser, but I am leaving that for last.
Next area I focused on was the kitchen upstairs the post office.
Finally I moved over to the Diner in the next building and created the stands for the booth seating. Some hot glue is visible on the center booth, but that will be hidden when the final trim is added. The table legs still have to be constructed.
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This weekend I spent my time sewing the booth seats for the corner diner. First I used cardboard (used in picture frames) to create cuboids for the base (6″x4″x1″) with this pattern. Next scored the edges with a utility knife and metal ruler.
Then folded along the edges and taped the flaps together.
For the seat backs I created cuboids (6″x4″x0.5″). The red faux leather was then cut (about 7″x 5″) and wrapped, wrong side up, around a cuboid. Two lines were sewn across the width, about 2″ apart, then the four corners were pinched and sewn in. The material is now ready to be fitted to the cuboid with hot glue after flipping to the right side. Finally the backs were glued to the seats. You may be wondering why no padding was used. Well I made a mock booth and with the proposed height for the tables the padding reduced the space to seat a doll tremendously so felt it best to leave it out. As you can see below the booths still look realistic. Tomorrow I will make the bases (6″x4″x3″) out of cardboard to complete the booths.
Next small task today was placing the labels on the soap dispenser/change machines for the laundromat.
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btw… I’m in the Caribbean where we spell like the British (colour not color) and experience summer all year round. My island is known for its spices, fabulous beaches and warm hearted people. Can you guess where I am?
Well this Christmas I can truly say I got what I wanted, a utility knife, foam board and plenty spray paint. The utility knife was put to use straight away and all the walls for the two apartments have been cut, and the second floor kitchen has been hoisted up a few inches using styrofoam. Next week I will cover the exposed styrofoam with black paper as I did for the kitchen on the top floor. Upstairs the Z shaped bookcase was painted and you see the wall between the kitchen and small living room has been installed.
Here are a few pictures to show my progress on both floors:
Next on the agenda, repaint Poppy’s pink furniture and green desk, apply wallpaper to second apartment walls, apply flooring and make a bed for this couple on the mattress.
Wishing you and yours the very best in this New Year!!! It has been a wonderful holiday season, thank goodness and I was so lucky to receive more material for the diorama project as gifts. My work on the street will continue next week. Thanks so much for all the support in 2013, the project has come a long way and lots more updates are in store.
Elaborated a bit on the bookcase in apartment 1 by adding a third shelf and side pieces to give it a modern flair. The wood pieces were from one of those assorted balsa wood packs, already the correct width and thickness, just requiring a quick cut off the length in my miter box. When I locate some black Chinese lacquer or something similar, it will be painted.
Next I did a quick assembly of the post office. Top pieces will need another coat of white paint as I am still seeing some pink. Also signage will be added here and there. Blue sections are card stock paper folded in the original configuration as the former pieces of cardboard that came in the set (Barbie Post Office Playset). One difference is that I increased the height of each to be the appropriate height for the average 1:6 scale doll. In the background of the last post office picture is the repainted laundromat. Separating wall between the two sections will be one of the final installations.
Two boxes in the front are the table tops for the two booths I plan to build. They are actually old metal CD cases that used to come in the mail for installation of web browsers etc. I painted the sides black and laid the granite adhesive contact paper on the top.
Here is the diner from the side.
The third floor apartment is almost complete, so I decided to put in a few furnishings and accessories. The wall separating the kitchen from the sitting room remains, curtains in both windows, mounting of picture frames on wall and placement of a few more knickknacks here and there. Also the kitchen has been rearranged.
Then the finished bathroom floor with walls replaced.
A cabinet pull was used as the towel rack. Door frame will be painted white and door still has to be finished. The mirror was bought years ago from a craft store and it was mounted along with the sink using hot glue.
While some additional pieces for the mini market dry after painting, I decided to work on one of the apartment kitchens. I’ve finally decided to use one of my Kenmore kitchens here. They are a tad short for the dolls so I will be raising them with stacks of scrap foam board as seen in the picture below.
Gift paper was used for the back wall and contact adhesive paper for the floor. I decided to put in a small counter by the window, so the dolls can have a view while prepping a dish, or sit and have a meal.
The counter will be wrapped with the contact adhesive paper I used for the backsplash of the kitchen.
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