Re-painting begins

It’s Monday and I’m on vacation for the next month or so. As a result it’s full speed ahead with this extensive diorama project. Bright and early this morning I started off spray painting the main pieces the first coat of grey. The minute they seemed dry I gathered them up for a quick arrangement into the area with its new wood flooring (contact paper).

View of Mini Market-Repainted

The white frame on the ground is to hoist the next Re-ment display cabinet to a height more accommodating for the dolls. Shopping carts will be repainted

The white frame on the ground is to hoist the next Re-ment display cabinet to a height more accommodating for the dolls. Shopping carts will be repainted.

Mini Market

This red and white canvas cloth will be used on the awning roofs over the produce section on the left.

Cloth for awning

Another coat will be applied tomorrow and then the surrounding walls will be measured and cut. Next will be creation of signage.

My next little project for the day included painting the small cantilever roofs that will be placed over the doorways to the businesses (Post Office, Laundromat & Boutique) in the next building. The pink roof took the orange acrylic paint best, but the blue roofs as you see below will be more of a challenge. The final coat for these pieces will tone down the brightness and give them an aged look like real clay tiles here in the Caribbean.

Imitating Clay Roofs

Finally, as I wasn’t quite in the mood to tackle the flooring of the apartments (hot, humid day here), I decided to make some power outlets and switches. First I went to my old favorite site http://www.printmini.com/ , clicked on “Playscale (1:6)”, scrolled down to “Furniture and Appliances” to the left and clicked on “Light Switch Plates” and then copied the picture several times on a Word document file (I’m going to need a lot) and then hit print. This is the picture I copied several times:

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Each piece was then carefully cut out, excluding the black frame and then glued on white Craft foam (psst, don’t tell my daughter it’s actually hers, lol!)

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Then I cut each one out and voila, they are ready to be glued into place around the apartments. You may be asking why use the craft foam? Well it gives the outlets and switches this 3-dimensional effect when applied to walls.

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Thanks for popping by!!

 

2 thoughts on “Re-painting begins

    • Hi Sue,

      Boy don’t I know that feeling when you’re waiting for Santa!! :):):) This project has truly brought me tremendous joy. For years I have been planning and dreaming to get back into my dioramas, and now I am relishing it thoroughly. I try to do more and more each day and when I hear people’s excitement and anxiety over the progress I get pushed a little more. Thanks so much for your support, and have a Happy Holidays!!

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