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Sunday, February 24, 2019


Hi everybody!

I have made little progress since my declaration. I am pleased I got at least a little done. Here is my current progress as promised.

A couple of years ago, I saw container looking very much like this one in a recycle bin. I tried to ignore it, but it kept whispering-kitchen. I checked it for the recycle number. There wasn't one and it appeared not to be within the levels my town collects. So I rescued it.
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I had to figure out exactly what it meant by "kitchen"  knowing it had to do with minis. When I brought it home and placed it in the cat house, I knew! The width was perfect although it was a little low for the dolls. 
I didn't want them burning their knees while cooking, so these two pieces of foam core are going to be glued together then added to the bottom of the unit to lift the kitchen unit.

There is one thing this project is teaching me. Be precise. Drawing straight lines and cutting them are not my forte as you can see with the foam core (no worries it will be covered). I learned to take my time and use as many steps are required to get things straight. Be patient. Make as many careful pass throughs with your cutting tool as you need. I used to make a few then bend the piece back and try to break it apart. Now, I will make passes until I cut it completely off.

Since this is going to be a gourmet kitchen,  it needs a six burner cooktop. It is simply a googled  picture printed on photo paper reinforced with cardboard because it will be over a hole. One day I just might make one from scratch. I plan to make a large sink to go into the other hole. The backsplash tile will be this gray base with a combination of muted colors. Also, photo paper printed google pics. The sides are cut out like notches to match up better.








The label was unyielding when I tried to take it off.  So, I decided to spray stainless steel appliance paint over the paper and all. Big mistake! The paper began to bubble. There was nothing else to do except to try to remove the paper. Ugh! It came out looking like this.




Ugh! Ugh! I tried using a p220 grit sandpaper to get it off. It didn't budge. Next, I skipped to 80 grit. Nope. My next attempt will be with a sander. I will be back with the results.
Wish me luck!

Here is  a snapshot of the bedroom so far. There is a matching comforter that needs to be adjust because it is a little too big.





























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18 comments :

  1. Oh wow I love the inspiration from that plastic piece to turn it into a kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Presto...it was just sticking out of the recyle like it needed to be a kitchen and wanted me to rescue it LOL!

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  2. Now that's thinking outside the box,Grandmommy! :D
    I LOVE your vision and your creative solutions in turning this cast away into a miniature kitchen unit!
    Another recourse you might consider if the sanding doesn't work, is to cut a piece of clear acetate to size and glue it over top of the bumpy paper, and then respray.

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    1. Hey there Elizabeth! Thanks my friend. I love your suggestion and of course I have gobs of acetate just waiting to be used. I will try your suggestion!

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  3. Hello Grandmommy,
    I cannot wait to see the finished kitchen. I am really impressed at how you saw that great unit in the box...that is genius. I also love the bedroom. The comforter is lovely.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Giac Hi there! Good to see you! Thanks. I guess I am just good at picking garbarge! LOL! The bedroom needs a bit of tweaking. Your compliments encourage me!

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  4. Hi Grandmommy!
    What great vision you have to see this metal box as a commercial kitchen! I can totally see where you're going with this, and I love it!
    To try to remove the rest of the paper, try some 99% Isopropol Alcohol. You can get it at the drug store for about $1. Leave it soak on there for a few minutes, then use a putty knife to remove the paper. It may take a couple sessions, but the adhesive will give up once it knows you're serious! To get the metal back to a nice shiny finish, scrub it with SOS pads or plain steel wool. You should have it looking better than new with minimal effort!
    Good luck, and I can't wait to follow your progress!

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  5. Jodi Hippler Hello! Thanks! It feels great that you can see my vision. Alcohol! Why didn't I think of that? Yep, first I will try your idea...if that doesn't work then Elizabeth's, but I am not giving up! SOS pads...check! I promise to keep you posted!

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  6. Me encanta la habitación.Muy bonita la decoración. Si tienes tan claro que puede ser una cocina seguro que lo será. Me gustará verlo.

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    1. ¡Hola!Isabel¡Gracias! Me aseguraré de compartir mi progreso.

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  7. Esa cocina promete ser genial, estoy deseando ver los avances.
    Me encanta la habitación !!

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    1. Muchas gracias! Por favor comparta cualquier idea que pueda tener!

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  8. good luck with the project - it looks like its going to be a good one!

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  9. Hi there Troy! Thank You! I am hoping it works. I can see it in my head...now lets see if it transfers into my hands! Any tips or ideas you may have are definitely welcome!

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  10. It's neat what all you can find to miniatures in.

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    1. Hi Brandy! You are so right. I get a lot of my inspiration from other miniaturists.

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  11. That takes a lot of vision to be able to see a kitchen from that package. Beats me how you saw it but it is an amazing idea!! I cannot wait to see this when you are finished, as I am already liking it!
    Mini huggs,
    Conny

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  12. Thanks so much Hopblogger! I can't explain it. It just popped into my head.Look for updates soon as I get back to it. I took a break.

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It is fun hearing from all of you!