|DIning room is finished!|
I finally finished the dining room (well, I still have to find/make casement window hardware, but that’s IT). I know it’s hard to believe! (The kitchen is also "finished" and is discussed here also.)
I am very pleased with the finished room, but as I looked at it, I am not sure which of the house style description, Art-Deco Spanish Eclectic, applies here, hmmm … ! It’s a good thing I added “eclectic” to the style because I think that that is the only one that fits!
Oh well, what’s in a name? Anyway, come in and dine at La Malcontenta.
Flanking the archway are "cake columns" from the baking supply section of a craft store and are painted Delta Creamcoat Eggshell—cheap and effective!
I wanted to “frame” the arch itself with moulding and I found a resin moulding by Unique Miniatures that looked just right. Unfortunately, I could heat it but I could not bend it properly and it kept breaking. Knowing when to move on, I looked for something I could “bend”. While roaming through a craft store, I came upon just that—a thin cording in just about the right color! I glued two rows around the arch. Et voilà, my version of curved moulding, and just a bit of “glitz”.
I didn’t add any new furniture since the previous post about this room, but I did move the table and rug from being diagonal in the room to straight. I don’t even remember why I made it diagonal. The rug is copy of an antique rug. The furniture (except the console tables) is by Bespaq.
--Stone and Glass Demi Console Tables
I wanted to flank the archway with two tables but I couldn’t find anything I liked, so I made my own.
|Stone console tables|
The fireplace is from Unique Miniatures. I painted and glazed it to look like marble with Delta Creamcoat Light Ivory, Antique White, and Gold, and did the same for the hearth. To add depth to the firebox, I cut out a section of the wall and made a larger firebox with sandpaper bricks and textured paint. The fire fender is decorated with two griffins.
Here, blue and white Chinese-style ceramics are placed upon acanthus leaf brackets from Unique Miniatures. I had to add a small semi-circular thin wooden platform for the vases since their bases were larger than the “leaf". The brackets are painted Delta Creamcoat Ivory.
|Fireplace and wall treatment with oriental vases and sconces|
This used to be a marble made from a vinyl shelf lining. I didn’t like it when I finished it but my sister did, so I left it alone, after all, it was done. But now that I was about to do all the finishing touches, I rethought a number of things about the room. Yup, the flooring had to go!
I couldn’t find, nor paint up a marble I liked. I did find a nice “stone”- look real house vinyl wall paper in my collection so I decided to go with a stone floor instead. I cut the wallpaper into 1 inch squares and glued them onto a medium weight poster board with UHU glue stick (I have become a great fan of UHU glue sticks). Then I used spackle as grout. When all was dry and cleaned up, I gave the flooring three coats of satin varnish. I took some photos of the flooring, but it doesn’t really show up well—but take my word for it—this is very nice and about 1000% better than the other flooring!
On the front wall, are three wood block prints from a dollhouse shop, and on the “door” wall is a Renoir copy from Dollhouse_Cottage on eBay.
|Renoir-I like the blue and white colors matching the vases.|
The ceiling is textured real house wall paper from Home Depot. The walls and the very narrow crown molding are painted Delta Creamcoat light Ivory. The wall paper is by Brodnax. The windows were made by us. I am still looking for the right casement window hardware. The chandelier is by Cir-Kit Concepts.
Any other items not mentioned were found in various dollhouse shops.
Dining Room Inspiration:
The inspiration for many elements in this room came from Ray Whitledge’s Morning Splendor. I saved this photo from Miniature Collector magazine many years ago. It just took my breath away when I saw it (and it still does).
|Morning Splendor by Ray Whitledge|
I still can’t believe that we increased the size of the kitchen by such a small amount when we were building the house! Anyway, we now live with it!
I have tried to give the room a Spanish/Mexican flavor, combined with my favorite kitchen decorations—roosters and chickens.
The beams on the ceiling were an afterthought when I realized that I needed a way to get the ceiling light electrical wire out the back of the house. (Wiring in this house is bradded into tape wire attached to the back.)
|The cook Clara Cousins relaxes and has a chat with her friend Philippa Scott.|
The flooring is real cork from a craft store. I like it except the front edge refused to stay glued flat no matter what glue I used and how many bricks I used as weights! It is almost flat, but not entirely. I have given up for the moment so I can move on. I have coated it with two coats of satin varnish.
My sister found the neat fruit rug at her dollhouse shop.
The walls are painted a quiet yellow from a can of OOPS paint from Home Depot. I painted over the “color” name, so I don’t know what it is, but it’s cheerful. The dado is painted Delta Creamcoat Calypso Orange. The tiles are the plasticized paper, Seixas Tile Flooring Sheet, #23111, sold by HBS. I added a shelf with chickens above the dado by the table.
|Chickens on the wall and on the table, and a rooster on the floor.|
The “wrought iron” table is #77434, the Monterey Table set from HBS. The appliances are from my endless stash of kitchen appliances. The hood over the stove is poster board covered with some of the tiles.
The extra kitchen base cabinet is a cut-down hutch from Michaels and painted white gloss enamel. Gluing it to the door was the only place left in this tiny kitchen, but it looks good there. (I still haven’t decided on a design for the curved moulding around the arch of the exterior door.)
|The only place left in the kitchen for more work space!|
We find interesting items here and there and often don’t remember where, unfortunately.