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Egbert’s Miniature House | Floor in parquet style

Egbert has 3 storeys in his new house, each one needing flooring. He has already completed the kitchen / bathroom floor and this week he has also done the second storey floor. The second storey will house the lounge room and his bedroom.

Egbert wanted to try a parquet type floor, I think it has turned out well.  Once again Egbert has used vinyl tiles, cut and placed in a parquet pattern. They really look like wood!

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This floor has two rooms so I wanted to have the floor pattern divided into two separate areas as well. The parquet design allowed me to do this.

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Egbert’s Miniature House | Kitchen floor is done

Well it was a long hard day yesterday, but with Egbert’s help I managed to get the lower level floor of Egbert’s house completed. Egbert was a wee trooper, he didn’t complain once. He’s a bit stiff and sore today though, so having a well learned rest. He was supposed to be researching bedroom decor to get some ideas flowing, but  I think he is reading the latest racing stats if the truth be known!img_8878

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Egbert’s Miniature House | The floor tiles have arrived!

Egbert cannot wait to get going in the house. Little does he realise there is a lot of planning that has to happen before things get really moving. Not just floors to be done Egbert!

However Egbert is an impatient soul and ordered a whole pallet load of floor tiles for the kitchen and bathroom/ laundry areas. It arrived today. He just had to try out a couple of flagstone patterns. I don’t think he has ordered the grout though.

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 Egbert can’t wait for the floor to be finished.

The kitchen and laundry floors in this house will be made from standard vinyl tiles which I bought at Bunnings. They are easy to cut and have adhesive backing and so are even easier to stick to the floor. I actually have decided to do removable flooring, to allow access to lighting in case of future repairs. The tiles will be placed on mat board cut to the size of the floor in the house. it is best to place the tiles apart from each other while keeping the pattern going,  to allow gaps which will be filled with grout.

I usually use premade gap filler  to grout the tiles once they are ready. The brand I use comes in different colours and is reasonably priced. Grouting is easy to do – spread the filler into the gaps and once spread evenly wipe the excess with a damp cloth. You have to work in small areas so the filler does not harden on the tiles, but once you have a good system it doesn’t take too long.

I’ll keep you posted on Egbert’s progress with the floor. It is going to take a little while to be done.

There are many ways to lay floors in miniature houses. I have seen real slate, egg cartons, printed paper floors. I have used actual miniature tiles before also. Have you made miniature flooring? What did you use? Let me know. I’d love to see your creations.

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Egbert’s Miniature House | Light Shades

All houses have lights but they also need light shades. Egbert’s house is going to be styled in modern/shabby chic farmhouse style.

I have made a start on light fittings and shades and want to have different styles in each area of the house. The shades pictured below are made from differing materials- wallpaper, bamboo from Chinese fans, aluminium gutter guard and light card stock.

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Egbert just can’t help himself!

Egbert was so excited at the shade collection that he just had to see if the bamboo shades were going to look good in the lounge area. He was pleased he could use his new ladder.

There are not quite enough light shades yet, so a few more are in the pipeline. I will post more about my light shade process when these are done. The lights will need to be wired in once I know where each shade looks the best. I’m sure Egbert will help!

Don’t forget to drop me a line – if you want more information on how I made these shades and fittings let me know. I’m happy to share any tips and tricks.

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Country farmhouse sofa for Egbert’s House | Miniature

Egbert has started building his new house. There are so many things to do but at the end of a hard day we all need somewhere to sit and rest.

I created a country farmhouse sofa this weekend which will fit nicely into Egbert’s farmhouse styled cottage (once it is completed), so he has somewhere to chill out and recover from the days of hard work.

Egbert loves his new sofa

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The wooden parts are balsa wood – I only had 3mm sheets, so glued 4 sheets together to make each of the logs. Once the sofa base was complete a single brush layer of teak coloured stain made it look more authentic.  I finished off the wood with 3 coats of gloss polyurethane. it gives the wood a finish to it but as the balsa is absorbent it doesn’t make it too shiny, giving the wood an older ‘used’ look.   Continue reading

Shabby Chic French Style Conservatory | Miniature

I needed a miniature project to work on on the evenings. I had an IKEA terrarium given to me for an earlier birthday gift and it was sitting empty. I have always liked the shabby chic decor so my Shabby Chic French Style Conservatory was in the making.

The size of the terrarium is big enough to style the fittings in 1/12 scale. After a few hours of research I started creating my scene. It needed a back wall and since it as a conservatory a wall that led into the house was appropriate. The bricks I created from the card of planting pots. You could use egg cartons. I used textured wallpaper for the walls. This one was already a cream colour that I liked, so I didn’t change it at all. Hand-cut mat board for the door and a printie covered in some clear plastic for the scene inside. Clear beads look OK as door handles.

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I needed a floor that looked real. I had dabbled in stone floors before using egg cartons but thought I’d try using cut up vinyl this time. I found adhesive vinyl tiles at Bunnings. They were perfect. I searched for a flagstone pattern online, cut up the vinyl and placed the pieces on the floor template. I left gaps between each piece to fill with polyfilla. This was pre-made and came in a small tube. I squeezed the polyfilla in the gaps and smoothed it off with a blunt knife. Once all the gaps filled up I washed the whole piece with a damp cloth to remove the polyfilla that was on the tiles.

conservatory-2Conservatories need plants. With the help of my daughter and a night of giggles we made several pots of assorted sizes. The ‘pots’ are chair leg caps found at any hardware store. The plants are just fish tank plastic plants. I purchased a kit table from a local miniature supplier. I think it fits!

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The step up to the door is card covered in the textured wallpaper and coloured with a black colouring pencil. I love the welcome mat. An old cork coaster and some hessian was just what I needed for this. The text is hand written in black marker pen. Continue reading

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How to make a miniature ladder 1/12 scale tutorial

Egbert needed a ladder to use while building his new house. Balsa wood, nail polish and some wood stain did the trick.

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  • STEP 1: Cut the following  pieces all from 3mm balsa wood:
    2 pieces – 15cm x 8mm  (front legs)     2 pieces – 14.5cm x 6mm (back legs)
    6 pieces – 5.5cm x 8mm (front steps)  5 pieces – 5.5cm x 4mm (back steps)
    1 piece – 6.5cm x 1.5cm  (top)                 1 piece – 5.5cm x 4cm  (shelf)
    2 pieces – approx 3cm x 3mm (shelf supports) – not shown in pic above

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  • STEP 2: Cut the bottom of the main 15cm pieces on a 60 degree angle.
  • STEP 3: Mark 2cm from each edge and draw the lines across.

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  • STEP 4: Score either side of the marks made in Step 3 and cut slits out to fit the steps
    of the ladder

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