Well, I made good use of the time I had yesterday, and got a lot of work done on the kitchen, namely the plastering (but not the painting) and the kitchen fireplace mantle.
I cut out the opening in the foam, and backed it with a bit of cardboard. The mantle itself is made from carved balsa wood, stained Mission Oak. I just need to make a couple of brackets and attach them under the mantle shelf (and touch up the stain) and the surround is done. Then I need to line the interior with brick and add a hearth. But I'm quite pleased!
I also plastered the two foam walls of the kitchen, using PolyFilla mixed with white glue (because I wasn't at all sure that PolyFilla on its own would stick to the polystyrene). Incredibly messy and strangely satisfying, and it worked just fine -- now I need to paint them so they're not so stark white :)
And I got a lovely package full of doors yesterday -- five interior doors and the big front door for the house! I've never made a proper house before (the Castle is really just a series of giant room boxes) so I've never had real doors, and it's quite exciting :)
This blog chronicles the adventures of a group of Canadians building a 1:12 scale medieval or Tudor dolls' house or dolls' castle. We're also working on a William and Mary era dollhouse circa 1700, featuring Jacobean, Carolean and Queen Anne furniture. Dollhouse aficionados, those who enjoy making or sharing doll house miniatures, and people who enjoy sharing crafts with children may enjoy the adventures of this group.
I built the background image of this site using some of the fabulous work from Vintage Retro Grunge. The "Green Man" reproduction medieval tile on the bottom right is by Kate Tiler. The other two, the griffon and the happy little creature (possibly a lion with a bagel?), are both by Pataki Tiles.