In this post, as I said, I thought I would briefly record the process for the diary aspect of this blog (for myself) and as a quick reminder for anyone else and, more importantly, as reassurance for anyone wondering if they could assemble an ELF kit. I am sure the old adage 'if I can do it, anyone can', is absolutely true.
None of the photos are staged for your delectation so I hope they are not too confusing to follow.
Day one. I spent a lot of time just sorting out what the pieces were and how I would approach the work. I clumped together all the stuff that was needed to complete the 8" side of the room and put aside the items I would need to make the 6" inch side. Eazy kits are based on simple boxes with all the doors and drawers and cookers etc added to the front of these. Here, I am making the second of the three boxes this 8" side will need. They were all glued up before lunch in hopes of being dry enough to paint after lunch.... I do have to cook it as well as eat it so there is a longish gap in the middle of the day, Basically this is less than a couple of hours work and much of that was used up giving it a good coat of thinking before I raised a toothpick in anger.
Day two. Today began with my adding a third coat of paint to the edges of various pieces and a couple of other places to ensure a perfect finish anywhere where the paint might be seen. I should mention the other paint is just to make a good base for the sticky back plastic film to stick to.
While this was drying I made up the under-counter fridge kit, beginning with the usual box building.
I sanded the piece of steel to round off the handle.
I carefully marked where I wanted the glue (and therefore the handle) to go with the point of a small drill and then put a ruler on the door so I could add the glue and the handle and keep the handle dead straight as it ht the superglue. What you really don't want is any superglue on any of the aluminium surface. Great care is needed.
Et voila - one stainless steel fridge which looks absolutely spiffing in real life. Much less crinkly than it looks here.
After that all the paint was dry and the pieces were sanded and everything that needed to be wrapped in sticky back plastic was wrapped. I am using a plastic gloss finish for the first time. All my previous ELF kits have been painted. I just wanted to try something new.
My fabulous worktops arrived. The 'real' granite tops are from the equally fabulous Dollshouse-Flooring.com via ELF Miniatures. To explain..... I wanted to have an underslung sink and didn't know how to cut out the hole for it. Elizabeth from ELF was about to order some things for other projects from Graham at DH Flooring so she suggested she ordered my worktops along with those and she would cut the hole for me. Here they are along with a ceramic hob.
The edges of the tops are polished and the correct corner is rounded off for me. All very subtle in the photo but meaningful to me in situ. Most of all I love Graham's attention to detail.
I thoroughly enjoyed putting the oven kit together.
|The black glass with the two strips of aluminium glued in place|
Then I made the cooker hood. The lovely realistic filter is just a piece of mesh from ELf and a bit of white card (my own) cut to shape. The instructions suggest it is spray painted with silver paint. I don't have tons of stuff like that to hand but I discovered that my trusty silver pen did a great job. Bit of a trim around the edges and it was good to go.
By the end of the third day I had one side of the kitchen done
|the hood is not curved it is just catching the light that way|
The background is my worktop and hive wall; the kitchen is not in place in the house yet.
You may have noticed I weakened and added handles to my original plan of sleek no handle cupboards - they just sort of looked unfinished????