Wednesday, 11 April 2018

San Franciscan Dining Room - China Cabinets


So I've been working away on a couple of House of Miniatures cabinet kits for the fireplace wall in the San Franciscan's Dining Room.


I love these kits, they really aren't difficult to put together and if you aren't going for a stain where you would have to be more careful with sanding and glue application, you really can't go wrong. Lucky for me I like painted finishes. These cabinets will get an aged Gustavian grey treatment with a taupe interior.

First up a spray of white primer and a quick sand.


I decided while I had the spray can out I may as well spray the new windows and doors for the San Francisco Townhouse I recently acquired. :D

Then a coat of grey chalk paint on the exterior pieces and both sided of the doors.


This is what they look like after several (many many) washes of Mars Black. Not quite dark enough or distressed enough.


Amazing what a bit more black paint, (I found pushing it around with my fingers gave the best finish for my purposes) some strategic sanding for age and a bit of styling can do! I'm really loving these cabinets. Accessories are just stand in's for now.. nothing is finalised... is it ever though? lol... I just really wanted to see what white china looked like against the taupe interiors.
























I just need to add the hardware, which is currently drying from it's coat of Rustoleum Aged Bronze and I'm done!

So then I decided to play with the room to reward myself.. as you do :D








It's just about time to start trimming out this room. I just need to do the horizontal boards in the bay window area and entry door wall and I can start on the cornice, baseboard and window & door trim. I've decided against a door between the dining and kitchen. There just wasn't enough room in the end. There will still be an opening and I'll still be closing in the top of the wall to create a proper doorway, but it will just be without a door. For a first floor with no rooms requiring privacy, I think this is ok. It will also free up some valuable wall space in the narrow kitchen area for a calendar, clock or wall art of some sort. Then I need to sort out the stairwell hole (it's terribly finished) and attach the spindles and rail to the stairs.. from what I've read, that should be a fun job.. said no one, ever!.. 

Oh and I'm contemplating a "tin" ceiling... Something to ponder, while I work my punch list. :) 



30 comments:

  1. Hello Sam,
    This is just beautiful! I love the cabinets gracing each side of the fireplace. It is a furniture placement I have always loved in a dining room. The cabinets are beautifully finished. You did a great job building them and your finishes and ageing are spot on. I love this room and I think a tin ceiling might be very interesting in this space. I cannot wait to see more.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! I always love your opinion. :) I love this furniture placement with matching furniture either side of a fireplace too. The symmetry makes my heart sing. I'm really contemplating the tin ceiling. I just need to find the right paper. ((hugs))

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  2. I love how it looks! Gorgeous colors and your cabinets go so nicely with your table and chairs. It's such a serene space. Dinner will be so relaxing!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I'm really going for a mix of many neutrals in this room.. I think it's starting to come together. :) I hope your Queens retirement cottage is coming along.. I must stop by the blog for a look.

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  3. The grey is a lovely choice. A very well appointed room. :]

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  4. Hello, Sam - I'm partial to painted finishes too, and I LOVE the finish you've put on the cabinets. The aged gray exterior with contrasting taupe interior is stunning! I think a tin ceiling would set off this room to perfection. The whole room is lovely - so cool and serene, yet with a very intimate feel. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks Marjorie! I'm looking forward to seeing it finished too! lol.. I'm glad you like the finish of the cabinets. It actually took a lot longer to achieve the effect I wanted than I thought it would.. but I'm happy I persevered because I love how they look now.

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  5. As much as I am madly in love with these cabinets, the accessorizing, the play of color and contrast, the placement and flow... You Are Killing Me Here!!! Sam I LOVE YOUR STYLE, and having to wait to see the rest of this incredible home is torture! I can (and do) only imagine what you have planned for the rest of the rooms! You were meant for mini design, and your day job is messing with your destiny! I am asking as a friend, please do this full time! Your admirers need more, and more often! ~A~M~A~Z~I~N~G~L~Y~ beautiful!

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    1. Haha.. Aww.. you guys! Jodi, my day job is definitely messing with my mini daydreaming.. I wish I could win the lottery and spend my days building and playing and my nights blogging.. alas.. work calls.. So RUDE! lol... And btw, right back at ya! Fulltime and lots of updates please. :D

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  6. Hi Sam, So excited to see what is happening with the Gustavian style. I am a bit stumped at present. That happens, I know, at times so I am just enjoying being out in the garden between the windy/rainy conditions here.
    I should follow your example and accessorize one of the rooms as it was such a pleasure to see your white items in the cupboards. I agree that leaving the door off between the kitchen and dining room makes great sense.
    Please keep working so I can enjoy your posts!
    Regards Janine

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    1. Hi Janine. Oh yes, I know that stumped feeling well.. But, I can vouch for playing with accessories as a way to get the juices flowing again.. (and stalking pinterest for ideas.. lol) It's good to get out in the garden to shake off the cobwebs too though. I hope B enjoyed his trip down under. :)

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  7. Hi Sam! I love the Gustavian style of this room, they grey color makes it so warm and cosy. The white ceramics look gorgeous in the taupe interior of the cupboards.
    Kind regards, Ilona

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    1. Thanks Ilona! I'm loving the white ceramics in the cupboards too.. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

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  8. Te ha quedado un comedor fantástico, las dos vitrinas me encantan y la calidez de los colores suaves . Los elementos decorativos son geniales .:-)

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    1. Muchas gracias, Rosa Maria. Me alegra que te guste el efecto de pintura en los armarios. Estoy muy feliz con ellos también.

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  9. Fantastic Sam! This room is really stunning. And although you were just playing with accessories, I think everything in the cabinets looks perfectly placed. Regarding the wash, I like to mix a little paint with a retarder or extender medium. I paint it on, give it a few seconds, then smoosh around with a damp sponge or rag. Anyway, just a suggestion! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Thanks Shannon.. It's coming along.. Yeah, I did finally add some medium to my paint when I tackled the interiors, I wanted to be able to push the paint around but still have decent coverage. :)

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  10. Hi Sam! I am IN AWE!!!! The dining room looks SMASHING! And seeing your grey cupboards filled with the white china AND the way you have dressed the tops of the 2 cupboards AND the crystal chandelier over that Gorgeous bleached wood dining table AND the Beautiful dining chairs- all leave me Breathless by their Beauty!
    You've got me Thoroughly Hooked on your San Franciscan Sam- WOW- what a Stunner! ❤

    elizabeth

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    1. Why Thank You Elizabeth! I'm so glad you think so and your praise is too kind. <3 I definitely have a vision in my head for this room and it's starting to come together. Still a way to go though.. My punch list is growing.. lol
      :)

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  11. Your dining room is great. I love the palette you have chosen, it´s elegant but not pretentious and warm and cosy. I am a girl of colours but I wouldn´t mind living in your house. It´s just beautiful! I agree with all the comments above, you have a great eye for interior decoration :)

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    1. Thank You Alexandra. I too love colour but I've always wanted to do a neutral house so this one is the chance. :) I love decorating, I think it's my favourite part of the hobby. I also like the challenge of finding or making or repurposing mini things to get the exact look I want. It's like a treasure hunt. So fun! :)

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  12. I love the two cabinets at each side, I love such symmetry in a room :-). Beautiful work on the finishing of the cabinets as well, they look very realistic! The whole room is gorgeous, I love how everything looks coordinated and cozy, yet chic. LOVE it!!!

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    1. Thanks Millicent. I love the symmetry too.. I'd always planned to have matching cabinets in this room and in the living room above it will be matching bookcases. :)

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  13. Hi Sam, love getting to see those kits in action and not in a victorian or colonial house! The cabinet is gorgeous with the dishes. Where did you find your dishes? You have a great collection :) And is that table a kit or? I think I need a long narrow table and that one looks just about right.
    The entire dining room just looks so light and airy. I love the little topiaries! A little pop of colour :) Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

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    1. Thanks Krystine.. yes, it's amazing how a coat of paint can transform a piece from old fashioned to modern as long as it starts with the right lines. :) I've always loved these cabinets so knew I would be using them in this house. The dishes come from an online shop here in Australia. Ryan's Realm http://www.ryansrealm.com.au/Online_Store.html#!/All-Other-Kitchen/c/8987211/offset=0&sort=nameAsc They sell a lot of cheap kitchen accessories and have some really cute dishes and pottery. I always hit their stall at the Brisbane Miniature show. :D

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  14. It's all coming together beautifully! I love your paint finishes.

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    1. Thanks Megan. I'm a big fan of painted finishes so it's fun to do in miniature too.

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  15. Everything is so beautiful! I read the posts about your chairs and building the cabinets. You're an inspiration! I especially love those little topiaries on top of the cabinets. Sweet! Thank you for sharing!

    Teresa
    beaconhilldollhouse.blogspot.com

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