Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Shelf Saga for my Shabby Chic Bakery


There's a bit of problem when you start to slightly improve at making miniatures: you realize all the things that need to be done and it takes much longer  :)

I needed a shelf in my bakery.  See in the picture below how it looks SO naked above the stove:


Plus I needed somewhere to put all the baking supplies I had bought. 

 I found a paint stirrer stick, painted it white, and I was going to glue it to the bakery wall.

But then I thought I really should put a dimensional glaze on my Dutch tile wallpaper so it looks more like real tiles.  It took me some time then to find where I had put the glaze.  (I almost bought another jar, but I kept looking.)  Three coats later, I was much happier with my Dutch tile wall.

I decided I should put lights under the shelf, and I would want to hide them with a lip, so I added a lip to the shelf.  I had to order the lights, though.

While waiting, I started looking at Pinterest (DANGER) and saw someone using Christmas ornament hooks to hang utensils, and I realized I definitely needed that! So I then added a rod (I made out of a toothpick between 2 wood stirrer sticks) and hung various Christmas ornament hooks from it (luckily I was doing this part of the project around Christmas - otherwise that would have been about 2 weeks while I got up the courage to rummage back through packed-away Christmas ornaments). 


 (I also got distracted with making various Christmas-related minis, like cookies and gingerbread houses.)




I drilled a small hole in my bakery wall and then decided to check the lights before I attached them to my shelf. I tried attaching a plug, but the connection wasn't good.  Then I ordered the 9V battery kit from Model Train (where you just twist the wires together), and it worked.

Here are my lights (may need more!):

(Yes, this is taken around Valentine's Day)



And so, about 2 months later, I glued the shelf in.  I'm so impressed with all of you and how quickly you work - and anyone who does the HBS contest :)

And now for the fun part:  finding all my bakery stuff and placing them on the shelf.

Although now I have realized I need another shelf for cookbooks and I want to make a rolling pin holder (also inspired by ideas on Pinterest).  

So stay tuned!

Have a great week!




17 comments:

  1. Awesome ingenuity Penelope! I love the shelf and the way you have everything displayed and decorated! The front edge will be another surface with which to adorn with seasonal decor. The light gives the space a focal point and a homey feel. It doesn't matter how long it takes. It only matters that you were inspired, had fun, and can now enjoy the fruits of your labor and share them with us!

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    1. That's such a great idea to decorate that front edge with seasonal decor! Yes, I did have fun, but there are times I do wish I could wave a magic wand and it could just be done so I could have fun playing with it!

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  2. I love your bakery, it is warm and pretty even now!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you think it gives off a feeling of warmth and prettiness!

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  3. Hey, as my husband tells me, as long as you're enjoying yourself, time doesn't matter. I love how it looks. If you want more lights later on, they can be added. And a rolling pin holder sounds awesome. Can't wait to see it!

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    1. Yes, well, I wasn't enjoying myself during the lighting saga, until I got the lights I could just twist to connect, but I love how it all turned out! Very happy also with my rolling pin holders - will post soon!

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  4. I love your bakery, all those little details add up to create a wonderful place.

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    1. Yes, I am so happy with how it's turning out. It definitely keeps improving! It's one of my favorite pieces.

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  5. I like your bakery very much, and great work on the shelf! Usually it's not before I start taking photos I see all my faults and shortcomings. Then I try to fix them and take another round of photos. But your shelf look perfect, and you got me inspired with your model train kit for the lights!

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    1. Yes, taking photos really helps to show those flaws. The model train lights are brilliant! I highly recommend them. So easy to install!

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  6. A great bakery! The tiled wall is stunning and all the details are perfectly in style. Great work!
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy with how it's turning out!

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  7. You are doing fantastically well! I'm the world's slowest worker, you will never win that award, ha ha.
    Something I have learned from many years of crafting, is that one should not re-do things you've already finished because you realize that you've become better at it in the meantime. Keep some of your original work, so that you can see (and show other people) how far you've come.
    I think this bit of advice is not totally applicable to dollhouses though. They are never finished. Even after years there's usually something more that one can add.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your future additions!

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    1. Haha, I've got many of my older projects to show for comparison. But that's good advice. My friend has saved an article in a miniature magazine which shows the early attempts of some well-known doll-makers and it's very inspiring because it shows how much you can improve! I'm afraid dollhouses are never finished - especially for me. I'm still trying to finish my dollhouses per the kit instructions -- before I lose them!

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  8. It is surprising how much one can fit into a space and as Megan says - a Miniature house is never quite finished - another pastry, tea towel, cookbook or utensil to add!
    You certainly made a difference to the feeling of the bakery when you added a shelf.
    Well worth the time and effort.
    regards Janine

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    1. Thank you so much!Definitely worth the time and effort - I am so much happier with the result - plus as you say, now I have a shelf for all the things I've bought. But I think I need another shelf :)

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  9. I am so glad that you found the glaze for your Dutch tiles and that your new shelf has given you not only the required extra storage, lighting and display, but that it has spurred you on towards additional shelves for display.
    Well Done Penelope!

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