What follows in the next few weeks will be a chronicle of (hopefully) my success in making neat things from leftover scraps, brain farts and "I wonder if that would work" items. This week's post won't have a lot of "during" photos, because I had to see if this was even going to be a possibility before I began to chronicle. But I hope it will inspire you to really take a look at what you've saved, and then to create something super fun from all of it!
I find that I really enjoy working on small projects. Ones that don't take up too much room and allow you to really delve into a subject or a style. I feel like with big projects such as the New Orleans, having a large house with rooms full of everything you find in a real house can be overwhelming for you or the observer to absorb. So, I decided to make a couple small bookshelf sized room boxes. These would allow me to use my leftover materials, and enjoy a genre that I haven't really worked with very much before: Mid Century Modern and Modern Modern.
I started with the Mid Century Modern structure. I looked at my resources, drew up a quick sketch, searched online for some theme ideas, and then gathered some possible materials. For the base, I cut a piece of 1/4" plywood scrap down to 8-3/8" x 6-3/8". I used scrap 1/8" x 1/4" to trim the edges, then used leftover wood flooring for the interior part of the roombox. I had some Provincial Minwax Wood Stain Pen left over, so I decided that's what stain I'd use for all the wood in the project.
With this base, that would make room enough for a small (enclosed on three sides) room scene (5-13/16" x 5-5/8") plus a peek out into a small atrium type garden (6-1/8" x 2") through a large (4-3/8" x 7-7/8") window. The walls were constructed from leftover 3/16" foam core sheets. I used a combination of scrap wood flooring and wallpaper sample sheets that I got from Joanne's several years ago to cover both the interior and exterior walls. The 1/16" Lexan for the window was leftover from a sheet I used to make the windows for Autumn's Pantry. I trimmed the wall edges with 3/8" x 1/8" wood scraps.
For the exterior fencing around the atrium window garden, I was able to use up a lot of the 1/16" x 1/2" basswood strips I had floating in a drawer. I used leftover 1/4" corner molding for the corner posts. I used other miscellaneous pieces of wood to make a holder basket for the 9 volt battery pack. The lamp that I'll use in the scene is one from my Shapeways Store. It uses a regular 12 volt screw socket bulb that comes with a plug. The lamp is designed to hold the bulb with a channel to run the wire down through the lamp base and out the bottom like a real household lamp. It can be easily run on battery power too, just by connecting the wires from the bulb to the battery pack and securing with shrink tube or electrical tape. I am going to paint the base of the lamp to match the roombox decor.
I want to get the structure completed for the Modern Modern roombox before I start on all the interior furnishings and the garden for both roomboxes. This way, I can clean up and put away all the construction-y stuff and make room for the decor materials. Here are a few more angles of the Mid Mod box as it stands today...
I hope you feel inspired to go take a look at all your "someday" supplies, and I hope you come away with some exciting ideas on how to use them! Making a bookshelf roombox is a great way to display and enjoy special pieces that you have put away for "someday", too!