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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Butler's Pantry (aka Bespaq Bashing)

I have had a vision in my head for the Butler's Pantry in my dream Mansion.  Lower cabinets of drawers for the silverware and napkins/linens and glass door upper cabinets for the dishes and glasses.  But no one had exactly what I wanted.  So it's time to Bespaq-bash!  (Go ahead, say "Bespaq-bash" 10 times fast!)  I bought 2 pieces of Bespaq (dresser drawer pieces) to create my lower cabinets:
These two dressers were about to be demolished.
 I found my lower cabinets!  They were just stacked one on top of the other and would need to be separated (without breaking anything!).  Never an easy task....
Gently separating the two sets of drawers from each other.
 Now, if you are familiar with Bespaq furniture, you know that sometimes (most times) you can sneeze in its general direction and pieces will break or fall apart.  But, of course, since I wanted these pieces to come apart, they were solidly glued and attached.  The Exacto knife could not slice and pry these pieces apart!
Giving up and bringing out the "big guns" (aka saw).
So I resorted to drastic measures and brought out the saw to get the work done!
Finally apart!
So the cabinets on the left will need some filler spacer wood at the bottom to get the counter tops all the same height on top but since Minwax Bombay Mahogany stain is a perfect match for Bespaq mahogany wood that is not a big deal to add a piece of wood down there and stain it to match.  I also have to sand some of the edges so the pieces butt right up to each other and look like one solid long piece but kids are asleep so I don't want to break out the noisy I-drill sander.  I can do that tomorrow or Monday (my "weekend" since I work Tuesdays - Saturdays).
Rough Draft layout.
Now I need to stain and cut a piece of wood to get all the lower cabinets the same height.  And then the corner space will need to be filled in and countertops put on.  Then I will need to find/play around with upper cabinets (represented in the photo by the white box I'm holding) to hold all the pretty dishes and glasses the Victorian family owns.  Rumor has it that Bespaq is coming out with new kitchen furniture this summer - single pieces, including upper cabinets!  Hopefully they will be available in mahogany stain and have glass front doors!  If not, I'm sure there's other Bespaq furniture I can bash up to create what I want!

Oh - and if you were wondering about the pretty pieces left over from the dressers:
Left over bits.
Not sure where I'll use the feet, but the other pieces will go over the Lady's doorway from her bedroom to her sitting room!  It'll match her furniture design perfectly!

Yesterday I had cut out the doorway from the Lady's sitting room to her bathroom and this evening I used the left over scrap piece from cutting that new doorway to fill in the original doorway opening out to the hallway.
Still waiting for glue to dry where scrap wood was used to fill in original doorway on left side of photo.  New doorway on back wall was cut yesterday.
Yes, those are popsicle sticks holding the scrap wood in place as the glue dries -- my tools are so high tech!  LOL

So, I'm taking baby steps, but work on my mansion is (slowly) happening!


  1. More innovative solutions - how I love those! I like your use of the left-over pieces from the highboys; also like your hi-tech popsicle sticks. (I'm a bit partial to sticks myself.)

    1. I always think I'm going to buy "real tools" and supplies yet still find myself using things like my kids' plastic rulers, left over popsicle sticks from my daughter's summer craft project, and the tape dispenser as a weight to hold things while glue dries! The things we do for miniatures, huh? LOL