Every now and then I make something just to make myself happy and this is one of those projects. I have wanted to do a miniature kitchen forever and hadn’t found the inspiration until I realized I could do a mini version of Julia Child’s kitchen. Julia donated her Cambridge, MA kitchen where her TV show was frequently filmed to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in 2001. She described this room as “the beating heart and social center of her household” and it was a delight to make!
I started with a chipboard room box. I took the measurements to figure out how much space I had to work with and got out graph paper to see how much I could squeeze in. I cut the cabinetry, counters, stove and pegboard from medium heavy chipboard with my Cricut. The sink was molded from polymer clay.
The kitchen table is a rectangle of chipboard with dollhouse table legs attached below it. I got the tablecloth (a piece of quilting cotton) to drape by dipping it in watered down tacky glue and draping it to hold it’s shape while it dried. I made both the bananas and their basket from polymer clay.
The window shades are a length of manila folder that I scored and folded.
Julia had a boatload of pegboard in her kitchen and it was NOT delightful to replicate. After cutting chipboard to size and painting it with acrylic paint, I taped a piece of graph paper securely on top of it and used a pottery needle tool to poke holes. The pegs were made from bent straight pins.
Of all the miniatures I included in this piece I just adore those salt and pepper shakers on the shelf over the stove! I made the jar of french mustard sitting behind them from a wood turning blank.
The little kitchen miniatures I used are a mixture of things I’ve picked up over the years with a kitchen project in the back of my mind and also some of the newer things came from Alpha Stamps.