I had bought this breadbox at a garage sale about six years ago and decided “it was time”. My first thought was to make a very elegant bedroom using a HOM four-poster bed I had made. But the bed was too high! Then I thought about doing an old-fashioned kitchen but the stove I had was on the small side and I didn’t feel up to tackling the stove kit in my stash.
A couple nights later, I was reading an old Nutshell News miniature magazine (my favourite bedtime reading) and Joann Swanson suggested “Why don’t you make an attic?” Excellent idea! And heavenly only knows, I have enough “stuff” to fill an attic. But after I struggled with deciding whether to leave the beams open, insulate them, or drywall them, that lost its charm.
Then it came to me! A fellow miniaturist Cathy Verbicki had given me a wonderful greenhouse that I had put on my “street” of houses in my dining room and I no longer had room for the garage that was under construction there. I would take everything I had collected for the garage and put it in the breadbox.
I made the floor and walls from foamcore and dry fitted them. I didn’t want to paint the floor because it would probably warp the foamcore so I found an image of cement on Google, printed it out and glued it to the floor using rubber cement.
I knew I wanted to try using a battery operated light from a dollar store in the ceiling so I cut that from matboard and cut a hole in it so the light could be dropped in. Slots were cut in the side and back walls so the ceiling could be slid in and out to change batteries in the light. (None of this is glued – everything is just fitted in place and can be removed.) At this point, I realized, this wasn’t just any garage but that it had morphed into my Dad’s workshop in the garage of their last house. And, yes, his workshop was that tidy!
Update: I gave this to my DS Shirley for Christmas 2012. We had discussed a couple times the fact that I had never made a miniature scene for her but could never come up with one that was the right fit. But when I decided to pass this on to her, we both knew I had made the right decision.