Kitchen Base Units


The rooms in this house are quite big, so it is not a good idea to use Triang furniture. So I am going to furnish each room in 12th scale furniture. I have various pine kitchen base units, to use in the Kitchen of my Triang Princess Doll House. I want to make each piece individual by doing a bit of redesigning.

Distressed Kitchen


princess kitchen unit

This base unit had holes cut out in the top, so I am going to use the table top from my sink unit to go on top, it just needed to be cut a little to fit. [See Sink Unit.]

Distressed Kitchen

All the furniture in the kitchen has been painted with a base coat of light yellow, and a top coat of green chalk paint. Each unit was then distressed , and finished with antique wax. This is the unit with a new top and door knobs.


Distressed Kitchen

All of the base units had a patterned top. As it was only painted it was easy to remove by sanding.

Distressed Kitchen

I sanded the top edges to give a more rounded used look.


princess kitchen chest
The drawer knobs on this unit are small flat dark metal flower beads fitted onto the drawers with metal pins. This is one of the best bits, rummaging about in my jewellery and bead box to make knobs and handles.

Why not distress your own furniture to add character to a piece of off the shelf furniture. Up-cycle some un-used furniture in the style of your choice, aged, stylish, rustic, even the very popular shabby chic ……

  1. Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
  2. Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
  3. When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
  4. Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for DIY instructions. Your kitchen units are going to look good in that room.


    1. Lee Higgins says:

      I am not sure I got quite the look I wanted, but I like the colours.


    2. Lee Higgins says:

      I am not sure I got quite the look I wanted, but I like the colours.


      1. Tina Ryan says:

        I’m sure many of us miniaturists have a touch of OCD and are not happy until we get things exactly how we want…


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