The first steps


For my very first post, I'd like to show you the progress I've made on my first room box.
Now, for some clarification, I make all my miniatures on the small kitchen table in the very tiny shipment container (!) where my boyfriend and I live. Yes, really, I live in a shipment container. It's actually rather homey, and as far as student housing goes in Amsterdam, we've been quite fortunate. 
However, that does mean that for everything I make, I must keep in mind that I have limited space and resources available. You might think I chose a strategic hobby with miniatures. :)

That's why for my very first roombox I wanted to keep it simple and lightweight. Simple I couldn't quite handle; of course I had to set way too many goals for myself.

Lightweight I did manage. I made the walls and ceiling from the same piece of foamboard, and left two walls to the imagination. 
I made the floor from a piece of leftover cardboard covered with the actual planks.

Sadly I dont have a lot of photos from this first stage, but here are some:

I cut the strips from some thin scrap veneer, so I couldn't tell you which kind of wood it is.
Now of course I should never have glued them on this piece of ribbed cardboard. If I wouldn't have been so impatient I could have bought a sturdier piece of cardboard, or better yet a sheet of thin wood. The problem I now face is that even after a month of treating it with several stacks of heavy books, and even bending it carefully with my hands, it still curves upward.

I poked in some nail holes with a mechanical pencil, and the graphite that stays behind makes it sheen perfectly in the light, like there are tiny nails in there. 

For the wall I decided I wanted the biggest wall to be covered in white painted bricks. I decided to follow the advice of the amazing Otterine ( and instructed my boyfriend to keep every carton of eggs. We had eggs with every breakfast for two weeks. 

And this is when I put it all together. Please disregard the clutter in the background, tiny house you see ;) You can see the curve of the floor; it's not as bad as this anymore, thankfully. For the big windows I envisioned those large spiled industrial windows. Those are still in the making. 

That's all for now, I hope you enjoyed my ramblings on the creation of this little project. More soon!


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9 reacties

  1. Well Done!!! I love both the plank flooring as well as your faux brick walls!


  2. The floor looks great. I have to make a floor for a room box soon and I decided against cardboard and bought some thin ply wood. Fingers crossed it doesn't warp!

    1. Thanks so much! I think I'll have to redo the floor in the distant future. The warping is still quite bad. I hope you have better luck.

  3. I love the white brick walls. I have been wanting to do that for quite some time. Yours look great. Did you grout it and then paint it all white?

    1. Thank you! I actually did not grout at all, I just glued all the little bricks on the foamboard directly (one by one) and painted it all white. I found it already looked realistic enough without grout.

  4. Dat lijkt me een mooi project Rebecca! Slim om het lichtgewicht te houden, mijn beetje uit de klauwen geraakt formaat 'roombox' zal bestaan uit 8mm mdf, oftewel best zwaar.. Wel balen dat je vloer krom trekt, ik zou inderdaad kijken of je er een stuk dun mdf onder kunt plaatsen, oftewel de vloer daarop plakken. Ik zag in later bericht dat je met budget zit, maar mocht je (ivm verjaardag oid) een keer wat hebben ervoor dan heeft Kaats Miniaturen shop dunne mdf-platen. Bijv. die van 2 of 2,5 mm dik, te snijden met een stanleymes, door de dikte nog een beetje betaalbaar voor dun mdf (want hoe dunner hoe duurder) en voor zover ik weet trekt het niet krom. Hoewel het wel kan met 1mm mdf (is gebeurd met mijn kast waarop ik fineer had geplakt en ondanks flink gewicht erop), maar volgens mij kans vrij klein of niet met 2,5mm. Hoewel de kans misschien wel weer groter is met een groter oppervlak, zoals de vloer, ah, zo schiet je nog niks op he? Wil je gewoon niet blij maken met een dooie mus :D

    1. Heel erg bedankt! Wat een fijne tips ook, ik zit inderdaad met een budget en ruimtegebrek, vandaar dat ik niet voor mdf ben gegaan. Dan had ik het ook moeten zagen, en ik heb thuis niet eens een figuurzaagje. Maar als 2 mm zelfs met een stanleymes te snijden is, moet ik dat zeker eens uitproberen!

  5. oh ja nu vergeet ik nog te zeggen dat ik je oplossing voor de spijkers superslim vind!


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