HOW TO make one yourself….
One of my favorite things to do is replicate real rooms. This box was inspired by my actual kitchen:
I started with a box I use for shipping. I used acrylic gesso here to cover the shipping labels. Although it is not required, I recommend this is if you plan to paint the box in light colors to keep the labels from showing thru. It’s not necessary with darker colors.
I painted the outside of the box in a checkered pattern. I used 2″ squares here.
I also painted checkers on the bottom of the box. It will be my kitchen floor. I painted the remaining interior walls in a light aqua.
To make the cabinetry along the back, I painted a recycled box black. I cut it into two pieces (one for the top and one for the bottom) and hot glued them in place. I cut, painted and hot glued the doors on. I attached silver stud stickers to look like knobs but gluing small beads work too.
I added a strip of white glossy paper to act as a backsplash between the top and bottom pieces.
To make the refrigerator, I used a small recycled box and painted it a glossy white. I also painted extra cardboard strips to make the interior shelving. I glued magnet strips along the doors to keep them closed.
Here I used a different sized box for the fridge.
Next, I molded some white baking clay parts and painted them. The microwave and oven are also flat painted clay pieces.
I printed out some artwork for the walls and used scrap cardboard (or wooden Popsicle sticks) painted black to make the frames. I also glued scrap cardboard to the right wall to make the table/bar. I found the stools on clearance at JoAnns but I now make my own with clay and a thick aluminum jewelry wire.
I attached a battery operated tea light with Velcro to the underside of the microwave. I also used wooden Popsicle sticks and fake leaves to make the plant above the fridge. I have used leaves from old fake plants and I have also hand painted them on paper and curled them to give them a more realistic look.
And here are some examples of the finished product…
Project Duration: approx 2 days (lots of waiting for paint to dry)
Skill Level: Advanced