Diorama: Sindy's Commercial Bakery Kitchen Part 1

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Making a Commercial Bakery Kitchen

Planning a commercial bakery kitchen is really no easy task. I do have an entire tote full of castoff thrift store kitchen appliances and furniture. I bought a Barbie house full of furniture in 2018. And here is two of the great pieces, plus all the excellent accessories. A little oversized, it hasn't worked for any other project so far. 

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Here it is in all its 1990 Mattel PINK glory, and ...

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the matching kitchen cabinet with sink and dishwasher. Luckily the dishwasher pieces were still there, those often are missing!

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I sort of work backwards when designing a room or diorama space. I gather the furnishings first and then design the room. Just backwards from real life.



View from the GrandView side. This really only shows up occasionally in photos of the patisserie.
The door to the kitchen has been just a prop so far, always leading to where all the baking 'magic' supposedly happens.

The tape on the fridge is to keep everything controlled when not photographing. The door has led to nowhere, until now. I think I will paint the door a lovely blue on both sides.

I've been collecting pieces of what I thought was necessary for Sindy's commercial kitchen.

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Here is a good view of the sink unit with the dishwasher and 'fake' cabinetry, sprayed with silver paint. I'm missing the faucets, but I want a tall faucet and sprayer...we will see what I come up with. The counter tops were carefully applied contact paper in a speckled pattern that works super for 1:6 scale.
TIP: When going over rounded surfaces make cuts on the curves straight into the paper and apply one small piece at a time, overlapping your plastic  as you go.

The existing floor was too small, so I'm going to add to it--and then separate the whole thing from the Hotel, for storage. I will then be able to set the kitchen up independently for photo shoots. Now to match the floor exactly. I saved my printable flooring, but I have a new printer??? Or maybe I will just start with some new plywood. 

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One thing on Sindy's want list was a fridge and a microwave. This was a silver Mattel fridge/microwave, I just papered the window with actual bakery photos and touched up the pink accents to black and navy blue. This has the rotisserie flip in the microwave, I have a few of these and they are not so huge as the older model refrigerators.

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All the plastic pieces were given an alcohol cleaning and scraping and several sprays of silver spray paint. The oven door also has baking printed on it....I'm not sure I will use the hood (it's not painted). I thought it might interfere with photos, as I had originally planned to place it in the middle of the room.  Since I'm adding floor space, I can move it to a wall now. Maybe the vent hood will be added later.


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The door wall will be where the huge work table will be along with bins for supplies. This wood shelving piece will be used on the wall with supplies and tools.

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Sindy's Patisserie has an outdoor space and I may continue the walk near the outdoor table and add this window to the kitchen annex. I scavenged thrift stores for structures and if they are beyond using as is, I use them for parts. I think this Mattel window will work well on the street side.

This was my start for a commercial oven...made from scratch from a mahogany finish cigar box. 

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Here I am measuring for height for Sindy. I ended up adding a hunk of 2x4 wood for the base, and pushpins for legs. Commercial ovens have a motor and venting system usually located on the floor level...so that made sense.

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I cut the existing cover into three pieces, for two bake ovens and a proofing oven for raising yeast breads. Fancy Schmancy...lol.

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The box was too deep so hubby sawed an inch off the back and sides. Thank goodness for power tools.  But, now I needed a new back...which was just foam core covered with dull silver stickum paper.

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Nice clean look. This piece needed gray primer then silver spray paint.

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Shelves were needed inside.

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Not sophisticated, I sawed small stock for shelf brackets. After sanding and painting they worked fine.

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I did use a super glue...for instant add-some-finger-skin to your project's success.

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The doors are all pretty smooth, I used nails and screws in predrilled holes for attaching to the box.

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I searched commercial ovens and screen shot some photos, printed and used them glued on the doors. The bottom is still waiting for some sort of screening. On a commercial oven, motors and venting is done through this area. This piece is top heavy and will be velcro-ed to the walls.
One thing I need to create --a commercial mixer??? 

Can't wait to get to the fun part: walls, the work table, all the accessories and some vintage touches to match the age of the Grand View (Grand Hotel) building. 

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Tools used so far:
Power saw for cigar box
Drill, hand tool or electric
Screw driver
Exacto knives ...great for scraping, cutting, trimming
Glue-instant and wood glue
Small brushes
Scissors

Products used so far:
Spray paint satin silver
Acrylic craft paint, gray for priming wood pieces
Acrylic silver paint for wood pieces.
Paint markers, silver, white, black and blue.
Speckled contact paper
cigar box
1/4"x 1/4" wood cut to lengths for shelf brackets
Small shelves (thrift store)
Foam core scraps 
Silver contact paper for covering shelves
4 pushpins for oven legs, screws/nails for oven doors.
Photo copies of bakery in ovens and actual appliance doors size adjusted.
Modge-Podge or thinned white craft glue for attaching photo copies
Clear acrylic sealer (I tend to use satin)

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Promises and Belated Valentines


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Sindy's Bakery, February 21, 2021

Sindy: I think I have a strawberry tart in the back, anything else sir?

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Gerard: Just my order, oh, and a half dozen of your raspberry kringle pieces. 

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Gerry: I hope this does the trick, I'm a week late.

Sindy: That's Mrs. Devers favorite, I'm sure they will. Goodnight, Mr. Puckham.

Gerry heads for the elevator and up to the second floor.
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Gerry: Bonsoir Madame and Mademoiselles! 

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Gerry: I just got back from Memphis, drove all night the weather was awful, but I wanted to stop by and give my regards. And, bearing gifts and good news! 

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Ella: Well, look what the cat dragged in---a week late. I hope that bakery isn't as old as that candy.

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Gerry:Flowers for Miss Devers, bakery for Madame Ella, and chocolates for Miss Emilie. You all of course were in my thoughts for Valentine's Day.

Callie/Colette: SO? How did the trip go, did you get my booking date set up?

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Ella: Sit your fine butt down, Gerry, and have a glass of wine with me. These girls won't let me pop another bottle open. Sure is nothing else to do, here in Covid town.

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Gerry: No thank you...I'm just here for a quick visit. Callie, they want a new song added. We can work on it  down at the studio tomorrow, if you like?

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Callie: I don't have any other songs ready, now.

Gerry: I know, but I have their new track in my bag, you can hear it tomorrow. It's a great track for you, Callie. This may be the break we need before we release your own music.

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Ella: Gerry Puckham you know I can't pass up on strawberries. (She mumbles sucking on a strawberry.)

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Gerry: Sleep on it, Callie.  Speaking of which I need some shut eye...now. G'night Mrs. Devers, Emilie.

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Emilie: Merci Beaucoup, Gerry and...

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I hope you sleep well, too.

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Gerry: How about tomorrow at noon, if that is convenient, Callie?

(Callie turns the flowers round and round)

Thank you for the flowers, I  have this other song I'm working on. I will bring that, and we will send them both, do you understand?

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Gerry: What ever you want to do, but this may be our big chance. Au revoir, and bonne nuit mes bonbons.

(Emilie giggles at 'goodnight my sweets'.)

(Ella pours herself another glass of wine)

(Callie hums to herself and scratches away at her score.)

Callie: I'll see you tomorrow, Gerry.


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(Down stairs)
Gerry: Now, if I can convince Callie to do this the way THEY want to do it, we will be in! In with a big label, and the big money.

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Ella: Well, honey, what do you have ready to show HIS big label?  Right now, I'm going to get some plates for this bakery. Anyone else want strawberry tart, oooh, and some gooey kringle?

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Callie: Sure, Mama, and kringle, maybe a little wine, too, and celebrate.
(Humming along and nodding her head to music on paper and in her head).



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What's NEW at Vickie's Vintage

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Welcome to Vickie's Vintage


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Hi, I'm Vickie! Come on in and see what's NEW!
Please sanitize before coming upstairs. When we are open, masks are required.

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UPSTAIRS, we've added Men's Formal wear to our Bridal Boutique, and other formal wear for the special guy in your life.

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Our new mannikins are modeling a fresh contemporary look for the wedding season. YES, there will be weddings this year.

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Large or small, we have great gowns, dresses, and tuxes for your event.

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Gently used and sample men's wear...in every style and many sizes. Gifts for your special guy---matching watches and new socks and shoes.

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We can outfit an entire wedding party! Our seamstress will custom make gowns for your littlest attendants.

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Sindy's Patisserie has sent over a great mock-up wedding cake. We have accessories of all types for the ladies. If you are ready for a  party---we are your best bet for reasonable and gorgeous party wear.

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Downstairs, it's all aout new accessories and gift items.

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We have great jewelry and new crystal gift boxes available for your special purchases. 

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Softer Spring colors are showing up on the runways and here at Vickie's.

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My staff has helped me add a new rack filled with purses, and more short dresses. 
I'm dying to wear a new dress, how about YOU?

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Our center rack has just about everything.

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We have sourced samples from a leading manufacturer, so not everything is vintage. Don't forget matching shoes and accessories.

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The spray/steam cleaners have been here, so now it's time to mask up 

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and help you find the perfect outfit.

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This is Vickie, hoping you
come on down to Vickie's for safe Shopping!


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