Friday, November 6, 2009

The Art Deco Bar

This project is the second in what I hope will be a series of three room boxes.  The first is called the Anteroom for the MBD Club.  MBD stands for Minibydesign, I know very original!  The inspiration for the anteroom was a picture I saw in an art deco book and the doorway of the room really caught my eye.  I immediately started the process to recreate the door in dollhouse scale.  This led me to create a room box for the door which in turn inspired me to make a couple of art deco style club chairs for the room.  I am waiting for some decorator items to by added from one of talented team mates in Team MIDS as part of the ETSY site.  So, I will suspend discussion on "Phase 1" until I get the items from my team mate.  Then I will provide and update and some pictures.

Unfortunately, in my haste to start the door project for the anteroom, I didn't think to take pictures of the making process.  So, I have corrected myself for "Phase 2", the Art Deco bar of the MBD Club!

First, let me share a picture of the inspiration room:

The stylized nature of this bar allows me to set it coming out from the far corner of the room box.  This will leave me room to scatter a few tables about the room as well.  I love the curves, the mirrored back wall and the stepped out ceiling over the bar.

This picture shows the matt board drawing and cut-outs I will use to shape the wood pieces for the bar.  Notice the ceiling over the bar laps out over the inside and outside of the bar.  Also, note the curved counter of the back bar.

Here I have dry fitted the mirrors on the top of the back bar counter.  I want to be sure there is enough room between the mirrors and counter edge to allow for shelves and curved cove covers over the mirrors.

Besides being able to see how cluttered my workbench is, here you can see the rear bar counter base taking shape.  Since the face of the rear bar counter is curved I am making curved doors for the openings.  You can see the curved forms glued and clamped to the tops and bottoms of both doors.  After the middle portion dries solid for 24 hours, I will bring up the far edges and clamp them for 24 to 48 hours to insure that they hold their curved shape.  The wood for the door is basswood as it is flexible enough to be shaped.  I will probably cover the exterior with a laminate before installing them.  I have some lovely white laminate in stock that just might do the trick.

In this photo, if you can ignore the clutter in the background, you can see the actual bar start to take shape.  I have cut the curved pieces for the top and bottom and added the first 4 of 7 total upright supports.  This will sit overnight and then the other 3 uprights will be added tomorrow.

So, in 2 days we have the basic design, good progress on the back bar counter, and a good start on the actual bar!  Whew!

Oh and as a bonus, a fellow team mate on Team MIDS in the ETSY forum has agreed to tackle the seats for my bar stools!  Check her out at!  She does fab work!

Hopefully more to update after this weekend!

Thanks for peeking in.


  1. It's looking great, Richard! And welcome to blogland.

  2. Hello Richard, and yes welcome to blogland! :)

    It's going to be fun to watch this progress. :)

    Thanks for the plug for little ol' me. ;)

  3. Nice wip preview. This will look fab when finished.

  4. Thank you for the detailed post! Should look great! And welcome to blogosphere!;)

  5. Hi Richard,what amaizing proyect!
    Mimihugs from Spain,Sonia

  6. Very wonderful! Can't wait to see it finished!

  7. Thanks Deana, Victoria and tink-sonia. It will take some time but I hope to get the hang of this blogging stuff! LOL! I appreciate your kind comments!


  8. Thanks Dale, GUM and Mostly! You are wonderful and supportive teammates!