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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

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March 17, 2014

DIY : Making a wine cooler for my beach bar

Hi there

I'm actually still working on my double project, the beach restaraunt with bar and the beach shop
Since there is always very limited space in these kits, you have to be imaginative in order to fit everything you want and need into that space

After I finished the bar and the counter, made of scratch, I saw that there was an empty space right under the stairs which I could use ..... but for what ?????

HM HM HM ..... thinking, thining


and there it was : the idea of making a little fridge, wine cooler .... I mean, this is a bar and restaurant and it's on the beach, so we will definitely need somethig to keep our drinks cool

Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures durint the making process, so sorry about that, but let me try to explain how I made it, since it's a very easy project.

First, take your wine bottles or anything you wanna put inside that little cooler/fridge on order to make sure that they'll fit in the end.

Of course you'll also need to measure the space where it is supposed to stand, and in my case, the space was very limited here under the staircase.

To begin with, I always draw some kind of draft on a piece of paper with all my measurements on it

Once you've got all your measurements, start to cut out. I used balsa wood here, about 3-4 mm thick is OK for this kind of project. For the front, I used the cover of a plastic packaging, but if you don't want that, you can simply use a wooden front with no see-through option.

Before gluying it all together, I used self adhesive glossy paper to cover all the balsa wood pieces.
The handle was a leftover from a previous project, but if you don't have any, you can make one quickly with some polymer clay and beads f.ex.

Be careful what kind of glue you're using because this glossy paper doesn't like to get "in touch" with most glues ..... I used UHU here, but still, you'll have to make sure to use very little glue.

Do NOT YET glue the front, first we need to fill the cooler !!!!

To make the differents compartments inside, I simply used balsa wood which I painted silver and then added the bottles. They are all glued together, otherwise the would never stay in place.

Of course you can make a version with an opening front if you like, just need to add hinges. But in my case, since the cooler would be standing under the stairs and would be difficult to reach, I decided to make a "front closed" version

As you can see in this picture, the problem with self adhesive paper is that sometimes, there are bubbles, but these are easy to get rid off ..... just use a needle and stick in right into the bubble, it'll go away, I promise


Here is is .... reachable for the bartender who's gonna need it of course

I hope you liked this little project, if you want to try it out, feel free to get in touch 
should you have any questions

Sometimes my explanations are a somewhat vague, I know
I'll try to make better next time, promise

See ya


  1. You are right! I would see it while I am sitting at the bar having fun! LOL

  2. that is really cool! great job :)


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