My bakery started as the RGT General Store Kit.
I purchased this kit new and after completing the shell, I realized that this kit was crying out to be made into a bakery. I envisioned a shop that you might find while strolling down the side streets of Paris.
I was anxious to try my hand at working with clay, so I purchased ceramic clay and a set of mini “cookie cutters” in basic shapes. I molded rectangular blocks and hand painted each one and attached to the façade of the building to create an antique stone look. I then used basic sand-less white grout from Lowes and filled in my grout lines.
I began trimming out the exterior of the building using various crowns, plinths, etc. The goal was to have the trim be prominent. I went with black as my trim color in keeping with that Parisian feel.
I then created my awnings over the windows. I created a stripped design using Paint on the computer and added the French words for Cakes and Cookies and each. I then printed them onto fabric printer paper that can be found at any Michael’s store.
I used World and Model pink marble flooring paper, a combination of floral dollhouse wallpaper from RGT and a plaid scrapbooking paper that I found at Hobby Lobby. I then added a chair rail. The chair rail is actually a foam paper product that simulates plaster trim in dollhouses. I found these on EBay. Please see my resource page for recommended EBay dealers.
I added crowns, baseboards, and various other wood trims.
There are many general store items that come with this kit but they just wouldn’t cut it in a fancy bakery like this. So I purchased new shop cabinets from EBay and began filling them up. Some of the baked goods were purchased and some I made myself using the same clay I used on the exterior.
I purchased jewelry findings that I purchased at Michael’s and created various cake stands, platters, and candy dish to display in and on top of the shop cabinets.
I wanted to give visitors a cozy area to sit and enjoy their treats with a cup of coffee. I purchased the plain white wire café table and chair set from Hobby Lobby and stripped off the red and white checked fabric. I reupholstered the set in multiple prints in pink and green and topped it off with a crocheted doily found at Joann’s Fabric.
I finished the table setting off with a coffee service for two, cookies, éclairs, vase of flowers that I created from flower leftovers and a cone shaped jewelry finding. I also took two very tiny scraps of fabric and made napkins. I pulled the fabric through a jewelry loop and glued small sea shells on the loop to create my napkin rings.
I have another shop shell that I’m thinking of attaching to the bakery…maybe a toy store or perfume shop? Decisions, decisions.