My bakery started as the RGT General Store Kit. Not quite knowing what type of store I wanted to create, I set about assembling the shell per the manufacturer's instructions. Once assembled, I quickly realized that this kit was crying out to be made into a bakery.
I was anxious to try my hand at working with clay, so I purchased air dry, ceramic clay and a set of mini “cookie cutters” in basic shapes from Michael's. I cut out rectangular blocks from the clay 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 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 awnings over the windows. I created a stripped design using the Windows Paint application and added the French words for "Cakes" and "Cookies". I then printed the design onto fabric printer paper.
Now, let's move inside...
I used World and Model pink marble flooring paper, a combination of floral dollhouse wallpaper from RGT and a plaid scrapbook 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 and they are made by World and Model.
I added crowns, baseboards, and various other wood trims.
Time to decorate...
There are many store items that come with the General Store Kit but they were too rustic for my shop theme. I decided to purchase new shop cabinets. I added fabric linings to the shelves and other embellishments to breakup the bright white of these cabinets. I filled them to the brim with a combination of purchased and handmade items. I used various jewelry findings and created cake stands, platters, and candy dishes for display.
I also re-purposed two different plant stands and turned them into cake stands.
I wanted to give visitors a cozy area to sit and enjoy their treats. I purchased a white wire cafe table and chair set and stripped off the red and white checked fabric. I reupholstered the set in multiple prints in pink and green. I topped off the table with a crocheted doily.
I finished the table setting off with a coffee service for two, cookies, eclairs, and a 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 to the loop to create my napkin rings.
I created a window shelf to display some treats. To finish it off, I found some pretty printables and made pictures for the walls. I also found a small chalk board and created a menu.
I have another shop shell that I’m thinking of attaching to the bakery…maybe a toy store or perfume shop? Decisions, decisions.