Tiki Room in Miniature: Interior

Tiki Room in Miniature: Interior

I recently received a salesman’s sample set of Paul Frankl rattan furniture for my birthday/Christmas. Of course, it needs a proper display setting.

After building the tiny tiki room’s shell, I installed the floor. I couldn’t find ready-made 1:6 flooring, so I bought wide basswood strips from the craft store instead. I scored them to look like floorboards, drew on tiny little “nail holes” with a pen, and glued them in place. When the glue dried, I stained the floor. (I used a mix of two very different stains – golden pecan and Jacobean oak – to make the floor look old and unevenly aged.)

The floor

The floor

Professional miniaturists will tell you that it’s best to work on interior walls as flat boards, then glue them in place. I’m only an amateur, but I can tell you it’s true.

I cut a piece of matting board to fit the back wall, checked to ensure it would fit, then added tropical wallpaper. The bottom half of the wall is made out of a bamboo placemat from IKEA. I took it apart, discarded any pieces that were warped or splintered, and cut the bamboo to fit. The mat’s end pieces made perfect baseboards. As you can see, I painted the bottom half of the wall black first to ensure the white mat board beneath didn’t show.

Working on the walls

Bamboo and tiki wallpaper on the walls

I didn’t want to do matting on the walls because I really want the furniture to pop.  Unfortunately, I have no talent for painting. So, for color contrast, I bought some Sophistatiki wallpaper on Spoonflower. (Three 2×1′ samples were enough for this project.) I also bought matching fabric for new cushions, but I’ll get to that later.

I did, however, go with matting for the ceiling – sort of. Real matting would have been completely out of scale. So, I took a picture of lauhala matting, scaled it down and cleaned it up in Word, and copy-pasted it until it filled a page. I had to print that page 12 times to get enough “matting”, but I’m happy with the result.

Working on the ceiling

“Matting” for the ceiling

Next time: making tiny tiki lights!

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