The Roombox: Shopping List

You’ve downloaded the ZIP files; now what? Well, you certainly shouldn’t feel constrained by my ideas! For anyone wanting to do a build along with me, though, or maybe just wanting somewhere to start, I’m going to share with you the complete list of everything I’m using.

For the roombox components themselves, I’m using:

  • 1/4 draftboard (from Glowforge)
  • 1/8 draftboard (from Glowforge)
  • 1/16 basswood plywood (easily found on Amazon)

For the trim, I’m primarily sourcing from Northeastern Scale Lumber. I’m also using a few Houseworks components. Generally, I like to combine different trims together to create–to me!–exciting new components. Some of this trim will be painted to resemble stone, i.e. for the inglenook, some will remain wood. Generally, I get a dozen or so of each piece of trim, as more is more in this business. Whatever extras I end up with, I use on the next project(s). Your mileage, however, may vary!

  • baseboard (here)
  • crown cornice (here)
  • 1/4 x 1/4″ strip wood (here)
  • 1/8″ cove (here)
  • 1/8″ quarter round (here)
  • 3/16″ half round (here)
  • 1/8″ double bead (here)
  • 1/16 x 1/2″ strip wood (here)
  • chair rail (here)
  • one package of newel posts (here)

You should be able to make all the cuts you need, trim-wise, with a miter box. I’ve designed the project to need only straight, and 45.0 angled cuts, personally, use a table saw from Micro-Mark. Tools take a long time to acquire; I’ve built my collection up over years. I still break out my miter box, though, on occasion!

For the stone, I’m going with limestone and will be using:

  • Gesso (I like gray, and buy it here)
  • Liquitex soft body acrylic, unbleached titanium (here)
  • LifeColor, light stone
  • LifeColor, British tanks light stone
  • LifeColor, Regio Esercito
  • LifeColor, British Army Portland stone
  • LifeColor, British tanks Portland stone
  • LifeColor, colonial dark sand wash

You can get individual LifeColor paints. here. The entire LifeColor range is available, generally, from Mega Hobby. I absolutely adore this entire product line, and am especially fond of collecting sets. They are NOT cheap, but in my opinion produce beautiful results.

For the brick, in addition to (more) gesso, I’m going with red brick and will be using:

  • LifeColor, burned rusted umber
  • LifeColor, burned blackened umber
  • LifeColor, debris and rubble old tile
  • LifeColor, debris and rubble worn brick

For the mortar, for both the brick and the tile, I like using LifeColor’s black liner and black-grey liner. If you absolutely MUST grout, rather than painting in the lines, then I recommend wood filler rather than any of the products marketed to miniaturists as “grout.” It’s awful to work with, and way too thick.

For the tile, I’m using a combination of the “brick” and “stone” colors, along with additional acrylic paint. Due to my son’s asthma, I now only use water based products. Specifically, in addition to LifeColor, I only use three other brands of paint: Liquitex, AK Interactive, and Ammo (Mig Jimenez). They’re all from Mega Hobby, which sadly doesn’t sponsor me in any way.

  • AKI, cadmium red
  • AKI, burnt red
  • AKI, matt red
  • AKI, light orange
  • AKI, volcanic yellow
  • AMMO, cyan
  • AMMO, marine blue
  • AMMO, light blue
  • AMMO, light sky blue
  • AMMO, faded yellow
  • AMMO, ochre brown
  • AMMO, bluish grey
  • AMMO, midgrey

For the gilding, on the ceiling, I’m using Testors extreme lacquer in pure gold but again, you can use whatever you want! “Gold,” as a color, encompasses a range of tones and you might not want to use gold at all.

And now, finally, for the wood I’m using one of my favorite sets from LifeColor, weathered wood. You can combine the colors in so many different ways, to mimic so many different wood-related situations. I’m hoping for something between “Bilbo lives here” and English oak but…who knows!

Other than that…what do you need? Well, not much except some high quality glue and a few of your favorite brushes. The next step, after this, is cutting our trim! When next we meet, I’ll be showing you how I’m doing that. Stay tuned and please, stay safe out there!

UPDATE: No supply list is complete, before the project is. Below, I’m including a running tally of every OTHER product I’ve wound up using. As always, I’m skipping incidental studio supplies like brushes. I can give you tips on what works for me (just drop a line in the comments, here, or on Instagram), but ultimately the “best” tool is the one that works for you.

  • Strathmore Bristol board, 19 x 24″
  • RustOleum Painter’s Touch (ivory)
  • AK Interactive Microfiller Lacquer Primer (white)
  • 1/2 x 1/16″ stripwood
  • 1/4 x 1/16″ stripwood


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