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Turning the LEGO Medieval Blacksmith into an Inn

(Written by Geneva – gid617)

When I reviewed the #21325 LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith (see: LEGO Medieval Blacksmith Review), a reader suggested in the comment section that this set might look good turned into a tavern. The idea got me excited, so I gave it a shot! First, let’s start by taking another look at the original Medieval Blacksmith for comparison.

And now – drum roll please! – I present the Crown Inn, which is just up the street from the village blacksmith and within hailing distance of the local mill. The modifications mostly use pieces from the original set, but include a few additions from my own collection.

Several things have changed even on the outside. First of all, the sign is a sticker from the #10193 Medieval Market Village. Next, I made the chimney thinner and took away the forge, turning the lower story into a stable instead. An inn with a stable in the lower story probably would not be the pleasantest place to stay, but it seemed like an effective use of the layout the Blacksmith already had.

Now for the interior! Upstairs I added two small beds. In the next story, I made the chairs a little smaller and the table a little bigger. Downstairs in the stable, I changed the coal into hay, the barrels of cold iron into barrels of water, and threw a low wall down the middle of it (it just didn’t quite look like a stable without being partitioned).

If you’re interested in building the small beds yourself, I put together a short video of instructions for it.

You may recall seeing some modifications I made earlier to the Blacksmith’s (see: LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith Set Modifications), including a revised version of the tree. I kept most of my modifications (like the all-blue roof) but decided to take a second stab at the tree.

This round, dense tree is fairly sturdy, once built, but complicated to build firmly in the first place. It’s basically layers of travis bricks (1×1 bricks with studs on all four sides), stalks, and leaves. I built the core of travis bricks first, then added the stalks, then leaves and apples.

That ends our stay at the Crown Inn, and the innkeeper wishes you a happy journey!

This set was definitely fun to modify! If you’re thinking about buying multiple copies in order to create a medieval village, it’s got a lot of great parts for the purpose. However, I have to think my Inn would look pretty repetitive next to the original Blacksmith, especially with the same blue roof. If you want to try it out for yourself, the set is available at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of turning the Medieval Blacksmith into another medieval-themed building? Is there anything you would have done differently if you were making it into an Inn?  Did I do a better job on the tree than last time? Looking forward to hearing your comments and questions below!

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  • T.T.T. March 17, 2021, 7:25 PM

    I really like your tree. Much better. And as far as the inn, or other buildings in a similar style as the blacksmith, I would turn them in various ways so they all look a little different.

    • gid617 March 18, 2021, 3:25 PM

      Thanks! Yes, turning them would help. I like the way my inn looks from the angle with the stairs on the right (last picture).

  • Martin March 17, 2021, 8:29 PM

    The tree is much better. And I like how you used the old sticker. Maybe the stable could be a little taller. Horses don’t like to go into places with low ceilings. 😀

    • gid617 March 18, 2021, 3:27 PM

      You’re right, the stables are low. I didn’t want to mess up the whole ground floor design too much though. 😉

      • Håkan March 18, 2021, 6:07 PM

        If you lead horses on to an indoor floor, you are bound to mess it up!


  • Okosh March 17, 2021, 9:21 PM

    I like this set so much I’m contemplating getting three of them to do notifications like in this article. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • gid617 March 18, 2021, 3:27 PM

      That sounds really cool, glad I could help with some ideas!

  • Håkan March 17, 2021, 9:28 PM

    Did you have an extra MMV sticker, or did you carefully remove it from the old tile?,,,

    (Although I’ve seen companies that sell replicas of old sticker sheets…)

    • gid617 March 18, 2021, 3:30 PM

      I think I carefully removed it, but I did it years ago, back when it was almost new. I figured this would be more useful for MOCs than a grey 4×4 plate with studs on the top edge.
      A thin knife does a decent job at removing a sticker without ruining it. But I have found that old stickers sometimes crumble when removing.

  • Emmet March 18, 2021, 6:14 PM

    I was thinking of doing something similar. Thanks for the ideas.

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