Tudor Update

Quick post on the hand painted tiles I added some time ago to the Tudor.  I actually did this more than a year ago and as I was cleaning out my images, I stumbled upon these.  Might as well share.
To construct this flooring I sketched out my design on graph paper.   I gathered my tiles, some of which I hand painted.  I then glued the tiles to a piece of graph paper that I cut to the size of the floor.  I glued the now paper-backed tile arrangement to the floor in the living area.
 Lastly, I added brown paint to the edges and filled in the grout lines


I have actually completed several more items on this house but haven’t taken any pics yet.  The Linfield has been consuming my craft workspace as of late.  With that project out of the way,  I’ll begin updating you on the Tudor progress.

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Linfield Living Room

I purchased a living room group used from a hobby shop. I didn’t get a before pic of the actual set I bought. Just trust me when I say that It was an overstuffed, mint green, tattered, filthy mess. But the price was right!

I started by ripping off all the upholstery and foam. I then heated it the microwave to soften the glue holding all the pieces together. Once the pieces were just blocks of wood, I began recovering and reassembling.

I moved next to the tables. I made these from scratch and decorated with various miniature items I had on hand or made as I went along.

Next I took a small premade crocheted doily I found at Joann’s and added additional crochet rows to make it bigger.

I then placed my furniture and created wall hangings and light fixtures.

The inside of the Linfield is done! Next on the agenda is few flower boxes and porches to decorate the outside.

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Linfield Shabby Fireplace

While visiting GA recently, I discovered a local hobby shop that had just acquired an estate’s massive dollhouse collection.  They had rooms of miniature items they had barely begun to sort through.  But the owner was awesome and let me dig through drawers and shelves and he often made up prices for me as we went through things.  Needless to say, I walked away with quite a haul and several freebies he threw in.  Just the nicest and most amazing shop owner I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with!

During that shopping adventure, I ended up purchasing several fireplaces and mantels.  So when I began working on the Linfield Livingroom, the hardest and most time consuming part of the process was deciding which fireplace would work in the designated space. #firstworldproblems

I ended up choosing this small corner fireplace.


I then pulled out the jewelry findings and set to work on breathing new life into this diamond in the rough.  

If you read my other posts, you know that I mention jewelry findings with every project.  I have built up quite an impressive stash of do-dads and what-nots.  So to get started on this project I began pulling out items that would, when painted, add a plaster look to the facade of this piece.


I then began dry-fitting pieces to the fireplace until I was happy with the overall look.


I first painted all over with a dark steel gray and then covered with my own white paint mix. When going for a plaster type look, I mix my acrylic craft paint with a bit of cornstarch.  I can’t really tell you an exact measurement, I just mix in enough until it’s the consistency of a good, white glue I suppose.  I then paint it all over the piece.  This paint mixture dries very quickly so you have to work fast and it will produce small cracks in places which is a great effect for shabby pieces.  It also works great as chalk paint if you plan on sanding parts to let the base color show.  I do recommend sealing it afterwards with matte mod podge…another product I use all the time.


Next, I wanted to tile the hearth.  I wanted to creat my own shabby tiles but, alas, I am a horrible artist/painter.  My stick figures leave much to be desired.  So I found a cute wallpaper image online that I thought could be cut into acceptable tiles.  After printing and allowing the ink to set overnight,  I applied several coats of lustre mod podge to make it appear more like tile.  Once dry, I cut my tiles.


I then began gluing them to the hearth, using my pick tool to clean the glue globs from the grout lines.  Once dry, I painted in between the lines with a light gray.

I allowed everything to dry and then dry brushed a blue-green color lightly in places.


I was ready to begin decorating…the fun stuff!

I pulled out my miniatures and began figuring out which items I wanted to use and began figuring out their placements. I painted the black grill in the same blue-green color I had dry brushed onto the fireplace.  Then I added some sticks for logs.


I set about making my own candles and candle sticks from wooden beads.  To make the candles, I first burned a tea light until it was mostly melted.  I took a drinking straw and cut to length.  I then inserted a piece of string through the straw.  I poured the melted wax into the straw sections and allowed the wax to reset completely.  I was then able to gently pull the candles out of the straws.



I set my candles to the side to dry and began working on my bookends.  I cut a round jewelry finding in half.  Bent each half in two and the glued small rose embellishments to each.  I then glued the stack of books together and added the ends.

I took a metal sewing item that I found at a fabric store, trimmed it out, and added sticks.

Only one more piece…the birdcage.  I pulled out my florals and began glueing a vine and flowers to the cage.


Finally, I placed everything on the mantle and hearth and called this project done.  This is the best hobby in the world!

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Linfield Kitchen and Dining

There are so many mini scenes and details going on in these rooms.  Kitchens are definitely fun to do!  My awesome daughter bought me a full kitchen set for Christmas for this house.  Unfortunately, it ended up being too big for the space since I created a large staircase that borrowed from much of the kitchen floor space.  So I had to create custom pieces from scratch.  Visit my previous posts to see how I did it.  I didn’t get the refrigerator squeezed in that I had hoped for but I am still very happy with the final product.


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Farm Sink

So what do you do when you’ve taken the day off work to swim and hike but the rain rolls in?  You “dollhouse” of course!

I got the call from my mom the other day informing me that Dollar Tree had wooden dollhouse furniture so naturally I jumped in the car and headed to my nearest store and purchased all they had. 

One of my finds was this sofa table that I decided to convert into a farm sink for the Linfield Kitchen.  First, I sketched on the top where I wanted the sink positioned.


I cut out the area.


I then removed the knobs and added corregated scrapbook paper to the fronts of the remaining drawers.


I painted the unit a mint green color.


I sized out my sink and cut my balsa wood pieces to form my basin.


I then poured white paint into the sink instead of painting with a brush because I wanted it to look more like a porcelain sink than wood.  I rotated the sink in all directions to spread the paint.  I then held it upside down to allow the excess to drip out.  As I allowed this to happen, I tamped the sink lightly on a scrap board so that drips would not dry around the sink rim.

Once the inside paint was set well enough, I lightly pressed the sides of the sink into a puddle of paint.  Then I sat it aside to dry…and this took a VERY long time.


I moved back to the sink base.  I measured and constructed a backsplash shelf using balsa wood, trim, and spindles.  I applied some World and Model tiles and the attached it to the back of the cabinet.

I had a small sink faucet that I attached to a long metal bead to make it taller.  I constructed the knobs using flat head pins and white glass beads. 


I then dry brushed brown paint around the edges to give it an antique look.


At this point my sink is nowhere close to being dry.  So I began constructing the scene.  I started with a bowl of pancake batter.  I partially filled the bowl with ivory paint.  I then sprinkled talcum on top.  I the took the tiny whisk and swirled it around a bit and left to dry.



Once everything was dry, I installed the sink and added all the finishing touches.

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Hutch Redesign

I decided to bash this Michael’s miniature hutch for use in the Linfield Kitchen.


First step was to deconstruct the unit.


With the bottom and top units reduced to shells,  I roughed out with pencil how I wanted to rework the shelves.


Starting with the bottom unit, I began constructing the shelves.  I constructed the shelves outside of the unit to allow for easier painting.  I used balsa board for the new shelves.


I decided not to use the center door and leave the center shelves open.  I covered the two side doors with corregated scrapbook paper after having removed the wooden knobs.

I dry fitted all the components one last time before painting.


I primed and painted all the bottom pieces.  I used a butter yellow on the shell, white for the shelves and door trim, and a soft green for the door panels.  It left it looking rather bright and baby nursery-ish so I used a dark brown paint and dry brushed the entire piece to antique it.

Before antiquing:


After antiquing:


Next I moved to the top unit.  I began constructing the shelving bits.  

Once everything was cut and dry fitted, I painted all the pieces.


I took the doors and added plexi to the back.


I covered the inside of the hutch with a print fabric.


I then began attaching all the shelves.


Once all the assembly was complete, I added glass beads for knobs and tiny jewelry findings as faux hinges.  Lastly, I began filling it with all my kitchen miniatures.


I can’t wait to place this in the Linfield kitchen!

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Linfield Bedroom

The master bedroom is, so far, my favorite room in the house.  I’m nicknaming this the “Rose Room”.  Obviously, the beautiful scrapbook paper I used as wallpaper was my inspiration for all the furnishings and decor.  Settle in for this post…there’s a lot going on in this room.

First, I started with the armoire.  I used an unfinished cabinet as my base.


I removed one of the doors and took off the wood knobs.  I then began all the reconstruction which included adding faux drawers, painting, and various jewelry findings.  I removed the center bracket on the remaining door and added a piece of folded fabric. 


Lastly, I made two hat boxes, scarves, and a framed picture for the top.  The picture is a printed image glued into a button.  I also made a jewelry box to sit inside.


I made curtains for the French door.  I also added some decorative panels to the bottom of the doors.  I made these using balsa wood, scrapbook corners, and more roses.


The bed was my favorite project in this room.  My mom had recently gifted me a couple of plain dollhouse beds that she found discounted.  Of course, there is zero chance of me leaving anything plain or as-is, so I set to work.  Here is what I started with,  not bad but I knew I could do better.


I first stripped off all the bedding and foam.  I then began glueing on all sorts of jewelry findings, small metalwork pieces, and roses.  I then painted everything in a rosey copper metallic paint.  Once the paint was dry,  I dipped the bed in polyurethane to seal everything.  


Finally, I began trimming, folding, and layering different fabrics until it was perfect.  I topped it off with handmade pillows and a throw blanket I made from tiny crocheted flowers.  Everything on this bed was handmade – from the pillows to the comforter where I painstakingly added each row of ruffles.  This bed is definitely the prettiest thing I’ve ever made for a dollhouse.  


I created a dressing screen and table for the room.  The dressing screen is constructed from balsa wood and more of my jewelry findings.  I used a bird bath that I had picked up somewhere on clearance and added a top to create the table.  I then made a little flower vase, purse, whatnot bowl, and gloves.


I took various scrapbooking frames and filled them with pictures I printed from the internet.  I hung the pictures on the wall behind the dressing area.  I also decided to go with a store-bought area rug for the room.


I purchased a vanity from Hobby Lobby.  I will say that it is actually a rather cute vanity out of the box.  But, of course, I needed it to be next-level.  So I got to work.


I sanded all the edges and high points and then stained the vanity, wiping away most of the excess.  I wanted an antiqued or aged look and this technique worked perfectly.  I then began creating tiny bottles from beads and jewelry findings.  I made a little tray that I placed a handmade compact, lipstick, nail polish, and makeup brush in.  I then added a store-bought lamp.  I had a straw hat with raffia trim.  I removed the raffia, added my own embellishments, and hung it from the mirror.  Lastly,  I created a couple of simple necklaces that I allowed to hang out of a partially opened drawer.


I also recovered the vanity seat and added scrapbooking frames and corners.


I finished off the wall behind the bed and vanity with more framed prints and created a picture rail with shelf.  I added various handmade knick knacks to the shelf.


Lastly, I hung a chandelier that my daughter made for me.  I’m calling this room done.  I couldn’t be happier with the results!


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