More often than not, I have a few projects in the works at the same time. I will get burned out working on one and move over to another. Such is the case at the moment. I am taking a break from the Tudor…and the overwhelming fumes of stain. I’ve been inspired looking at DIY furniture and accessories online and have decided to decorate the rooms of the Linfield.
First was the child’s room. I first made the bed frame and the the round bed side table out of scraps of balsa wood, dowels, etc. I knew I would be covering them with fabrics so I didn’t have to worry too much about precision, painting, or prettiness. For the quilt, I knew there was no way I could cut and see together tiny shapes so I cut small strips of fabric and weaved them together hoping to give the illusion of an actual quilt. I made a very simple mattress, pillows, and sheets then applied various trims to finish everything off before glueing to the bed frame. I finished the bed by glueing a scrapbooking cutout as a headboard.
I then worked on the bed side table, cutting out a couple of different sized circles from fabric, trimming them out, and glueing it all down. I then took some jewelry findings and a small, painted dowel and made a lamp. I also printed out various children’s books, put them all together, and placed one on the table.
I had some small toys that I had picked up somewhere down the road. They had been sitting in a box for years now. So I spent most of a day searching for them. While searching, I came upon a long lost, bottom half of an old michael’s $1.00 shelving unit. I had removed the hutch/top half for another project and saved the bottom should I ever need it. Turns out it was exactly the right size for an attic bedroom. I painted it up, mod podged a little printed image, and placed toys and a handmade crayon box and books on it.
I wanted a small table and chair for playtime so found a rug image online and printed it out on printer fabric. I trimmed out the rug. Again, I found a little treasure while searching through boxes-a small chair I had picked up at some point over the years. I painted and decaled it. Then I made a little table out of left over stair spindles and wood. After painting the table, I knew I wanted some sort of scene going on so I found a little puzzle online. I printed it, cut it, and glued it to the tabletop.
I then built my own little dollhouse for my dollhouse. I scattered additional toys around, and then created a couple of wall hangings made from jewelry frames with pictures I printed from online inserted.
This little room ended up gladly putting a tiny dent in my hoarded bits and pieces. I couldn’t wait to do the attic storage space!
I began pulling out all kinds of odds and ends that had been sitting in boxes and drawers for years and started filling up the space. I ended up only making a couple of the items-the Christmas tree box and the Xmas Decor box.
Once the attic was completed, I was then able to shingle the back roof. I am in love with the way it came together. Not only did I finally bust my staff, but I was also able to make the things I didn’t have, making this a “no-money-spent project”