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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Linfield Bathroom

I had so much fun with this little room!  From the rolls of toilet paper to the tiny soaps,  it was such a joy coming up with all the different ways to make all the toiletries and bath accessories.

I started out with a hand-me-down porcelain bath set (tub, toilet, and sink).  I also had an old cupboard I could use for storage.  I finally decided on the placement of each piece and then set to work on creating all the other items.

I created a chandelier using various glass beads and jewelry findings.  I then attached a scrapbook frame to the ceiling and hung the chandelier from the center.

I created a rug using 3 different corded trims.  Starting from the center, I glued the trim as I went to a heavy piece of printer paper to help it keep its shape.  Once it was large enough, I allowed it to dry, cut off the excess paper, and added scalloped trim.

I created a tiny medicine cabinet by using an old door that I had removed from one of the shelving units that I used in my bakery (never throw away anything!).  I cut and glued pieces of balsa board to the back of the door to create the cabinet base.  I then added a shelf inside.  I painted it using purple acrylic as the base coat and white milk paint on top-sanding when dry to expose the base coat underneath.  I then printed out medicine boxes from a free printable website.  I then glued it straight to the wall.  

Using jewelry wire and a metal bead, I created a toilet paper holder.  For the rolls of paper, I took a drinking straw, glued and rolled on cotton bandaging (from my real life first aid kit), and then cut the straw into smaller sections/individual rolls once the glue was dry.  I also printed a free tissue box, assembled, and attached a scrap of bandage.

I made various perfume bottles from beads.  I also found a free rug printable online and printed it on to printer fabric for some fancy towels.  I applied various trims to dress them up.

I created this shelf using metal scrapbook picture corners as the brackets.  I then used an old acrylic window insert, cut to length, for the shelf.  I created a towel rod from two jewelry findings and a dowel and glued it under the shelf.  I lastly arranged all my pretty towels and perfume bottles on the shelf and attached above the tub.

I again used a bead and wire to create a hand towel ring near the sink.  I painted the cabinet the same way I did the medicine cabinet and then filled it with homemade goodies.

I created more containers by cutting small lengths of squared and rounded dowels and then painted them and applied little labels created from free printables I found online.  I also took an old real life candle and cut out pieces of wax to create soaps.

For above the sink, I had a little gold mirror that I thought would be perfect.  I then created another “glass” shelf using leftover window inserts and tiny brackets made from pieces of a wooden Chinese fan.  To create the toothe brush, I cut a small sliver of wood and then glued a tiny piece of fiber fill on the end.  I then applied a tiny amount of paint to the fiber fill to stiffen.  The little cup, along with the wall art, are just more free printables that I spruced up with handmade frames.

I created a waste basket using the same cording used on the rug, a piece of trim for the top, a small rose glued on the front, and more of my “toilet paper” for waste.

I created a soap dish for the tub by cutting a plastic button in half and attaching it to a piece of trim.  I added a candle wax piece of soap.  I also took an extra miniature milk bottle I had and shaved it down on the front and back so it was a flat bottle instead of rounded. I painted the bottle and applied more printed labels before setting it on the tub.

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Linfield Study/Library

Off the master bedroom and bathroom, tucked in a tiny little nook, is one of my favorite areas of this house.  So I really wanted it to be special but with limited space, I knew I would have to get creative.

First, I began by taking another piece I had been hoarding for sometime, the desk, and sprucing it up with some office printables I found online.  I also made a wall hanging for above the desk using a printed painting that I framed with scrap wood trim painted gold.

I then filled up the built in book shelves with some previously purchased books,  flower vases,  small framed prints made from buttons that I glued prints onto, and some paper plates that I printed and mod podged to make shiny.  I also created some wall sconces from beads and jewelry findings.

Next I wanted a chair and table.  I had a purchased side table and just added a little lamp that I made from jewelry findings and beads.  I then took an old, ugly, plain wood, ladder back chair that I many times considered tossing, and stared at it for a very long time.  I knew I didn’t want to buy a chair but at the same time chair and table legs are the absolute worst to make from scratch.  Finally, i decided what had to be done and I broke the back off the chair.  I was essentially left with a large stool at that point.  I cut out a smaller, more delicate shaped back from cardboard.  I covered it in crossstitch/Aida fabric and then painted it.  I trimmed the back and attached it to the chair seat.  I made a seat cushion and skirt and attached to hide the ugly chair legs.  The ugly chair ended up being one of my favorite projects by far.  Lastly, I printed a round rug on fabric and trimmed it with a ruffle.

I just love the way it came together…ugly chair and all!

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Linfield Attic

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.    

I started with the attic rooms-child’s room and attic storage.    

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 stash, but I was also able to make the things I didn’t have, making this a “no-money-spent project”  

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Tudor Side

For the side of the house, I added two small windows on the main floor.  These two windows will flank the fireplace in the living area.  I also needed to build a chimney to go along with the fireplace.  I marked out the basic placement onto the dollhouse wall.  I then took graph paper and made a template of the shape I wanted to create.  
Using the graph paper template, I cut out the shape from a piece of balsa wood.

I then built up the back of the cutout to my desired depth using square balsa strips.  I just layered the strips on top of each other until it was two strips thick. 

 Next I constructed the top of the chimney that will go on the roof (I’m sure there’s a proper name for this part of a chimney but I don’t know it :))

  I then added some handmade bricks to random places on both sections of the chimney and painted them.
I then applied a generous amount of matte Mod Podge on the bricks.  This seals them as well as provides a brick surface in which I can wipe away the grout adhesive I used in my next step. 

I used a spatula and spread the grout over the entire chimney wiping of my bricks as I went to expose them.

 Once the chimney pieces were dry, I attached them into place and began finishing the side to match the front.  

First I applied drywall mud all over and textured it with paper towels.  I then painted it antique white.  I next  glued paper clay to the bottom of the wall on either side of the chimney and created stones as I had done to my front steps.  
I added a cap to the top of the chimney using premade bricks and grout.  I then dry brushed the cap with black paint to simulate smoke stains. 
  I created non working shutters for the top floor window opening using the same technique used on the front door.  I also carried over my use of the handmade bricks underneath the window from the front of the house.
I added my strips under the eaves to match the front roof and glued a scrapbook cutout above the window.  I then added all my timbers. 
I dry brushed stain around the edge of each timbered section to age it.  
Finally I created more leaded “glass” to go in the small windows I added.  I also added small scrapbook cutout left overs above each of the small windows.

This was my first chimney construction so I know there are some design errors going on but I was happy with the look and just decided to roll with it.  

I am thrilled with the way the house is starting to come together.  On to the next side… 


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