Seems Like Deja Vu!

Tonight’s post will be a quick one, just another example of the ombre style of painting in my favorite shades: pink. I love when I stumble across essentially a perfect dresser, both in style but also construction. Dressers built around the mid-century and before are examples of furniture built right and built to last generations. And really all I need to do is a bit of sanding, some drawer repair and slap on a couple coats of primer followed by the paint. Then replace the existing hardware with something a little more appealing – at least to me the existing Chippendale style handles are ugly and when I see them on furniture the first thing my mind screams is ‘replace them and fast’!

Anyway, won’t spend too much time on this routine process. You’ve seen the drill. I’ll just show you the before and after:

Pink Dresser Before&AfterAlthough this has become quite a routine exercise in makeovers, I am constantly astounded by the change that paint makes. What an amazing transformation for the cost of paint (and accessories) but wow, how different! And adorable. I can’t wait for the little girl who gets to put this into her room.

I will continue to do the dresser transformations, but am excited to shift focus over to the work being done towards the completion of a dollhouse for the 18 inch dolls such as American Girl. Tomorrow has been targeted as the day that much work will be completed, we plan to put a real dent in the ‘To Do‘ list.

The whole idea was really conceived when I created the play kitchen (you can see the post here). I think the most fun doing the whole project is the creativity that comes from taking something and making it into something with a whole difference purpose. And for this size project, it is all that much more fun. It comes from looking at something and seeing a whole new purpose. The scale here is somewhere between 1:3 and 1:4… sometimes it just comes down to what looks right.

I started thinking about this whole thing when some wonderful people offered me a beautiful entertainment armoire. For free! All it needed was a door hinge repair. But it got me thinking and planning. It has taken a prominent location in my front entry, so that every time I walk by it, it makes me think a little more about something I want to do.

Just to give you a peek into what has already been going on, I’ll just throw some quick pictures up here.

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Here is the first cabinet. As you can see, its a work in progress. The top shelf is a kitchen and the bottom shelf is a bathroom. Not sure that it is going to stay that way, especially after the cabinetry kept growing and growing and now there isn’t adequate room for the refrigerator and stove that is yet to come. :-(

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Working still on the upper cabinets and so they’ve been relegated to the top of the cabinet. Man, I am going overboard on this! :-)

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I hadn’t planned for a bathroom, at least not for what I will keep. This will probably go into the other dollhouse. But the pieces are just too awesome!

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There is still a lot of work to do on the bathroom, but the one thing I finished was a miniature bathrug like the one I did for my bathroom! You can see it here. The bathtub will get a painting, white gloss inside, textured on the outside – more like a real tub. I’ve started the vanity and sink, still much to do there too.

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Everywhere I go, I keep my eyes peeled for things that could work as props and supplies for the house. Sample size and hotel size shampoos and conditioners and lotion bottles are perfect size in a small basket. Still need to do towels and wash cloths. Soap has been made out of clay, but needs to be wrapped.

Okay the next series of photos are of things in progress… I will explain and given instructions later. So much going on!

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Door knob and knocker for the front door…

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The front door being glue together…

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Here’s a angled photo of the sink (filled with dishes!) and what will become the sprayer and I am holding the faucet. Still in works…

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Found these lovely little fan covers that will make nice burner grills.

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These are the two stove/oven combinations (laying on their sides while gluing in the rack supports). One will be “stainless steel” while the other is getting a retro color treatment: turquoise! The refrigerators will get the same treatment too.

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Here are the oven shelves, trimmed from various pieces found at thrift stores.

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These are the knobs that will become the kitchen handles. Something special planned for these…

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These are the handles to be used for the stove/ovens. Need to pick up a few more before I am ready to attached.

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These are the shelves for both refrigerators. They are plastic cut from a dish drainer and painted silver. Perfect! DSCN1434

This is the second doll house. Barely got started… but it will have a shelf at the bottom and two floors. Also an attic! It will have beadboard places horizontal to simulate siding and it will have the grand front door and windows.

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Here is a sneak peek at the turquoise, this is the second refrigerator door.

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Here are a couple of shots of other things I’ve been collecting, such as pots and pans and dishes and glassware. Whenever I find something that seems about the right scale, I snatch it up and stash it away. These kitchens will be almost as well stocked as my own.

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Okay, that’s enough sneak peek for now. It’s getting late and there is much to do tomorrow. I hope you’ll come back and see my progress!

And of course, keep making beautiful things just for the sake of beauty!

julie

Quick Update on the Special Project

The third coat of blue went on the cabinet and drawers of the special project dresser and finally the color is really coming out! I think that this does it for the blue. Now onto completing the painting of the flower on the front and I should be approaching the finish line. Then it can cure for a bit until Danielle is ready for it. I can’t wait to show it off! I really love the contrast of the blue and the pink, I think, because they are not the standard blue and pink that seems to be used most often.

I went this morning early to pick up an antique armoire that was advertised on Craigslist. Unfortunately, it was too large to fit into the back of my little Tribute, so I will have to return later with our pickup truck. While I was there, though, he had another piece, a very sweet little dressing table with a mirror that was going to need some serious repair and love. I bargained him down to $20! This did fit nicely into the back of ‘Joe’ (the name of my Mazda Tribute). And while we were looking for all of the pieces of the mirror frame, I uncovered in the “trash” pile an awesome little pedestal table base, not for a dining table, but perhaps a side table. I asked if I could take that and he produced the table top and handed them to me! It really is true, one man’s trash in another’s treasure!

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Everything I picked up today (along with this grand armoire) is solid wood and solid construction. It was simply years of neglect that has caused seams to come loose and the finish to degrade. I am anxious to get started on this as well.

It seems that I have plenty to keep me busy for a while. If only the weather were to cooperate for more than a day or two so I could work in the garage. Yesterday the high was around 17 degrees, yet tomorrow it supposed to be in the 60’s! But imagine that a day or two later that it will return to cold and maybe snow, as I heard a large cold storm front is supposed to hit the midwest. Sigh.

I was able to get the first set of doll hangers completed and listed for sale. We’re doing a little experiment to see what works best, as I have them listed on Craigslist, eBay and Dollabee.com. Hopefully, this will be successful for us, as this is really the Kid’s project – he keeps the profits! Check them out here!

So, this will be a quick post, as I have so much to get done today! Thanks for stopping by!

And as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

julie

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