July 17, 2012

Make a Country Dollhouse Table

I made this cute little table out of wood, foam core and mat board. 
I started with dollhouse stair spindles because I couldn't find the proper table legs. I wasn't crazy about the shape so I thought I'd try and change them. 
I used my xacto knife to first shave off some of the wood. Then I sanded the spindles with sandpaper and smoothed them with my new, cool rotary tool that my husband bought me. After trimming, the finished leg length is 2 1/2".
Next I glued two pieces of wood together for the table top ending up with a piece 6"L  x  3 1/4"W.  
I decided on a nice curvy shape for the table apron and drew the template on card stock then traced it onto mat board. The apron width is 1/2" x  5  2/16" approximately, though this was measured for this post after the table was finished. I had to cut off slivers here and there to make it fit, so my numbers are not exact. I learned about the mat board as a building material from Kris Compas of One Inch Minis.
 I cut it out in chunks because it was difficult getting around those curves. I also sanded the cut side with a very fine sandpaper to clean up my edge.  
After that, I notched out the corners of the foam core for the leg placement. I wanted them to butt up against the apron, then I glued it in place. Before that, though, I had to trim the foam core a bit, my measuring was sucky. The foam core measures approximately 5 1/2"L x  2 3/4"W
I dry fitted it together using a bit of Instant Tac to hold the legs in place. You know, the rubber stuff your teacher used to stick paper on the chalk board, instead of tape. Don't forget to remove it before you glue, though. Once I was satisfied with the fit, I started gluing.  
After it was all adhered I realized I probably should have painted the sides and legs first. 
So I did that while it was drying. 
And here it is, a cute little country table!  It's not completely finished, I still have to give it a nicer coat of paint. But I think it's awesome for a first try, even if I do say so myself. 
The finished table is 2  3/4"H  x  6"L  x  3 1/4" W.

July 4, 2012

Poppy's Bedroom

 I've been working on a little room for a photo shoot. I sewed the bedding and painted all the furniture. There's still some things I want to add but I figured this was pretty good for now. I'm taking way too long at this. The walls are fabric taped to two, 16x20" stretched canvases I had in my cupboard. The floor is my favourite, it's a bamboo place mat.
A cozy bed with lots of pillows. I scanned a picture of Peter Rabbit onto photo paper and made the frame out of mat board. My husband made the bed from clothes pins and foam core. The head and foot board I added using mat board. 
 The lampshade was made with card stock covered in the wall fabric and the doily is two pieces of lace sewn together. The lamp base is made from wire, beads and jewelery end caps. The little bureau gave me such trouble and it's not even finished yet. I still have to sand it an Mog Podge it.  It was a little reddish stained piece from the dollar store and the stain kept bleeding through no matter what I tried. There must be 10 coats of paint on that thing. 
I made the little book the same way as the picture by scanning my flower fairies book onto photo paper. The ottoman was made from a toilet paper roll, a tiny button and some fluff. There's a little more to it than that but I forgot to take pictures of my process. 
The flowers on the furniture are roses from one of those free printables sites that I scanned and glued on, then Mog-Podged over the whole thing. I've never used the stuff before, but I sure like it. 
It was fun to sit little Poppy on the bed and make her look so sweet. Now I just have to take some back views of her so I can list her for sale in my Etsy shop.