Saturday, August 13, 2011

My first scratch built piece of furniture

Here is my first scratch built piece of furniture.  It is a kitchen sink for the the Tumbleweed House.  I think that it turned out pretty good for my first time at building a piece of furniture.  I thought I would share some pictures of the build.

The sink 

The sink started out as the clear bubble from an electrical circuit piece.  I think it might have been a resistor or something like that.  Anyway, the clear bubble was the perfect size for the sink, so I simply spray painted the underside of the clear bubble silver to mimic the finish on an old metal sink.

The base cabinet

I thought that I had taken some pictures of the construction of the base cabinet, but I guess that I didn't take them after all.  The base is very simple- it is basically a wooden box with  false drawers on the front.  In this picture, you can see the cut-out for the sink.  I was going to make drawers that would open, but decided against that once I got started working with the basswood.  Perhaps next time I will make the drawers work!

A test fit of the sink

Here is the base cabinet with the sink sitting in place.  So far, so good.

The painted cabinet

Next, I painted the cabinet a glossy white.  Then, I used small clear beads and jewelry hardware to make the knobs for the drawers.  I wanted the knobs to look like antique glass knobs.  The back splash was covered with scrapbooking paper that looks like country tile.

The finished product complete with fresh peaches!

I have to say that I really enjoyed making a piece of miniature furniture.  Is it perfect? Not quite, but it is just perfect for my little cottage.  Will I attempt another piece soon?  Absolutely, in fact, I want to build some kind of bed for the attic of the Tumbleweed House.  I have an idea for something.  Hopefully, I will get to start it soon.

With warm regards,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Look What I Found!

Look what I found buried behind some boxes on shelf in my hubby's workshop.

A vintage travel trailer.

I bought this travel trailer kit about 15 years ago.  As you can see, I started working on it and then we decided to start a family, so the trailer found a home in a box and was packed away until yesterday.  I'm excited to have found it again and it looks like all of the parts are still around.  

All of the inside stuff.

I don't remember much about this kit, but I do believe it was offered by a father/daughter duo and I think I found their name in Nutshell News.  There is a built-in table and seating, a cook-top and sink, and a bedroom with the tiniest bathroom facilities ever.  I am going to start back on it just as soon as I complete a bit more of the Tumbleweed House.  

Another interior shot.

So, that was my big find for yesterday.  Check back tomorrow for pics of my first ever, scratch built piece of furniture.  

With warm regards,

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The front porch

Before you read today's post, I wanted to thank everyone who has sign up to follow my blog.  Before I started blogging, I never signed up as a follower.  Now, I am going back and signing up on many of the blogs that I read.  I realize that it is exciting to see the list of followers increase. 

So last night I worked on the front porch of the Tumbleweed House.  The porch is made of basswood, and I stained it a light, golden honey color.  Then, I sealed it with a coat of Future floor wax.  I really like the way that it turned out. 
The porch before staining.
After staining and sealing.

I then decided to decorate the front of the house, just to see what it might look like when it is finished.  I added a little terracotta planter/birdbath/bird feeder to the side.  I have add this piece for a long time just waiting for the perfect place to hang it.  Don't you love the tiny bird and the touch of turquoise?

Next, I hung the mailbox and the numbers for the address.  I wanted the address to be the year that I built the Tumbleweed House.  The numbers are a little crooked, but they are fine for now.

Dh did say that he would help me straighten the numbers.

Lastly, I added a birdhouse on a stand and a plant near the front door.  I think it looks pretty good so far.

Home Sweet Home.

Up next, hanging a porch swing on the side porch.

With warm regards,

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tumbleweed House

Tumbleweed House

I thought I would post several pictures of my current project, Tumbleweed House.  I used the dollhouse kit Lisa's Country Cottage by Houseworks.  I completed the build back in March during Spring Break, but since I am a teacher, the little cottage sat empty until May.

When I started decorating the inside, I envisioned a shabby chic style interior, complete with lots of distressed white furniture and pictures of Paris.  It seemed like every time I tried to add a shabby detail, something would happen and the shabbiness was lost.  I was getting no where fast.  So I finally "listened" to my cottage and began to embrace the whole Americana/Country Farm style.  The funny thing is that my real house is decorated in a country farm style!  In fact, many of the things that you see in the Tumbleweed House have a real life counterpart in my home. 

The downstairs area.
The downstairs is missing a sink and oven.  I want to build something to accommodate the small area that I have for them.

The upstairs area.
The upstairs is basically empty.  I would like to put a bed in there.  Right now, it is just holding extra things that I have acquired.

So, that is my Tumbleweed House.  It is far from complete and in a state of change almost daily.  Tomorrow, I will post pictures of the front porch, which I am painting in just a matter of minutes. 


Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Brand New Blog!

Welcome to my blog! I plan on using this blog as a place for sharing my love of all things miniature. Check back soon for pictures of my current project.