Milla’s Little House : The Bathroom

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I just love doing the bathrooms in these little houses. So much fun and no plumbing needed – perfect! This bathroom took a bit of thinking time though as I just couldn’t decide on the ’tile’ that I wanted in it. Finally I found a herringbone digital download on Etsy. It was just what I was chasing but unfortunately it wouldn’t work in this room because it is quite large and the print wasn’t a repeating pattern so I couldn’t join them. So I found a ‘how to lay herringbone pavers’ image and then used that as a base and hand drew all the tiles. It took forever but I like the way it came out.

Next I had trouble with finding a toilet – how ridiculous, I know! I wanted a ceramic one but they all seemed to come in bathroom sets with really old fashioned baths and sinks. So this one I found at Tres Collective – it’s a laser cut wood toilet that I spray painted with gloss enamel paint. The toilet roll holder is the metal spring part of a wooden peg and the toilet paper is real – just glued and then rolled on.

The shower screen (it’s actually acrylic not glass) also came from Tres Collective and I just glued it to some balsa wood to form a base, which was then painted.

The shower head (the thingy that the water would come out of) was the next big challenge. I really wanted a rainfall type head but couldn’t find one anywhere (at least not in my budget anyway). So this was created with jewellery findings from Spotlight that are glued together with E6000 glue (really don’t like using that stuff with the big cancer warning on the back of it!). The shower caddy thing is a box from Etsy and the shampoo, conditioner and soap are just Fimo. The taps are just more jewellery findings.

The vertical garden is some grass matting that I got from Aliexpress. I have enough to just about cover a human size wall so expect to see a bit of that in the next house…and the one after that….and the one after that…..  The ‘bamboo’ mat is just sticks of balsa but I really like the way it turned out.

The vanity is a chunk of wood that I think was supposed to be a bench seat; it came with a second hand lot of furniture so I just tipped it upside down to make the vanity. The little basin is the same as the one in the kitchen (from eBay). The gorgeous mirror is from Mostly Miniature and the towel rail thing is just a wine charm and a bead. The towels are terry towelling scraps. The pretty mat is a crochet doily from Spotlight and the other pink one you see is from eBay (I also have LOTS of them!). The bin was a second hand furniture find on eBay and it’s just got a bit of toot paper in it to make it look like rubbish.

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I LOVE this towel rail! It also came from a second hand lot of furniture from eBay.

And finally, all the little decorations are made with Fimo and filled with fake plants. The little mountains were also painted gold. The picture frame is from Whimsy Woods and I just created the ‘artwork’ to go inside.

 

I’m so close to finishing this house. The master bedroom is nearly done and then it’s just the living/dining – that’ll be a challenge as I need to make a table and a couch, something I’ve never done before. It’ll be really sad once this house is done but the next one is going to be a HUGE challenge!

 

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Milla’s Little House : The Kitchen

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The Dollhouse Kitchen

It’s not often something turns out EXACTLY the way I want it to when I’m doing crafty stuff. But this kitchen…well, I just love it! It’s a mix of my favourite colours, favourite timber and of course the pink Kitchenaid mixer. I would love this kitchen in MY house. After finishing the top floor – the little girl’s room – I headed to the bottom floor to do the kitchen. Mainly because I was waiting on stuff to arrive for the middle floor – and I was pretty excited about the elements I had planned for the kitchen.

First up, I’ll address the elephant in the room – of perhaps lack of elephant in this case. There is no fridge. Unfortunately this room was so small that I simply couldn’t fit a fridge in. But luckily the residents of this home aren’t real, so it really doesn’t matter. I’m pretty sure they’ll probably just use magic or something.

The floor was the first thing I did in this room. It’s just strips of balsa wood that are double sided taped down and then lightly sanded. I love them soooooo  much. They flow through to the living and dining room too, as they’re on the same level.

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The timber kitchen cabinetry came from Bali – yep all the way from Bali – from a beautiful store called Rosada Dollhouse. I spent a wonderful hour in the store (would have been longer had the children and hubby not been holding me back) choosing all sorts of goodies. I wanted to keep the timber kitchen benchtops and sides but painted the rest white.

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The stove was then painted black with silver trim.

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The beautiful splashback came from LittleFishCreations, which was a digital file that I had printed at Officeworks. The edging is just balsa wood.

The little pink mixer came from Etsy, as did the fruit bowl, fruit and cereal boxes in the cupboard. Oh and the dish drainer, dishes and sink too. The ‘artwork’ was just a print I made up and ModPodged to some balsa wood. The pearly thing is supposed to be a clock but it’s a jewellery finding that was on sale at Spotlight. I was running low on spending money by that stage. The little books are my fave books in my real collection and are just printed on paper then ModPodged to balsa wood.

The gorgeous little monstera plant is from Mostly Miniature. The mat that Ralph (the dog) is sitting on is just a string mat that I made. I was quite pleased with how it turned out but I’m going to try another technique next time as I wasn’t entirely happy with the underside.

The shape of the room meant that there was a big gap on the left hand side. Unfortunately not a good place for a fridge. So I decided to do a bit of a study nook/organiser area. The noticeboard is a scrapbooking chip thingy that I painted, with some cork sheet glued to the back. The little love heart is a chip from Typo and I just printed some of my own photos and a shopping list out and glued them on. The desk is a bit of balsa wood that looks a lot like the flooring 😉 and the little pot of flowers is a wooden spool with paper flowers glued inside.

So that’s the kitchen in Milla’s little house. Definitely my favourite room in all the houses I’ve done so far. The bathroom is next and it’s nearly done. It’s looking pretty awesome (if I do say so myself!).

Milla’s Little House : Girl’s Bedroom & Playroom

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After the Superhero House, I needed to get stuck into some seriously girly decorating. Pink, feathers, fur and more pink. Oh yeah! So the little girls attic bedroom in my new house was where I went.

This is the house before I started working on it and then with 3 coats of primer. Yuck! Wht a horrid job. But it was $35 on Gumtree so a pretty good bargain really. It’s totally solid and handmade so has heaps of character.

 

I forgot to take a photo of the finished painted house because I was just so excited that I’d done the boring part and could now do something fun. But if you’re wondering, the walls are Dulux Coastal White, the roof is Dulux Oolong and the pink in the bedroom I’m not sure because the label’s come off but I think it’s Dulux Pink Gin. Very handy having built a real house a few years ago so I have LOADS of paint sample pots to work with.

Right so, here we go…..

The little bed and bedside table I made (tip : do NOT use hot glue to stick balsa wood together. It looks dreadful – bedside table case in point). The feathery headboard is one of those feather hacklepad thingys that I had lying around from Milla’s birthday party. The gold dot quilt and pillow are just made from fabric scraps I had. The flowery cushions are felt and some of those flower things that I found in my craft stash. The gorgeous knitted pillow is from the very talented WhimsyWoods. The lamp is just a painted wooden bead, cotton bud and gold felt wrapped around a foam marshmallow. The little books and rabbit came from eBay (although the rabbit was in a second hand lot so not sure where he’s from). Teddy and cuckoo clock are also from eBay. The ‘artwork’ is just balsa wood painted with gold paint, a wooden chipboard from Typo and a little scrapbooking rose.

You might notice the roses up on the roof. Being handmade, the house had what we might call ‘character’. So I had to use the roses to hide a great big gap between the wall and ceiling. Turned out alright though I think.

The other side of the room presented a real challenge because of the extreme slope of the ceiling. Thanks to googling ‘attic bedrooms’ I came up with this solution – a ‘custom made’ cabinet (makes it sound so posh but really it’s just balsa wood) that fit neatly into the space. Oh and while I’m here, the floor is just scrapbooking paper.

The little toys are mostly from eBay (some new, some secondhand) but the unicorn and cat are from a gorgeous little shop in New Zealand that I stumbled upon. You can get the same ones from Ryan’s Realm (if you happen to live in Wellington, the store was ikoiko).

Some other random things are this little plant. It’s just gold felt that I stitched into a bag shape and then filled with artificial plant. The little hat rack was another eBay second hand find. The little handbag I just made from felt scraps and embroidery thread. And the little toy was from eBay and looks lovely against the lush fur mat from WhimsyWoods.

As an added bonus, here is the playroom. This was a poky little room that really couldn’t fit much in it at all. It was a nightmare to paint, photograph and basically do anything with because it’s so small.

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The little horse was just in the furniture set leftover from the Superhero House. I painted it pink with gold trim, cut off its red tail and replaced it with pink embroidery thread. The felt ball garland was just balls that I strung together with embroidery thread and the pictures are from Typo.

 

So there’s the pretty little girl’s bedroom and playroom in my new house. Not sure which room is next….maybe the kitchen.