Milla’s Little House : The Master Bedroom

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The master bedroom came out very differently from the way I had imagined. I stewed over this room for MANY hours. Originally that back wall was the dark navy only above that join line you can see, with the bottom being white. I was going to have little pictures on the navy part but then the white looked too boring. So I painted the whole wall dark – it’s Dulux Oolong if you’re interested. Another sample pot of paint from our house build and it features at the front of our real house.

The timber feature wall I absolutely adore. It’s just balsa wood strips that are stuck onto the wall (which I totally wasted time painting!). The flooring is just scrapbooking paper. There was going to be a chest of drawers where the plants are but they didn’t end up fitting once I got the bed. The plants ended up being quite pretty – the fern is in a Mostly Miniatures bag, while the banana leaf palm is in a woven basket from eBay.

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Urgh, the bed! I went through 3 beds and lots of time trying to find just the right brass bed. But because I’m not really working to scale in this room, none of the 1:12 beds would fit (they were too big). I even considered learning how to solder so I could get what I wanted. But that seemed like overkill, so I came up with this design, scribbled it on a piece of paper, and the very clever Steph from Mostly Miniatures built it for me. I LOVE it! She did such an awesome job. She even made a little mattress for the bed because she thought it looked a bit barren. Very sweet of her. The bedding is just made using fabric scraps that I had and some brilliant remnant bin finds from Spotlight. The crochet cushion is from Whimsy Woods, while the lacey ‘throw’ is a piece of lace from a craft fair many years ago (have I mentioned I’m a dreadful hoarder?!). The rug is a piece from the Spotlight remnant bin lucky day that I had. I’ve got enough to make about 30 more rugs!

This room is not particularly deep so I ran into trouble again when trying to fit bedside tables in. These ones are just made from balsa wood and then painted with gold paint. They were about number 5 of the possible solutions and I’ll admit I kind of lost interest and just went with them. The little lamps are made out of beads and a little woven basket that came from eBay. The book I made and the glasses came from Etsy. The artwork on the timber wall is made from Fimo, feathers and a pearl bed. It did not turn out the way it looked in my head but it suits the room nicely.

The little timber frames on the dark wall are ones that I made from balsa wood and the pictures come from The Printable Studio. They were a set of 5 and they’re all really pretty – it was hard to choose the ones to use in the house. The little timber trolley was a Gumtree find – one of a huge set. The white vase I made from Fimo and dipped in gold paint and the little books are also my own creation. The monstera leaf print is my creation and it’s fit into a Whimsy Woods timber frame.

I feel like it’s a really relaxing room and I’d certainly be happy to sleep in there. It doesn’t seem like a lot of work went into this room but trust me, this one I found the most challenging of all.  Now only the living/dining room to go!

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!

 

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.

The Superhero House

After completing the dollhouse for my daughter, my son decided he needed a house too. He wasn’t keen on a house for dolls so we decided to do a house for superheroes. I used an old bookshelf that we had in the playroom – those put together ones from The Reject Shop-type places. A girly sort of house really wouldn’t have suited at all! Here it is in all its glory.

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So let’s go through the levels.

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The top floor is the bedroom and bathroom. Because this house is for a boy to play with, he wanted really bold, strong colours. I chose red, yellow and navy because they’re pretty superheroey type colours.

The bunk bed was just two beds that I stuck together with balsa wood dowel and then painted. The double bed was a white bed that I just painted black. The walls are scrapbooking paper and the floor was a gift from the supremely talented littlelinzi (thank you so much!). The bedside table was actually a rabbit hutch that came in a stack of second hand furniture I got with one of the dollhouses I purchased. I just painted it. The lamp is a bead, cotton bud and scrapbooking paper – with one of those foam marshmallows inside (tutorial is here). The wall art and comic books are just pictures printed and then ModPodged onto balsa wood. All the linen I made myself with scraps from my ridiculously massive fabric collection.

I’m not so secretly in love with the bathroom. I am so pleased with how it turned out. The shower, vanity and toilet were just from one of those furniture packs on eBay that I painted. The little cupboard was from the second hand furniture I got with another dollhouse, again just painted. The little plants are just beads with artificial plants inside. The hanging one is just hanging with embroidery thread and a bead. I can’t macrame so I went with a simpler option. Wall art is a little pic that I designed using a quote that was all over Google in many shapes and forms. And the little toothbrush and toothpaste as well as mug and saucepan just came from eBay (man I love eBay!).

 

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My vision for this room came from a Domayne catalogue – and the fact that I always wanted a vertical garden in my old house but my hubby never let me. I wanted it to be warehousey and masculine – after all, the majority of superheroes are blokes aren’t they (what’s up with that anyway?). I loved the idea of exposed brick and greenery, so this is how it turned out.

The trouble with using a bookcase and scrapbooking paper is that the paper wasn’t big enough to go the full length of the back wall. Urgh! So it took me about a month to figure out what I was going to do to fill this gap. I tried a wrap-around window with a view (dismal failure), a big wall art (hideous) – until one night I realised I could do a dark wall with floating shelves. That would look pretty cool. I tried painting the black but got lazy with primer so of course that didn’t work – the paint just came right off. So I just printed a black rectangle and ModPodged it on. Sweet! The little shelves are just balsa wood (I’m becoming addicted to that stuff, it’s so versatile). The kitchen table/bench is again just balsa wood painted black, with balsa dowel legs. The decorations are a combo of eBay finds, painted bits of balsa wood, and my first ever attempt at Sculpey sculpting (is that how you’d say it?).

All the kitchen furniture (and the chairs) are second hand that I painted. The toaster, jam, saucepans, utensils and water cooler came from eBay. The birdcage was a second hand eBay win and the wall art is a magnet from Typo. The window frame was also from eBay and I just put my own photograph behind it (if you’re wondering, it’s Brisbane taken from South Bank. The other one is also Brisbane, taken from a CityCat – I liked it because I could see my workplace in it).

 

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Okay I really love how this room turned out too. The gym ended up going in the living room because I figured the superheroes could do their weights while they watched TV. All the furniture is second hand that I painted. The plant is just artificial plant from Spotlight and the vase is from eBay.

I made the felt ball rug using a whole stack of pom poms I found in the kids’ craft box. The cushions I made from felt, fabric scraps and embroidery thread. The weights are made from foam marshmallows and cotton buds (I’ll be honest, I thought I was pretty clever coming up with that one). The chin up bar is balsa wood. The big black ‘go hard or go home’ I just designed in PicMonkey and the colourful wallart is from Freepik. The other quote I just did myself and stuck it onto balsa wood. The Batman/Joker pic is a magnet from Typo. The ‘yoga mat’ is just foam from an Easter sticker set from Spotlight that the kids had in their craft box. Oh and flooring and wallpaper are just scrapbooking paper.

 

Control Room

I’m calling this the Control Room but it’s kind of the garage as well. I left heaps of floor space to park the Batmobile. The desk, chairs, shelves, washing machine, ironing board and vacuum (my son insisted on having that) are all second handies that came with a dollhouse I bought off Gumtree. The little filing cabinet was an eBay win and the typerwriter, laptop, iPad and tools (they’re in a pot on the shelves) came from eBay. The computer monitors are just those name place chalkboard peg things that you can get from the $2 shop – I just painted the outsides silver. The hanging thing is balsa wood and I made all the capes with fabric and felt scraps (with the exception of the spiderweb – that’s a feltie from Etsy that I use in my eye patch business). The flooring and wallpaper are again scrapbooking paper (and you see the join in the floor where I had to put 2 pieces together? Hopefully not, it was painstaking to try to get that right). I was kind of over it by this point so didn’t bother using my last 2 pieces of white brickwork paper on the back wall. I’ll keep them for something else.

 

So there you have it – one superhero house. The whole thing started with this one pic on Pinterest that the little man found (BIGGEST mistake of my life showing my kids the wonders of Pinterest). And we just built on from there. I had plenty of input from the little guy and he’s super happy that all the Lego superheroes can hang out there.

I should also mention that there is a helipad on top. I had visions of fake grass, an outdoor BBQ and setting to go with the helipad but I was over it and he was getting impatient so this is how it turned out. Blurk! But he was thrilled with it, so that’s all that matters.

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A nice girly house is up next. Phew!

My Dollhouse Project

So my daughter’s dollhouse was destroyed while it was in storage. I’ve been promising her for about 3 years that I would get a new one for her. Imagine my thrill when I stumbled upon an old one at a boot sale – it only cost $10 – yay! Then came the fun part, refurbishing and decorating.

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This was how it looked after a sand and a paint. Nice and clean. Then came the floors and walls. The flooring is just scrapbooking paper – just like the colourful wallpaper too.

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Then I decided it needed a bathroom, so I added in an internal wall (and a bit more wallpaper).

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Let’s break it down a bit.

The Living Room & Kitchen

All the basic furniture came from eBay. I painted the stove splashback, elements and sink with silver paint. The little tree and fishbowl also came from eBay. The ‘Good Times’ sign is scrapbooking chipboard and so is the ‘artwork’ on the living room wall. The super cute little scales and clock came from eBay as well (can you tell how much I love eBay?!).

The Bathroom

The bathroom didn’t get a lot of love unfortunately as it is really quite pokey – a bit long and narrow and hard to get into. But the little towels are just fabric scraps. The accessories came from a miniatures store in Australia.

The Master Bedroom

This is my favourite room in the house. I love the floral wallpaper, and the pictures and especially the inspirational quote on the wall. The little lamps I made using this tutorial here – but those little foam marshmallows I couldn’t find anywhere in Australia so I just used more of the timber bobbins (from Spotlight) and wrapped them in a bit of quilting batting I had lying around, and then added the paper.
The rug is just scrapbooking paper that I Mod Podged to the floor (oh yeah, did I mention that’s how I put the upstairs flooring down?). And the bedspread and pillow I just sewed up with some fabric scraps I had lying around.

The Kids’ Bedroom

I also love this super cute room. The rug is just scrapbooking paper Modge Podged to the floor. The toys, books and clock came from a dollhouse store in Australia. The doonas and pillow I sewed up with fabric scraps. The butterflies on the wall are scrapbooking chipboard. The light fitting didn’t work out at all like I wanted it to but it looks okay.

So that’s my first dollhouse make over. It took about 3 months to complete (frustratingly slow!) and was a lot of fun.

I’ve got two more second hand dollhouses in the garage, ready for refurbishment. Can’t wait to get stuck into them.