Dollhouse tour, Rebecca and Marie-Grace’s bedroom

Here we are with the first installment of the dollhouse tour. I decided it was probably best to start with the room that kind of got the ball rolling! In case you weren’t aware, when I started on this journey with 18″ doll furniture, my intent was to only make a bedroom, and at the time I had Samantha and No-Name doll (who I’ve since given away). Then I got Rebecca, so it was going to be Sam and Rebecca’s room. Then Kit arrived, but she said she was fine sleeping on the floor. Shortly after that Samantha announced she was going to be leaving, so Kit took over the bottom bunk and poor Marie-Grace arrived and slept on the floor until I completed the sleep sofa in the living room–and at this point as you can probably figure out, the doll house had started to expand! I purchased a large shelving unit at Home Depot to turn into the dollhouse because by the time we’d got to this stage, I had been finding all sorts of fun items that could be repurposed for the dollhouse. This shelving unit gave me five 24 inch x 36 inch spaces, a nice area to work with when designing doll rooms.

The hardest part was deciding WHERE to put it. When I initially set it up, it was sitting in the middle of my spare bedroom. It has now been moved, and the dolls have kind of taken that room over. Because I put longer posts in it than it came with to work with the dolls, I had to divide it into two sections, so it takes up a good deal of space. I have not put walls on the rooms as of yet, I’m still deciding if this is going to be the permanent set up or not, so I’m holding off doing that. In the meantime everyone will just have the same wall color!

One of the truly nice things about working in 1/3 scale is that there are so many things out there made for humans that can be used for dolls. You will see from looking at the room tours in the coming weeks that I haven’t really bought all that much in terms of actual doll furniture and accessories. Most of the rooms only have 1 or 2 items that are American Girl furnishings. The rest has been made of some Our Generation pieces (all of which I have been lucky enough to get used), and assorted other items that I’ve discovered at yard sales and thrift stores. A few of the things I’ve made myself as well. I hope you enjoy the dollhouse tour as much as I’ve enjoyed putting this all together.

Here we are: Rebecca and Marie-Grace’s bedroom!
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A couple of months ago I wanted my husband to look at something in the dollhouse to tell me if it looked right. As we stood there talking, he casually made the comment that the bedrooms were starting to look realistic because they “had enough of the odds and ends kind of stuff that kids would have!” I thought that was a huge compliment, especially coming from a guy who really has no interest in any of this at all. He is a good sounding board though, and he isn’t afraid to tell me if something looks ridiculous or is the wrong scale.

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Here is the bunk bed from American Girl, I’ve had this for a very long time. It is still one of my favorite pieces too. I made the bedding for it and as you can see, the girls have all of their stuffed animals hanging out. Sometimes I wonder how they fit in the bed with all of those toys! Rebecca sleeps on the top bunk and Marie-Grace on the bottom.

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The nightstand on the left is also an American Girl piece, I bought it when I bought the bunk bed.  On it you can see the AG clock/radio/phone.  Mine no longer works, I accidentally left batteries in it too long and it corroded.  Even though I was able to clean it and it worked for a bit afterwards, eventually one of the contacts fell off. 😦  I’ve thought about asking an electrician friend to see if he can repair it.  The dresser beside it is a jewelry box that I refinished.  The radio is one of my favorite finds, I paid about $3 and it actually works!  I think it may have been one of those credit card premiums as it isn’t a name brand and I’ve since seen multiples at other thrift stores.  I especially liked that the speakers came off, just like a stereo I used to have. You can see that the girls have all sorts of toys and knick knacks sitting about.  Since they have been rooming together they have become best buds and wanted to be sure to have a photo of the two of them!

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The desk is a piece I made in the very early days of the blog. You can read the post about it here if you would like. It has a lot of work space on it, and is a great place for the girls to keep all of their school stuff.  The seashells I actually picked up myself in North Carolina for a jewelry project (I had lots left over!), the lamp, parrot and desk light all came from Dollar Tree, the laptop is actually a cosmetic mirror and the basket came from a local craft store.  Back in the corner you can see a waste basket which is actually a pen cup, also purchased at Dollar Tree.

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Lots of space in the drawers for everything from school supplies to phones and MP3 players!

Just like in a kids room, you never know what you are going to find under the bed…

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Ah, a basketball, boots, a flute and a violin and some other odds and ends. At least we didn’t find any food stashed!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this part of the tour. Stop by next week when I will be showing you the kitchen. 🙂

From Jewelry Box to Chest of Drawers

I’m working on a diorama of a little girls room for my American Girl doll.  I already have a set of bunk beds, a night stand and some other odds and ends, but I really wanted a chest of drawers.  Nothing huge, just a place to put the odds and ends little things that accumulate:  glasses, hair clips, etc.  I wasn’t about to pay the prices that AG or a lot of other makers of doll furniture wanted for these kinds of things either.  I decided to keep my eyes open in one of my trips to a thrift store for a jewelry box that would work for such a purpose.  I figured I would be looking for a little while before I found just the right one, so imagine my surprise when about a month ago I stumbled across just the thing in my local Goodwill!

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A bit on the garish side, but I didn’t care, I intended to repaint it.  If you look closely you can see it was missing one of it’s feet.  They were held on by some sort of staple, so I went about breaking the other three off, then used my jewelry snips to trim the staples off flush with the bottom.  I also removed the remaining rhinestones left on the drawer pulls.   I picked up some ball type wooden feet for it and glued them in place, then proceeded to spray paint the entire piece white:

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Talk about a challenge!  I don’t know what it was about this paint, but the bugs outdoors were attracted to it like crazy!  It also wasn’t covering very well despite the fact it was supposed to be primer and paint all in one.  After several coats I got it mostly covered, but if you look closely, you can still see the words on the drawers.  Hmmm…  After some thinking, I decided that I would cover those with scrapbook paper and in the process, make it look more “little girlsy”.  I also applied some to the top.  I used Mod Podge to adhere and coat the paper so it would be protected.

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After I got that done, I decided the plain white drawer pulls weren’t going to cut it, so I decided to paint them pink.  They are a bit brighter than what I had in mind, but I wasn’t about to go and buy a whole container of paint for a project that at this point, had only cost me about $5–I paid $4 for the jewelry box and $1 for the new feet.  I think it’s cute and Samantha can store all sorts of things in it!AG Chest completed