Welcome to another installment of the Super 8 Project–in other words, my inexpensive version of the Grand Hotel set from American Girl. So far we have the backdrop and the sink. I haven’t had a lot of time to work on some of the more labor intensive items just yet, plus with the hot weather we’ve been having, the dining room (where I have space to work) has turned into a no-go zone! Fortunately, cooler weather should be here soon, and I already have my ideas in place, so it won’t take long to get them finished. In the meantime, I have something that didn’t really need much in regards to adapting, and it was a simple project.
Not long after I started on this project, I decided to make a run on several of our area thrift stores. I found some fun things, not just for the dolls, but for me too! I was about to head home when something told me to take a bit of a drive to a thrift store I hadn’t been to for a while. Little did I know…
As I walked through the store, I headed immediately to the housewares section. I started looking around, and there it was! Just what I was looking for. But there was a little girl messing around with it, and I was afraid she was going to try and talk her mom into it. So I looked at some other stuff, all the while keeping my fingers crossed. Luck was on my side because after she left, it was still there. Are you ready to see what it was?
This awesome jewelry box! I loved the configuration of the drawers on it, to me it was perfectly suited to be the dresser in the hotel room. Where the empty space was is a drawer that was being repaired when I took the photo. It also had something spilled all over it, but it all came off with some serious scrubbing with a disinfecting wipe. The interior was a bit dirty and it apparently had been previously used for some sort of craft storage as it had bright blue glitter scattered around in the top compartment. Thank heavens for a vacuum cleaner! I sucked that all up before it ended up scattered around my house, and then set to work.
I decided to line all of the drawers with scrapbook paper. It was a lot of cutting, but well worth the effort. The top part I left alone because I doubt I’ll ever use it for doll stuff since there will be things sitting on top of it. I even contemplated gluing it shut with hot glue just so it won’t come open. Still thinking about that.
I decided to line one of the deep drawers in white, and then put a divider in it so it is a pull out refrigerator! Originally I was going to put a hinge on the broken drawer, but it didn’t want to work very well, so I decided this was the next best thing.
Then it was time to touch up all of the nicks and dings. I dug out my trusty Sharpie furniture markers!
I was really pleased with how it turned out when I was done. Not bad for a $9.99 purchase!
Sophia thought it was pretty cool too!
Not too long after I finished that project, I had a trip to TJMaxx. I’ve found quite a few doll sized things there, and I always keep my eyes opened. The Super 8 gods must have been smiling down on me because I found this interesting pen/pencil holder:
Set it sideways though, and it makes a perfect night stand! I’m not even going to paint it either, I like it much better in just plain gray as opposed to silver. It was only $4.99 too, so I was thrilled.
That’s it for this installment. Until we meet again!