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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Dollhouse Miniature Halloween Sign

 

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Paints, brushes, and Mod Podge used in this tutorial were provided free of charge by the manufacturer.


I thought it would be fun to make a fun little Halloween project this week for our Tuesday tutorial. I have been seeing these signs everywhere in real life decorating so I figured the dolls would want to get one too.


I used a simple craft stick for the base, mine came from the dollar store so it is a bit smaller than the ones we are all used to getting from the craft store. Either would work, you could even make a larger sign from a jumbo craft stick.


I used some Multi Surface paint from Folk Art in the color Vivid Orange. Any orange would do for this project. I do love how bright this one is though.




For the letters, if you have wonderful handwriting just write the word either with a small brush or a paint pen. I don't have wonderful handwriting so I used these tiny letter stamps. These are fairly easy to find at most craft stores that sell any kind of rubber stamps. I use my rubber stamps with both ink and paint I am just careful to thoroughly clean them after each use.

 

 If you haven't used stamps before they are really easy to use and can be a lot of fun. Just be sure the paint is only a very thin coat and only on the face of the area to be stamped, keep all paint (or ink) off the rest of the stamp to avoid making a mess.




Once I was happy with the letters and the paint was dry I painted the edges of the sign using the same Apple Barrel Black paint I used to stamp the word. I did this before cutting the sign to length because it is so much easier at this point. Once this paint dries cut the sign to the length you want then paint the ends.




Once all the paint was dry I gave the sign a nice coat of matte Mod Podge and allowed to dry.




This sign can either be leaned against the wall of your dollhouse or hung on the wall.


If leaned against the wall this would look really cute on the porch of your dollhouse. If you want to hang it I would recommend the white poster putty that is sold near the office supplies in many stores.




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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Beachside Bungalow Kitchen- The Oven Cabinet

 


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This kit is part of the Houseworks Kitchen Collection and can be found here. I am working on several of the pieces on the channel to build the kitchen in the Beachside Bungalow.


So this week we put the Oven Cabinet together. I like this piece for several reasons on being it adds some height to the kitchen and will allow the wall cabinets that come later a piece to kind of anchor them.


The cabinet has 2 areas each with a door and an opening to place the Oven Door kit from the same collection. 

 

 



The kit goes together pretty much like all the others in the set. The big difference being it is more difficult to keep the unit square because of the shape. The height combined with the narrow size make it want to go a bit wonky. It was easy to work with once all the pieces were together but it definitely needed to be taped. I also let the glue dry all the way before taking off the tape and adding the trim pieces. This one really needs the drying time.


As I was doing my dry fit before I turned on the camera it did seem that one of the long side trim pieces was slightly warped. Not much just a tiny bit. I was able to still get it in place with the glue and some careful clamping.



I did run into an issue I have not had in any of the other kits so far- the smaller of the 2 doors was just a tiny bit short for the opening. I have checked multiple times and all the parts appear to be glued correctly so I am not sure what happened. I think because of where it will be placed it won't show a lot so I think it will be fine. The gap is really small but it is there it you look at it straight on.


I did show how the oven door will fit into the cabinet and I am really looking forward to getting all the pieces finished and installed in the dollhouse. I think it is going to look really nice.








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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

September Mini Haul

 


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Today I have a very short haul for you. I purchased some more kits to use in the Beachside Bungalow Kitchen. This time I got the oven cabinet and the oven door, a faucet for the kitchen sink we got last month, a cook-top and a pair of corner cabinet sets.


Let's talk about the items one by one.


The oven cabinet kit is one of my favorite pieces to use because I happen to love wall ovens in real life and I love the realism you get by adding one to the dollhouse. This cabinet has 2 working doors as well an opening to add the wall-oven door kit. When finished the cabinet height will be 7” so it will break up that solid line of cabinets.




Next the oven door kit is made completely of metal and when properly painted looks very nice in the kitchen. It does not open or have a window but it is still a really wonderful addition to the kitchen.







I purchased 2 sets of the corner units. I am not sure if I am going to use both or just part of one but I decided to just get two and worst case scenario I end up with extra pieces I can use in a future project.





I really love the cook-top in this set of kits also, Again it just makes the kitchen seem a little nicer and little more real. I haven''t decided how much I will modify this one yet. I have some thinking to do about what I want to do and how I want it to look when in place.

 

 

 

 

Lastly this time I got a faucet for the kitchen sink. I like the look of this one and although I think we will have to do some modifying to the sink I got last month I think it will look wonderful in the finished kitchen.





I was really hoping to get the refrigerator kit this month also but it was still out of stock when I ordered. I did sign up to get an email when they get them back in stock so I am hoping to get my hands on it soon also.




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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Beachside Bungalow Kitchen- 1 ½” Base Cabinet with Door

 


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This week we tackle another of the kitchen cabinet kits I purchased. This time it is a 1 ½” wide cabinet with 1 door and a drawer. The hardest part of this was probably trying to decide which way I wanted to hinge the door. LOL


The process was pretty much the same as the previous kits so hopefully you aren't bored by this by now. I did run into a problem which I tried to explain both the cause and the fix for. The area was just too small for me to really show what I was doing. In a nutshell I had neglected to wipe out the glue from the
inside where the drawer slides in. I got distracted and just forgot. So when the glue dried that little bit of extra space it took was too much for the drawer to slide in. it did take me a few minutes to realize what had happened. 

Once I knew the cause of the issue I had to figure out how to fix it. In the end I was able to use a dental pick (this is a great addition to your craft tool box) and some of my pointed clay tools. I then wrapped a screwdriver with some sandpaper and sanded off most of what I couldn't pick out. Since the spot was still really tight I sanded off a bit of the back corner of the drawer and now everything fits. The area of the drawer I sanded off isn't noticeable unless you take the drawer all the way out of the cabinet.


Like all the other cabinet pieces I will be adding the finish at a later time when I have all or most of the rest assembled.













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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Beachside Bungalow Kitchen-1 ½” Base Cabinet with Drawers

 


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This week we continue work on the kitchen cabinet kits that I recently purchased to put into the Beachside Bungalow. This week I am putting the 1½” wide base cabinet with drawers together. So not only do I put the cabinet itself together I also assemble the 4 drawers.


While drawers might sound kind of scary put together they are really easy since the pieces of the kit are cut so well. All (or most) of the edges are cut in such a way that they almost go together by themselves.


The number 1 thing to remember when putting any kit together is to take it slow. Don't rush the steps to get it done quickly. You need to work carefully and make sure each step is done correctly. Always dry fit everything. I can't emphasize that enough, by dry fitting you can see what goes where and if it fits.

 

The first step on all of these (and really) kits is to sort and label all the parts that come in the kit. That way you know what the pieces are so you are less likely to make mistakes.




On these cabinet units you do need to make sure all the corners are square and all the edges that should line up do. So take your time and make sure you understand each step before you start doing it. 






Also at each step give your glue time to dry. Not amount of measuring and fitting will do any good if you try to rush and move to fast. That is when things get crooked and end up not fitting.


The drawers did need to be sanded just a bit to make them fit which it normal. I was pretty certain they would even before I tried them. All kinds of things can affect the fit of the drawers into the cabinet. After all the fit is very tight since we are working so small. When you do sand pieces keep your sandpaper flat on the work surface and keep the item being sanded at the proper angle.


This piece like the one last week will get finished later when more pieces are ready.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Dollhouse Miniature Mop

 



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This week for the Tuesday video we are making a simple little mop for the dollhouse.


You only need a couple of things to make this- some kitchen string and a wooden skewer.




The skewer becomes our mop handle and I cut mine to 3 ¾” long. The string needs to be cut about the same length to make it easier to work with. I had a coaster sitting on on my table so I used that to wrap my string around to quickly measure it. My coaster is right around 4” across you can cut your string any length around that. It all gets trimmed later any way. You will need about 10 pieces of string this length.


Now add some glue to one end of your mop handle and lay the string on the handle lining the ends up with the end of the handle and laying against the handle.


Cut another piece of the string and separate off a couple of threads to coat with glue and use this to wrap the mop strings right at the area where they are glued. Allow this glue to dry. Save the rest of this piece of string you will need it later.




Once the glue is dried I like to comb through the sting a bit to separate it into smaller amounts. This is optional.


Now coat some more of the piece of string you cut earlier with some glue. Now turn all the strings on the mop around so it looks like a mop and wrap again with the glued string.


Now just give your mop a “haircut” and it is ready to display. If you want to make it look more “used” you can cut it at different lengths and stain the string with a bit of coffee to age it.





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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Beachside Bungalow Kitchen- 3” Base Cabinet

 


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This week we are working on one of the kitchen cabinet kits I recently purchased. This one is the 3” wide base cabinet that has a spot to put either a sink or cook-top into.


The front has 2 fake drawers at the top just like a real cabinet would and it has 2 doors with shelves.


I do want to say again how much I love this set. I do wish there were more informative instructions in addition to the diagram but I still got this done easily. I did have to make one correction (I initially placed the fake drawer fronts upside down) It was an easy fix since I figured it out before the glue had time to set.


As with any kit I recommend you sit down with the instruction sheet, all the pieces included and a pencil. Go through each piece and figure out what every one of them are. Then with the pencil on the backside of the pieces label each one with its number. This will make putting the kit (any kit) so much easier.


Also dry fit every step before you put any glue on anything. Even if I don't show this step I always do it. You will prevent a lot of mistakes by simply dry fitting the parts.


The first construction step of this kit is to build the structure of the cabinet. This consists of the top, 2 sides, 3 shelves and the back brace piece. You do need to do all of these in one step to make sure they are all squared up and that everything fits. Off camera I checked it with my “Lego” block square and then used both tape and clamps to hold everything in place until the glue was dry. Don't rush this step if anything is off in this step the entire piece will be off.



The next piece we add is the filler piece that will hold the drawer fronts in place. This piece just gets glued in to fill the space. Allow the glue time to set up before going on but it doesn't have to be all the way dry if you are careful.




Now we add the drawer fronts, and the pieces that will frame the doors. Work carefully and make sure (again) that everything is in the correct location.


The last pieces to glue onto the cabinet are the pieces with the holes for the hinge pins. Be sure that you align the holes correctly and that they don't get glue in them.





The last construction step is to put the doors together. Each door has 5 pieces. Dry fit and check that you have the long pieces correct. There are 2 different long side pieces that look a lot alike. One has a nice square edge and the other one is slightly rounded and has the holes for the hinge pins. Be sure each door has one of each of these pieces.



That is as far as we a going to go on this piece this week. I am going to construct at least all the kits I already have before I start painting them. 

 

 



Next week we will do another base cabinet kit.





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