The Dollhouse Kitchen and Dining Room
Each time I complete a room in the dollhouse, it becomes a new favorite. The kitchen certainly isn’t an exception! I’ve changed details in this room many times, and am finally calling it finished and done. For a while, the vent hood was copper, the light fixture was different, the cuckoo clock was dark wood, and the window was without dressing. But all of those details have changed, and I think this is finally ready for its close-up.
For those of you following along on Snapchat (my name is mandimakes there), you’ll know that I handed off the dollhouse to Lucy on Christmas Eve morning. While I consider it to be finished, I’ll be changing and adding these here and there, just like in a real home. I have more plans for the bedrooms, but instead of waiting for them to be done, I think I’ll share the dollhouse in its entirety next week, and then share changes as they happen. For now— I’m really excited about the kitchen!
Check out the entire dollhouse project by clicking here. See my resources at the end of this post.
Prepping this space felt like it took forever— assembling the kit, scribing the floors, staining the floors, filing the window openings, painting the walls, adding the windows and trim, and in this particular space, blocking out a window and installing a tile wall to block out the light from the window hole. To block out the window, I used a sheet of foam board covered in a tile sheet. I’ll show you what it looks like from the outside next week when I show the entire house, but in the meantime you can see it on Instagram here.
Making some of the furnishings and fixtures is really gratifying. In this space, I purchased the cabinets, chairs, and tiny little accessories (like dishes and cups), but I made quite a few things as well. I wish I had time to carefully photograph and document each item I make, but it just was too overwhelming, and as I mentioned before, I’m seriously considering making a book about DIY modern dollhouse furniture. That’s a big goal of mine for 2016!
So what did I make exactly? The light fixture(beads and ping pong ball), the window shade, the wall sconce, the runner (twine and duct tape), the table (wood discs and dowels glued, sanded, and painted), the art (designed by Tracy Jenkins available full-size here), the hood vent, the plants, and the shelves. Check the end of this post for the things that I purchased.
Lucy just loves her dollhouse, and I feel so gratified that it will be the framework for many of her childhood memories. We have fun playing with it together— her favorite part being the front door. She moves all of the furniture through the front door after a little animal rings the doorbell and announces they have a package for me. Of course, the house becomes quite chaotic after a while of her playing, and you’re probably wondering how I handle that! The answer is, with dignity and grace, OF COURSE…. until Lucy goes to bed, and then most evenings I rearrange things and Snapchat me playing with everything! Ha!
I think Mama Kitty needs to wear a slip under her dress, what do you think? Oops!
I used the lid from a tacky glue bottle plus a tiny piece of a bamboo skewer to make a sconce for beside the kitchen window. I plan to do something similar in the master bedroom.
R E S O U R C E S :
cabinets (I painted mine)
copper pots and pans
step stool (set of two)
donuts from Hobby Lobby
Calico Critters cat family
wallpaper in stairwell is scrapbook paper from Michaels
The following items are vintage:
chairs from The Toy Box
yellow enamel coffee set