Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A couple of details

I know I said I would get started on the painting but I spent a little time on this snow day to add a couple of finishing details. I made this tiered tray over the weekend from a bottlecap, jewelry finding, and a push pin. I painted it today to look like galvanized metal and then filled it.



 The couch pieces aren't lined up quite right where the corner meets the left side so I made a throw blanket for where the two pieces join.
I am going to do a bit more Pinterest research and then get started on the painting. Hopefully, I will be back later with more to share.

Monday, February 18, 2019

I think the furniture is finished...

Which means I am going to have to start painting soon so I can get to the best part -adding all of the details. I made the sectional couch and pillows this evening. I need to make the felt rug a bit smaller and I do need end tables.

 I bought the washer and dryer at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon. The large jar is filled with laundry detergent.
I also found felt I like for the bedroom rug. I think the walls in here will be a blue gray.

I am getting things done. The couch was one of the biggest projects so I am glad to have that one done. Hopefully I will be back soon with more to share. Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

More farmhouse fun!

 I made a bed with a tufted headboard today. I moved the hexagon end table to the bedroom to use as a nightstand and I raided the antique shop for an antique style school desk for the other side. I also stained the trunk. So, opinions please - should I paint the desk and/or trunk with the white chalk paint? I would distress either piece so the dark stain shows.

 Although you can't really tell, the bed has sheets under the comforter.
I ordered the kitchen set from miniatures.com. The only change I am making to the set is staining the table top. If I could figure out how to do it without getting stain on the chair backs, I'd probably stain the chair seats, too.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Slowly making progress

 My first task was stripping all of the contact paper from the floors. Of course, none of it came off in one sheet.



 This is all of the stuff I peeled off the floors!
 I gave several of the furniture pieces makeovers. This hutch became an entertainment center with a built in "electric" fireplace at the bottom. That's all I've done so far. I know the basic look I want but specifics are not as clear yet. I will post as I get inspired. Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

It's my birthday!

Hubby and I went antiquing for my gift and we found a new project dollhouse.





We found the house at one of our favorite antique malls and the furniture pieces at a new to us little shop. I like the barn red color of the house. I am thinking this will be a current times farmhouse style, or at least a home in the country. A friend has a similar colored home here in the Midwest cornfields where we live. So the style may be somewhat similar to the stone cottage I did a couple of years ago. That house is very similar to my personal style with the rustic black pieces. I may go with gray walls and lots of white.for this one.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Working on the little things


I looked through several old issues of American Miniaturist searching for inspiration for details in the farmhouse.

I found a printable plant book.
I made a basket for firewood from a plastic thingy I found in my junk drawer.
Another AM had some doilies that I cut out and used in several places. I also found a tiny wedding photo in one of them. I framed it and put it on the hutch. The time period looks about right to be Louise and John's wedding.
Every detail makes the house more cozy and lived in looking. My work here is nearly done.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Monday, January 21, 2019

At last they have a roof!

I'm sorry I've been away so soon after coming back but daughter #1 got engaged and married all in about 2 months. She always told me she would have a short engagement after a broken engagement in college. I'm thankful I am creative because I did a whole lot of diy projects in that 2 months, lol. The wedding was pretty and the bride was gorgeous. We gained a wonderful new son-in-law, too.
I had Friday and today off school due to weather so I finally had time to work on the farmhouse roof. After a bit of research I decided on the shape of my shingles. I already knew I wanted them to be green.  I found a good base green in my paper drawer then dabbed on various colors to get the look I wanted. Once the paint was dry I used a ruler to mark one inch lines from one narrow end to the other on each paper so I would know where to cut to separate shingles.
 Then I cut the papers into 1 1/4" strips the length of the paper long.

 Next I trimmed the corners of each shingle then glued the strips to the roof.
It is good to have all of the structural work done. This was such a cobbed together old house that there is no way to make the exterior perfect. Part of its charm is that it was homemade. All that is left are a few accessories and then I will have to find a new project.