A tiny dresser gets a luxe makeover

Tweaking store-bought dollhouse furniture

My mini house has many metallic touches, gold in particular. I liked the scale of this dresser for my mini master bedroom, but didn’t feel the style worked at all with the mid-century-chic feel of my home, so I decided to give it a little makeover.

Mini dresser "before"

Mini dresser “before”

Goo-gone took care of this sticker without hurting the wood finish.

Goo-gone took care of this sticker without hurting the wood finish.

The deconstruction process couldn't have gone better!

The deconstruction process couldn’t have gone better!

Here’s the end result:

I glued wood balls to the base and spray painted it gold leaving the drawers unpainted.

I glued wood balls to the base and spray painted it gold leaving the drawers unpainted.

Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic: LOVE.

Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic: LOVE. All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Not exactly mid century modern, but appropriately luxe and adorable in my mini master bedroom, and such an improvement over the old look!

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Retro-fying my dining room

Tweaking store-bought dollhouse furniture

Not long ago I got this dining room set on eBay:

eBay find

eBay find

To me, it looks like furniture actually looked in the 70’s. There’s none of the teak, Danish modern 1960’s thing going on with it, which is what I’d ideally like for the dining room.

I decided to give it a makeover to see if I could convince myself to love it. After all, I’ve been looking high and low for the “perfect” set for months, and I don’t think I’m going to find it.

Here is some vintage fabric I just picked up at a St. Vinny’s in Canada (My goal: to visit every St. Vinny’s in the world).

Authentic Canadian fabric. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Authentic Canadian fabric. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I especially love the bottom pattern. I might have to turn that one into something for my real house.

Here’s the fabric again, beside one of the dining room chairs. I’m determining which pattern works best with the scale. I also set each in the kitchen/dining area to see which colors blended best with the wallpaper and adjacent kitchen tiles.

Choosing fabric for the chair.

Choosing fabric for the chair.

The winner is... This one!

The winner is… This one!

What the heck! You mean the original fabric was actually paper???

What the heck! You mean the original fabric was actually paper???

Before and after.

Before and after.

A whole set of chairs!

A whole set of chairs!

And a matching table runner, to top it all off.

And a matching table runner, to top it all off.

Trying it out in my in-progress dining room.

Trying it out in my in-progress dining room.

I’ve got to admit… I really like it! The next step is to make a matching cushion for the window seat bench behind it.

Sometimes perfect is the last thing you want to be

Tweaking store-bought dollhouse furniture

As I mentioned in my previous post, my mom picked up some adorable white cupboards for my kitchen. Here they are in place, in my semi-completed kitchen:

White cupboards in my mini kitchen. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

White cupboards in my mini kitchen. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

They’re a little taller than the window, which is unfortunate but not a huge deal.

I added the refrigerator into the mix, even though it needs some more coats of paint, but left out the stove since the paint was still really wet. It looks very cute, but not exactly mid century, not exactly modern, and not exactly personality-filled like I want my house to be.

I decided to make some small changes. I purchased some cool little gold buttons:

Tiny gold buttons.

Tiny gold buttons.

…and some woodgrain decorative tape, and gave the drawers and doors a makeover. Here’s a look at the “during” portion of the makeover:

Giving my cupboards a makeover

Giving my cupboards a makeover

The great thing about this makeover is that the tape can easily be removed without taking an paint off, and the original brass knobs can be stuck back in place. However, I decided I liked it and felt it was a better fit with the rest of the decor in the house, so I updated everything. Here’s a look at the “after” version:

Kitchen "after"

Kitchen “after”

As you can see, there are plenty of details still needing to be fixed, from paint on the window that needs to be removed, to trim that still needs to be installed. It will all come together soon though. If this new look seems a little weird to you, just wait. When you see the finished product, it will all make sense!

Some small changes to some (small) appliances

Tweaking store-bought dollhouse furniture

The refrigerator and stove I plan to use in my house were a little too small and an icky shade of yellowish beige. After several unsuccessful looks at eBay and other online miniature shopping sites, I decided to do what I could to improve the appearance of them.

I didn’t mind so much that they were a little small — to me, it gave the refrigerator a bit of a Smeg feel to it, and the stove reminded me of a cute little 1960’s gas stove I had in an apartment long ago (my favorite apartment ever). But the stove in particular was just too small to work with the cute little set of cupboards my mom picked up for me, which I am firmly committed to using, so I decided to do what I could to make the stove a little bigger.

Stove before. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Stove before. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Adding coats of paint to the stove and refrigerator.

After putting a couple of coats of paint on each, I added some feet to the stove (tiles, actually).

Stove with feet added.

Stove with feet added.

The tiles/feet overhang the back of the stove, because I’m going to build up the back of it with some cork coasters. These little feet bring it up to the same height as my countertops.

Two cork coasters, painted white, trimmed to size, and glued to the back of my little stove.

Two cork coasters, painted white, trimmed to size, and glued to the back of my little stove.

These coasters not only give the stove a top portion for knobs, but they also make it so the stove is the same approximate depth of my counter tops.

I added some tape to round off the border of the stove, some more coats of paint, and some black brads as tiny control knobs.

Almost done!

Almost done!

My stove is almost done! It needs another coat of paint and some of the details worked out, but I’m much happier with the color, size, and general appearance. Photos of it in the kitchen coming soon!