From so-so to super! A new look for this tiny sofa

Handmade decor for my mini house

I picked up this sofa at a garage sale a couple of months ago.

Mini sofa from a garage sale. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

While I haven’t been obsessive about the scale within my mini house (in part because there are issues within the house itself, with differences in door frames and things like that), this sofa leaned toward being a little too big. However, I thought I’d refinish it with some of my awesome mid century fabric I got at the St. Vinny’s in Canada last month, just to see if I could make it work.

Choosing between these... and I went with...

Choosing between these… and I went with…

Sofa with fabric. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

This one.

Can you guess what these will be?

Can you guess what these will be?

Almost ready!

Almost ready!

Ta-Da!

Tiny sofa by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The end result is quite cute, but especially with the addition of the legs, I feel that it might be a tad too big for my house. We’ll see if it makes the final decorating cut…

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My roof is almost finished (really!)

Flipping my mini house

Here’s a look at my nearly finished roof! As you can also see, the chimney will be covered in blue stones to match the exterior paint. Once I add grout it will look better. This part of the project has taken as long as the rest of it combined!

Almost done! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Miniature Schnauzer & Miniature Roof Makeover. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Miniature Schnauzer & Miniature Roof Makeover. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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.

Mini house updates

Furniture and decor I've purchased

Recent updates to the mini house include some great new eBay furniture purchases and steady process on the shingles. All I can say is, this house has a lot of roof.

Here are a few looks at some inexpensive eBay finds I picked up recently.

Trying out some cute eBay chairs with a rug.

Trying out some cute eBay chairs with a rug I already had.

I'm having a hard time finding the right dining room table. This eBay find is cute, and it was a great deal, but I'm not sure if it's going to make the cut.

I’m having a hard time finding the right dining room table. This eBay find is cute, and it was a great deal, but I’m not sure if it’s going to make the cut.

The adorable bowls came all the way from Thailand. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Trying out furniture and accessories in the partially finished kitchen. The adorable bowls were eBay finds, all the way from Thailand. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

More photos from the Chicago show! Here are some of PRD Miniatures!

Miniaturists

I still have plenty of photos from the Chicago show last month I haven’t had time to post. Here are some of PRD Miniatures. Also, here’s a link to the PRD Miniatures story.

PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Artist Paris poses with his mom.

Artist Paris poses with his mom.

PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

PRD Miniatures at the Chicago Miniature Show, April 2015. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Creating a one-of-a-kind end table for under a buck

Handmade decor for my mini house

A simple, inexpensive way to create a unique end table for your mini home is to pair a garage sale figurine with a mirror.

Here are my garage sale panda and a bag of mirrors from my local craft store:

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Moments later, and with the help of a dab of glue, we have this:

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Finished product:

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Once the glue dried, I paired my table with different furniture and placed it in different rooms, seeing where it worked best.

Panda figurine and some mirrors. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

It must be the animal lover in me, but now I feel kind of sorry for this panda. Like maybe I could have left it alone and not turned it into a table.

Well, I guess it is what it is isn’t.

Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

More photos from Chicago! This time, it’s a closer look at the creations of artist Michael Yurkovic!

Miniaturists

Here are some more photos from the Chicago Miniature show I attended last weekend. I’m a huge fan of  Atomic Miniature artist Michael Yurkovic’s work.

All photos link to the Atomic Miniature Facebook page.

Atomic Miniature. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Michael Yurkovic of Atomic Miniature. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
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Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Atomic Miniature at Chicago Miniature Show 2015. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Flipping the roof

Flipping my mini house

It’s time for shingles to get glued into place and the world’s ugliest mini chimney to get a facelift. Stay tuned!

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

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

Debating between small teal shells to match the exterior paint color, or tumbled river rocks…

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

Which did I choose? I’ll tell you soon!

A mid century bubble chair for under $5

Handmade decor for my mini house

I was at my local craft store the other day, taking a look around since I was running early for an appointment. I came across a glass ornament (I have no idea what it was doing out in April — maybe it was meant to be used for a little spring/Easter scene?) that looked like a perfect mid century modern bubble chair. I decided I’d hang it from the ceiling in the corner of the living room. Ten minutes later, wondering down an aisle I’d never before set foot in, I discovered an assortment of plate and cup holders. One of the cup holders was a perfect match for my ornament/chair, turning it into an actual free-standing bubble chair. Here they are:

Cup holder + glass ornament = perfect 1:12 scale mid century bubble chair! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Cup holder + glass ornament = perfect 1:12 scale mid century bubble chair! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

My new bubble chair works great with my other living room furniture.

My new bubble chair works great with my other living room furniture.

Bubble chair with a mini newspaper rack and a side table that's actually a container of lip balm.

Bubble chair with a mini newspaper rack and a side table that’s actually a container of lip balm.