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.

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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.

New to FlipThis(Mini)House? Here’s a recap for you!

Flipping my mini house

I’ve always loved dollhouses. Last summer (July, I think) my friend and her husband spotted a mid century dollhouse at a flea market and sent me a text, asking if they should buy it for me. It was just $35, appeared to be pretty solid looking, and had an awesome, unique split level layout.

“Sure!” I said.

A few hours later they were delivering it to me. Here’s how it looked on the day I got it:

Day 1 of my mini house. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Day 1 of my mini house. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Since then I’ve been hard at work creating furniture and accessories from scratch, tweaking store-bought furniture and accessories, and making over everything inside. Here are a few of the accessories and pieces of furniture I created from things like coasters, handles, and yarn that I wove on a potholder loom:

Mini blinds made from a coaster. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mini blinds made from a coaster.

Tiny love seat and a newspaper to read. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny love seat made from two wooden handles, a mid century cloth napkin, and some small wooden balls. The tiny newspaper rests in a metal doodad from Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

A small rug/blanket woven on a potholder loom. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

It took me months just to get all the wallpaper and flooring removed!

Here’s a look at some of the rooms in progress:

A look at my mini kitchen and dining area. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

A look at my mini kitchen and dining area, in progress.

Living room in progress. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Living room in progress.

And now here’s a look at some of the rooms today:

Trying out furniture and decor in the living room. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Trying out furniture and decor in the living room.

Kitchen "after"

This kitchen is coming along! All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

For all the details, and to see the final unveiling which will hopefully happen in the later spring/summer, follow me here on WordPress or on the Flip This Mini House Facebook page.

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!

Kitchen and Dining room update

Flipping my mini house

The floors and wallpaper are done in my kitchen and dining room! Now I just need to add some trim. Here’s a peek at the progress:

FlipThis(Mini)House kitchen and dining progress. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

FlipThis(Mini)House kitchen and dining progress. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.