Just like with a real house, decorating the Flip This (Mini) House project never ends. The living room, which I just highlighted earlier today, has gotten a make-under. The bubble chair has been swapped with the Eames lounge chair and ottoman from the house’s upstairs office. The fluffy white rug has been swapped out with a carpet from the house’s storage drawer. Ahhh! That’s better!
I got together with my friend Janet a few days ago. You may remember her as the friend who found my original mini house at a flea market, back in the summer of 2014. It was just $35! She and her husband then brought it to me and the blog Flip This (Mini) House was born.
Well… She’s at it again. Here’s her latest find. This one I got for the low price of free. It’s in pretty bad shape, but, like my original project, I see a great deal of potential in it. I’m not really sure that I’m ready for another mini house flipping project just yet, but maybe when the snow begins to fall outside I’ll change my mind.
It will be a little longer until I do a final reveal of my restoration because (drumroll, please) Flip This (Mini) House will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine! They’ll have the first chance to share my project with the world. I’m so excited about that! An upcoming issue (most likely October) will feature the Flip This (Mini) House story, with both before and after photos!
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.
Here’s the end result:
Not exactly mid century modern, but appropriately luxe and adorable in my mini master bedroom, and such an improvement over the old look!
It’s almost ready for the grand unveiling! Here’s a look at the exterior:
Soon you’ll get to see the other side! See which of my handmade items, eBay finds, splurges, and repurposed household objects made the final cut. But first, there are a few more pieces of trim to install, a couple of places where the paint needs to be touched up, and a some final decorating decisions to be made.
I didn’t want to bore you, but when my friend Katie assured me that an update about the progress of my mini house’s roof would “fascinate” her, I couldn’t say no. Here are a few photos of its current state.
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.
Here’s a look at how my shingle installation is going.
Step one: Paint a bunch of shingles, let them dry.
Start your installation at a bottom corner, as shown.
Some of these are fishscale shingles, more appropriate for a Victorian style house. You can use them with the rounded part buried under other layers, as I’m doing. I actually prefer them to the rectangular kind because the scalloped edge seemed to keep them from curling a little.
When you start your next layer, stagger these shingles. This means you’ll break a shingle in half, and start your row with it, so your seams do not line up, the way real shingles are layered.
If you have a variety of colors going on, like I do, be sure to mix them up.
If a couple of your shingles seem to be glued into place too low, you can carefully trim off a bit to even them up.
Drawing lines on your roof ahead of time as a guide would probably make the job easier.
Here’s where I’m at right now. I’m almost done with the carport. I have a lot of roofing ahead of me. Too bad I don’t have a cooler full of tiny beers.