A closer look at the living room

Flipping my mini house
A closer look at the living room

A closer look at the living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room

Much of the art, furniture, and accessories in the Flip This (Mini) House project are repurposed objects I found for next to nothing at garage sales and thrift stores, or that I created from materials from craft stores and hardware stores.

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room. To learn how to make a bubble chair, faux modern pendant light, and much more, take a look at old posts.

A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House living room. To learn how to make a bubble chair, faux modern pendant light, and much more, take a look at old posts.

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A closer look at the Flip This (Mini) House project

Flipping my mini house

For the past few months, I’ve been holding off on revealing the Flip This (Mini) House project. Today’s the day I’m going to give you a closer look at some of the finished details, starting with the kitchen! Let me know what you think!

Mini kitchen reveal. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mini kitchen reveal. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Tiny kitchen, flipped. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Something's cooking in the kitchen... Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Something’s cooking in the kitchen… Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Flip This (Mini) House. All rights reserved.

Some Big News for my mini house!

Flipping my mini house

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!

After almost a year of flipping my mini house…

Flipping my mini house

It’s almost ready for the grand unveiling! Here’s a look at the exterior:

Flip This (Mini) House -- almost completed! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Flip This (Mini) House — almost completed! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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.

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.

Trying out paint colors on shingles

Flipping my mini house
Painting dollhouse shingles. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Painting dollhouse shingles. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I’m trying out paint colors on shingles. I’ve decided to go with a mix of yellows and browns. You may be tempted to shingle your house and paint it later, since this is much faster than painting shingles individually. I think it’s worth the extra time to paint them individually, varying the color a bit from shingle to shingle, so your finished product looks more realistic.

I will show you where to start applying your shingles soon!

More shingles. The fishscale style are fine for my house -- I'll just keep the round part hidden beneath other layers.

More shingles. The fishscale style are fine for my house — I’ll just keep the round part hidden beneath other layers.

It takes a long time, but this is what television is for. So you can watch it, guilt-free, while accomplishing mindless projects like painting 8 zillion mini shingles.

Have I mentioned how excited I am that the Real Housewives of New York are back? I love them all!!!!! Even Ramona has carved a small place in my heart.

My mini cutting board collection is complete!

Furniture and decor I've purchased

In my real (human scale) home, I have a collection of cutting boards, so naturally my mini house needed one as well. At the miniature show in Chicago, I found three new mini cutting boards, all from seller Dragonfly International. I already have a couple other mini cutting boards, so now my collection is complete. Also, check out the adorable pots and yardstick, also from Dragonfly International!

Regular cutting boards and mini cutting boards. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Regular cutting boards and mini cutting boards. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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

Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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!

Modern mini art

Handmade decor for my mini house

As you may recall, I made this mural for my mini house’s office…

Mid-century mural for the office. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mid-century mural for the office. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

but have since eliminated teal/blue from my house’s color palette.

Also, I realized after creating it that it would have clashed with whatever wallpaper I ended up choosing for that room.

I liked the design of it so much, however, that I decided to create a small painted canvas with a similar design.

I started with a tiny canvas from the local craft store. These sell for about $1.99 each. I drew the pattern on with pen.

Tiny canvas. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny canvas. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Then I filled in the borders using a fine tip brush and the colors I plan to have throughout the house. I painted the edges of the canvas black.

Tiny painting. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny painting. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

This is a quick, simple, inexpensive project anyone can do. The secret is to use a very fine tipped brush so you have control over applying paint to such a tiny space. I can’t wait to hang it in the office!

Creating a stencil for floors

Flipping my mini house

To make your floors fit, create a pattern or stencil using paper, the way clothing designers create patterns before putting scissors to their fancy fabric. This works for wallpaper too. Here are the steps I took to install my living room floor.

First I cleared out my living room. Next I began constructing my stencil, basing it off the shape of the far wall. See (below) how it fits like a puzzle piece against the wall? This required a fair amount of adding and subtracting to get it right. I’d slice a little bit off here, tape in a little extra there, until I had it just right.

Create a stencil to lay on top of your flooring. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Create a stencil to lay on top of your flooring. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Next I added another portion for the section of flooring that is by the railing. Then I put the stencil on top of my flooring and taped it into place.

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Next I carefully cut out my floors. I ended up with this:

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Now came the moment of truth. Would this amorphous shape fit just right into my mini living room?

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Yay! It fits! And since the floor is actually made of individual slats of wood affixed to a paper backing, it’s flexible enough to maneuver into place.

Below, if you look to the left of the stairs going up to the bedrooms, you can see one small piece going the wrong way, where I stuck in an extra piece since the flooring was just a bit smaller than the length of the room. Once I install wallpaper, white baseboard trim, and put furniture in place, this will be practically unnoticeable. Chip clips are handy for holding the flooring in place as adhesive dries.

Use chip clips to force your floor flat. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Use chip clips to force your floor flat. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Finally, I’ll pile some books on top to help ensure it stays flat.

Keeping newly installed floors flat. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Keeping newly installed floors flat. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Living room wallpaper is going in soon! I can’t wait to show you the results!