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.

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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.

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.

Something old, something new

Furniture and decor I've purchased

Despite the horrendous demoing process (No pictures necessary. Let me just say, I’ll be lucky if my house stays intact as I tear out these superglued-in floors), I am maintaining a positive attitude.

I recently acquired this vintage miniature dresser that features hand-painted rosemaling. It is solid wood and has great details, like mid-century legs and real drawers. It was just $6.00. What a find! It’s going to be a wonderful addition to the master bedroom. Rosemaling might be classic Norwegian, but to me it screams 1972.

Also, for the office, I got a miniature Mr. Arty! It’s meant to be a key chain, but the key chain portion was easily removed. Once that happened, Arty took off running like a gingerbread man escaping from a cookie sheet. He tried to get out the window, but the glass blocked him in.

Any art majors out there recall seeing this little wooden guy (and his counterpart, Handy) reclining in classrooms across America, supposedly helping us to capture the nuances of the human form. Now my mini dollhouse will have its own little Arty to recline on the office desk or bookshelf. I think once he gets used to it, he’ll realize it’s a pretty nice place.

A tiny room divider

Handmade decor for my mini house

The bathroom in my mid century dollhouse has no door, so I knew I needed to find a way to give any miniature visitors to the space some privacy without blocking the view too much. My solution is this modern, beaded curtain, made of a rustic twig and four strands of pre-strung beading from the jewelry section of a local craft store (Sharpie shown for scale). The divider will be hung at ceiling height to fill the entire space going into the bathroom:

Boho chic room divider for my mid-century dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Boho chic room divider for my mid-century dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

A cute little plant holder

Handmade decor for my mini house

Here is another quick, practically-free mid-century miniature project:

Tiny crocheted pot and thread macrame plant holder by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny crocheted pot and thread macrame plant holder by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I am on the hunt for a leafy little plant to put inside. I think this will likely end up in the bedroom, since it matches the little comforter I made for the bed.

Thinking about exterior color schemes

Flipping my mini house

I created a template of my house and have been trying out paint color combinations. What do you think of these choices?

Color scheme ideas for my house. Illustration created by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Color scheme ideas for my house. Illustration created by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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Measuring cups turned oversized planters

Everyday objects repurposed

Everyday objects around your house can be repurposed in unique ways. I love these West Elm measuring cups I got from a friend, and now I have found a great way to show them off: The bigger measuring cups have joined a stack of small bowls in my (real life, full sized) kitchen, while the two smaller cups have been turned into cute planters for my dollhouse. I paired them with some plastic succulents from the craft store to give them a whole new look. They’ll be cute by the front door, someday in the future when I get to that stage. The best part? This project took approximately 1 second to complete, cost very little, and has no long term effects on the measuring cups, in the event that I change my mind and want to return them to their former measuring cup status.

West Elm measuring cups turned oversized planters. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

West Elm measuring cups turned oversized planters. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.