Kitchen floor update

Flipping my mini house

My kitchen floor is almost done!

First, here’s a look at my house’s kitchen/dining area when I first got it:

Kitchen before. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I removed the wallpaper, minibar (which I’ve saved, in case I’d like to reinstall it), and the flooring (if you’ve followed previous posts, you know that part wasn’t easy). I’ve now installed ceramic tiles into the kitchen, borrowing some space from the dining area so my kitchen will be a little bigger than it was before. Here are the steps:
Installing kitchen tiles in my dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Installing kitchen tiles in my dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Installing kitchen tiles in my dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Installing kitchen tiles in my dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Installing tile floors in my dollhouse. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Almost done! Touching up the grout on the tile floors in my dollhouse. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Almost done! Touching up the grout on the tile floors in my dollhouse. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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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.

The history of my house, and determining who lives in it

History and scale

I found some examples of houses almost exactly like mine. It turns out it was created, most likely, from a kit called ‘The Barton’ somewhere between 1956-1976. Here are examples (here and here) of restored, decorated versions.

The scale of my house seems a little off; almost every pre-made item I’ve purchased for it ends up looking too big or too small. Some websites say the Barton is 1:10 scale, others say it is slightly smaller than 1:12, while others say it is something called 3/4 scale. Considering I am making most of the decor by scratch, these figures don’t come in very handy when I am out and about, eyeballing widgets at thrift shops. I decided the best approach is to come up with a little person to live in it, and bring the person with me in my purse so they can help me shop.

I held an open casting call a couple of hours ago. Everyone who showed up was a J.Crew model.

Here are the candidates:

Possible J.Crew model tenants for my mid century marvel. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Possible J.Crew model tenants for my mid century marvel. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I positioned the likeliest three beside the front door:

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And though it was a close call between Cecilia and Lora, the winner is…

Cecilia!

I have laminated her with some clear tape, and she is now my portable guide in the shopping arena.