Beachside Bungalow: Mid Century House Update

It is the start of 2019 and one of our goals is to finish this house. We started a renovation last year but didn’t quite get it finished. We are giving ourselves a deadline this time, I hope this helps to get it finished!

Last year we did get quite alot done as you can see in some of the pictures; although at the moment it’s the catch all for everything imaginable. Had to take a picture of this mess! I think first thing is to clear out everything that doesn’t belong.

We had yet to decide what the two smaller rooms upstairs should be so that needs to be given some thought. I was thinking a small library or reading room, a sewing room, a nursery or a small bedroom. Decisions, Decisions.

We are staying with the mid-century decorating style so be sure to check back weekly to see what items we may find to create and share as we go along. We plan on finishing by April 30th, lets hope we can do it!

Organization: Small Minis

When I first started out collecting minis I thought I had a great handle at keeping everything organized. Everything had its home and that’s where it stayed… Somewhere along the lines it all started spiraling out of control, as things tend to do and I realized that I had to come up with a better solution for it all.

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I had initially just used a large flat plastic box to keep everything in furniture, bedding, food, dishes… anything and everything went in that box. Which did work till I acquired more minis. Now by this point I realized I needed something different, something a little more fitting for the smaller minis.

Now I was fiddling with some beads the other day it dawned on me that those type boxes would be perfect, but the ones that they sell for jewelry aren’t practical price wise, unless you really have to have them in pink. So I went looking for something similar, and found technically three different options, one was hardware boxes, the other was tackle boxes, and lastly one was a 4×6 photo box. So I tried a few different brands to see which ones I liked better. So lets get started!

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The ones I found where Husky from Home Depot, Plano and Ozark from Walmart, the photo box came from Michael’s.

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Let’s start with the Husky ones since those where the first ones I got. As I said they came from the Home Depot. They do come in many different sizes with different depths. I have here the two smaller sizes that I could find here. They both come with the movable compartment panels so you can pick the size of the squares.  I did like the size of the compartment on these ones and the plastic pieces where easy to get apart to put them in originally.

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The next one I’ll talk about is the Plano ones that I got from Walmart. I liked the size of these too, and they’re not as squared off as some of them, so you can store longer things in them without having to give up actual compartments. Now my only complaint about them is how hard the plastic dividers where to get apart, I did have to go get a scissors to keep them square. The size and the shape of them are nice though and they are made in the USA.

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Then we come to is the Ozark one from Walmart. I have to say this one was probably my favorite. You can completely choose how you want your sizing of the compartments and have no limit to the options. The pieces come apart easy and fit it nicely. Another added bonus is that this one is also made in the USA.

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The last one is the photo box from Michael’s. I don’t use it for storage myself but I included it because I like to use it to store what I’m working on at the moment. It’s amazing for that!

I hope this helped you with you miniature storage solutions, and will come back around to see the finished product and  furniture storage solutions that are coming soon.

 

Mini Find Monday: Hatchimals Colleggtibles

Today’s Mini Find is another toy set, being a Hatchimals Colleggtibles pack. I’ve looked at these before and they have intrigued me, but what could they be used for was always the question. I decided to take a chance so we could see a little bit about them, and what scale they can be used in, as well as the hidden surprise I found!

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The little creatures come in many different pack sizes, so you can decided how many you want and not have to buy a whole lot if you only want a couple, or they make packs that have even more than five if you want a lot of them. I picked one in the middle for a decent look at sizing. Something I did learn, that didn’t fully click as I was standing picking them out is the speckling on the egg determines what set they are from, so keep that in mind as you are picking them out for yourselves.

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Once out of the plastic you get the eggs that you have to warm up and open to retrieve your little critter. I do have to say, this is quite fun and it is very cute to do, though it can get a bit messy as the shells come apart.

Once I freed them all I was taken aback at their cuteness. They are perfect for a little toy in a child’s room. You could use them for both scales, but they a are a little bit more sized for a 1:6 scale doll, I could just see a Chelsea doll holding or playing with one of them. They are all about an inch tall and three-quarters inches wide, give or take for each unique animal. So as I said they could easily be used for both 1:6 and 1:12 scales depending on the look you want.

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Now for the hidden surprise that I mentioned in the beginning….. The bottom of their shells stays intact, and I came up with something they can be used for other than a nest for the little creatures. So either this week or the next a tutorial on what they can be made into will be posted to help you make an up-cycled piece of furniture for your dollhouse, in both scale!! So keep an eye pealed for that!

Till next time!

~Briana Signing Off

 

Mini Kit Fun: Full Sunshine

Awhile back we had gotten a miniature kit off of Amazon, the Full Sunshine (H-003) of the Sunshine Series by Cute Room. It turned out to be a fun, little kit loosely in 1:24 scale. So for today I’m going to show you what we did, what we changed and our opinion of it. This would also be able to help you if you where doing the kit or a similar one, since the instructions are not in English.

Now before we get off on how we did this I do need to say that we did change things… Quite a few things but, I wanted a slightly different look, and the fabric I felt that came with it had too large of prints for 1:24 scale so we changed it, to something we have for making bedding and pillows in 1:24 scale for our shop. You can check them out soon, bedding sets like the one on the bed in the box, with a pillow of course, will be on our shop. Now where was I… ahh yes, on to building the little box!!

Now this little kit came in this cute little box, with each set of parts separated to make it a little easier. Now I do need to point out it did come with two instruction the colored ones are the original ones, but it did come with a xeroxed set in English. I was actually quite impressed, it really did have everything, but the glue, that you would need and was quite fun to put together.

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The first step that we did was getting the walls and floor covered and ready to be put together. You do have to cut them out then glue them on. I personally used Grandmother Stover’s Stickflat Glue, which is what I had on hand for my 1:12 scale dollhouses, but you could just as easily use a glue stick. It was quite easy, and the paper stuck well to the wood.

After it had dried we glued the three pieces together using Aleene’s Tacky Glue. and held them together while they dried with blue tape. I use the blue tape to keep it together because it doesn’t pull the material or rip the finish off what it is stuck to. It is the same stuff I use on my 1:12 scale dollhouses, non-sticky and strong.

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The furniture was a little tricky to keep straight, so I turned again to the blue tape, to hold it in place. I recommend going slow, and taking your time, if you don’t want to use the tape and want to see you can hold it in place until it sets too.

To get the window into place, I cut it out with the exact-o knife then glued each piece on with tacky glue. I then added the valance a piece of lace from the kit, which I changed as well that wasn’t the actual place for it. To fit my taste for the room.

You then have to cut out all the pieces that you want, and fold and glue them all together. I then glued all the pieces down and where I wanted them to get the finished look.

And this is my finished project. I really  did like the kit. It allows you to create a little room that can fit your own tastes and you can do yourself since it has all the parts to make it. I would recommend the kit if you want to try your hand at making things yourself, but you do need to have patience to do it. I will say that, but it is fun.

Would you like to see us do another one of this style??

~Briana Signing Off

House Blog: Mid-Century Reno Introduction

I was running through different topics to blog about next and it dawned on me that you haven’t gotten a chance to see any of the dollhouses that we have, and what we working on with them. So to start off before I get to showing you any more minis, I thought I might show you one of the houses that we are working on more right now, which is a renovation of the first dollhouse that I built.

I had started a Real Good Toys Beachside Bungalow in 2012, construction of the actual house was finished within the first couple years (As much as I enjoyed building it was hard to find the time to work on it), but actual decoration of the inside was put off till much later, unless you count the two different coats of paint I gave it…. and the glitter…..

Here’s some photos of the outside construction…

The exterior decisions where relatively easy. The only major change that had to happen was the changing of the main exterior color, which changed prior to actual construstion. I had initially wanted to do it with much brighter colors, such as the purple that is in the first photo, but it never seemed to look right. Now part of that was due to the type of paint that I started with, which was just your basic flat acrylic craft paint. Since that type of paint usually has such a flat finish it didn’t show of the house as nicely and never really had a finished look. I then did a complete about face and switched to the white that it is now. The white paint is actually a semi-gloss house paint from Home Depot. I’ve found that using actual “big” house paint on the little houses has the nicest result in my opinion, and you can get the little sample cans mixed to whatever color you want and that little bit goes a very long way.

Now to the inside…

This house kit comes with built in wood floors that you can stain to your liking with non-penetrating stain… That was harder to find than you would think. This makes it easy if you don’t know what else to use or do, mind you I’ve completely hidden them now but to start with it made it feel more finished.

I had started with painting each room, I had never intended on wiring this one and to begin with wallpapering seemed very intimidating, and paint is always an easy way to go with most anything. Now you would have thought I would have learned from the outside but I didn’t fully yet, thankfully it made changing everything later easier, so the inside had all been done with craft paint again. After awhile I decided i didn’t like that either, that there was too much of a color difference and that it looked funky as a whole. I also decided it didn’t like the being able to see the wall and dormer seams, so i had to find a way to cover them… thus here comes the glitter. Now I’ve seen many a full-sized house with a heavy sheet-rock texture and I thought something like that would hide the seams and look pretty in the little house, and I wasn’t wrong but my initial application was less than desirable. I ended up mixing glitter in with acrylic gesso, and then applying the mixture to the wall, it did cover everything up like I wanted but it wasn’t the look T wanted. The question was now how do I fix the mess I had made of my little house…

We finally decided, last year, that the house had sat long enough uncompleted, and that we needed to finish it up. After some careful consideration to when the house would look most at home, we decided to place it into the mid-century, someplace in either the late 50’s or early 60’s.  That time just kinda seemed to be the best fit for the little home’s construction style to us.

The first step was to get rid of some of the glitter, so I took to sanding the walls. I never did get all of it off, but it made the walls smoother and allowed me to apply wallpaper where I wanted.

The first room I changed was the front room, which is now the living room.

 

The major decision we made was the brick was with the built in fireplace. I sized a piece of mat board to the wall and built the custom fireplace to fit the space, then all the bricking had to go on and be grouted. Before that was glued in though I repainted the walls with a off-white semi gloss paint sample, I had finally realizing the importance of using full sized house paint for everything. The carpet I added is a grey cloth that resembled a berber carpet in the miniature scale.

The next room was the kitchen and the stairway…

The biggest thing in the kitchen was realizing I wanted to close off the stairs from the rest of the kitchen. We added in the big black and white tile floor and the grey wallpapers to bring the bottom floors together, since we decided to leave the doorway as an archway between the two rooms to make them seem more open.

Now the bedroom…

Now you can actually see what the glitter looks like after sanding in the first photo, but anyhow we went with a pick and grey color scheme in  bedroom, with a paint and wallpaper mix. The same carpet we used in the living room went into the bedroom to add uniformity to the entire house and bring it all together.

The two side rooms are still in progress, but I don’t have any photos at the moment. The room on the left side is going to be a little hallway nook room, with the same grey wallpaper as the stairs and an oak veneer wood floor. The right room is going to have the same oak veneer wood floor and a different grey wallpaper.

It still needs furnishing and some little finishing details here and there, but it’s on its way to being done. Next time I show you this house, you’ll get to see the last two rooms and some of the furnishing.

Briana– Signing Off