Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cozy Cottage: Someone's Moved In!

Remember Cozy Cottage? It's a custom dollhouse I put up for sale in my Etsy shop months ago without any furnishings. I didn't have time to do it. So I decided to list it in case someone would like the chance to decorate their own house.  It didn't sell.... So I got to do the finishing touches!  It was so much fun!  It's now got a definite Pip Studio / Cath Kidston feel.

First, the exterior of the old witches cottage(I got my inspiration for the architecture from the Witches Cottage in Beverly Hills) got some sprucing up! Here's a link to the original Cozy Cottage:
The sides, however, stayed the same.

I added a lantern in the front. The cat, package and doormat are not glued down. But everything else is on the front porch.
The light it gives off right on the stoop is incredible. Like a spotlight!
I made pots, flowers, wreath, the door mat and mushrooms. The only things I did not make were the cat, rabbit and pumpkin.
 The mushrooms are air dry clay. The dirt is coffee grounds.

 I couldn't find a shovel in the stores around here. So I made one out of clay.
The cat is inspecting the package.
Come inside!

Inside, I did not glue things down. The only things that did get glued are the mantel and shelves. Everything else is tacked down with puddy.  So you can play with all of it.

 I wanted color in there. Bright, happy colors like Cath Kidston or Pip Studio.

 The raspberry red wallpaper is actually a Pip Studio design.
 I painted a cake on a black background so it would pop in front of the busy wallpaper.


 These are printed images I put in Melissa Frances frames.
 My first little apron. I've been wanting to try one of these for a while.
 The bed is a Pip Studio design I saw on a ceramic jar. I hand painted it on the footboard and headboard.
 Another cozy bed ready to be jumped in!

The bedding is glued in place.

 I made this vintage stove like my tutorial : 
Except this one has just one oven.

The chandelier also changed. I painted it teal with enamel paint.

   measures: 17 1/4" tall x 15" across x 17" deep
   porch is 2 1/4" deep x 8 1/4" long
   interior 10" across x 12 deep x  14" at tallest part

I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vintage Style Dollhouse Miniature Stove Oven Cooking Range Tutorial

I needed a vintage style miniature stove & oven for the Wiltshire Cottage dollhouse. I saw an old ad for a GE stove.
To make a miniature 1/12 scale dollhouse cooking range I worked with 3/32" thick veneer wood. I buy mine from Hobby Lobby.   

I cut out the back of the stove 4" x 4". The two sides are 2 7/8" tall x 2" wide.  And a bottom 1 15/16" x 4" which I kept 3/8"off the ground.
For the front I cut out a 2 3/8" x 4" rectangle. I cut out 2 holes for the doors.  The little door is 1 1/8" wide x 1 3/8". The big door is 2" x 1 3/8". I left a 5/8" space at the bottom to put some fake drawers.
 The little door does not have a window. But the larger one does. So cut out a rectangle where plastic will go later. My window is about 1 3/8" x 5/8".
To have working doors I am using 26 gauge wire. This is where I encountered my first problem. To get the doors on I had to remove the 2 sides so I could get that wire piece in place. Then I glued the 2 pieces back on. I use Aileen's white glue.
Now my front is back together with working doors.
I glued another piece of wood just 1/8" under the doors. You can put it just under the doors. I wasn't sure the doors would swing open if I did. This "shelf" is almost 1 7/8" x 4".
Now glue the front and "shelf  to the rest of the stove.  Painting the interior now black or whatever color you prefer would be a good idea! I didn't and it was a bit more work later.
The top of the stove is 4 2/8" x 1 15/16". Glue it on.
I added a piece at the bottom for a toe kick. It's 1/4"  x 4". And I added a thin piece to separate the 2 ovens. 
Now the trick will be to see if we can get this to look like a real stove! Sand everything smooth and round all your corners and edges.
I am making mine pink. So first I am doing a coat of pink acrylic.  This is Anita's Craft Paint- Princess Pink.
The interior is black acrylic paint.
Then I tried some nail polish. I have Essie's "Fiji" that is a bit too old for my nails. So I am using it on the range. I think if you just did 4 or 5 coats of water based gloss it would do the same trick. Or you can just use enamel paint.  For the first coat I just did a regular coating. The wood did drink it.
Second coat, I put on the nail polish a little thicker. It's a bit better looking, but it would need another coat. And I'm out of Fiji! So I'm going to try to gloss the rest of the way.  Keeping my fingers crossed!
Okay I put on 2 more coats of the water based gloss and it did fine.  Except the oven doors grew a bit and won't close now.
I'll add the details now.  First, the burners.  I used 4 metal washers.  2 small that are 5/8"  & 2 big that are 3/4".  I painted them silver.  I have a snowflake hole punch and I used it to punch out the black centers of my burners.
I glued the burners onto the range with Aileen's Tacky Glue. Time to add some cute!!
First, I used this heart embellishment by Melissa Frances. It's a scrapbook piece made out of resin.
I decided to have a griddle. I cut a little piece of wood 1 1/2" x 1".  I sanded all the corners and the top edges round.  Then I cut a perimeter groove and grooves in the center.
I also made a clock. It's a piece of wood 3/4" x 1/2".  I cut out a clock face(just type clock face in Google image search and you'll find a whole bunch).  Paint the wood silver. The dots are the nail polish. 
I painted the griddle black. Then I used Folk Art paint "teddy bear" and Apple Barrel's "antique gold" to make rust.  The pink dots on the clock part got a dot of Aileen's glue in the middle.
I glued the griddle and clock in place.  I also added some silver trims. I cut slivers of wood about 1/8" at different lengths to put at the top of the range and the stove.  The top ones are 1 1/4" long.  The big oven handle is 1 5/8" long. The large drawer under it is 2". The little oven door handle is 7/8". The little drawer under it is 1 1/4".
On the griddle, I applied some gloss in some spots. Not all over.
Don't forget to glue in your oven window.

And for the oven knobs I used some metal pieces that held a rhinestone. Remove the rhinestone and you have this 4 prong little domed circle.

Now all there's left to do is accessorizing your stove!
I made most of the items myself.  The little spatula is wire, cardboard and glue. The pancakes, strawberries and bread are air dry clay. The eggs are glue and a dot of paint. The pot is a bought item I painted and sealed with gloss.  The toaster was a gift from Tracie Dean of Dean Designs  that I painted with little roses.
The pink polka dot plate is a plate I bought and re painted. And the towel is a piece of fabric I painted with regular paint for the dots. I then put the fabric on a piece of cardboard and pinned in place. Next, I sprayed it with hairspray ( a trick I learned from Liberty Biberty) and dried it with my hairdryer. The baking pan the bread rolls are on is a rectangle bezel pendant from the jewelry department.
The vintage stove inside Wiltshire Cottage where it will be residing.  I already put up my polka dot wallpaper.  I painted the Religieuse/cream puff from a painting I saw on Pinterest by artist Pascal Cessou. I loved it so much I tried to paint my own.
That's my vintage dollhouse miniature stove tutorial! Now it's your turn to make this oven even better than mine. Have fun!