Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Wingback Chair And The Baleine Beach Cottage Dollhouse

I wanted a simple little dollhouse wingback chair.  Something with vintage feel, very shabby chic and just simple.  I looked around the internet for such a chair. But I had to make my own. It's really pretty easy.  I just went here:
I cut out the pieces shown on the layout sheet. Then I followed the instructions on the other pages.  For the legs I used pre made littlespindles from Hobby lobby that I cut to the right size:
I used muslin.  It's a cream/tea stained color.  It was really easy to glue down. I used white glue. Then I painted a little matching pillow with a nest. And done!
Now onto the Baleine Beach Cottage dollhouse!
After I decided on the design, I cut out the house and glued it together. I plastered the interior. Sanded down all the walls until they were pretty smooth. 
I added a wall to make a separate entry. My wood floor is done. I used Popsicle/craft sticks. 
This wall is burlap. I found this piece of burlap in the scrapbook section of the store.  It's not too bulky.
This wallpaper has branches and birds on a blue/green background. I just saved the image from the internet and printed it out.
The exterior is nothing special yet. 
But my little entry has beadboard (also from the scrapbook department) and herringbone pattern wood floor.
Thanks for joining me today!  I hope those of you in the USA have a very happy and safe Independence Day!


  1. Hi Caroline!

    Love the chair! It's darling, and you made it sound so easy that I might give it a try myself.

    And the beach cottage is coming along nicely. The scrapbook section is a treasure trove for miniaturists!

    Have a nice holiday,

  2. Beautiful chair! Happy Independence Day to you too!

  3. Hi Caroline! Thanks for sharing the link to tutorial, your armchair is beautiful! I was blown away with the wallpaper you choose, it is gorgeous.

  4. Hi Caroline! The chair is so pretty and thank you so much for the link. The house is looking really good and I love your choice of wallpaper! I hope you have a nice 4th of July holiday!

  5. I love the chair and the beautiful wallpaper.

  6. El sillón es perfecto,con ese "aire" antiguo,desde luego has logrado el efecto que buscabas,muchas gracias por el enlace!!!
    La casa tiene una preciosa estructura,la idea de la entrada independiente,me gusta mucho,estoy deseando ver los avances!!!

  7. The chair looks great, as does the lovely next cushion. Perfect for a cottage. Also love the wallpaper.

  8. I love your chair, it is super cute and the pad with your logo so beautiful. Thumbs up. I will check the link.

    I wish you a wonderful Independence Day!

  9. Love the little chair! Will check out the link.

  10. ese sillon es precioso , has hecho un gran trabajo y el color me encanta
    estoy deseando ver el resto de la casa



  11. The chair is so pretty and the light in the house is so nice! <3

  12. I love what you did with the chair and pillow, and thank you so much for the link.

    The house is looking very sweet already.

  13. I love the chair Caroline, you did and amazing job, it's perfect!! Your new house is looking exciting :) I adore the wallpaper with the birds. Can't wait to see more. Hugs Vicky xx

  14. I love the chair!! The fabric and style are just perfect.
    I look forward to seeing the cottage finished :-)

    Happy Crafting

  15. The beach cottage looks wonderful; I like the wallpaper.
    Your chair is amazing, simple and chic.
    Greetings, Faby

  16. Un sillón perfecto y muy elegante para tener un rato de descanso.

  17. Hi Caroline,
    Really love the chair !!!
    Want to wish you a great summer.
    Lots of love...


  18. Hermoso el sillón!!, dan ganas de sentarse en el, gracias por compartir.Besos

  19. Oh how precious that little chair is! I'm excited to see the little beach cottage all finished:)

  20. Hi Caroline! Your chair is wonderful and who knew that House of Miniatures would have a set of patterns to download!??? I always liked their furniture kits and the fact that you can build your own using their templates is Fantastic! You have chosen wonderful upholstery fabric and the color is totally in keeping with the theme of the house plus your chair looks to be very comfortable. ( It just needs a good book!) Your beach cottage is so airy and light as a feather! Everything about it is reminiscent of sand and sea and sky! Wish I was there.


  21. Your chair is beautiful. I am sure this cottage will be another stunning creation.
    Hugs Maria

  22. Hi Caroline! It's beautiful armchair and cushion is adorable. I love how it is run inside the mini house, as always beautiful work. Have a happy day! Hugs, Marisa

  23. Hi Caroline, you have been busy on a new beach house, it looks great so far! Love your wooden floors and that chair is just divine, beautiful :D! Thanks for sharing the link, I'll go and see.
    Hugs, Ilona

  24. Oh, beautiful - that chair is just wonderful... thanks so much for the link. And the beach cottage is looking good...
    Alison x

  25. Ciao Caroline molto bella la poltrona e mi piace abbinata con il cuscino ricamato, regala un tocco di eleganza!Un caro saluto, Manu

  26. Hi Caroline! Your chair is fantastic. It's fun to be able to make exactly what you want! I'm looking forward to seeing more of this cottage--so far, it's looking smashing! xo Jennifer

  27. Hi Caroline, your wingback chair turned out sooo lovely, thank you for the link :)
    I like your idea to make a separate entry, it looks so cozy, and I can´t wait to see what you´re gonna do with the outside off beach cottage !!

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  28. Dear Caroline, lovely as always :) I just saw your pdf book and I was angry at myself for not seeing it before! I ordered from etsy immediately and I am looking forward to receivig it :) Warm regards, Ebru

  29. Love the herringbone floor! Looks time consuming... but well worth the effort! The floral wallpaper is just perfect as well. And the chair!!! Goodness... it's gorgeous! Do you sew or just glue the entire thing?

  30. Hi Caroline,
    Hope you are doing well hon. I was over and saw this before but for some reason didn't get to leave a comment. Actually thought I had. I can
    tell this is gonna be another darling doll house.
    A beach house, so fitting......for you, and me! lol
    Love the chair you made, you did a beautiful job on it, and the house is really coming along, can't wait to see the finished product.
    Take care hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

  31. Does anyone other than hobby lobby sell the spindles?

    1. You'll have to look online then. sells many different types. Look in the stairs & railings section. Or try Ebay.