Cinderella Moments began November 23, 2008. It wasn't until April 2010 that I finally gave in to making dollhouses. It's been nonstop mini cottages since then! My love for houses, design, and architecture has always existed. I love tiny details, cozy atmospheres, sophisticated touches. With each of my cottages I try to bring out that inviting, irresistible charm.
First, I painted the chairs with a gray(pick your favorite color) acrylic.
Next, I age the chairs. I use 3 different brown ink pads from the stamping section of the store. These are from Hobby Lobby.
To get into the tight spots I use a hard bristle brush. This one is well used as you can see!
Don't do your aging evenly. You want some spots with more ink than others.
For the cushions, I'm starting with a piece of craft foam sheet. A piece of thick cardboard will work too. I made it just a tad smaller than the chair seat.
I cut the fabric pieces 1/4" bigger than the foam. And I cut diagonal slits at each corner. To make sure my slits are not too deeply cut, I placed the foam on the fabric and marked a line with a pencil from the outer corner of the fabric to the corner of the foam.
I glued down 2 of the sides.
Next, cut off the extra fabric. I did 2 of the little triangle over hanging fabric here. Next I cut the other 2.
Now glue down the other 2 sides. For these I'm folding those overhangs under and gluing everything in place.
Hot glue onto chair seat.
Let's make it pretty! I am using lace/crochet trim. This one is from the ribbon section of Hobby Lobby's fabric department. I glue it to the sides of the cushion. I use a combination of glues. For the corners I used hot glue and for the rest craft glue.
As my pretty ties, I use embroidery floss. If your ends don't hang properly just coat them with a little glue. You can even glue them to the chair's leg if they are really unruly.
I painted a rose on each chair back. I use acrylics: red, pink, white, green. Don't let any color dry between each step. Start with a red center and swoosh some pink into it. Not covering the red but pulling some into the pink for sure. Then I accent with white and add green leaves. And I don't clean my brush between steps either.
I hope you found this tutorial easy and helpful. Happy creating! hugs,
All the bricks, stones, beams are done using a thin edge (like a utility knife or X-acto knife) while the concrete is still wet. If it's too wet and your lines are disappearing just give it 5 minutes to set a little. Then you'll be able to get a nice sharp line.
All the shingles and coconut fiber roofing is glued on and the greenery also glued on. See the links for all different types of vines and flowers on my resources page.
After I let the stairs dry overnight, I painted them the same dark brown as the door and mantel.Glued them in the correct position inside the turret and glued the turret to the house. Next, the exterior finishes. hugs,
New Project! This one is from my book Building a Fairytale Cottage. I've made a couple changes to it. You can get this book on Blurb or the PDF from Etsy.
I am working with miniatures.com on this one. They have gifted me a few things to use in this project. I'll show you how and where I use everything.
First, I used hardboard from Home Depot to make the walls and floor of the house. I did make the house a couple of inches bigger and taller.
Inside I made the upstairs into a full floor instead of a loft. Here you see the first couple of steps to build a house. The floor is in place downstairs. These are jumbo Popsicle sticks. And the walls are plastered where there will not be wallpaper or wood.
I added a wall downstairs. This will separate the living and kitchen areas. This wall gets plaster on one side and wallpaper on the other. The wall which will be the kitchen has birch siding and the windows are trimmed with Popsicle sticks.
This is the kitchen side.
This is the livingroom. It will have a mantel where the ridged paper is(Hobby Lobby). I print my wallpaper off Pinterest. I look for real life wallpapers that have enough of a repeat that I can cut and paste them together on my computer.
This house is suppose to look like something out of a Thomas Kinkade painting. So the floors and some of the woodwork will be darker. The style will be mixed with a little shabby chic flare too with the furniture.
This plank wall has green and white but the camera did not pick that up.
The upstairs has gray wallpaper with pink and deeper pink/burgundy roses.
Founder's Lane Cottage is done. This one is available in my shop! cinderellamoments.etsy.com I know hard to believe but I finally made a dollhouse that is not a commission. When I designed this house a while back I was thinking of Scandinavian styles. So I kept with the white and gray theme.
This house is 19" deep x 16 1/2" across x 20" tall. Downstairs is 8 7/8" tall x 15" across x 17" deep from the front door. The kitchen area is 5 1/2" x 6". The ding room bump out is 8 1/2" x 4". Upstairs is 8 1/2" at tallest x 15" deep x 11 3/4" across.
I made a little wreath. It's moss on top of a plastic circle. Then I add my handmade roses. They are tissue paper.
All vines came from Hobby Lobby.
All the windows on this house are handmade with Popsicle stick trims. The "glass" is transparency paper for overhead projectors.
The shingles are regular dollhouse shingles. To color them they go into a bath of paint that I diluted with water a bit. And then out they come to dry on newspaper. You can also brush on more colors once you glue the shingles down.
The siding is birch clapboard.
I furnished this house with mostly my handmade pieces.
I made the upholstered chair, table, mantel, rug, books, clay house and the painting.
I made the hall table, clay house, books, painting. The boots are from Michael's.
I made the trumeau mirror.
The little piece next to the door is made from leftover trim and a tiny nail. Perfect to hang your keys as you come in.
This little area has a sink and I made a large shelf for plates.
I did have to permanently glue the shelf in place. It was too heavy to stay up with sticky putty. But if the new owner wanted t take it off at some point, all that would need to be done is use a hairdryer to blow hot air directly at the shelf and it will come off.
The dining room is available at Hobby Lobby. It's a great design. With a little paint and aging it looks incredible.
The bench was actually a table from an outdoor set.
I made the book stack after seeing it on Pinterest (real life size).
Upstairs I made everything except the carafe and cup.
The little clay houses are air dry clay. So simple to make!
I saw this bathtub on Eloquence.com and decided to make it in mini.
To get the rug to look very worn and faded I just used a white wash(white paint and water) .
I hope you enjoyed touring this open house! LOL! As always I appreciate you taking the time to visit my website. My next project starts July 8. It's a storybook type of cottage with furniture.
How do I get that vintage, shabby chic, tattered look for my dollhouses? This is a question I'm asked over and over. So here's a little post about my favorite things that help me accomplish the look.
First, you may already have furniture pieces with beautiful lines that just need a little touch of revamp! You can either strip them with a furniture stripper you buy at the hardware store. Don't get the spray. There isn't enough in there and you don't have control of where it goes. Best to put the stripper on with a brush. I use Klean Strip, but any works. It's a paste and it works in about 10 to 15 minutes. You don't want to let it dry on the piece or it won't come off. You have to do it 2 or 3 time if you want it absolutely clean. But one time strip and cleaning with a wire brush or steel wool pad gives you a great shabby look. Then you can brush on some white, grey or robin egg blue in spots to look like left over paint.
Or you can use an easier method with a paint with the primer already in it. It coats everything and sticks to everything. One coat looks great, but two coats are needed if you want a pristine finish. I use Behr Paint + Primer. This is my favorite right now. No need to waste time stripping or doing 50,000 coats of paint. It's worth the money. Trust me!
Wainscoting is another big area of interest for everyone. You can use a ridged paper sold in the textured paper section of the scrapbook area in your hobby/craft store. It comes in unfinished brown or white. If you want bigger ridges get a cardboard box and rip off one side of the paper to reveal the ridges. You can even leave some of the paper to give you a more tattered look. This method is sometimes tedious if the box manufacturer used a lot of glue.
What sorts of paints do I use? Always acrylic. Easy clean up and no difference in your end product as far as dollhouses go.
Probably the most important tip I can give to achieve a perfectly shabby look is to use ink pads.
These are my favorites because the colors stay the same even if you add water. I use them on everything! You will be surprised at how much character this simple technique will give your project.
The Paris Shop and Apartment custom dollhouse is ready. The shop is called L'embellie. It is a fond memory of Paris it's new owner Gail.
The house is 19 1/2"across x 17 3/4 deep x 24 1/4" with the chimney.(21 3/4"tall for just the structure.) The downstairs room is 18 1/4"across x 141/4" deep x 11' tall. Upstairs is 9"tall.
Gail's vision was for an old Paris building with plenty of feminine touches.
The 2 bay windows are handmade. I needed something tall. And any pre-fabricated ones would have been too short for this building.
All the plaster elaborate trim was from Ebay. This was the very first parts of the building I shopped for.
The greenery is all from Hobby Lobby. If you go to my resources page you will find links for everything I use on my dollhouses including the plaster and concrete.
The aging is done with brown ink pads. I use Stampabilities. It's the right shade of brown. If you add water it also adds a totally different look to the ink. But on this wall it's just put on directly with the pad. You can use a brush to get into those hard to reach places.
Here is the shop. I'm leaving that for Gail to fill up the accessories.
The shelf is something I got at Factory Direct Crafts. It's quite substantial. And I added trim and embellishments to make it even more interesting.
I love Christie Repasy's work so much. I'm always inspired by her work. I will pull up her roses images while I work just to have some sort of reference. My roses are nowhere near as perfect as hers. But I'm just trying to get that feel like her roses have not a carbon copy.
This was a sink but off scale. It was just too tall. So I re-purposed it by sawing off the top sink and turning it into a cabinet.
Upstairs, I really wanted one of those tight stairways like every Paris apartment has and everyone complains about. LOL!
The stairway walls created an adorable area in the bathroom where I put the toilette.
The wallpaper and wood work really gives the impression of an old space well lived in and yet totally sophisticated and charming.
The living space is where everything else is. I went on Youtube and found all these apartment videos. They were all tightly packed with everything in one space. It's a very cozy look.
I made a sink with a curtain. The hutch came from another piece of furniture which I cut in half.
I followed my stove tutorial for this piece. I just made it narrower. See tutorials page.
This room just came together so well. It's so girly. I saw the rug pattern by searching Aubusson rugs on the internet. At first glance I thought it was too simple. But when I had finished it it reminded me of the movie "Gigi". Old opulence from a bygone era. It just pulled the room together. LOVE!
I made the little table with stair spindles.
These chairs came from a dining set. Painted them with an aging mix(brown & black paint with water) and I glued 3 handmade cardboard roses. Painted everything with glue and white paint on top of that (do not let glue dry just add the white right away) and let dry to crackle.
The bed and all the furniture is made with birch veneer woods I get at Hobby Lobby. Some are 1/16"thick and some are 3/32" thick. Sometimes you need thicker because the veneer can warp when you paint it. So like the back of the bed or the back of the stove will be thicker so it doesn't roll at the top. I also added roses here. Just used cardstock petals and glued 3 layers of them together.
This must be one of my favorite rooms ever. I just love the softness and shabby chic look of it.
Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate each and everyone of you dropping by and taking a look.