Wednesday, February 2, 2011

White HOM chest of drawers

So as I mentioned there are these House of Miniatures kits that make nice little 1:12 scale furniture pieces for dollhouses. They're from the 70s and 80s but some are replicas of 18th century furniture by Chippendale such as this Chest on Chest piece.

I love these kits, they are generally perfect, the pieces match up beautifully and are nice wood with lots of charming details. They're easy to make - the main trick is to figure out the right amount of glue for a secure bond without too much oozing out the sides.
I decided I wouldn't really have such a grand piece of furniture in my house, so I painted mine white which I think is pretty for a chest of drawers. I also changed it by adding green glass knobs (flower beads) instead of the brass fittings that came with the kit. It just seemed like too many tiny brass bits on the drawers as there are also the keyhole escutcheons. I think I may even paint over those later. It would be nice if they darkened up but that could take ages. (I want green glass knobs for my own bureau but when you need to buy ten the cost adds up. So it was nice to have them for the dollhouse.)
The final touch was Japanese paper drawer linings. I did paint the insides of the drawers as it's so easy with a little piece like this, I thought I might as well. It's less realistic but I thought it was pretty. 
Then onto the styling. I crocheted a tiny granny square bureau doily for the top from a single ply of cotton embroidery thread. I just learned how to make a picot edging border, I love it! Then I added a little pot from The Little Dollhouse Company shop. I had some tiny flowers that are used for bridal embellishments, I liked these ones that look like some kind of spring bulb. I was disappointed I didn't have clay for the soil then remembered I had tea leaves in the kitchen leftover from my morning tea. It's absolutely perfect for potting soil!

I'm starting to get caught up in these decorating details but I need to finish building the house. I guess I will start on the ceiling beams soon...

6 comments:

Beth Lemon said...

I know that sulfuric acid will tarnish the brass but I'm not sure where you find it.

Dabbing vinegar might work too.

Ann said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the extra detail with the drawer lining! Also, great idea with the tea leaves!

The Shopping Sherpa said...

I'd just prise off the plates if I were you. I believe they've been laquered so will never tarnish...

(Or you could just keep the top one: I imagine it with a hole drilled, and a tiny key with a tassel inserted...)

Love the doiley!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

omg I love this blog of yours- I love all miniature things! This house is going to be super cute.

Sweet Pea said...

Adorable! And as always, such wonderful attention to detail. Do you think that you might share some links to where you buy your supplies? I am always looking for miniature stuff :)

Claire Louise Milne said...

I find the House of Miniatures kits on Ebay and they're also for sale on Etsy. For most of the accessories I find them on Etsy or at my local dollhouse shop, The Little Dollhouse Company in Toronto. Still dreaming of finding a big box of stuff at a yard sale!

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