"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My farmhouse kitchen has been finished!

Cleaning out and stripping an old dollhouse of it's wallpaper and old flooring is just as time consuming as doing a real house.....many of you probably already know this........
for me, it was a learning session,  but I got it done!

As I was stripping away the wallpaper , I discovered that it was just like an old house, there were layers of different wallpaper in the rooms. This one particular picture I loved

and as I mentioned in my previous post, I want to keep some things that were already there in the dollhouse. I carefully cut away from the picture and hope that I can find some wall paper to go around it or maybe I might paint around it.......
what do you think??

I already had a design for the kitchen in my head when I first discovered this dollhouse and decided that this would be the first room I would renovate. I still decided to keep the little curtain that is hanging between the cupboards. I  removed the vinyl from the cabinets and scrubbed the kitchen floor

which turned out to be a lovely red vinyl! I then printed off wallpaper that has the same design pattern as my favorite set of dishes I use and  the background to my embroidery blog. I only wanted to wallpaper the upper part of the room and I wanted the kitchen to have a bead board look at the bottom.........is that the right word ??......beadboard??  I used craft sticks and glued each one..........it took me forever............

and then I panted them white and placed red ones on the top and bottom of the boards.
I also framed the other window in red board and made a little curtain.

I  placed craft sticks on the cabinets and stained them a dark brown, and then I made the farm house sink with the top of a jewelry box, and then painted it.

I wanted to keep the whimsical lights set throughout the house, so I made a lamp shade for the kitchen one.

I hand crocheted a rug for the floor
I also made a little curtain for the bottom of the sink and a matching hand towel.
The hardest decision for me to make was whether or not to paint the cabinets, but I wanted a bright cheery kitchen........so goodbye drab brown .........
and hello .........cheery!!


 Now my farmhouse kitchen is finished.......except for the furniture, which I am either going to make or purchase. I want to get all of the rooms finished and then try to get furniture that matches with the whole house. 


 I am planning on starting to work on the large living room.........which I might make half into a dining room. 
What do you think??
Would you just make a large living room........or make a dining room on the side??

14 comments:

wenhkc said...

I have a red contemporary kitchen, so I appreciate the color of your period farm kitchen. An excellent choice to keep the curtains. Looking forward to the next room renovation, and then the furnishing!

Sea Angels said...

I just adore what you have done to this little house. You have made it sooo pretty.Thank you for your visit and your lovely message.
Hugs Lynn xx

Kathleen Grace said...

How adorable! I love the wallpaper, and the red and white color scheme:>)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love what you did with that kitchen. Can hardly wait to see your artistic endeavors with the rest of this miniature house.

FlowerLady

Lady Jane said...

Good job on the restoration of the 1st room. If you plan on doing the ceilings do them first. Floor 2nd and then the walls. The room with the bird I would either paint or wallpaper around it and then make a frame so it looks like a picture. Good job!!! You will be hooked now, lol... When you are done with your first house you will be considered a miniaturist!!! LJ of Cozy abode and for the love of minis.

lil red hen said...

This is just simply delightful! You've done wonders with it! I can imagine how difficult it would be working in such a small space. And yes, if it doesn't crowd the living room space, add a dining area. BTW, I have a real farmhouse sink :) Good choice!

Sally Crowe said...

All your hard work definitely paid off. I LOVE the kitchen, so bright and cheery! You have much more patience than I do, I can tell you that. :)

I think maybe a dining table since it doesn't have a dining room. Can't wait to see the next installment. Great job!

Sherri Farley said...

I love the bird, and keeping it is such a good idea. Paper around it and paint a frame. Bead board wainscoting is perfectly period for the red kitchen. Can't wait to see the next room. I think you are having too much fun, you are definitely hooked!

peggy said...

Kathleen, you have quite a find in your new house. You must have a lot of patience to do embroidery and tiny little dollhouse rooms. I seldom see anything like it in the antique malls here. And it will be an ongoing pleasure, so good you took "before" pictures and put them on your blog. Have fun!

Debbie said...

Kathleen you've worked wonders with that little kitchen. Small scale remodeling must be very tedious. I'd like to have that kitchen! I think it could use a little pot bellied stove in there and maybe a fireplace in the living room. Bet you could find lots of 'littles' on etsy and other web spots.
We'll all want to come to your house and play! Can't wait to see more.

Chip Butter said...

What a fun project! I like that you are keeping the little curtain and the bird picture. Looking forward to the next room...more fun!

Muddling Through said...

What a great kitchen you have created there, Kathleen! It is perfection. I can so see a miniature lady in there cooking us a delicious dinner.

Daisy said...

Oh my gosh, Kathleen, this is so adorable. You've put a lot of work just into that kitchen. I love the red and white color scheme. :)

Marie said...

Oh, I would leave the livingroom just as a livingroom and put a small table in the kitchen! I LOVE what you did with the kitchen! And I LOVE that square of wallpaper you saved...perhaps you can find a piece of wallpaper that would complement it well. What an amazing job! I think it's going to be amazing when it's all done!