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Dollhouse Kitchen And Dining Room Furniture Completed

February 9, 2014

The actual dollhouse itself has arrived in the mail and the kit as a whole is extremely intimidating but I’m determined to make it work even if the instructions are incredibly vague.

I’ll start building it as soon as I can get all of the pieces painted and papered.

The house only has four rooms and two of those rooms are virtually unusable for furniture because one is too small and one is full of a staircase so I also plan to make an extension for the doll house which will consist of two or three rooms in addition to a garden. This project is growing arms and legs.

If you would like to find this (very reasonably priced, 35 piece) exact furniture kit on Amazon  just keyword search: woodcraft construction kit furniture set

Now…. Onto the kitchen and dining room furniture!

Dining Chairs

The first thing I did with the chairs was I built it up without glue, just so that I could see how well the pieces fit together. Some sanding was required for a few rough edges but they more or less fit together pretty well.

Next I took them apart again and stained them with some wood stain (dye) that I picked up on clearance at a local hardware store. The stain went on with a soft lint free cloth and the wood soaked it up pretty well. The pieces dried fairly quickly to touch but I left them to dry completely a few hours because the wood did swell slightly with the application of moisture. It didn’t get rough at all like it did with the application of acrylic paint but the slight swelling was evident in the joints.

Staining the pieces was a bit fiddly because I needed to get the stain into every crevice and most of the crevices were much smaller than my fingers so I used a wooden bbq skewer wrapped in the staining cloth to do those bits. The bottle also recommended that gloves were worn during the staining to protect my hands from going brown but I didn’t bother because I needed to be able to feel what I was doing so I had brown fingers for a few days afterward.

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After the chairs were completely dry I glued the pieces together with thick superglue. I was going to use wood glue but my husband who has been making models since he was in grade school recommended that I use this stuff and I have to admit, it’s 1000x better than wood glue in terms of application and finish.

The last thing I did for the chairs was I made them each a little cushion. I bought the fabric from eBay. It was a random mixed bag of semi coordinating scraps that people use for various crafting applications like quilting, dollhouse making and scrapbooking. The other option I had was to order a larger and more expensive quantity of quilting squares and that was just a huge waste of money for the tiny amount of fabric I required.

The process of making the cushions is something that I wanted to lay out in detail so I made a separate entry HERE if you would like to see how that part was accomplished.

Dining Table

The first thing I did with the table was I tried filling the gaps on the surface of the table with polymer clay and I baked it… To be honest it sort of worked but I would have been better just filling it with glue and letting it dry then sanding it flat if I needed to.

After that semi failed experiment I stained all of the parts of the table except for the top because I planned to cover the top in fabric and I didn’t want the brown to bleed through.

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Once the stain was dry I glued it all together and applied a thin layer of craft PVA (white school glue) to the table top. I cut a rectangular piece of fabric from the piece that matched the chair cushions and I smoothed it over the top and allowed the whole thing to dry before I snipped away the excess fabric. Once the fabric was cut to shape I sealed the edges with a little bit more craft PVA so that they wouldn’t fray.

High Chair

I didn’t do anything special to the highchair. Originally I planned to paint something on the chair back like a little bunny face or something, which I still may but I’m happy with it the way it is now.

I stained the pieces and glued everything together except for the tray. I left the tray loose so that it can still be taken on and off so that a doll can be placed inside.

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I made the tiny bunny pictured with felting wool. (details of that process can be found HERE)

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I wasn’t sure if this piece should be for the livingroom or the kitchen but it doesn’t really matter because it matches both. It was basically a straight up stain job.

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The shelving piece was one of the more challenging ones to build but it fit together so snugly once completed the only part I needed to actually glue was the fancy bit at the top.
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Finally the stove, sink and cabinet piece. This is actually the last piece that the kit has listed for you to build because it’s the most awkward. Like the others, I built it up first then took it apart and stained the pieces. The cupboards at the bottom did require a fair bit of sanding to make them able to open and close easily but it wasn’t exactly difficult.

Originally I didn’t have the counter top painted a different color but I decided to do that in the end because it didn’t look right 100% brown.

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I painted the faucet silver and I made tiny taps out of beads that I painted silver, sealed in clear nail varnish then glued them on just like I did for the bathroom set. There is a sink hole in the counter top but then there is a big gap between it and the top of the cupboards underneath so I couldn’t really fashion a basin that would have looked very much incorrect.

The last thing I did was I glued a piece of matching fabric to the section behind the sink. It was just big and empty so I wanted to fill it with something. I think that I’ll make a tiny clock to go in the middle to finish it off.

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Check Out The Other Rooms By Clicking The Links Below

Master Bedroom

Nursery

Bathroom

Living Room 

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