26 Apr 2016

Little Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

I'm so excited to share with you my Little Modern Farmhouse kitchen and to see what everyone else has been up to with their dollhouses (you'll find the Dollhouse Therapy Challenge linky at the bottom of this post).  It does feel a little weird to write a full out blog (including a ton of photos) on a dollhouse kitchen, but I really think it turned out too cute.   It would also be a massive understatement to say that I spent a lot of time on this project, but, hopefully, the end result justifies the craziness of it. ;)  There are a lot of teeny tiny diys in this post and I'll share as many of the sources and printables as I can at the end of this post.


Here's a first glimpse into the kitchen from what will be the living room.  For the kitchen I decided to include all the things I thought a pastel-loving, Scandinavian design enthusiast would love in their North American farmhouse.  You might already spot the mint green fridge of my dreams. ;) 

Luckily for the squirrel family that will be living in this modern farmhouse, there was an unlimited budget when it came to materials.  The calacatta marble countertops were one of their biggest splurges. To make the countertops I simply printed an image of calacatta marble that I resized in photoshop and used Modge Podge to glue it onto basswood that I cut to size. I painted the stools grey so that they would bring out the grey in the marble and so that they wouldn't blend into the wood cabinets.  The hex tile was another pattern I created and printed onto photo paper.  It smudged a little so next time I may have to try some other paper or laser printer.  You can find the links to both my marble countertop and backsplash paper in the sources at the bottom of this post.
The cutting boards you see in this photo were all cut out of balsa or basswood.  I cut a couple of house shapes and tried to mimic a Ferm Living cutting board like I have in my own kitchen.  It's missing the little hole at the top since Hubby decided to lend out his drills.  I'll have to add it later.  The pink mixer was chrome before it was sprayed pink.  It just needs a little Kitchenaid symbol on the head and it would pass as a replica. :)



These stairs are one of my favourite mishaps in this space.  I started by attaching the plain stairs that came with the original dollhouse kit and covered the opening underneath with some basswood.  I then changed my mind and added another layer of basswood shiplap on top to get that farmhouse look, of course!  Adding the two layers of wood left some not so attractive layers of exposed wood showing right beside the staircase.  I ended up solving the problem by adding balsa wood  stair treads and making custom spindles just wide enough to cover the unfinished edges of my shiplap layers.  I bought a piece of railing from the dollhouse store and painted it all black for a more modern look.  Phew!  Just trying to write all that down is a lot of work.

The shiplap wall also needed some great statement art and Mrs. Squirrel had a custom piece commissioned by yours truly. ;)  I simply painted onto a scrap piece of basswood and then framed it with more wood.

The other side of the kitchen features the sink and fridge.  The Home Sweet Home picture is vintage.  The fridge also is vintage and I ended up painting it mint green to look a little like a Smeg.  I left the original scuffs in tact which, I think, gives it a lot of charm.  I'm also on the look out for the perfect sized silver pen clip to make a more retro looking handle.  The mugs were a little diy project.  I wasn't sure whether they turned out (they're very imperfect), but when my mom came to look at the dollhouse she asked where I got the Marimekko mugs from.   If my mom thinks they look like miniature Marimekko mugs then they must, right?  Also, I have a great tip for anyone wanting little branches of greens, leaves, flowers, etc. for dollhouse projects.  Go to your local Michaels floral department and ask for any of the leaves, flowers, etc. that they cut off and/or discarded when making their arrangements.  I was able to get a bunch of leaves and flowers for free!

What's a farmhouse without a farmhouse sink?! I made this sink out of balsa and basswood and spray painted it gloss white.  I had to modify the cabinet to fit the sink and hopefully, I remembered to take photos of that to share a tutorial with you later.  The faucet and handles were bent out of brass tubing (a thinner version of the tubing I used for my himmeli planter).  You can usually find brass tubing in the model train section of the hobby store.

The knobs on all the cabinet doors were the ones that came with cabinet kits.  I just sprayed them black to go with the colour scheme.

Lastly, here's a little bit of a wider angle where you can see that I carried my pastels to the front door as well.  The front porch will be getting a little makeover soon!

Sources:

cabinets:  diy kits* modified (read more in this post)
appliances:  vintage
stools*: painted grey
accessories:  mixer, bowls, glass jars, mugs* (pattern painted with sharpie paint marker), everything else vintage or already owned
hex backsplash:  download here
marble countertop:  download here -this is a large file

*some of the product was received in collaboration with miniatures.com, all thoughts and opinions are my own



Don't forget to check out the room reveals from my co-hosts:

Emy from Semigloss Desig
Alice from Thoughts from Alice


Now I'd love to see what you are up to!  Link up your blog below or use #dollhousetherapy on Instagram.  Can't wait to see everyone's dollhouses!

16 comments:

  1. i LOVE how your personal style is reflected in your home... the smeg is amazing! the entire kitchen is so fabulous- that waterfall counter!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I'm having so much fun both working on my dollhouse and seeing what everyone else is up to. Thanks again for inviting me to join you!

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  2. I can't get over how good this is! You killed it with those cabinets! They look amazing. And those little mugs are too cute.

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    1. Thanks Emy! It's so fun adding all the little details. :)

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  3. Your house is amazing! Love it all! I need to paint my refrigerator! Love it all!

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    1. I knew as soon as I looked at my vintage fridge that it had to be mint green. I've always wanted one and now I have a miniature version. ;)

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  4. From the little wood stair risers, to the farmhouse sink, I think the squirrel family is pretty happy.

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    1. I think so too! It's been a fun project for sure!

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  5. Your kitchen looks incredible! I love how you only did the back splash part of the way up the wall and then did a shelf, great idea! The color palette is simply stunning! Those are some very lucky squirrels!

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    1. Thank you April! That's how I have the backsplash in my own kitchen. LOL! Maybe the squirrels took some inspiration from me. ;)

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  6. Oh my gosh it's perfect! I thought of making a similar island but ran out of time...now I need one after seeing yours! Seriously amazing!

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    1. Thanks Alice! I also ran out of time to add all the things I wanted to. I really need some lights and a couple of little mice after seeing yours! ;)

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  7. I am totally jealous of a toy squirrel's pretend kitchen 😐 Seriously, this is just so cute!

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    1. Haha! I think I may be too. It would be nice to just blow up the whole dollhouse and plop it on a beautiful piece of land and have the farmhouse of my dreams. ;)

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  8. Que trabalho lindo, maravilhoso! É muito talento! Um post perfeito para inspirar muuuita gente! Cozinha perfeita, um sonho de consumo! Parabéns!

    Bjos
    Layde Linhares

    www.senhorabaguncadiy.com.br

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  9. This is absolutely amazing! The attention to detail, not to mention the fact that it is my ideal kitchen if it was full-sized, is astounding. Well done!

    alice x

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