Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dollhouse Therapy Challenge: Kitchen Plans

I have partnered with Miniatures.com for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own. Full disclosure.

Dollhouse Therapy officially kicks off today! I am so excited for this challenge and all of the people who have already jumped on board to join Primitive & Proper, Nalle's House, Semigloss Design and myself. The four of us are sharing our first room plans today and will be revealing the afters the last Tuesday of April. Today, I am showing you the room I plan on working on: the kitchen!
Last month, I tried to get a jump start and get the living room done, and while I did make a lot of progress, I am sad to admit the room is still not finished. Thus no room reveal as I had hoped in March. Soon though, I promise.

Even though that room isn't done, I am eager to work on the kitchen and have some fun plans for it along with some new additions via Miniatures.com.

Here is the "before" shot of the kitchen primed with paint (other than the ceiling):
The space is a bit smaller than the living room and isn't much to speak of in this state. It definitely needs some love! The hardest part about this renovation is that my kids constantly want to play with it, so I will work on it for a few days, then bring it back out for them to play with for a couple of weeks...thus the slowness.

Here is how Hazel has it set up right now...
You can see our brand new kitchen set from Miniatures. I loved this little set instantly. I might try to make a diy range hood above the stove to finish that side off.

The cool part about a dollhouse is that you can be as trendy as you want without worrying about spending a fortune and then hating it in a couple of years. I am currently loving kitchens and baths with funky and unique tile, and since I don't have that in my own home, I figured this was the place to live out my dream. I found a piece of paper in this scrapbook paper pad (affiliate link*) that I absolutely fell in love with. With some minor trimming it will fit perfect in the space.
I am still undecided about the ceiling in here, but might go with a vintage textured wallpaper to look like ceiling tile. I decided on two pendant lights from Miniatures.com to go in the room. They are battery operated and hang up with a magnet (how cool is that?), so it will be easy to turn them on and off. I was feeling too lazy to do the whole wiring system in this house, so battery operated lights were the simple solution.
We found a cute vintage wooden table and chair set at an indoor flea market a few weeks ago. Hazel seems to like it as is, but the floral paint is chipping off, so I might tweak them a bit. Still on the fence about that. Only three chairs, but we will make it work.
I've been busy making more diy rugs for the house (I think every room will have one by the time I'm done). This room already has one done to mimic the jute rug in our own kitchen.
We have a wooden hutch that came with the dollhouse that will be getting a makeover with paint. Right now I'm leaning towards a pretty green to match the flooring paper.
Since both Hazel and Owen wanted to have a "baby's room" in the dollhouse, I got this three piece white nursery set and we have been putting the high chair in the kitchen so that will likely stay.

I have a lot of miniatures for the kitchen saved from when I was little (and a couple passed down from my grandparents), so those will be going in too! I've had the toaster, pots and pans, food, bread box, rolling pin and gold mugs since I was about 8 or 9. It's fun to watch my own kids play with them now. We did get a couple of new things also like the braided French bread and a pie board (shown in the first photo above).
That's the plan so far for our dollhouse kitchen! What do you think?

Head over to visit my partners in this challenge to see which rooms they will be working on this month!

And if you want to join us, get to work on a room of your own and come back at the end of the month to link up and show us your progress! If you don't have a blog, please join us on Instagram by adding the hashtag #DollhouseTherapy to your posts! We can't wait to see. And don't forget one lucky participant will receive a $100 gift certificate to Miniatures.com in June!

*This post may contain some affiliate links. I may receive a small commission for any sales made through them. Full disclosure.

Till next time...
~Alice W.

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