Monday, July 18, 2011

Dresser Turned Into Dollhouse Castle

 My Castle!

Ok, it wasn't just 2 weeks ago that I turned a dresser into a dollhouse and I was really happy with that but the more I looked
at the dollhouse I kept seeing a castle hiding in the walls just begging to be created so what to do but follow my heart and just go with it!

Take a look at the dollhouse project I posted to see the before pictures here http://homemadeobsessions.blogspot.com/2011/07/dresser-turned-dollhouse-recycle.html


Here are the rooms of the castle... oh and you'll also meet Ms Hilda Beans and her maid, Mary!

Hilda's bedroom

Notice the little robin perched there




I made the polar bear rug with craft felt and faux fur. The nightstand I made out of children's wooden blocks. Curtains are scrap fabric pieces and the trunk is a Pirate's of the Caribbean toy!


The wash basin is a little Japanese dish and the rug on the wall is from a book called Rugs and Carpets of the World which I picked up at the thrift store for a dollar! I framed the paper rugs with fabric to give the paper some depth.

the rug on the floor is a real dollhouse rug





I was fortunate in my life to have a dad that taught me how to use power tools and when I moved out on my own he supplied me with a bunch of great tools which I used to cut the windows for my castle... 

the rugs here are more of the paper ones I got out of the book I mentioned earlier. I got fake flowers from walmart for a dollar to fill my beautiful vase which is also a thrift store find.

And because I'm a fanatic for details I melted down a big candle and made tiny ones...










Most everything you see I made aside from the cat and the wooden furniture. The pictures and rugs are from the rug book that I framed with fabric over wood. The elephants are beautiful and they are from a plastic necklace that I got from the thrift store along with most of the ornaments you see. The books I made as well from a dollhouse site here
http://www.printmini.com/printables/p1.shtml


And here's Ms. Hilda Beans!

Oh, I just love Hilda! My little boy found her in a thrift store just yesterday... she is completely poseable, soft body with hard limbs.. you can see she's holding a cup of tea! I named her Hilda and my son gave her the last name of Beans. For a whopping .99 cents I think we got a steal of a deal and Hilda got a great home!





Rumor has it that she was a witch in her day but you know you can't believe everything you hear!
And here is Maid Mary... she's a heck of a cook for being so young! Her mother sure taught her well..












That sink was a wooden box that I took apart and gave it legs and the water pump is one of those pencil sharpeners that were sold a long time ago.. I just removed the bottom part of it. Works great!


  
Hope you enjoyed the tour of my castle!
I'm now on facebook with the castle Dollhouses and Things That Go In Them





Happy Building!!


26 comments:

  1. I think dresser turn castle is just FABULOUS!!!

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  2. Excellent job!! My daughter loves it (and she's very jealous of your HIlda Beans doll too)

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  3. Thank you Bri :D I appreciate that! I just got a facebook page together for the dollhouse stuff... Hilda Beans is featured there as well, lol Check it out if you get the chance
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homemade-Dollhouses-and-The-Things-that-Go-in-Them/239615312738421

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  4. This makes me want to save everything! I have so much of this stuff already thinking I could make something with it and now I know :)

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    1. oh yes, I had so much saved too and it felt awesome to put it to use :)

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  5. Wow did you design the castle Sharon. The photos of your castle blew me away. It looks so real and fairytale like at the same time. Wow you are beyond Amigurumi. You need to be published in a magazine. You are a great designer as well. You have a great eye for decor. Great work.

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    1. wow, thank you so much Que! Yes, that castle just happened by accident. I had just wanted a dollhouse for my little girl and when I was finished turning the dresser into a dollhouse I noticed the shape and the height reminded me of a castle so what could I do but turn it into one!
      I am lucky that my Dad has supplied me with tools and showed me how to use them.
      We love it and it now sits in my living room. All the neighborhood kids from around here come just to play with it, lol and I love that.

      Thanks so much for the awesome message! I appreciate it :)

      Sharon XO

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  6. What treatment did you use to make the castle look like it was covered in stones? I love your castle! I am going to turn a tall bookcase into a castle for my girls and you have given me so much inspiration- thank you!

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    1. Thank you Dana and I'm so happy you've been inspired to make one for your daughter! I actually printed off brick paper from Jennifersprintables.com you can search her site for all sorts of wallpapers and flooring! Or highlight this link and copy into your search bar http://www.jennifersprintables.com/woodandbrick.html this is where I found the brick paper. I used a spray sealer from walmart and sprayed each paper and let it dry so the ink wouldn't run. I then used modge podge glue and a paint brush and glued each piece on. I ended up watering down the modge podge before using it because it was so thick. I just went by how it felt to me, and then brushed it on the paper. I hope that helps and don't hesitate to message again if there's anything else I can help with.

      Happy Crafting!!

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  7. Hi Dana! I love your work! I'm taking a tall entertainment center and making it into a dollhouse castle. I love the circular towers that frame yours. How did you make those?

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    1. Hi Sunny, if you are asking me, (Sharon) I made mine out of paper towel tubes and covered them with brick wallpaper. I also split them on one side so they could be glued to each side of the wall. Thanks for the message... if it was meant for me, lol

      Sharon :)

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  8. So awesome...you are very creative!

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  9. From one castle maker to another... Ya done good! Really, very impressive!

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    1. thank you! I just checked out your blog, very nice! Love your tower!

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  10. Wow, you are amazing!What a great castle. I wish I could live there :)

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    1. haha, thanks so much! I sometimes wish I could shrink myself and live in there too!

      Glad you like it!!

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  11. I'm new to your blog, I came way of the miniature teddy and stumbled onto this and I've got to say you are a true artist and your projects are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your projects and tutorials. You are truly generous to show us your techniques and craft instruction. I am so excited to try a few of your things because of you I feel like I may be able . thank you ever so much!

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  12. Sheesh, this makes me wish I had a larger house so I could try some of your tricks!! Beautiful!

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  13. Sharon!!!!!! I must say I have been researching for a very long time (long long story) and every time I search for the tutorials I just LOVE it brings me back to your site! I also follow you on FB and I am so very thankful for you as you! You inspire me more than I have ever been inspired (back to that long story) which is very difficult to do! I have been suffering for such a long time and have finally found some relief in your gracious sharing of your talent! I just hope I am not to late to have my grand daughter get involved since she is now 12. I am hoping that we can do this castle together and rebuild our special relationship! Thank you with all my heart! Forever grateful! Debbie

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  14. Wow! I'm more into your gnome world. Your other projects, yes, even your rats, are what attracted me and made me a fan. I must say though, I'm speechless. Your talent is amazing. I love your ability to see one thing as something else, like the box as a sink or the pencil sharpener as a sink. I'm still a die hard enchanted forest gnome fan, but this is impressive.

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  15. I am still crying with laughters...show it to my hubby who loves it but commented(no offences meant!) "Hope she has a dollhouse fire brigade near by in view of these candles"...and later on: "I hope she does a witch cottage in wood for that miss Hilda to ugly for a princess"....Men!

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    1. hahaha no offense taken!

      Oh yes, Hilda beans is not so nice looking. I will tell you a terrible story now.

      Hilda actually looks a lot like my little Grandma.. the hair and the nose and all those beautiful wrinkles. My grandmother's nose was not so ugly but there are similarities.

      At night, long ago when I still had the castle set up in my house, I would turn the lights off to go to sleep and I could always see tiny Hilda Beans in the castle. I would say every time "Goodnight, Grandma!" lol
      I just loved my Grandma so much. She's long passed away but I knew she would find that funny. It's terrible to compare her to that ugly witch, Hilda Beans, but I love them both :)

      I just found Hilda in a box the other day. I said "Awww! There you are, Grandma!" lol

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  16. Oh my gosh! I just found your site after pinning the Christmas mice crochet pattern. I feel like I've just been to wonderland. Your creations are just awesome. The tiny walnut home, the dresser to dollhouse to castle, and all their contents...amazing! For years I've been going to the Ky.State Fair, where they usually have creative doll and fairy houses, and every year I come home vowing that I'm going to try to do this, but I never have. And even if I never do, I've certainly gotten enjoyment looking at what you've created. Its kind of like looking into this little magical world and imagining what the characters are like and what goes on there; maybe write a story about them. I bet you would be good at that, too. By the way, thanks for the crochet pattern, also, I love Christmas mice. That I will get made!

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