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The Grand Linfield

July 7, 2017

So what do you do when you’ve taken the day off work to swim and hike but the rain rolls in?  You “dollhouse” of course!

I got the call from my mom the other day informing me that Dollar Tree had wooden dollhouse furniture so naturally I jumped in the car and headed to my nearest store and purchased all they had. 

One of my finds was this sofa table that I decided to convert into a farm sink for the Linfield Kitchen.  First, I sketched on the top where I wanted the sink positioned.

 

 

I cut out the area.  I then removed the knobs and added corregated scrapbook paper to the fronts of the remaining drawers.  I painted the unit mint green.

 

 

I sized out my sink and cut my balsa wood pieces to form my basin.  I then poured white paint into the sink instead of painting with a brush because I wanted it to look more like a porcelain sink than wood.  I rotated the sink in all directions to spread the paint.  I then held it upside down to allow the excess to drip out.  As I allowed this to happen, I tamped the sink lightly on a scrap board so that drips would not dry around the sink rim.  Once the inside paint was set well enough, I lightly pressed the sides of the sink into a puddle of paint.  Then I sat it aside to dry…and this took a VERY long time.

 

 

 

I moved back to the sink base.  I measured and constructed a backsplash shelf using balsa wood, trim, and spindles.  I applied some World and Model tiles and the attached it to the back of the cabinet.

 

 

 

I had a small sink faucet that I attached to a long metal bead to make it taller. I constructed the knobs using flat head pins and white glass beads.  I then dry brushed brown paint around the edges to give it an antique look.

 

 

 

At this point my sink is nowhere close to being dry.  So I began constructing the scene.  I started with a bowl of "pancake batter".  I partially filled the bowl with ivory paint.  I then sprinkled talcum on top.  I the took the tiny whisk and swirled it around a bit and left to dry.

 

 

 

Once everything was dry, I installed the sink and added all the finishing touches.

 

 

 

On to the next piece...

 

 

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