The Grand Linfield
The master bedroom is my favorite room in the house. I’m nicknaming this the “Rose Room”. Obviously, the beautiful scrapbook paper I used as wallpaper was my inspiration for all the furnishings and decor. Settle in for this post…there’s a lot going on in this room. I am also going to show you some "before" pictures to demonstrate how the simplest of pieces can be made grand.
First, I started with the armoire. I used an unfinished cabinet as my base.
I removed one of the doors and the wood knobs. I then began all the reconstruction which included adding faux drawers, painting, and various jewelry findings. I removed the center bracket on the remaining door and added a piece of folded fabric. Lastly, I made two hat boxes, scarves, and a framed picture for the top. The picture is a printed image glued into a button. I also made a jewelry box to sit inside.
I made curtains for the French door. I also added some decorative panels to the bottom of the doors. I made these using balsa wood, scrapbook corners, and more roses.
The bed was my favorite project in this room. My mom had recently gifted me a couple of plain dollhouse beds that she found discounted. Of course, there is zero chance of me leaving anything plain or as-is, so I set to work. Here is what I started with, not bad but I knew I could do better.
I first stripped off all the bedding and foam. I then began gluing on all sorts of jewelry findings, small metalwork pieces, and roses. I then painted everything in a rosy copper metallic paint. Once the paint was dry, I dipped the bed in polyurethane to seal everything.
Finally, I began trimming, folding, and layering different fabrics until it was perfect. I topped it off with handmade pillows and a throw blanket I made from tiny crocheted flowers. Everything on this bed was handmade – from the pillows to the comforter where I painstakingly added each row of ruffles. This bed is definitely the prettiest thing I’ve ever made for a dollhouse.
I created a dressing screen and table for the room. The dressing screen is constructed from balsa wood and more of my jewelry findings. I used a bird bath that I had picked up somewhere on clearance and added a top to create the table. I then made a little flower vase, purse, whatnot bowl, and gloves.
I took various scrapbook frames and filled them with pictures I printed from the internet. I hung the pictures on the wall behind the dressing area. I also decided to go with a store-bought area rug for the room.
I purchased a vanity from Hobby Lobby. I will say that it is actually a rather cute vanity out of the box. But, of course, I needed it to be next-level. So I got to work.
I sanded all the edges and high points and then stained the vanity, wiping away most of the excess. I wanted an antiqued or aged look and this technique worked perfectly. I then began creating tiny bottles from beads and jewelry findings. I made a little tray where I placed a handmade compact, lipstick, nail polish, and makeup brush. I added a lamp and a straw hat which I added a few embellishments to. Lastly, I created a couple of simple necklaces that I allowed to hang out of a partially opened drawer. I also recovered the vanity seat and added scrapbook frames and corners.
I finished off the wall behind the bed and vanity with more framed prints and created a picture rail with shelf. I added various handmade knick-knacks to the shelf.
I just couldn't be happier with the finished result.