Thursday, April 10, 2014

Noah's New Bedroom

It seems like it was just yesterday that we moved both boys into a shared room when Riley turned five.  But he's eight and a half now, so that wasn't yesterday!  Well, as happens with growing boys, these two began showing signs of "needing their own space", so we decided to separate them again, and move Noah into what we were using as the playroom.  His seventh birthday was in February, so that was the perfect birthday present- his own room!
He's been in there for a couple months now, and I've been putting some finishing touches on the decorating end of things. But the consensus for all of us is that we love it!  The boys are enjoying their alone time, and I'm enjoying having a little less fighting!
So, I thought I'd give you all a tour!
 This is the view from the doorway.
 We got new furniture in a washed-out grayish-tan color.  I am always a sucker for furniture that is a little unique, and this set is the only set we saw that wasn't brown, white, or metal.  And I think it looks great with the blue and turquoise walls.
We went with a low loft bed, and I am in love!  We get the added space of a loft bed, but it's not a major pain to change out the sheets!!  The other thing I love is the stuffed animal net-did you have one of those as a kid?  It's absolutely perfect in here, because he can reach all his animals from his bed!
We installed the stairs out in front of the bed, instead of to the side, because we didn't have enough wall space.
But that's okay, because it encloses his little area under the bed a bit, making it feel a little more private.  He loves to lounge in his orange beanbag, reading books!  I've also put one of our Ikea Trofast pieces under there for toy storage.
 The bonus is that the stairs have drawers for extra storage!
 I found that square wall shelf at HomeGoods right in the middle of decorating his room- it is the perfect color and perfect for holding some of his prized possessions! 
He loves this comforter I got because it's like the Minecraft game, which I honestly didn't even think about when I picked it out....!
 This boy is obsessed with paper airplanes, so I made a paper airplane garland to go across his ceiling.
 One thing I love about this bed is that it has built-in shelving and a bulletin board behind the headboard.
 It also has shelving on the sleeping side!  Perfect for books and other trinkets he collects (and this boy is definitely a collector!).
 I put all the books that are his level in his new bookshelf.  And notice more boxes on the bottom shelf for more collections!
And yet more boxes on the top of the bookshelf for more collections!!
 This little table was actually mine when I was growing up! 
 Another shot of the paper airplanes...
 Here you can see the shelving on the back of the bed.  When we moved him in here, we lost our art supply storage from the toy room, so everything had to be relocated.  Noah is the biggest "maker" of my kids, so it made sense to keep most of it in his room.  That's mostly what these shelves hold.
 If you've been reading for a long time, you may remember this vintage truck box.  This is still one of my favorite thrifting finds ever!  There was no way I was getting rid of it in this reorganization, so it became the perfect shoe box! 
I keep all of his art journals up on his dresser, as well as this little stuffed tiger that he has adopted (it used to be mine when I was a kid)!  I also framed and hung a drawing he did, because I love that scuba diver so much!
Well, I think that's it!  I hope you enjoyed the tour- I certainly did, because now I have proof that it can actually look this clean!! 
I'm still making some changes to Riley's room now that Noah has moved out.  I'll post photos here once I'm done there as well!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Did I Ever Show You These?

I know it's been a while... Our whole family got the "crud" (and it was a BAD one- ugh!) for over a week, and then we were out of town for Spring Break...
But anyway, I was looking around and realized that I haven't ever shown you a couple of my favorite recent vintage finds!  So here are some fun pictures and eye candy for you!
 First is this adorable dolly bunk bed.  I got it at an antique fair a few months ago.  In fact, it was the same antique fair where I got this dolly bunk bed a couple years ago!  Hmmm, I wonder what I'll find next time I go?
 I've never seen this one before, but I am absolutely in love!  The grey color, the nursery rhyme decals,...
 ...the ladder!  I don't know that I've seen a vintage bunk bed with a ladder before!
 And while Avery isn't necessarily into dolls that much, she still has several, and this is a perfect place to store them!
Humpty Dumpty!
 The next vintage find is this wonderful Rich dollhouse! (You knew there had to be a dollhouse in there, didn't you?)  Oh, I really love this one!
 I found this one on Ebay for a very reasonable price.  It was a Buy It Now or Best Offer, and I saw it within a couple hours of being listed.  There was already one offer in on it, so I knew I had to act fast!  I bypassed making another offer for the fear that I wouldn't get it, and bought it for the Buy It Now price.
 It is in super condition, other than that flaw in the paint at the bottom of the door.
 I've only seen one other of this style, on the My Vintage Dollhouses site. 
Hers has a bluer paint on the roof, and as you can see here, mine once had blue paint, too.  This is under the chimney.  It's too bad it's so faded, but at least the gray looks uniform!
So far, I've only put a few furnishings inside, but I want to take my time on this one because I like it so much!
Have you found any wonderful vintage items recently?  The thrift stores here have dried up quite a bit for good finds, but there's always Ebay, right??!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Symmetry is Not My Friend!

 Oh my, I'm embarrassed to admit how many hours I spent on the painting above, working, and reworking, and reworking, and reworking again.  There are so many layers of paint on there, it's not even funny!
As I was agonizing over it, I couldn't decide why I was having such a hard time with it, until I realized- it's symmetrical.  I don't ever work symmetrically, and it just seemed to be lacking any spontaneousness or any movement.  But I was too far in to change the basic structure of the painting, so I kept trying.
In the end, I added these large scallops on the sides, and was finally satisfied enough to call it quits.  I'm okay with the finished product, but I definitely don't think I'll be trying a symmetrical painting again anytime soon!
This piece, on the other hand, I'm very pleased with!  Notice how Asymmetrical it is!
I found this vintage ship illustration, and was really taken by the colors and lines in it.
I always love including vintage illustrations in my collage paintings, especially of little children.
  And  gotta throw in some fun doodles as well!
So that's what I've been working on lately.  I still have intentions to start selling prints of my paintings, but haven't yet been able to figure out the printing end of the process.  Hopefully soon!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Vintage Kit Kraft Dollhouse

 I mentioned a few posts ago that I was working on a project that was almost finished.  Well, here it is!  It's a dollhouse I built from a vintage kit.
About a year ago, I saw a vintage dollhouse kit come up on Ebay.  All the pieces were there, but no box, and only the instructions and illustration you see here.  I was intrigued, because the house was made from printed masonite (the brick pattern is lithographed onto the pieces), and I'd never seen a kit like that.  It seemed like it must be older than the popular kits from the 1980's, but I tried to research the company (Kit Kraft from Kenosha, WI), and couldn't find anything except a more modern company of the same name, not related.  Regardless, I decided to bid, and I won!  I wasn't sure whether to be excited or scared- what had I gotten myself into??
 I really should have taken a few "in progress" shots, because it was quite a job getting this thing together.  The instructions weren't the best, so there was a lot of guesswork involved along the way.  There were no finished measurements included, so I had no idea how large this thing was going to be!  Had I known it was going to be 43" long, I may have thought twice about it!
But anyway, I went ahead and built it!  This is the only unfinished photo I took of it.  I was trying to decide what color to paint the roof shingles, so it sat like this for a couple weeks!
 As you see, I decided on an aqua green, and I think it was a perfect choice!  The shingles are actually strips of cardboard with the notched cut.  I painted them, then distressed them with sandpaper.
I really wanted the house to look old, so I used crackle paint on ALL the woodwork- boy, this was a task, because there was a LOT of woodwork!  But I'm glad I did, because I love the way it looks!
I considered trying to sand down the brick surface, but I was too afraid to mess it up!
  I love the all the extra details, like the bay window, the entryway, and the porch.
 The windows (at this point) don't have actual glass or plastic in them, but I may add that at a later point.
 And here is the inside!
 All the wallpaper is scrapbook paper- I tried to use older styles, yet still keep it pretty and bright!
The instructions were pretty unclear about that central tower- there were no doors from it into the other rooms, and as you see, the top floor isn't really tall enough to be a floor!  But my husband cut some doors for me, and I just decided that top space can be the attic!
 Don't tell the dolls that move in here, but we actually didn't add a door from the top right room into the hallway, because it was too short! 
The stairway was not included in the kit.  I purchased this one from Hobby Lobby and worked it into the design of the house.
It was a little challenging, because it wasn't quite the right size, but I love the extra character it brings!
 The other exciting thing about this house is that it has electricity!  After I got the kit, my husband bought me an electric kit to install, but I quickly learned that it was way too complicated for me!!  So it fell on him, and boy, was it a job!  Very expensive (we kept needing to buy more supplies), and very time-consuming...
 In the end, it will be fun to have lights, but I really don't think we'd tackle it again!
 And so, that is my latest project!
 And you'll probably laugh, but I actually have NO ROOM to display it.  Like really- this thing is HUGE!  So, for the time being, my mother-in-law is going to keep it at her apartment.  She always wanted a dollhouse, and so I told her she can decorate it and "play" with it for as long as she likes, and I can visit it from time to time!
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour, and if anyone happens to have any information about Kit Kraft, I'd love to hear it.  I'd really love to know the age of the kit!
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