Hi, hi! I’m still here. I went on a vacation to Las Vegas and it was super awesome! It had taken me a while to get out of the vacation mode, but I’m fully rejuvenated and ready to craft!
Today, I’m going to show a bit of the new project I’ve been ever so slowly working on….a tea room.
This building is the second floor of an applewood department store, which I got off of Ebay.
I actually had to buy it used from a seller in the UK, but I’m very happy with it…except the original colors of the whole building. It’s not quite what I like and the yellowish walls are not matching with anything I want to make. So this was one of the rare occasions that I decided to repaint the whole thing. Now I don’t recommend repainting the building unless you are sure you are not going to regret doing it later. Mine was a used building so that helped in my decision a bit. For the painting, I used spray paint for the even coloring. I had to do about 3 coats. The secret is probably to not over spray each coat, or you will end up with tons of dripping paints on your walls.
Once paint is completely dry, you can sand down imperfections.
For the inside of the store, I used scrap booking paper (card stock) for the wallpaper.
When you put custom made wallpaper up inside, usually around the window don’t look very so pretty. So I cut out some dowels out and made window frames that go over the bare windows.
Now I really wanted to try making a pattered floor with some wood for this tea room, so I used some balsa wood board I had at home. Originally I tried using some Popsicle sticks, but they were too hard to cut in the right length when I thought about preparing a large number of wooden planks needed for the floors.
First, I sanded the big balsa board, then wiped it with damp cloth to clean the dust off.
I stained three boards with 3 different shades. Once you apply the stain, the wood will start to bend with moisture, so I recommend getting the back of the board a little wet with water before you start.
After the boards are completely dry, Start cutting the wood into desired shape.
Just like when cutting out a wallpaper, measure and cut out the shape of the floor with paper.
glue your wood pieces onto the floor shaped paper you just cut out. Make sure edges are covered.
Once all pieces are on the paper and glue dried, cut off the extra wood off.
Put the floors down to make sure they fit.
Now take the floor pieces out once again, and paint all over it with water deluded wood stain. Wipe the extra off quickly. This will make the floor look a lot nicer. This process will make the tone of the floor slightly darker, so it might be a good idea to stain the wood boards in lighter shades at the beginning.
Finally, cover the ugly edges with dowels (or doll house molding)
This shop is being made rather slowly, but I am having fun with it.