Week 1: Cabinet makeoverSoo, here we are. The first Friday of the year and with it comes the first of 52 (hopefully!) mini projects for those inflicted with the dolls house bug.
If you haven't had a read of the About page maybe have a quick squizz, else you might just think I'm a crazy lady playing with dolls houses. Partly true.
I got this little cabinet about 10 years ago when I first started collecting things for the house Dad was building me.
(Long story short, said house was much neglected after I bought my huuuge Squirrel collection dolls house and from then on gave very little thought to what I was putting into it. All the good stuff and pocket money went on the big one. I shut the doors and eventually buggered off to Uni leaving the poor little house forgotten and collecting dust.)
What I used:
Fine grain sandpaper
Ieko eggshell paint in 'Cupboard Love'
What i did:
Firstly I gave the whole cabinet a quick dust and wipe. Sitting in a box for the best part of a decade gets surprisingly mucky.
I roughly sanded the whole cabinet, including the drawers. You don't need to do this for long as you're not stripping the wood, just creating a more paint friendly surface.
Give it another wipe down to remove all the dust and debris, the tiniest bit of grubbiness will stand out a mile when your working with mini things so it's worth taking the time to give it a thorough clean up.
It was at this point i decided I didn't want cabinet doors anymore so cracked them off using a small, blunt-ish knife. You may not wish to be so destructive with your own mini furniture but should you decide to customise mind out for the little pins used for the door hinges. Surprisingly sharp!
I also discarded the tiny drawers, preferring the look of cubby holes instead.
Using a small, good quality paintbrush (cheap ones shed too many bristles for this job!) start applying a thin, even coat of paint. Don't forget to do the drawers too.