Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Leesburg Blythe Hotel, our home away from home

After I brought Phoebe, above, home from the Michigan Blythe Meet, I set about making a dollhouse in the location of my former Blythe Manor I. (Blythe Manor II is the one you usually see). I brought a shopping bag full of extra furniture, accessories, and about 10 different cans of spray paint. Krylon Fusion is made especially for plastic.
Since I had some great pieces left that just wouldn't fit into Blythe Manor II, I knew I wanted to make a second dollhouse anyway. So, I sorted what I had into room grouping and then figured out what needed painted in order to fit in. I especially wanted to use the IKEA-like shelf by Smidgehouse on Etsy and the leopard settee by Barbie Furniture and Fashions on Ebay. I also received a great Takara vintage desk in a trade and snagged a Bratz egg chair and lips bed on EbayUK.
Along with all that, I improvised to make a mirror from a silver tray, a "wicker" wall unit from a coffee table, a window blind from a placemat, a frame from a lid, a hanging light from a photo ball, a lamp from an air freshener, another lamp from a dangly pendant bead, records from stickers and key tags and an art desk from some clothespin photo holders and two acrylic frames.
Some other repurposed items included placemats for flooring, a baby's headband for a photo hanger, a piece of sink mat for a bathroom rug, a Hello Kitty plush keyring for a pillow, and a piece of placemat for a window shade.
All the rooms are pictured above, with and without their plastic occupants. The house was a one-day project, thanks to fast-drying paint.


Anonymous said...

I love the first and last pictures. here are my reasons why:

First picture: the hello kitty plushie key ring slash pillow and the little hello kitty sat on the arm chair

Last picture: Her oufit was so cute! I especially love her jumper!!!

Marva Plummer-Bruno said...

Oh this is awesome!!! I'm going to have to make something like this for my girls! I now have 3! :)

Marva Plummer-Bruno said...

Visiting again! I just love your Blythe Hotel! Where did you get your closet organizer? I got a bookshelf but it's already full with beds and desks! :D