Playhouse to Veterinary Clinic make-over

It’s been a long time coming! Some ideas born in the head have a few months gestation period! Finally, this came out!

It all started with our volunteering youth. They were fund raising for a mission trip abroad and were looking for opportunities to serve within the local community – for donations. I was starting to think of freshening up the playhouse. The opportunities presented each other, shook hands, and got on with it. They were happy painting, I was happy they were painting. 

Unfortunately, summer came, and we left for the summer. Once we got back, I was six months (going on fifteen) pregnant by then. I needed the master helper. My mum!

In its entirety, I think mum and I have different tastes (she’s way more eccentric), but on most things, I trust her eye. So one morning, she agreed to help while I was busy at work. I left her the choice of paints, and gave her complete creative freedom. I couldn’t trust anyone else like that. The colour choice is perfect! Not too hospital, not too girlie, not too boyish – just perfect for a Pet Clinic. 

First layer done. Now for the furnishings and accessories. 

We didn’t do much painting on the outside, but the white paws really freshened it up!

Veterinary clinic downstairs and adoption centre upstairs. 

Patient patients.

Opticians department.

Record keeping (aka Big book of boo-boos) is a must.

Anxious pups…

Pets looking for their humans.

Ikea dog bum hangers fit perfectly with our theme.

Now, hours of bureaucracy keep out Vet intern occupied. 

Make it and love it!

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DIY – Yarn letters

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Some french words are easier than others. I am glad I came across one that was easy enough to make out of yarn and had such a sweet translation – baby!

It was so easy to make, I think words will be wasted if I try to explain what to do, but a single picture will explain everything, and I am sure give you more DIY ideas.

Ta-da!

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It’s a little less glamorous at the back, but, if Ikea can do it, so can I!

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Yarn just makes everything look warm and cosy! Like sheep!

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I have one of those walls where a lot of my projects end up…

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However, after my photo-shoot was finished, my sweet yarn letters were used else-where (more on that later):

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Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you would like to check out some of my other posts using the same yarn:

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Dollhouse Decor – 2nd layer

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Continuing the interior decor of the dollhouse, in this post you will find out how to furnish 4 rooms using a garden fence (I think it’s a fence, it could be something else…) bought for 4 euro! Here is the revered relic:

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Here is my favourite one.  Not an absolute necessity, but makes any dollhouse so much comfier!  A few pieces cut to size create a cute little fireplace.

Blog thumbnail - DIY Dollhouse fireplaceSome of the planks from the garden fence were cut up and used for making table and chairs. Admittedly I used some square rods for legs, but the top part of the table was made by gluing those very planks.  The only primer I had was white, so consequently it was painted white.

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More furniture created from the garden fence. Main bed and built-in bunk-bed are adorable!

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The kids’ room has a bunk-bed, a swing, and a mood wall.

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Ok, this wasn’t made from the wooden garden fence, but who doesn’t have some cardboard lying around? Oh, and you will need a glue gun and some material.

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Some Popsicle sticks came in handy for these cute dollhouse frames.

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I wish I knew how to make kitchen and bathroom furniture to complete the house, however, for now, they might have to be bought.

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Here is the completed house ready to be handed over tomorrow to the customer.

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So, made it and fell in love with it. I will miss you, my little dollhouse!

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Tutorial – Doll-size Wing Chair

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I love anything miniature, and seeing how my L-shaped corner couch tutorial is one of my most popular posts, I decided to respond to all the miniature lovers out there. Here is my tutorial on how to make wing-back chair . Very easy, barely took two hours.

Step 1: Prepare the pattern. I sketched mine myself, about 12cm high. Cut it out, trace it onto cardboard, and cut out 4 side pieces, 2 for the back and one two for the seat.

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Step 2: Place left side, back and right sides next to each other and cut out a pieces of fabric to wrap around the cardboard with about 1 cm allowance for wrapping. Glue the flaps around the cardboard pieces with glue gun. Make incisions around curves for smoother wrapping.

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Step 3: Do the same for the other panel. One will be used for the outer side of the chair and one for the inside.

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Step 4: Glue the inner panel to the outer panel and the seat in the middle. I’ve also added a strip under the seat.  The seams between the panels were covered with grey yarn.

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I love how “Grandmother” it looks, so for me, this seat had to be placed in the kids’ room, next to the rocking horse and baby crib.

Make it and love it!

If you are crazy about miniatures, you will probably like these posts, too:

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DIY – Embroidered Hand prints

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Whoever came up with this beautiful idea is a genius! I love the idea of immortalising families’ hand prints. And stem stitch could not be easier! Anyone can do it – so I did!

When idea started circulating on Pinterest, I had everything to make this craft – fabric, embroidery floss and family with kids. It was easiest to get my own hand print. I had to convince my husband to get his hand print, I remember saying “Trust me, you will love it”. I might say that a lot to him when I am trying to convince him of the validity of my next craft. With my daughter it was relatively interesting, too, we made it into a game, and it took us a few fun-filled attempts. Getting a hand print from my baby son was a little more challenging, only because the time was never right. If he was awake, he was fed and if he was asleep, you wanted to keep it that way.

The choice of floss could have been a little more creative, and yet I went for blue, red, pink and baby blue.

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It is amazing how much the hand prints looks like our family. So personal!

Super easy, super fast! Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you would like to check out my other entries:

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DIY – Playhouse, the Making of

Two weeks on, and our playhouse is still bringing us barrels of joy. Kids love it, it is still clean and tidy (relatively) and friends are popping by every other day. It is a beautiful gift for my children from my dad.

Time for the “Making of”, even though there are still some unfinished corners.

Probably one of the most difficult steps in making something is the waiting. Waiting to get started, waiting to see how it’s turning out, waiting to see it completed.  That time warp that is triggered by the sketched up idea and finally set free by posting photos of it on Facebook (or blog…)  Questioning whether the expectations of the dream you have created in your mind will be met by the actual result or will you have a big expensive hurtful let down.  This dream of a playhouse has definitely been one of the biggest DIY projects I have ever undertaken/commissioned. Every thought and minute has been invested, there was much to loose. It is somewhat easy to admit it now, hindside, seeing that it has indeed worked out.

And so…

My dad is wonderful when it comes to projects. He has experiences ranging from building huts in Siberia to welding to carpentering and everything in between. He has never let me down, if anything, he has always gone far above anything I have ever asked for.

It has happened before. Asking my dad a small question about Physics homework would always turn into an hour long lecture. Asking for a small Noah’s Ark for Grade 7 Science project, he would build me a near perfect replica of the ancient vessel… Two years ago when I asked for a little doll house for my daughter, my dad built us a meter high doll house with three floors, stairs, garage and all the other little trinkets you could wish for in a doll house. (True story, check it out here: Doll house)

It has happened before. My dad seems to enjoy taking my vision for a project and turn it into something a lot bigger and more complex than I could possibly ask for.  When I asked for a playhouse, I should have known that my dad would hear his own measurements. And that’s exactly what he did. After we have discussed my idea, which was a playhouse no larger than a dog house, on our first visit to see what he has done thus far, we were faced with…

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A Russian-style iron frame standing almost 3 meters above the ground.

Gasp! Who is this playhouse for? Giant children?!

On our next visit, we were greeted with a wooden box that looked a little more like a house. Still as tall as ever!  The door could fit a giant – not just a giant child, I am talking about a giant adult!

To be honest, however, I was very pleased to see wood as the dominating building material. It was starting to look homely. And smell it, too.  Dad insisted on taking on the cost of the built, at which point I was relived, because wood is not at all affordable in Cyprus. Especially in these quantities!

And yet, it felt like this project has swallowed the “drink-me” potion that makes it increase in size by the minute, like Alice in Wonderland.

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Dad attached wooden planks to the metal bars, and to the wooden planks he attached huge sheets of plywood on the inside and planks of stalking wood on the outside. He also insulated the roof – I mean who does that for a kids’ playhouse? My dad does.

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He layered in aluminium sheets into the roof to make it watertight.

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One little thing that we disagreed on was the size of the door. Dad really wanted a big door! He insisted that a grown up should be able to walk in and enjoy the playhouse, too. After some convincing and demonstrating the difference between a playhouse and a shed, we agreed to make a small kid-size door. Once dad understood what I meant, he embraced the idea and even created a little canopy over the front porch.

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Inside was coming along quite nicely, too. As dad built the playhouse adult height, we could now split it into two kid-size levels, and create a neat little loft. I loved that we could do that, as initially it wasn’t in my plans – I couldn’t have ever asked for this! In fact, my plans now seemed completely obsolete next to dad’s potential.

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Day by day, the project was getting bigger and bigger, and my original vision – smaller and smaller, in comparison to the new. Dad welded steel banister and railing for the loft.

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The time came for painting the interior, and that’s when I am at my most excited. I love the instant effect that you get from painting. I settled on off white colour for the loft to create openness and feeling of air. As both of my kiddies were going to use the playhouse, I wanted to make it suitable for both girl and boy, so making it purple seemed like a liable option. Chaz can vote for a different colour when he is old enough.

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With time, my dad cut out windows on the back wall, left wall and front facade. As the house was going to stand next to a building in our garden, we decided not to make any windows on the right side. The windows on the left would have to be windows that can open, but windows on the loft level should not open to prevent kiddies from falling out. Have to consider everything!

In addition to everything else, dad has decided to build a little porch in the front, and welded together an incredibly strong structure that looks deity, yet was instrumental in making the house mobile! Dad has all the details, I wouldn’t know how to begin explaining it. It looks super special, and that matters to me.

Finally, the outside was finished, and it was time to paint the exterior walls. As usual, I went to choose my paint from the discounted section in a DIY store. The advantage of that is buying paint at half price, however there are disadvantages, too. First of all, the colour selection is limited to what has already been pre-mixed by mistake. Secondly, the amount might be limited. And finally, it is very difficult to mix the same colour if you run out. So, with that in mind, not allowing my hopes to soar, I went to the DIY store. Oh, how happy I was, when I found exactly what I wanted, as much as I wanted! I couldn’t have picked it better myself! It’s a perfect blue-grey shade, that will work perfectly outside, for a boy/girl playhouse! Serendipity, what can I say?!

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The day before the set completion date, we worked till sunset.

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And then, the D-day, aka. Delivery day!

We have been preparing for this day for ages! We’ve arranged for our little ones to go to their grandparents’ house, for strong men to be available for loading and unloading, and for all the last minute details to be taken care of.

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The playhosue was lifted slightly, using pivoting system, and loaded onto a trailer specially welded for this purpose. I don’t remember breathing that day, I was so nervous.

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Charlie fell asleep before the house was delivered, but Lexie was up, waiting anxiously. Witnessing her childish excitement was priceless!

The next few days were spend on  “interior decoration” and moving in.

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Make it to love it!

You may also like to check out my other posts related to the making of Playhouse:

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Dolls’ Corner couch

SAM_3072Hooray! Some weekend craft!

My daughter’s Doll House is a gift that just keeps on giving! If I can’t do DIY or home remodeling for our home, next best thing is to create something doll size.

Here is a corner sofa that I would buy for my own house. So simple to make, too. I love this as a replacement for the dull grey one we had before. What was I thinking?

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The couch was made to fit this particular corner, which is another reason why handmade is better than mass produced.

I think I agree with my husband when he tells me that my style reminds him of a Russian Dacha (summer house).

Corner couch3 If you like what you see and would like to make something like this yourself, see my step-by-step photo instructions.

Step 1. Preparation. You will need a quick (or a thorough) sketch of what you would like to make. Get required material, which in my case was some cardboard, fabric, cutter and foam lining.Corner couch2

Step 2.  For the backs of the two parts of the couch, I simply wrapped two pieces of cardboard (for sturdiness) with foam lining and then material. Wrap the edges as you would a present and glue gun everything in place.Corner couch1

Step 3. Onto a piece of fabric, measuring a little larger than the seat, layer two pieces of foam lining and then the cardboard piece. Using glue gun, glue each side, creating a little tension so the seats look more rounded than square.Corner couch

That’s all!

Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this,  you might also like my other projects:

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