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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

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April 23, 2017

The Lavender Shop : finishing my 1st piece of furniture made with card (or mat board)

Good Morning to you all

I hope you're all enjoying your sunday, doing whatever you love to do, hopefully with your loved ones round you

As usual, I work on my minis and there's no Sunday to stop me πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

In my last post, I showed you the little shelf I made with card board (or is it mat board ? ..... puh, I just never know the difference)

Since the last pictures you've seen here, it has changed quite a bit and I'd like to say it is ready to find a place in the shop ..... haha, that does not yet exist πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I gave it a 1st layer of paint with wood stain, but only very little, because I was afraid the card might suck up to much of the liquid and maybe would no longer hold together or so.
But I was lucky, no such thing happened

After that coat was dry (it does dry very quickly), I applied a bit of lavender acrylic paint, but not with a brush, but a piece of cloth (and gloves of course) and once that was dry, another layer (again with a piece of cloth) of egg shell acrylic paint

I wanted to make this shelf look really old, vintage, with a touch of shabby chic.
Once the result looked good (to me at least), I took out my distress ink mini pads and started to give it the old aged look. When everything was dry, I just sanded it again, but only very slightly, and gave it a coat of matt finishing spray. This does not make it look shiny, because I didn't want that on such an od vintage piece, but it helps to fix the colors 

So here's the result, let's see what you think :

After the 1st coat of wood stain (dilluted with a little water)
and remember not to apply too much

Then the second coat of acrylic color (lavender of course)

And the 3rd coat of egg shell acrylic color
(always applied with an old piece of cloth)

After the "aging" treatment with the Distress Ink Pad
(you can of course achive the same result by appliying Wood Stain again, but you should be 
careful doing that, if you apply too much, it will cover up all you color applied previously)

Doesn't look t bad, huh ??

Of course, I needed to add something with my new designed logo on it
... as you can see, this little shelf is gonna be "Le coin des savons", which literally means
"The Soap Corner"

Adding a few little details and voilΓ  .... aahhhh ..... me happy


See ya


  1. It looks exactly like distressed wood. Great work!
    Hugs, Drora

    1. Hi .... yes, that's what I love about this material .... it does look like real wood

      Just never know if it's cardboard or matboard ?????

      Doesn't really matter, lol