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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

May 3, 2017

The Lavender Shop : more furniture made with cardboard

Hello and good morning everyone


Since I kinda re-discovered cardboard, I'm making more furniture for my new Lavender Shop instead of buying it and it's not just cheaper, but also a lot more fun, believe me

I need a couple of shelves for my Shop and so I gave it a try after the 1st little one turned out quite nicely.

If you need measurements or so, please feel free to ask

I did use chalk paint (from Rayher, available at Amazon, but also in many craft and hobby shops). The first coat is plain lavender and with this cardboard, you usually only need 1 coat anyway to cover it all up nicely.

Once dry (which is really quick), I sanded everything to make the surface smooth before Step 2.
Then I took a piece of sponge and added some beige (also chalk paint), but I did not cover the entire surface.

To make it look "aged" or "distressed" I always use my little Distress Ink Pads, but when these are new, you gotta be careful not to use too much on the borders

Other than that, believe me, it's a piece of cake ..... 1 hour tops and you're done with the painting part. The real work here (which takes up most of the time of course) is planning the piece of furniture you wanna make.

Before you start cutting, make sure to draw some sort of plan on a piece of paper with the exact measurements and think everything through very thoroughly in order to make all the pieces fit once you start cutting out and gluying. You need to have an exact image in your head of what your shelf or any other piece of furniture you wanna make is gonna look like.

So here are a few pictures of my shelf

and come back soon, I'll try to make an armchair next

This is just one coat of chalk paint ..... as you can see, it's more than enough,
 you really don't need to add more coats.

I added some pieces of cardboard on the sides, just for fun


This is the chalk paint from Rayher I used

In these pictures, you can probably see what I meant with using a piece of sponge and not covering the entire surface with the second coat of beige paint


And the borders are aged with the Distress

I just decorated with a few items I've already made to see what it looks like

This cute little display on top is also made with cardboard

*** UPDATE *** UPDATE ***
June 26th, 2017

I added a few pics just to show you all the furniture I made so far
I have to admit I'm a little proud of myself and I'm really really happy that I re-discovered
mat board, because it's really great to work with when making miniatures

This last pictures shows everything I have made so far for my shop
As usual, it's too much and I will need to find a really big shop for all this

A common and well know problem among us miniature makers, isn't it ?


There's more to come, so stay tuned

See ya


  1. wow, I cant believe you made it out of cardboard!

    good job
    Marisa :)

    1. Thanks Marisa .... and you know what : it's sooo much easier to work with than wood
      I just have some trouble with the name ..... some call it cardboard, others call it mat board ?????
      But believe me, I didn't use a single inch of wood here
      Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon again