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Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern.
Plus furniture and accessories.

Issue 17 (June 2013)

Make It - Custom Fireplace for Dolly

by Shanni Schafer

Sometimes things aren't good enough for Dolly. She's special!!! Here I give my dolly the custom fireplace she's been wanting. Took about an hour. Gee! That's 90 minutes in 3/4 scale land or two hours in the 1/2 scale world! Ha ha ha! Almost like a half hour remodel show on tv! How do they do that???

Grand Fireplace Remodel

Make - It!

I started with this awesome little 3/4 scale Donna Lee fireplace....

I bought some cheap wood planks, thin thin dowels and 1/2" mirrors at the craft store....

Using a gold pen I outlined the mirrors.

I cut down a plank and the dowels for the size needed. They go on the back of the fireplace.

I stained them to match the wee fireplace.

I glued the dowels to the sides of the plank...

and used removeable 2-sided tape to attach the mirrors to the plank

(just in case I want to change them).

I taped one little mirror to the fireplace's mirror....

to give it a kind of deco look!

With removable 2-sided tape I taped the two together.

I like to leave these vintage pieces unharmed, especially when they're in such good shape!

Hence the double sided tape.

I hope the dolly is happy now! Geeze Dolly! You sure can be demanding!

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