Monday, June 24, 2013

Top shelf.

I'm on the homestretch now.

The long tedious job of repairing the plaster walls and ceiling is done.
The floors have been refinished.
Everything's been slathered with a fresh coat of paint.
The furniture is back in place.

Speaking of furniture, lookie what I found!

A 1930's doll dresser in my favorite shade of green!

Aged mirror, cute original decal, what's not to love?  I saw the dresser
and I was smitten.  If only it was that easy to pick out a new sofa!

Of course it needed a display shelf, so I drew up a design
 and my assistant cut it out for me.

 I nailed it together and added hooks to hang....whatever!
I found the dress for $2 at a local shop.

Love me some red & white polka dots!

At the far end of the same wall, I hung a vintage shelf
I bought a few years ago.  I don't know what it is about wall shelves,
but I find them hard to resist.  Since there's barely room to shimmy out
of bed in this room, the shelf will be used in lieu of a nightstand.

All the amenities a child (or adult) will need right at their fingertips.  Literally.

Truck riding teddy bear, wind up alarm clock, reading
glasses, farm scene to gaze at, lamp, and a storybook.

There are wonderful illustrations in this old book.

One hour and 45 minutes (somebody was in the car timing me)
 spent in a gigantic antique mall, and this small book is all I bought!   hehe

After the success of building our first shelf, I was ready to tackle a bigger shelf
to hang over the bed.  I mounted prefabricated brackets on the wall, and added
two pine boards cut to length and inexpensive door stop molding to beef it up.


I'm kind of liking this carpentry thing.

Now, I didn't randomly choose the size of this shelf.  Nope, I had
a little something in mind to display up there.

A dreamy 1940's dollhouse!
I did a quick online search, and I think it was manufactured by
the Deluxe Game Corp and sold by Sears.

It's missing a few parts like the front door and railing
 above the pillars.  Sort of like another slightly larger house
 that's missing 3 sets of window shutters.  :)

We answered an ad in the newspaper for 2 homemade dollhouses
that were not at all what I had in mind.  Afterwords, we stopped at
a nearby antique shop where I found this house for only $20!

It was meant to be.

Six unfurnished rooms.
I guess I'll be looking for dollhouse furniture next.  And decorating
it for Christmas.  I can see it now.  Tree, lights, presents.......

As I said, I'm on the homestretch now.
A few minor details like bedding (which I'm working on....slowly), possibly some curtains,
 and no doubt dozens of holes in the newly repaired plaster walls to hang "art",
and the room will be DONE.

Have I mentioned there are 2 more bedrooms in the same
ghastly state of disrepair?  Oh, yes.

Thanks for stopping by today to view my
trio of shelves on the walls.


*I'm joining the parties at:
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesdays
Common Ground Be Inspired
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday
Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday


  1. Vickiei
    I am lovin the shelves and the vintage treasures you are putting on them. Lookin great.

  2. I love shelves too - especially well-aged ones, like yours. I'm still envying your truck!!

  3. Love your dresser - darling! Also the precious dollhouse. Your room is really revolving into a darling vintage room. Can't wait to see it finished. And then do the other rooms.


  4. Love all the touches - vintage books and toys and your handmade shelves.

    I built my daughter a dollhouse when she was 6 - far more work than I imagined. It sat in the living room window of our former home and she decorated it for holidays. People told me their kids called our house "the dollhouse house" since we were easily seen on a corner across the street from the school.

    Hope the other rooms go quickly for you.

  5. I love vintage toys. I had a very similar doll house as a child. The shelves made for perfect vignettes.

  6. Your shelves turned out perfectly!! Love their decor too, especially that lipstick wearin' bear. We know who is driving that truck! No one will be timing her when she stops at the antique mall!! Love all of the colours and the detail. The dress for $2? A steal.

    As long as your house guests aren't expecting any more grandchildren they'll fit in there just fine. :) Looks like a wonderful place to close one's eyes. :)

  7. Ooooh. Maggie and Finley will have so much fun playing with the dollhouse. And Mack too. ;) He loves playing with the dollhouses at daycare.

    Can't wait to come visit next month!

  8. ohhhhh

    such sweet treasures you have so adorably displayed! i am gushing over the picture that is above the shelf. LOVE those red roses.

    i have a doll house very similar to yours. i bought mine for a song and use it for Christmas display at the shop.

    keep up the awesome work!!!

  9. Vickie! It's a darling room. Of course, I have a crush on your truck.
    What a special place you've made for the little ones.

  10. The dresser is darling and I love the shelves to display everything on! Oh that doll house is so cute!


  11. Vickie, I am always so jealous when I pop over here and see all the wonderful projects you complete! Ok I guess I really have to get motivated... right now hubby has taken on an outdoor project expanding our front brick porch / patio. Guess I should let him get that completed before we take on something else. Hugs, Diane

  12. Impressive as usual Mom! Can't wait to see it in person ;0)

    I am thinking up ideas for 'the assistant' to do for our house!!!

  13. Hi Vickie,
    What adorable finds for this room!!! Love the little doll chest and the doll house. The vintage shelf with green trim is so adorable. And yes, I think you need to add carpentry to your list of many talents!
    Mary Alice

  14. Cute vickie. Love where the decorating theme is going. The vintage and color scheme is perfect. Decorating is never done. Isn't that wonderful? Have a great week.

    xo Danielle

  15. oh, the dresser is adorable, vickie! the shelves look great, too--the room's will be fabulous when done:) plaster is probably worst than drywall, right? yeck!

  16. Vickie,

    What great treasures. That dresser is great and I am loving the doll house.


  17. You can never have too many shelves !
    I love all your pretty vignettes, so picture perfect - looking forward to seeing the finished room.
    Sometimes I'd like a special assistant but not if they were clock-watching while I was shopping lol!

  18. This will be the cutest room, Vickie...such wonderful finds...the dollhouse and the doll dresser are so sweet! I love the idea of using a shelf for a bedside table!

  19. Oh, I LOVE all the vintage charm in this room!!

  20. Vickie,
    the dresser (my favorite color too, as you well know), is adorable, so is the dollhouse! The room is fantastic, what a fun place for little ones (or me) to sleep! I can't wait to do a room for when Kailyn comes to spend the night! You are definitely inspiring me!
    PS. You know I love your trucks, I finally found one at the flea this past week end, will post it later.

  21. Oh, your shelves are just fantastic. I have to figure out what that color of green is because I need to paint my entire house that exact color. Can you ever have too much of that green? I don't think so. Loving your dollhouse. Maybe a few teeny tiny little sock monkeys could move into it.

  22. I was going to start my comment with Oh Vickie but I see that expression came to lots of people's minds. So I will just say you have a knack, and I love your knack.

  23. Vickie,
    Thanks so much for visiting me so that I could hop over here to visit you! I am loving your shelves, but I love what you have put on them even more! Such wonderful finds and you do have a knack for displaying your treasures!

  24. Hello Vickie! I'm very busy these days with my job and a little away from blogland and I was missing these beauties!!!
    First of all I really love that doll dresser, just perfect! And that storybook...its illustrations are so sweet! It was well worth the time you spent in that antique mall.
    And of course I love your vintage shelf and the others too.
    I enjoyed this post a lot, now back to my work and my papers (more boring of course...)
    Your doll house reminded me Corey's blog, she's a fan of them, do you know her?

  25. Two more bedrooms? I guess you're tackling them later. If you're on the home stretch in this heat, maybe put the others off till it's cooler. Love me some dots too!

  26. You are an amazing shelf apprentice. There is so much eye candy in this post I don't know where to start, but I do know that the kids are going to fight over who gets to stay in this room. :D

  27. OH. MY. GOLLY.

    That is just so cute I almost can't stand it.

    WELL DONE, love love love it! ALL of it!!

  28. Love doll dressers (have three stacked in my dining room) and love shelves! I also collect miniatures as well as make them. So your blog today was great fun for me~thanks for sharing! Mini hugs, Lee

  29. All of your new finds fit perfectly in your home! They have that same vintage look that just say "you"! Love the theme you're going with in this room. Using a wall shelf in place of a nightstand is a great idea!

  30. Hi Vicky,
    I hear I missed your birthday. Hope you had a great one. You are sure taking shelf building to the next level. The items you've chosen for them are adorable! It's always fun to come and see what you've been up to!

  31. Your hard work paid off. It all looks wonderful. I just LOVE your shelves and the way you have decorated them. That little dresser and doll house are so sweet!

  32. Great vintage finds. That doll house will be perfect for Christmas. Please do a post on it. I bet it will be so charming. Love all your vintage goodies. They are so fun.

  33. Your doll house is amazing! I have the original Barbi .. and my grandmother's (old/antique) doll house pieces. They are priceless. Your vintage find at the top is darling and I love the shelf you made. I used to hang my daughters Christening dress on an antique dresser .. I need to bring that out again.

    Beautiful blog!

  34. Sorry Vicky but this is almost too much cuteness in one place. That tiny dress is adorable and the vintage book and old Tonka truck with the tattered bear... I love what you did and I can't wait to see the finished room.

  35. What a lovely post:) I like your blog.

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    Have a great week dear

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  36. First of all, i want to say that you are looking so good in this post. Now about your post i like to tell about journey and history of something that makes happiness moments for anyone HERE Definitely a very good and interesting post you have written so i would like to thanks for this great work

  37. OH my goodness- I love your little vignettes! Love that doll dresser, and of course, love the dollhouse! I've seen that one on Ebay before- it went for much more than $20 for sure!!


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