Monday, September 10, 2012

BUILDING SOME FURNITURE

I haven’t been spending much time on the computer lately for several reasons one being I’ve been working on some pieces for a room box of sorts for use when photographing my Santa sculptures and dolls. It’s been awhile since I built furniture so it’s taken me longer than I would have thought it would.
The first piece I worked on is a little rocker. This piece is actually a rework. I bought the rocker at a thrift store last spring. It was lopsided and had a poor quality finish and really didn’t look like much. I had to completely dismantle it and while I had it apart I stripped and sanded each piece. I found the reason for the lopsidedness. The arms, legs and stretcher pieces were not the same from side to side and had to be ground down and reshaped to fit properly. After reconstructing the rocker I gave it a Tung oil finish and some pretty little cushions.


The sofa is the second piece I worked on and I made it completely from scratch. It took one day for me to build the frame which I covered with cotton quilt batting and then four more days to upholster it and make pillows. It still needs feet but since they’re small and won’t really be noticeable I thought I’d show you what I have so far.



This close-up shows the fabric that I used for the upholstery. It looks something like a corderoy but isn't. It is a good choice because it doesn't fray and doesn't stretch.



I’m also working on an armouire and tables and lamps and will eventually have enough furnishings to put together a room. If I’m not posting as often as I have in the past it’s because I’m caught up in my work. I will show pieces from time to time so you can see I’m still here.
Enjoy your week and as always, thanks for stopping by.

20 comments:

Sherri Farley said...

The furniture looks beautiful. You've done a wonderful job. I love the little rocker!

yoborobo said...

I love that rocker! I need some way to photo my dolls better. You are an inspiration! :) xox

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That looks like a challenge! But you are SO good...WOW! They look great! Is there room on that sofa for me? heehee!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maddyrose,

Gee, "where you been, jelly bean". Giggle.

Love the furniture. Bellamine, Wendy & Clarissa sure have been quiet. I miss reading about what they are doing since summer camp.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence ♥

Linda Wildenstein said...

Oh stars...lookee what you have done marvelously as always. Your bears and dolls etc will be so very "uptown" in their new digs. Honestly....I don't think there is anything that you can't do. Super duper job. S&S OmaLinda
pssssst...lost my phone again...going to get a new one this afternoon. I'll give ya a ring tomorrow

Maggie said...

Your rocker turned out so good! It looks brand new. And I LOVE your cute little sofa! Good job, as always.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh those are amazing, looking forward to seeing the whole set up :o)

Cobblestone Creations said...

Adorable! You've inspired me to revamp some old doll furniture I have. Not sure I can do as good a job as you have, but wow your pieces look fantastic!!!

IrelandBrady said...

Wow! Maddy you have done a wonderful job on the rocker and your couch with all of its little throw pillows are marvelous!

I'm not even gonna tell Dilly Boy about the rocker, much less show it to him ... he'd be toooooo jealous! LOL!

Hey, if you would like some of my Open Edition ACEO's to use as wall hangings for your little room, I'd be happy to donate as many as you'd like to make your little room even homier! Just email me back with the titles of the ones you'd like...

What a fun project you have going here ... can hardly wait to see what you complete next!

Have a grand day!

Kays Kids said...

Hi Maddy Rose, Your chair and lounge look fantastic. Their is so much work in the detail. I can just imagine your Santa's in a lounge room scene.
Big Hugs

orchid said...

Dearest Maddy,
Wow, great talent you showed us here, my friend☆☆☆ The rocker and your couch look fabulous♡♡♡
I am sure you will creata wonderful whole room scene.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Magic Love Crow said...

All, I can say is, WOW!!!! You are so very talented!

Kayzy said...

Beautiful work, Maddy - you are a clever girl!
Hugs,
Kayzy

Makeiteasycrafts.blogspot.com said...

Wow! Have I told you how amazing you are? Working on furniture now?! You know I can't put anything back together unless I make a sequence chart and even then who knows how it will turn out. You are truly a Jill of all trades. :-)

Ascension said...

Hola Maddy
Siento no haberte visitado tan a menudo como antes.
He estado pasando una mala temporada, espero que ahora todo se normalice.
Me encantan esos mueblecitos, son preciosos.
besitos ascension

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

Maddy, your post brings back memories of doll furniture my grandmother made for me when I was a young girl. There seems to be no end to your talents...love these pieces. You will have a fireplace for Santa, won't you?

Christel said...

wow Maddy! Looks like the real thing! I can't wait to see your room all finished, and a doll pictured inside! I had so much fun creating my room boxes, don't you just love it? Thanks for stopping in to see my little tutorial, it was a first time attempt at it, but gets the point across. You did a great job on these two pieces, hope to see more soon! xoxo Christel

jaymie williams said...

It looks great! I love the way you arrange it and It's so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

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Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

I love the little sofa and rocking chair. You did a great job. I am anxious to see the rest. You are so talented and able to make so many different wonderful things.

Hugs
Iris

Ps
Sweet Pea and Blossom are so happy to have heard from Clarissa. Blossom & Sweet Pea are going to write some letters soon.:o)

Rhissanna said...

Oh! I love that sofa! That's exactly what I'm looking for! How comfy it looks.