This is part of our Tiny House, Tiny Bloggers series, in which we turn over Plaster & Disaster to some VERY tiny bloggers to tell their own story of transforming an ugly, old (doll)house into a fresh and modern (doll)home. Follow it from the beginning here.
Disclaimer: Inclusion on this blog is not an endorsement by Plaster & Disaster of the tiny blogger’s methods or design decisions. Plaster & Disaster cannot be held responsible for your terrible decor choices after reading one of their tutorials. All opinions are their own.
Tiny bloggers here, signing in full and definitely #thankful after a great Thanksgiving celebration! It was just our little family but it was full of definitely-not-a-plastic-barbie-doll-accessory turkey and a whole lotta love. But we’re past that now and looking forward to the bloggeriest season of all.
While we haven’t gotten our little selves together to decorate for the holidays (we know, we know, it’s like DAYS after thanksgiving and we’re terrible bloggers!) we HAVE been decorating our home. We’re so proud of our living room progress like our new, 100% DIY sofa and totally-real-metal coffee table…
Just ignore the terrible old windows, would you?
But we know that huge furniture pieces don’t make a house a home… it is the tiny things that matter most. So while we’re working on the big things we’re also filling our home with personal, handmade details. Here’s how we did it!
Tiny Tray and Flowers
The most important thing we had to do was make a decor-centerpiece for our coffee table. And not just because coffee tables require decorative objects… there was a huge hole in the middle of it from when the marble used to be the base of a trophy.
The solution was obvious: a tray! But where could we find a tray that tiny? We had to make it.
We started with some balsa wood scraps left over from past projects, and ever-so-carefully cut them into a base and sides for a wooden tray.
We then assembled it using liquid nails, applied using an extra piece of wood to be sure that we didn’t glop it on. (FYI, glop is a word in its own right, not just a strange combination of glob and slop like some people may have thought all their lives. #themoreyouknow)
We then carefully assembled the tray. It was hard for even our tiny hands to get such small pieces to line up correctly! (Editors Note: That’s because they didn’t help at all, and we had to do it with our giant hands.)
After it dried we loaded it up with pretty stuff. We made some books out of old picture framing mat (more on how we got our hands on that below), and topped it off with our favorite magazine, which feels like it was written just for us.
We also wanted some flowers for our photoshoot, so we got a tiny cup and added a couple sprigs of leaves from our recent giant plants project. For flowers, we used yellow sewing pins!
We knew that we wanted to work record storage into our home, but unfortunately we didn’t have a record collection to put in it (we just liked the look). So we rushed to create a collection and guess what… records are expensive guys! Fortunately for us, we mostly wanted to look at the records rather than listen to them, since Naomi and Sage neglected to draw us ears. So we could make this a DIY!
We started by getting Sage’s awesome mat cutting kit which she has used so successfully and convincing her to give us some giant pieces of photo framing mat. (Editors Note: They were tiny scraps…)
We then used the blade and razor provided in the kit to cut the mat down to 1.2 million tiny-record sized squares. That is the literal count for anyone who wants to copy this project.
And if you’re wondering how big is a tiny-record? It was just a little smaller than the size of the inside of our record storage console, of course.
There are the records! But of course, no one has all one color records, that would look ridiculous. So we colored the edges of some of them with several different colors of markers, leaving a lot of them white.
Then, all we had to do to make our record collection look authentic was shuffle them together! Don’t they look awesome?
And here they are in place, alongside a hand-me-down turquoise record player straight out of Sage’s childhood.
Wow, if you ignore all the blank space and ugly windows, it sure is looking homey in there! We’re #thankful for home decor.
Thanks for reading about the little things that are bringing us joy!