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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Barbie-Scale Cigar Box Kitchen Cabinet

After an excellent garage sale haul—I realized that the display case I’ve been storing my barbie dolls was at capacity.    So…I purloined the the bookcase from the den (it wasn’t really being used anyway) to set up a barbie display house. 
Starting with the kitchen…
The floors and wallpaper are easy—scrapbooking paper makes great wallpaper and flooring. 
Kitchen_1I built a kitchen hutch/cabinet using a cigar box for the base and assorted small box lids (jewelry boxes work well) for shelves.
Primo del Rey boxes work well because they don’t have any metal hinges or beveled edges.  Superglue the lid into place so that it stands in place.  Kitchen_2Glue the boxes to the back of the lid so that they are arrange like shelves.  Before painting it helps to spray the entire structure with primer,otherwise the pictures on the cigar box will bleed through.
After it dried, I painted it turquoise, and added glass mosaic tiles as a backsplash.  Cigar boxes are sometimes lined with thin sheets of cedar, this makes a great “butcher block” countertop.
For a final touch faux cabinet doors were painted, and the entire cabinet was painted with acrylic varnish.   I used jewelry closures and a brass tube to make the cabinet handles and a towel rack. 

And here’s the final product…
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