JENNIFER'S PRINTABLE DOLLHOUSE WALLPAPER
To save the miniature wallpaper to your computer, right click and select "save as'' or 'save image as'.
Select the highest setting on your printer when you print the wallpaper.
The size of the wallpaper printable is 8'' x10''. Spray the printout with a matte sealer before using it, otherwise the inks may bleed and ruin it.
I use cardstock to print on, you may have other preferences.
Miniature Wallpaper Hints
I use cardstock for printing the wallpaper.
is about the thickness of greeting cards, you can buy a package of cardstock
at most stationary stores
You need to spray your printout with a sealer in order preserve the ink.
Give the ink a few minutes to dry and then spray the printable with a sealer. You can buy spray sealer in both a glossy and a matte finish. You would definitely want to use a matte finish for the wallpaper, for the little print and fold boxes of cereal etc., you may want to use a glossier spray.
If you don't mind having a bit of a sheen on your printie, you can use hairspray as an inexpensive sealer.
Be sure to spray both sides of the cardstock.
You can purchase spray sealers for crafts at most hobby shops. If you are in a location where you don't have access to hobby shops it is easy to find on the Internet. Below are links just a few brands.
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1950's Get the Look
Get the look is meant for real size houses. The same rules apply to dollhouse rooms though, so I have included it here.
Floor - lay a chequerboard vinyl floor in black and white, red and white, or yellow and white. Use floor tiles rather than one continuous sheet because, if a section of floor gets irreparably damaged, they're far easier to replace.
Fitted kitchen - in your fitted kitchen, choose Formica tabletops. Spray paint the doors and fittings. Some companies sell original reconditioned kitchens or sell new ones in a similar style and you can sometimes pick up cabinets in junk shops.
Chairs - go for the diner look in the kitchen with chairs in chrome and vinyl in day-glo colours. Give a table a new lease of life with a Formica or Fablon top.
Other typical 1950s furniture are basketweave chairs in a primary colour and white or 'Butterfly' chairs (a canvas sling on a metal frame).
Fridge - a gigantic fridge is essential, especially in a bright colour. They're all over the high street or you can get original reconditioned ones. Appliances - fill the kitchen with big chrome appliances: blenders, toasters, and swing bins in chrome or plastic.
Shades - choose between bright colours such as red, lime green, yellow, black, and delicious ice cream shades such as pistachio green, bubblegum pink and pale blue.
Fireplaces - rooms generally don't have fireplaces. Abandon the dado rail, paper and cornice division of walls.
Fabrics - are bright with abstract patterns, often with science-inspired imagery such as calyxes, starbursts, atoms etc.Or go for pretty, sprigged florals set against polka dots or stripes in sugary pinks, reds, blues and yellows. Use animal prints, especially zebra stripes and leopard spots for cushions, rugs and throws in fake fur.
Accessories - look for accessories in black, white and red plastic coated wire, which usually have ball feet. Typical items include coat and plant stands, and magazine racks.
Kitsch - fill the rooms with kitsch; nodding dogs, pineapple ice buckets, and flying ducks on the wall.
Crockery - mix and match; traditional dinner sets are replaced by china in collectable individual pieces with a linked theme or colour.
Tupperware is a 1950s invention. Pick up details - with ashtrays in the shape of artists palettes, toy Cadillacs, Roberts Radios, cocktail glasses, pictures of poodles.
1960's and 1970's Links
The 1960s were all free love, flower power and pop music but, as the saying goes, if you remember it, you weren't there. The previous decade's love of American design was replaced, as Swinging London became the centre of all things groovy The modernism of past decades had rejected historical influences so, in a spirit of rebellion, 1960s plundered the past for inspiration. The result is a ragbag of styles culled from all over, including Victorian and Edwardian, the 1920s and art nouveau. But it was not just about replicating past styles; everything was given an irreverent twist to make it all its own.