Chair makeover

To go with my OOAK Barbie doll for the 2020 GAW Barbie Convention charity auction, I’m making a simple backdrop, as previously shown here. Since the theme of the convention is A Knight to Remember—and I’m making a princess doll—I decided she also needed a throne. I found this vintage doll chair in an antique shop. From my research, I believe the chair was made circa 1910-30, possibly in Germany. The chair was well made, but a little worse for wear. So a makeover was in order.

After some sanding and a couple coats of gold paint, I embellished it with some brass stampings. Then I made cushions covered in royal blue crushed velvet. Here’s the before and after.

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Backdrop project

I’ve been working on my auction doll for the GAW Barbie convention. The doll has been repainted, and the outfit has been made, but before I take photos, I wanted to create a backdrop to go with the doll. After Christmas, I found a faux window frame on clearance at Michaels. I decided attach it to a floor with L-brackets. Then the doll can stand on the floor and the whole thing can either hang on the wall or sit on a surface.

To make the floor, I started with a square of plywood. I picked up some edge banding veneer to make the hardwood floor at Menards. I simply cut “planks” to size with scissors, and then ironed them onto the plywood square with my iron. So much easier than using popsicle sticks! Once the flooring was ironed on, I used a stain marker to get the color I wanted. Now I just need to seal the floor and assemble.

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GAW charity auction

The auction is still going on … we stayed through the first 25 items so we could see my OOAK doll auctioned off and eat some chocolate. They’re auctioning 110 items … it’s going to be awhile. So we’re putting our feet up in the room. Here are photos of some of the OOAK dolls being auctioned.

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We did get to see some fast bidding action with this doll, Tokyo Bloom, by Judy O’Connell of Aponi Designs. My head is spinning with numbers, but I know it went for over $1,000.

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