Dressing the 1:144 Scale Queen Anne is going to take some time.

I recently spent several hours on the fireplace. The largest portion of my time went into designing the tile — it had to print as an actual design, not a brown blob. I started with creating a fabulously intricate Moroccan-flavored tile. Printed at such a tiny scale, the details all melted together to create a solid brown tile. The final graphic is a much simplified and brightened design.

Doesn’t look right, does it? But it prints well.

For the fireplace construction, I was greatly inspired by Anna Carin’s fireplace tutorial. Because I wanted a natural wood finish, I used wood where Anna Carin used cardstock, but the build method is pretty much identical.

And just for fun…

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I don’t know where I first read about Washi Paper Tape, but after seeing all the adorable patterns, vivid colors, and cheery polka dots, I knew one thing…

Washi Tape would never work with my style of paper crafting. Let’s face it, if it’s paper and it’s not distressed, ripped, and faded, I probably didn’t make it.

Still the vast array of options in something as convenient as sticky tape is a crafty siren song.

After staring longingly at all the Washi Tape on CuteTape.com, I finally had an idea: convert a plain wooden occasional table into a game table.

Here’s the table in question:
original table

Since Washi Paper Tape is semi-transparent, my first step was to cover the dark dark table with pages from an old law book that I picked up at a thrift store for about $1.00.

This was a step that sounded like a good idea at the time. More on that later.

Table covered in paper

As you can see, I penciled in a checkerboard on the top. And then I went to work with the Washi Tape (followed by a couple of coats of a satin acrylic finish).

Finished Table

What did I learn in this process? Never ever use a decoupage style “undercoat” with Washi Tape. While not glaringly obvious in the pictures, every overlap, bump, and wrinkle is definitely noticeable through the tape.

I would have been much better off to have gone with a simple painted undercoat.

Also, if you’re doing a big project, measure carefully and order accordingly. Originally, I had planned to have a patterned design on the bottom shelf, but my Does-Not-Plan-Ahead self ran out of tape and the bottom shelf ended up with a coat of black paint.

Another tip: keep your craft blade sharp — I went through four or five X-Acto blades during this project. The minute the blade gets the slightest bit dull, any “free hand” cuts aren’t as straight as with a sharp blade.

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Whether I’m building my own or considering purchasing miniature furniture and appliances, I have one big problem — how do I tell if it’s in scale if I don’t know the “real life” size of the object?

So I’ve started doing some research on various household furniture and appliances to find standard sizes (these are U.S. standards). The chart below is the result of that research — it’s an ongoing project, I’ll add to it as I move from room-to-room of the house I’m currently building.

Numbers are rounded off to inches and are a general average of the sizes I have found.

Furniture Sizes

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