Make Dollhouse Scale Kitchen Cabinets and Furniture

Custom dollhouse kitchen cabinets, sinks, and furniture are easier to make than you might think. These easy projects are a great addition to a dolls house or a way to work out your dream kitchen in miniature. All are made using simple hand tools and craft wood, or heavy card. They are good projects for a beginner. Clicking on the links will take you directly to the featured tutorial.

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    Dollhouse kitchen plate rack cabinet with hooks for cups
    A shabby chic dollhouse scale kitchen cabinet with a plate rack and cup hooks as well as a shelf. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    This miniature plate rack is built from small amounts of craft wood and can be made in scales down as low as 1:48. I've included measurements for a 1:12 scale version.

    The plate rack can be made to stand alone or used as part of a fitted custom kitchen for a dollhouse or room box. The measurements in this tutorial size the plate rack to fit above a sink cabinet, roughly equivalent to a 30-inch wide cabinet in full size.

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    Glass fronted upper cabinet with opening door for a dollhouse scale kitchen.
    Upper cabinet for a dollhouse kitchen featuring an opening 'glass' door with a Shaker style frame. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Show off a collection of kitchen miniatures in miniature glass-fronted upper kitchen cabinets. The opening doors allow you to rearrange your collection and keep it free of dust. I've shown them with plain glass doors, but you can use the techniques for a miniature stained glass to add decorative glass panels or use faux lead lines made from glaze pens. If you have a range of cabinets to finish, you may prefer to use inkjet decals to make sets of leaded lines or custom labels for a pharmacy...MORE or bar cabinets.

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    Basic Miniature Kitchen Base Cabinet With An Opening Drawer and Door

    Dollhouse kitchen base cabinet with shaker style door.
    Dollhouse kitchen base cabinet unit with an opening drawer and door. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    This basic kitchen base cabinet adapts to a number of styles of miniature kitchen. With an opening drawer and door, the cabinet can be made in a number of custom or standard widths to stand alone or use for a run of fitted base cabinets in kitchens of many scales. Make sure you hinge the door so the viewer will be able to see inside when the door is open. You don't need all your dollhouse kitchen cabinets or drawers to open, but it is fun to have one or two to be able to set a particular...MORE scene.

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    Dollhouse scale butler's sink set in a cabinet base ready for the countertop.
    The farmhouse or butler's sink is usually fitted so it hangs over the edge of the base cabinets, and is set slightly in front of the countertop, with the edge of the countertop resting on the top of the sink. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    The dollhouse scale sink cabinet with double opening doors can be set up for a farmhouse or butler's sink as shown, or used for a more modern sink inset into the counter, by filling the front above the doors with a false set of drawer fronts. If you prefer, you can run a small wire for curtains and hang curtains below the sink instead of having doors.

    The kitchen sink cabinet is designed so it will fit as a unit in a custom fitted kitchen, or it can stand alone if you prefer.

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    Modern Three Drawer Base Cabinets with Opening Drawers

    Comparing face frame and european or modular cabinets for the dolls house kitchen.
    Two types of basic kitchen cabinet exist, one where the frame of the cabinet is visible, and one where the frame of the cabinet is covered by the doors or drawer fronts. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Three drawer cabinets are a more modern introduction to the kitchen, and these miniature three drawer cabinets will fit with the other dollhouse kitchen pieces if you prefer the look of drawers. They also work well in a miniature office setting.

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    Farmhouse sinks in dollhouse scale made in a variety of styles.
    Two farmhouse, Belfast or Butler's sinks in dollhouse scale made from air dry clay and gesso over a wooden base. In the background is a third sink made from polymer clay using an individual jam container as a mold. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    This miniature farmhouse sink can be made in a range of miniature scales and sizes and finished with a patterned or a plain front. The sink base is made from craft wood and then finished with air dry clay, gesso, or epoxy putty to obtain a hard finish that can be painted to resemble porcelain.

    Making the base from wood allows you to control the size of the sink to suit your scale and kitchen cabinets

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    Glass topped pastry case in dollhouse scale.
    A dollhouse scale shop display case with a 'glass' top made from bent acrylic sheet. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    If you want to recreate a pastry or sweet shop instead of a kitchen, you may need counter displays. This miniature pastry counter can be used with a solid front or open with shelves or woven wicker drawers made from pastry baskets. The counter can be made as a stand-alone piece or completed with a clear miniature "glass" display cover. All of the construction techniques are easy for a beginner.

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    Make Simple Raised Panels For Decorative Miniature Cabinet Doors

    Panels in a dollhouse door sanded from craft wood to have bevelled edges.
    Bevelled panels in a dolls house miniature door made by sanding strips of craft wood. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    If you prefer the look of kitchen cabinet doors with raised panels, you can add simple bevel edge raised panels to any of the door or drawer fronts for the miniature kitchen cabinets.

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    Carve a Simple Rope Molding for Decorative Cabinet Doors and Edgings

    Rope molding carved from a toothpick used to detail a simple big box dollhouse cabinet door.
    Rope molding carved from a toothpick is used to add detail to the side of a simple dolls house cabinet from a big box store. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Another decorative technique that will set your miniature kitchen apart from commercial versions is the addition of simply carved rope moldings. For 1:12 scale doors, you can carve most lengths of molding from rounded toothpicks, or you can carve the rope on the edge of the window door surround

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    Miniature woven pastry basket or drawer in dolls house scale.
    Miniature woven pastry basket in dolls house scale with a wooden base that allows the basket to be used as a drawer. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    If you want to vary the look of your miniature kitchen, make a set of three wood-bottomed pastry baskets to use in the three drawer cabinet instead of traditional drawers. The baskets can be woven from any color you wish, to match the trim of your custom cabinets.

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    Traditional Paper Edgings for Kitchen and Pantry Shelving

    Paper lace made for a dollhouse kitchen shelf using decorative scissors and a pin.
    Paper lace shelf edging made in miniature scale using decorative scissors and a pin or paper piercing tool. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Add to the traditional style of a miniature kitchen by making these scale miniature 'lace' paper strips for shelf edgings. The paper edgings are made using a paper punch or decorative edging scissors and paper piercing tools or dressmakers pins

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    faux granite finish for a miniature kitchen countertop
    Faux granite finish painted on a dollhouse miniature countertop. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Add granite countertops to your miniature kitchen with this faux granite finish. The technique will work on any scale (including pieces for your full-sized kitchen). To get the best results, have a photo or sample of the type of granite you want to reproduce to act as a reference while you paint.

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    Dollhouse miniature scale marble pastry board
    Dollhouse scale pastry board made to resemble marble with a faux marble paint technique. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    You can use this technique to make a miniature faux marble finish on any material. It works well for countertops and pastry boards for miniature displays. I've shown it in the traditional white marble, but colored marbles can also be made using the same technique. It helps to have a good photo or a real piece of marble in front of you to copy.

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    Dollhouse doll stands beside a simple wooden kitchen chair and table in dolls house scale.
    A doll stands beside a simple wooden dollhouse table and chair. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Simple kitchen chairs with wooden backs can be adapted to a range of styles. These chairs are not difficult to make from craft wood or scraps of hardwood.

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    Make a Simple Hanging Shelf with Pegs

    A finished dolls house scale shelf with angled hanging pegs on the shelf support
    A finished dolls house scale shelf with angled hanging pegs on the shelf support. The pegged shelf support is slightly narrower than the shelf. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    If you only need to add a few more items to your kitchen display, this simple hanging shelf and pegs can be set in almost any kitchen. The pegs can be used to hang pots, kitchen utensils, herbs or flowers, while the shelf can hold anything from baking supplies to pot plants.

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    Dolls house scale kitchen table ready for final sanding and finishing.
    A simple miniature kitchen table in dolls house scale is ready for final sanding and finishing. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This simple kitchen table is a basic staple for a miniature kitchen or shop display. You can adjust the shape to make a square or rectangular tables, or tables with simple round or oval tops. Add a shelf across the base of the table to make a pantry style table for more display space.

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    Make a Miniature Kitchen Stool

    A dollhouse scale step stool can raise parts of a display to bring them into view.
    A simple dolls house scale step stool can elevate tiny display items to bring them into prominence. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    A simple miniature step stool is another great place to add a focal point in a miniature kitchen. Step stools beside a counter imply the presence of a child kitchen assistant and on their own against a wall they can be used to hold baskets and bags or offer a resting place for a farmhouse kitchen cat.