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 dollhouse or a way to work out your dream kitchen in miniature. All are made using simple hand tools and craft wood, or heavy cardstock. They are good projects for a beginner. Clicking on the links will take you directly to the featured tutorial.

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    Make a Plate Rack Cabinet for a Miniature Kitchen

    Dollhouse kitchen plate rack cabinet with hooks for cups

    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. This includes 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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    Miniature Glass Fronted Upper Kitchen Cabinet with Opening Doors

    Glass fronted upper cabinet with opening door for a dollhouse scale kitchen.

    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. The photo shows 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 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.

    Lesley Shepherd

    This basic kitchen base cabinet adapts to several styles of miniature kitchen. With an opening drawer and door, the cabinet can be made in several 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 set a particular scene.

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    Miniature Sink Cabinet With Double Doors

    Dollhouse scale butler's sink set in a cabinet base ready for the countertop.

    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.

    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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    Make a Miniature Farmhouse, Butler's or Belfast Sink

    Farmhouse sinks in dollhouse scale made in a variety of styles.

    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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    Make a Miniature Pastry Counter

    Glass topped pastry case in dollhouse scale.

    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.

    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.

    The Spruce / Lesley Shepherd

    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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    Make Wood Based Pastry Baskets as an Alternative for Traditional Drawers

    Miniature woven pastry basket or drawer in dolls house scale.

    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.

    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 Countertop

    faux granite finish for a miniature kitchen countertop

    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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    Faux Marble Finish for Countertops or Pastry Boards

    Dollhouse miniature scale marble pastry board

    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. This image shows 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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    Make Simple Miniature Kitchen Chairs

    Dollhouse doll stands beside a simple wooden kitchen chair and table in dolls house scale.

    The Spruce / Lesley Shepherd

    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

    The Spruce / Lesley Shepherd

    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 potted plants.

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    Make a Simple Miniature Kitchen Table

    Dolls house scale kitchen table ready for final sanding and finishing.

    The Spruce / Lesley Shepherd

    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.

    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.