Category: Doll Room Projects

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Luciana Silkstone Gets a Make Over, Flips Out

One of my favorite things to do with my collection is customize. Furniture mainly, but from time to time I like to give dolls a new look too.

Recently, I gave my spare Luciana Silkstone Barbie a new look. I didn’t buy Luciana when she was first released in 2014.  I think I bought her a year after her release in 2015.  Like many collectors I was less than enthused with the pattern and fabric choice of her ensemble so initially I dragged my feet in adding her to my collection. However, I have to admit than when I did finally take the plunge and buy her on sale, I was shocked at how much I LOVED her facial screening.  Actually, her little jacket with the rhinestone buttons took me by surprise as well. I couldn’t help but think about how much that face and rare raven hair color had so much potential for a new look.  So I waited again for another sale and bought a 2nd doll to restyle.  In typical procrastination fashion for me and my collection, she layed around untouched for a lengthy period of time, patiently awaiting her restyle.  Finally, a week or so ago, I took some time to give Luciana a long awaited classic 60’s flip that I had in mind for this beauty.  As much as I love her original look, I am over the moon about her new do as well.  She’s going to look **amazing** redressed … I’m off to find a new fashion for her!

Luciana Silkstone Barbie from 2014

Luciana with her new classic flip


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Furniture Repaint Project – Blue and Gold Writing Desk

Just as I was beginning to whine about no free time, I found myself with a free weekend. No soccer games this weekend to attend as all the fields closed due to in-climate weather.  Which meant out to the doll room I went for some much needed ME time.  I knew instantly that I wanted to focus on repainting this piece of furniture that I’ve had laying around in a box since the day I received it from Ebay store Small World Minis (Kenneth Haseltine).

The original finish on this piece is just lovely. However, I much prefer painted furniture. I’ve had a jar of some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint laying around for literally two years. I’m strange like that. I buy stuff never knowing what I’m actually going to do with it, and then one day, I drag it out and use it.  So was the case for this paint.  I have noticed that in every antique store in the area, furniture is painted head to toe in chalk paint. I love that chalk painted effect. It seems warmer to me than varnished wood. I like the matte chalky finish. Naturally I was drawn to a lovely shade of blue called “Provence”. I am hopelessly predictable as well in that I had to add a shiny gold as the accent.

Here is the result of my efforts, quickly set in a make shift vignette:

What I did:

-Use a sponge brush to paint a base coat. I did not sand this piece prior to painting.

-Once it dried, I painted two to three more coats, alternating between the sponge and the brush as needed.

-I painted the accents in gold with a smaller brush and used three coats for that as well. I used a generic acrylic gold paint.

The chalk paint is SUPER easy to work with.  It is thick. Dries quickly. Cleans up easily with soap and water.

Part of what makes collecting so special for me is customizing furniture and accessories. Having a one of a kind piece of customized furniture is a treasure within my collection. The furniture is fun to highlight in the vignettes throughout my doll room. Looking forward to finding just the right place for this new treasure!

Edited to add: I notice that in the closeup photo the camera detected brush lines in the paint.  These lines are not noticeable in real life. Tricky! The finish is quite smooth in real life.


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The Gold Chair – BFC Gift Repainted

If you’re a member of the The Barbie Fan Club at The Barbie Collection web site, you most likely by now have received your 2016 gift, a black plastic chair with cream cushion. Like so many other BFMC die hards, I have been pining for the gold chairs in the Silkstone promo photos for years.

This black plastic version, in my view, is a good compromise for what must have been a difficult balance to strike between offering a quality, wood (or metal), gold chair, that is sure to be expensive to produce and then sell, or, offer a less expensive version as a gift. They made a great choice by offering a chair made of plastic, which must be more cost effective, and then chose a color that would appeal to the masses, leaving the collector to customize it if they choose to.  After all, not all collectors like gold (I can’t imagine who wouldn’t LOVE a gold chair, but I do recognize there are crazies roaming the earth). Here is what the chair looks like prior to painting, with obnoxious tag on cushion and all:

 

I received my chair last week. Naturally, my plan was to spray it gold. Yesterday, I finally got around to the project.  I used Krylon Super Maxx Metallic. I paid about $6.99 for a can.

If you’ve ever spray painted plastic, you know that it is imperative to use the right paint, preferably paint specifically made for plastic. Krylon does  make a paint specifically for plastic called Fusion for Plastic. I decided to give a different Krylon paint a try,  Krylon Super Maxx,  because it does list plastic on the can, and, it was the perfect shade of gold that I was looking for. Just a word of caution if you decide to try it: it seemed to need more coats than the other paint for plastic that I’ve used in the past.  This could be because the chair is black and may take more to cover, not sure. Initially I thought I would use my trusty gold paint pen, but the gold was more dull and muddy than I wanted. As well, it would have been difficult to get good coverage on the larger parts of the chair, so after testing a few chair rungs with the paint pen, I moved on to the brighter gold colored spray paint. Yet another reason why I gave this paint a try, because the gold is so shiny, bright and beautiful.

There is a bit of residue left behind when you remove the cushion. Residue can be easily removed with Goo Gone.

I took time to spray even coats, and allowed ample drying time in between coats.  I highly recommend the paint I used.  The spray nozzle this product offers sprayed the paint effortlessly and evenly. What I like is because it is metallic, the finish has a very slight bumpiness to it, giving the finished product an antiqued, aged look to it, similar to the promo chairs (take a look at the finish of the chairs in the first photo I’ve shared above).

The finished product.

I’m really pleased with how the chair looks painted gold.  And by the way, it looks great as it is, in black, but I couldn’t resist repainting to match those infamous Silkstone chairs. I hope Mattel decides to offer their left over stock of these chairs for sale on their website like they have done in the past with other club gifts.  I would gladly purchase several more.

Classic Black Dress Silkstone Barbie takes a seat.

As side note, there are sellers on Ebay and Etsy selling similar gold chairs, so if you’re not one to take on a paint project, there are other options. However, be prepared for a hefty price tag.