It’s that time of the year when family and friends come together for good food and fun.  So the next room to get decorated was the dining room!  To complete this room I made a super cute shabby chic set of shelves from wood crates.  I also accessorized with other creative finds.  Here’s how I did it:

 

Shelves:

I often get my inspiration from magazine pictures.  This set of shelves was an inspiration from Pottery Barn.  I found the perfect sized crates from www.forcraftssake.com.  I used their Crate 2 option.  I had to find a crate that was deep enough to hold a standard sized doll plate which are usually 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter.  I wanted to give the crates a rustic look.  Each was stained with one coat of stain using a sponge brush.  This was very fast to do.  All six crates were stained in about 15 minutes.  Let them dry overnight.

 

Next, the shelves were arranged and glued into place in a staggered pattern.  I used basic wood glue.  Once the glue was dry I cut patterned card stock paper to line the crates.  You have to line the crates or the dishes will not sit evenly on the shelf.

 

I love how the dishes look on the shelves! 

All dishes and candlesticks are wood and purchased from  http://www.caseyswood.com/ .  Each was primed and painted.

The stacked glasses pictured are communion cups.

For more information on how to make the cake stand pictured on the shelf click here:   http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.ca/2012/02/brandy-shares-with-us-more-of-her.html

For more information on how to make the glass fruit bowl pictured on the shelf click here:   http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.ca/2012/03/brandys-glasswear-and-treats-set.html

 

 

 To make doll sized party glasses I recycled a wedding favor bubbles.  The lid was removed.  Using a coping saw I cut off the rim.  The coarse end was then sanded with a fine 220 sandpaper to remove all the edges.  I did use a tiny bit of Vaseline to the sanded edge to seal the end.  The little glasses came out super cute and you’ll never know they were a wedding favor.

 

Picture:

The picture frame was found on clearance at Kohls Department Store.  With coupons this only cost $4.  The back hardware was removed.  I found cute doll art on an internet search and printed it off to size.  I used command Velcro strips to attach the frame to the back wall of the dining room.

 

The room was completed with curtains and a chandelier (a locker light.)

For information on how to make the wood stove click here:  http://dolldiaries.com/a-cozy-wood-stove-and-sampler-for-your-dolls/

Here you can see Anne (a custom Anne of Green Gables doll) and Diana (Samantha) enjoying their cordials.

For information on Anne’s cordials click here:  http://dolldiaries.com/anne-of-green-gables-tea-party/

For information on this Anne of Green Gables doll click here:  http://dolldiaries.com/literary-american-girl-dolls-for-national-reading-day/

 

Enjoy!