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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Barbie Bus Re-Vamped..... Part Two

 I FINISHED my bus at last after two and a half years... I blame the weather you need good weather for outdoor spraying.It has nothing to do with me procrastinating!!!!

The pictures are photos stuck onto a sponge type backing (check out next weeks post)

 The lamp is a drawer knob

 Check out the 'bling' lights

(glue was still a little wet on the right hand light but dries clear)

 For the flooring I used wallpaper in the living area and doll house floor for the sleep area
 I used a stick up light (IKEA) to light the sleep area
 I need to make a slim-line table but this one will work for now.

The tiled area that yo can see top right is a shower room or it could be a toilet? At the moment I can't find the shower head? (I put it some place safe I just can't remember where?)
 The bed folds in half as an extra seating area and gives more room to move around
 Oops! A little chip I need the white paint AGAIN!
 And just because he was my little helper today.... GODFREY!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Chistmas is coming.... Part One

I thought I might forget the doors I've been mumbling about for now and try and decorate a few Christmas items.
NOTE TO SELF: Make sure you have everything to hand BEFORE you start!

NOTE TO SELF: Do NOT just throw things in the cupboard willy nilly not helpful in the long run!
 I had no idea what I'm going to end up with or even what I'm going to make when I started out.
First I brought a few mini trees and door rings. I thought I could decorate these (The door rings might  even force me to make a few doors to HANG them on? Or not? So once I had my items to decorate I looked at my bead boxes. A mess looked back at me so I spent a day sorting out all my beads. I then wondered if I had and Christmas flowers? So I need to look for my flowers... I found them but they were in a right mess! So I spent a day sorting them out.

 I had repainted some of these Barbie plants and flowers in the past.

 Left one I painted
Pot in the middle has not been painted

 Above... Flowers to be painted

 Below... Re-painted flowers from the Barbie Flower Shop
 I purchased a tin fridge with two shots glasses and some booze (not sure what to do with the booze as I don't drink and parents only drink wine give it to a friend I guess?) Below are the shots glasses filled with glass gravel from IKEA.
 Below are a mixture of flowers some are Mattel and some Rement fixed into bead vases with 'blue-tack' you could also use glue dots. If you want to keep the flowers in the vases permanently then you can glue them in.

 These are just a few ideas and next week I will show you how I made them and how to re-paint (Mattel) flowers and plants.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Barbie Bus Re-vamped

This is the bus I have been working on for.... TWO YEARS!!!!

 No mine was second hand and had been 'well loved' it never looked this good

First job was to remove all the inside. Some of it came out quite easy and some....not!
 I decided on a 'posh' bus so chrome on the outside and a black, white and chrome inside. I always spray with and undercoat first them thine layers of the selected colour followed by a sealant.
For the shell I under-coated the whole thing white the painted the inside white. That was the easy bit before I sprayed the outside I needed to mask off all the windows and holes. I did the windows first the the top. I left the door off until the end as this allowed me access to the inside.

First I sprayed the unit white. With this unit it had a lid that lifted when the drawer was opened. I wanted the drawer but not the lid but removing the lid left a space so I filled this with a piece of foam core. I then added a new foam core top.

 For the kitchen I sprayed it white and added chrome detail. I had a bit of an accident with the fridge doors and would have needed to remove all the paint and started again OR covered the doors... as you can see I chose the second option. I also covered the cooker top and oven door with black gloss sticky back plastic. Then I made a template for the work top.
 I painted the foot-well of the bus black 
 The spraying was a pain as it was very difficult keeping the white from the outside and the chrome from the inside!

Once I had finished with the shell and repainted the inside the next stage was to loosely replace the items and see how they looked

 This is the unit I showed you earlier with the pop up lid thing. Now covered.

 The tile effect on the floor is in fact the wall tiles for the shower.
 I've decided against the sink in the bedroom area and I'm thinking a mirror on a stand would look better?
 I chose this spotty 'wallpaper' for the floor. With all the curves and bumps I think the sticky back flooring would be a pain to install.
 A silver grey carpet for the bedroom. This is sticky back but it's a small space so I hope it will work?
 The meeting of two floors and the shower.

Now I need a bed and a table. Then fix it all in/down add the wheels and we will be ready to tour.....

Next week I will show you how the bus is coming along and if I have mastered the dreaded DOORS phobia?