Friday, February 1, 2013

Armoire, Again

Previously, I found myself rather frustrated with my inability to turn the glass door of my Vilia Miniatures armoire into a mirrored door. I tried it all - real mirrors (too thick), acrylic mirror sheets (too thick and cracked/splintered everywhere), silver leaf paint (not reflective enough).

I finally hit upon mirror-finish contact paper.

The mirror paper is glued to the inside of the door frame, behind the glass (I didn't use the sticky backing). This was the best picture of it I was able to take (I am a terrible photographer), but trust me, it looks better.

Also: I previously compared Vilia to Bespaq. Having just re-upholstered my first Bespaq piece (photo in a future post), I'd like to revise that statement. Bespaq makes beautiful, good-quality furniture (and they have a huge variety of designs), don't get me wrong...but frankly, I think Vilia Miniatures' work is a bit better. Miniatures handmade by skilled artisans have a level of quality and fine detail that isn't quite feasible with mass production.


  1. Hello Anna,
    I am glad you were able to get the mirror in. It looks lovely. Artisan hand made miniatures are always a step up from the mass produced ones. Ive seen incredible Bespaq pieces, and some...well...not so great.
    Big hug,

  2. That they are...if I do another house, I'm hoping I'll have the budget for artisan pieces.

    Hugs to you too!

  3. Great job on the mirror, Anna! Wish I could afford artisan-made furniture...perhaps in another life...The trick, I think, is to curate the 'good' from the 'not-so-good' pieces.

  4. Thanks, John. This wardrobe was only about $30, actually (the exact price fluctuates with the exchange rate) - there are lots of nice handmade pieces out there if you know where to look.

  5. I like that you have been shopping around to find the nicest looking stuff. I myself spend hours online trawling through shops online trying to find cheap but convincing and well made furniture. I also spend a lot of time altering it. You have done a really nice job!


  6. Thank you, Emily! I am just as picky with 1:12 furniture (and accessories) as I am with the 1:1 stuff - I examine my options and take my time (unless I instantly fall in love with something, which happens now and then). I am really not very good at altering miniatures, so choosing carefully works for me.

  7. It actually looks beautiful! :) And I am sure it's even better in real life, you did a great job!
    Big hugs from Sweden!