La Brocanteuse Antique Miniature Shop

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I made this antique shop a few years ago and had it displayed at a miniature fair in Denmark. It is a standard unfinished wood shop box from the danish dealer Vega. I plastered and painted the walls in shades of grey and painted the windows, door and railing to look as it has been painted, aged during time and repainted several times. I used a dark green as base color, a coat of crackle medium and the dusty blue on top, sanded and then I gave it a wash with my own blend of dirt water solution. Let me know if you would like me to do some close-up shots and a detailed post on this.

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Beneath the window I made brick wall. I gave it a good layer of plaster and drew the brick lines before it dried and added texture with a toothbrush. I then made a concrete floor using plaster, made some cracks with a knitting pin and glued in moss here and there.

The shabby french chair I won long ago in a giveaway. The chair is made by Marie from Le Petite Monde  Merveillleux. The wire basket is a gift but unfortunately I cannot give credit today as I don´t remember who gave it to me. I think she is dutch and it came with a bike rack she made for me. Please let me know if you know who or if you is she. The cage is an old metal one that I painted and rusted as shown in my rust tutorial.

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The shop is open as the door sign says. Welcome and please enter the door…. si vous plait. The “open” sign is printed on paper, glued on card stock, lacquered and given a piece of wire to hang on a tiny nail.

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The old cash register is an old pencil sharpener. The dollhouse on the floor is a tiny jewelry box from the 80´s. On the table in front is a filigree stand that I received as a gift from Finnish Ira who used to blog on Merry Jingle Crafts. Unfortunately she hasn´t done for a long time and I don´t know how she is today. The lovely filigree stand contains a ladies lace collar which is also made by Ira. Thread spools is my work. If you would like to see the old blog post on my gift from Ira click here.

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The shop also has plastered walls inside in pale shades of grey. The old sewing machine table I painted with a granite top and aged the metal part. The cage, crosses and metal frames I aged using a gold paint mixed with black to make it antique looking, then I gave it a patina effect with a turquoise paint. A simple way to age the look of shiny brass or gold alloy.

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This pretty shabby storage chest with drawer and french decals is from “Another Cosy Shop” and makes a wonderful display box for a lot of vintage frames and photos. It has lids and can be closed and a top insert with small compartments.

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On the old writing desk some curiosities are displayed. An old crystal ball, an inkwell with feather pen, an antique viking drinking horn, A sea urchin that a friend found on the beach and brought me. And a rare shark tooth collection in display case made by Lauren Delaney.

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More curiosities. A creature in a glass dome, A magic bottle from Glenda Howell from Peppercorn Minis. If you want to read an old post and see more pics of the magic bottles go to my old blog here. In the back a display box with an old pirate dagger, a glass stand with birds nest, an old picture and a bust with a hat that might have belonged to the danish author H.C Andersen himself.

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In the corner behind the dress form is a couple of antique Aubusson carpet, and old iron fence, a garden urn with ornamental decor sticks. On the shelves some silver trays, pretty floral plates from TwelveTimesMoreTiny  and ALavenderDilly. The tiny silver cup with two handles is a jewelry charm from my childhood silver bracelet.

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The gold chair has a beautiful blue toile print fabric that I purchased from LoLittleMIniatures Etsy shop.

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The radiator is cast resin that I painted silver and dusted by dry brushing on a white paint. The black hatbox is made of a paper roll from kitchen towel and card stock. The brown “hatbox” is a vintage pharmacie box and a gift from my daughter which she found in Paris. It is the smallest of a set of 6.

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Plastered wall, some birdcages, a deer´s head and ballet painting in gold frame. Seeing the photos of the shop that I made long ago, makes me want to fill in a lot of more stuff. I might do that one day very soon and then make an update to this post. All photos are taken by my husband Finn and he also did a cute video of the antique shop .

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Poke the picture to go to our YouTube channel and watch the video.


5 thoughts on “La Brocanteuse Antique Miniature Shop

    1. Annie Christensen Post author

      Hi Deborah :-)I must admit to be both a perfectionist and a sucker of lots of details. Guess you´ll never see something minimalistic from me.

      Wish you a wonderful day

  1. Marilyn Driscoll

    Annie: I love this shop! I would love to see details of how you did the exterior finishes. I am currently making hostas from your tutorial and have posted a link to your blog from my own so people will go to you to get instructions and a print out of the leaf page. I am quite new to making my own miniatures and so appreciate people like you who give your tips and advice so generously. – Marilyn D., Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada

  2. Melanie

    You are so very talented! I love how detailed you are. Your tutorials are wonderful. I’m just starting to build my first dollhouse and have learned much from your tutorials.
    Thank you for posting all your knowledge.

  3. Anne Pedersen

    Absolutely great! I have been wondering how to proceed on a box kitchen or shop. I have always been wanting to do this, and your videos are so inspiring. I look forward to trying some of the things myself.

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