Hi all! Thanks for waiting patiently while I finished up this project. I mentioned in my last post that I had tackled two projects over the Labor Day weekend…and I did, but I  only totally finished one of them (which was the headboard refinishing).

The other project I started was building some really awesome mini ranch house shelves for my mini chair collection. The whole time I was sanding the Broyhill Brasilia headboard, all I could think about was building these cool little shelves, so as soon as I was done with the headboard I ran out to get some wood and started building.

The trouble was that I didn’t finish by the end of the long weekend. I wanted so desperately to show you all my final product, all done and hanging on the wall with mini-chars and everything but I had only built, stained and finished one of the three ranch house shelves that I wanted to make. I decided to work on building the other two shelves after work this week…which means my kitchen remained a wood shop from Tuesday until last night.

And then late last night I decided on the arrangement and placement of the shelves and took the time to hang them, but the polyurethane wasn’t totally dry! I didn’t dare put the mini chairs on the shelves until everything was dry, so I played the waiting game.

This afternoon, after a week full of designing, building, staining and top coating, the shelves were ready for the chairs…

Ohhh look, I can see them!

Let me tell you, the sight of my mini chair collection on these shelves that I dreamed up and then built myself is pure joy!

I am so excited about them!

Now my mini chairs have a home! (Well, three to be exact)

The grouping of three shelves fits perfectly in the space over the TV.

But I would need to make about 30 more of these to fill the entire orange wall…

Maybe this winter I will have time to make a painting or something to fill the rest of the space. What do you think Leo?

Okay, okay we can go for a walk now Leo!

While I take him out for a spin, I will leave you with one last look at the lovely little ranch house shelves

…I’m so excited about them!

What do you think?



  1. AWESOME is the first word that comes to mind! It was worth the “waiting with baited breath” feeling while you finished and hung … and “furnished” them. So cool and such an ORIGINAL idea! Love them! Go Kate! 🙂

  2. Wow! Very creative. You should submit your vignette to Apartment Therapy Chicago. I bet they’d be all over your idea. You might have yourself an on-line business very soon. 🙂

    • Thanks Greg!

      My husband and my mother both think I should build/sell these on Etsy. Do you think they would be popular with people who didn’t have a mini chair collection in need of housing as well? If I had a few more tools, I could definitely try it…

      • Go for it! I too have been thinking you should try selling them. They’re so cool I came back today just to look at them again. 🙂

      • Thanks Diana!

        That seems to be the consensus among everyone. I have a few busy weeks ahead of me but then I am seriously thinking about opening a shop on Etsy. Stay tuned!

      • I apologize for the delayed response. I’ve been out for a business meeting. If people don’t have miniatures, they could use it simply for decoration or to house other small items.You could also offer a larger model to house pottery and other MCM pieces. I was also thinking that the larger designs would make an attractive coat rack. I think an Etsy shop is a great idea. After you set it up, then you should submit your designs to Apartment Therapy. Be prepared for a barrage of requests.

      • Thanks Greg,

        That is true. I suppose any tiny objects would look cool on the mini ranch house shelves. If the little ones do well I could try making larger ones as well as a coat rack design. Thanks for the idea! (And thanks for the positive feedback!)

  3. That is the best most creative way to display a collection I’ve ever seen! How awesome and fitting and appropriate to the space and sensible and awesome!

    I love seeing what projects you’re tackling!

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  7. I have just recently stumbled across your blog and I love everything you have done to your house. I absolutely love these shelves. Did you ever put them on etsy? Would you be willing to sell the plans on etsy? I feel like I *must* have these shelves, even if I have to build them myself

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