Grace’s French Bakery • Reader Version

Posted on May 26 2015 – 9:26pm by Rudy

Grace’s French Bakery

I know I say this every time I feature a readers project, but I am SO EXCITED to share this project with you!  These pictures came straight from a reader who used the Grace’s Bakery plans and made it for her granddaughter!  Let me just say that I am super impressed and so happy that a little girl got this gift!  Not only will this mean a lot to her because Grace’s Bakery is an amazing piece, but because her grandparents put so much time, love, sweat and tears into this for her!  EEEEK!  Wow! Take a look at the pictures below and then a few notes from the reader about the project.

**One of the reasons I wanted to share this, besides how great a job she did, was to show everyone that it can be done!  And to motivate you!

Here are some things which we found while decorating:
1. The only paint we had to buy was for the outside of the shell.  We used a Behr color called ShangriLa.  We had them custom mix a small sample container and that was more than enough for the whole project.   All of the other colors were mixed from what we had on hand.  
2.  Most of the wood and other materials were in our shop already.  We did buy three items from Michaels: the filigree sign oval for the side of the shop, the small Eiffel tower and the filigree picture frame (which I attached to a small shadow box to hold the menu on the wall)  The black wrought iron to hold the sign and for the rack over the oven came from cutting up a picture stand from Tuesday morning.  We also had to buy hinges and plexiglas.  The big sign was made from stick on letters from Walmart.  My printing is just not that good.  
3.  I made all of the food from polymer clay with my granddaughter helping.  We still need to make more.
4.  All of the printables were yours except the large bakery box, not sure where we found it, on line somewhere.  
5.  We had to design our own stove/sink at the last minute.  When I couldn’t get the doors under the oven to work right, I made a large drawer instead.  Also the faucet is an upside down single coat hook from HD. 
6.  The worst part was painting the floor which I had to do over and over to get the color even and also the black marker I used to outline the squares bled into the paint.  Live and learn.
Would we do it again?  Not sure, but our granddaughter has not stopped smiling since Sunday.
Links to all of Grace’s Bakery Plans
From personal experience I can say this is quite the project!  It’s a big one to take on.  But this was done so nicely!  Please, please leave a comment below with any questions you have or just leave a comment with how amazed you are!  They did a fantastic job, let them know!
Grace’s French Bakery • Reader Version was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by Rudy

21 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jim January 27, 2016 at 3:45 am – Reply

    Great job, I am building one for my granddaughter. What did you use for the sink and where did you get it.

  2. trina November 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm – Reply

    i can’t seem to figure out how to download so I can send to print

  3. Tina November 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm – Reply

    Where at micheals did you find all the items you purchased there? I was trying to find the eiffel tower hook and the other hook and couldnt.

  4. Shelley October 29, 2015 at 12:21 pm – Reply

    Where did you buy your paint for the interior and exterior? Names of color?
    Tell me more about how you did the interior flooring?
    Thanks so much for sharing. Very special. Starting my project soon!

  5. Cari Merrell September 19, 2015 at 8:03 am – Reply

    i love it Caroline really wants it! and that was her 11th birthday! that’s cool and thats when she got grace!

  6. mamatwixbowtic July 11, 2015 at 7:27 am – Reply

    Wow this is Amazing!!!! such a nice gift…and Im going to make one for my daughter who loves AG and has one…but money is tight so this is a good alternative…I have seen people use a cardboard box…which is a good idea too….I m not good with tools and I don’t have any so I was thinking maybe a frame of a bookshelf and hinge on doors…maybe that may work….I guess I could try it…. I will send pics when I get it…Thanks…

  7. mishayla July 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm – Reply

    i love american toy but i dont have alot of money to get it

  8. Amanda June 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm – Reply


  9. Judy May 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm – Reply

    WOW Spectacular job. I know your granddaughter is so pleased with such a birthday gift made with love. Priceless memories. Way to go.

  10. phyl g May 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm – Reply

    We actually found the door knobs in a drawer after one of our tenants left them behind. They were black so I sprayed them with chrome paint so they would shine. The hinges came from Home Depot except the tiny ones for the frig, Ace Hardware. The stove knobs are just wooden beads painted red and screwed on. We have owned rental property for 25 years so we are blessed with thousands of screws, hooks and other such in inventory. I think I covered everything else in my notes above. Feel free to ask questions, I’m glad to help anyway I can.

  11. missy May 28, 2015 at 9:02 am – Reply

    Where did you find the door knobs and hardware?

  12. Cheryl Pence May 28, 2015 at 7:46 am – Reply

    What an amazing job! My granddaughter would love this. Can’t afford to buy the one from AG but this might be doable. Thanks for sharing your terrific project.

  13. Christina May 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm – Reply

    This is amazing! What awesome Grandparents! Way to go!

  14. jenny H May 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm – Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. What a labor of love! Thanks for sharing! Inspires me to keep on with mine!

  15. Jennifer Briggs May 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm – Reply

    This is amazing, so so special,

  16. Gina Griffin May 27, 2015 at 10:39 am – Reply

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing. Is it possible to have an instruction plan for the sink/oven in the future?

    • Rudy May 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm – Reply

      Yes, I am working on having the plans for that finished soon:)

  17. Linda Reynolds May 27, 2015 at 7:06 am – Reply

    WOW!!! Amazing job!!!!!!

  18. Flo May 27, 2015 at 6:02 am – Reply

    Beautifully done, and what a wonderful gift for their granddaughter.

  19. Marie May 27, 2015 at 4:17 am – Reply

    Wow, this is amazing! I’m in the middle of trying to do this project myself and I love seeing what others have done! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  20. Eileen F May 27, 2015 at 3:43 am – Reply

    Such an amazing job. You nailed this project. What a beautiful lifelong gift.

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