Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dollhouse Progress Update Part 8

Lots of changes, both inside and out, are happening with the dollhouse, and I'm very excited to share an update on the progress. On the exterior, the stone foundation and the patio are finally finished. Well, not completely finished, but the stonework is done, and I love how it turned out! I'm working on a stonework tutorial to show how to do this.


I wasn't really happy with the balcony railing that came with the house. Here is what the balcony looked like before.

Balcony - Before

I built out the balcony a little and changed the railing to this iron-look railing. I think it has a touch of a New Orleans French Quarter feel to it now.

Balcony - After

More pictures of the balcony and stonework.




Here are the exterior before and after pictures.

Before
After

Back inside, there's lots of changes here too. The dollhouse kit included staircases and railing for the 1st and 2nd floor, but no 3rd floor railings were included.  This left a huge hole in the 3rd floor at the staircase. This picture was taken before I added the finials to the newel posts.

Before - no stair railing
on the 3rd floor

I didn't want any dollies falling down the stairs, so I decided to build my own 3rd floor stair railing. The spindles are different, but I painted them to match the 1st and 2nd floor railings.


What was once a big hole in the floor is now a usable space.


I found this child size bunk bed set at an antique store this past weekend. It's not antique, but it was quite a bargain at just $6.


The bunk beds can also unstack to make adorable twin size beds. Now I just need to make some bedding for them.


On the left side of this huge 3rd floor room is the baby's area.


The sweet baby in her bed.


Amelia Thimble looks after the baby from the comfy rocking chair. The rocker, which was a $1 flea market find, was originally brass, but I painted it white.


Here is a current view of the whole 3rd floor kids room.











On the 2nd floor, the bathroom has gotten a few finishing touches. I hand painted roses on wood to go above the refinished cabinet.


Lacy curtains and border, roses, and pink towels and tissue makes for a very girly bathroom.


I handmade all of the matching shelves and the towel rack from wood.


I dry brushed the edges of the mirror with white paint and added a pretty pink rose.


Current view of the bathroom.


The bedroom is also making progress with some new furniture including a walnut bed, two nightstands, chest of drawers, and a trunk. I have plans for lots more accessories to add to this room, but it is already developing it's own old fashioned vintage style.


I added a vintage lace bed skirt to the bed. I purchased the vintage lace from an estate sale. The sweet patchwork quilt is from orlady49 on eBay. She makes lovely, affordable doll size quilts in every color and fabric you can imagine. On the nightstand is a mini alarm clock and the mini Hitty, Her First Hundred Years book from the kit at paperminis.com.


The lace curtains are topped with a garland of roses. There is a real working Tiffany lamp on the night stand.


Since my dollhouse is not wired for electricity, there is actually a 9V battery hidden under the bed to power the lamp. This is a regular wired dollhouse lamp and a standard 9V battery. I was able to purchase four of these battery connector wires from eBay for less than $5. Here's a link to them if you want to check it out.


Just plug it in and hide the battery under the furniture. A simple inexpensive solution to add regular dollhouse lighting to a non-wired dollhouse.


Atop the chest of drawers is a candelabra and a photo of Hitty. The candelabra originally had a brass finish, but I repainted it white and gave it an antiqued finish.  The Hitty photo was also included in the mini Hitty book kit from paperminis.com.


The puppy is in the kitty's bed, and kitty has taken over the big bed.


The kitty is from Hobby Lobby. I decided to repaint him to look like our kitty, Monroe. The kitty was glued down to the bed, but he came off easily. Since I was repainting, I decided to also repaint the black basket bed an antique white to match the room.

Before - Original Kitty & Bed
After repainting Kitty & Bed
Monroe

Our kitty, Monroe, is named after a really sweet character from one of our favorite TV shows, Grimm. We are big fans of both Once Upon A Time and Grimm!

I'm thinking about making the room next door a craft room for sewing, painting, and other crafts. An artist easel with lots of painting supplies would be great over by the window.


Next to the staircase is an antique style sewing machine.


On the other wall, there's another sewing machine on a table with some sewing notions. The baskets on the shelf under the table hold more supplies.


There's a metal sewing box of threads and other supplies, a pattern, scissors, and fabric on the table.


Finally, here is a current view of the inside of the entire dollhouse.


Next, I'm planning to work on some furnishings for the living room.  I'd love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions. Anyone interesting in a stonework tutorial? Please leave a comment below.

Hugs,
Lisa

20 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful! I love your crafting room and the idea of painting by the window. The stonework looks great too.

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    1. Thank you Nealie Jean! I have to get busy trying to figure out how to build an easel. :) Thanks so much for your encouragement!!!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  2. Wow a fantastic house, I do love all the details you've put into it. The sea blue color is lovely!
    ~J

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  3. Has mejorado mucho el aspecto exterior con la piedra y las rejas del balcón.El interior está muy adelantado.Me encantan los colores del baño y las cortinas del dormitorio. Está quedando muy bien.

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  4. where did you get the mini calico critters house?

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    1. I got the Calico Critters house from an individual. She posted it for sale on Craigslist. I also purchased another one just like it at a flea market. You can check craigslist.com by searching for your local area, then type Calico Critters into the search box. Don't get discouraged if you don't find one for sale right away, just keep checking every day. Good luck!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  5. Every time I see this house it looks more and more beautiful. There is so much detail in every nook and cranny.
    Your kitty Monroe is so cute. I haven't watched Grimm yet , but my husband and I are big fans of Once Upon A Time.

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    1. Thank you Laura!!! You should definitely check out Grimm! It is another great fairytale show similar to Once Upon A Time. Not to give too much away, the premise of the show is that some people have a dark side and when it comes out, they actually change. Normal people can't usually see the change in their appearance. Nick, who is a police detective, is also a Grimm, and he can actually see them change. He is a good guy who protects the public. It is a really awesome show!

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  6. What a cozy, happy place! The model of complete contentment! You are so talented!
    Fawn

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  7. FABULOUS!
    I think my nursery wardrobe is similar to yours and I have the same lamp. I like the idea of having the "outlet" under the bed. Mine came with a plastic nightstand that held the battery/ies. Did not blend well with the wood furniture.
    That was the only plastic piece my dad was okay with. I did end up getting a bedroom set in plastic that was pretty neat. It still is, but somewhere along the line I realized what he meant and moved that furniture to the attic.
    I am slightly jealous of your third flight of stairs. I don't have one. [However, since I am a Harry Potter fan...my dolls apparate to the third floor. ;-D ]
    Keep up the good work!
    Xyra
    (the human at Tea Time with Melody Q)

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    1. Thanks Xyra! I'd like to try some of the LED lights that have the watch battery directly in the light. Seems like that would be the most convenient. Hiding the battery and wiring under furniture works well, but makes it a little more difficult to turn the lights on and off. It is definitely an inexpensive alternative to lighting though.
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  8. This doll house is ridiculously beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. Thanks vintagebarbierestoration! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I love sharing them with you guys!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  9. Wow! I was fortunate enough to get a beautiful dollhouse for free. Yet its been sitting in my room waiting for some attention. Your house is gorgeous and have given me so many ideas. I hope mine looks half as nice as yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Wow Fran, that is awesome that you had a beautiful dollhouse given to you!!! You were very fortunate indeed!!! Best of luck with working on in and getting it to look just like you imagine!!!

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  10. It's coming together so well! That kitty looks like he's not planning on giving the bed back... :) Can you tell me where you got the mini calico critters house please?

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    1. I've actually bought two of the same Calico Critters house. My daughters claimed the first one, and when my Mom saw it, she wanted one too. So I bought a second one for my mom. I got the first one at a Flea Market. I found the second on Craigslist and purchased it from an individual.

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