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.
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 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|
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.