Dollhouse Reveal: The Foyer and Living Room (#10)

Today’s reveal should be pretty quick… its pretty straight forward.

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Would you believe that originally I had a blue plaid sofa and chair and blue and yellow window treatments? I guess that was way back when I first came into possession of the house – like the 90’s or something. Instead I went for black leather for the seating. I love the red hue of the entertainment center which I tried to do with the other wood pieces, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get it to match.DSCN4960The dividing wall is not permanent, but can be easily removed. I really haven’t figured out if the space works with it or not. The space for the piano is a bit tight, but then, the piano doesn’t really fit with the living room stuff.DSCN4975I like the living room set up. These two leather (and yes, real leather!) set me back a bit. I believe this purchase was the most expensive of anything I bought. Note the television program is one of my favorites – VEEP – staring Julia Louis Dreyfus. DSCN4976The drapes weren’t my first choice and not really my favorite. They are a bit too thick and therefore don’t hang nicely. I am considering trying to fold them accordion style and throw a clip on them, see if a little time won’t help them hang better. I do love the unique black sheers under them though… found in a Halloween clearance bin (those are a spider web design)!DSCN4977I have a key keeper almost exactly like this in my real house! This was a fun project to do. All those handles on the room doors each came with a couple of keys, so it was a project just waiting to happen.

The flooring in this (these two?) rooms were the small rectangle samples I picked up in Home Depot. A quick cut on each to square it up and they look like a million bucks. I had intended to only use them on the entryway, but once down I liked the way they looked, so the decision was made!

I really feel like this room cries out for details. I think I will take some time from working on the dollhouse and then re-visit the idea of adding details.

Sometimes you can just spend too much time on a project! Come back tomorrow for more room reveals!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Boy’s Bedroom (#8)

Next up is the boys’ bedroom. Right next to the girl’s room, this was the room that lost floor space for a hallway. I plan to eventually place a clear “wall” that will reveal how the room would look if there was a wall there.

DSCN4918I place the age of the boys’ room as young boys, somewhere in the range of 4 through 6. And being a boys’ room, the toys have been left out after playing.DSCN4919The desk is piled high with books and toys and a coloring book and colored pencils.DSCN4920This room was the recipient of my first attempt at the mini-blinds… I initially made them to use in the home office but didn’t realize that the windows are shorter up there. So just using white spray paint, I changed the color and hung them. I also created much of the toys… the blocks were just the remainders of the balusters that had to be shortened.DSCN4921The bedspread matches the valance box and was much as was the real kid’s room.DSCN4922Behind the left cabinet is a space that has a short ladder, allowing access to the upper section. In the real bed, the space had a door in front of it – as well as the other side – to give the illusion that it was solid and thereby creating a “secret” access.DSCN4923The carpet is a thick upholstery fabric that when laid in the room really looks like carpet! This one of three rooms that have carpeting.

I have quite a few rooms left, I think I am going to bunch up a few of them and make this reveal go a little faster. Hope you come back for more!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Girl’s Bedroom & Nursery (#9)

Hello and welcome back to my dollhouse reveal. Today, I am showing off the little girl’s room and nursery. In case you don’t know, I only had one child – a boy (my pride and joy) – so I never got to do the whole “pink thing”. All the better that it translates into many of the craft things I do.DSCN4924The only downside to my dollhouse is that it is nearly impossible to get complete shots of the rooms. I did my darnedest to get the lighting all the way to the back, but I guess I need some tips and tricks for better lighting.DSCN4925I had so much fun with this room, all the little toys and details.  And as for all little princesses, a chandelier was installed.DSCN4926I made all the little books in the bookcase, many of my and The Kid’s favorites, including Dr. Seuss.DSCN4927The curtains don’t help with the lighting, and once I get the window treatments done, I really don’t like to mess with them. Many, in fact, are glued into place.

dscn4928.jpgI made the mobile over the crib and it was so exacting, but came out exactly as I planned. And I even made small diapers piled on the changing table and there is a box of kleenex right at hand.DSCN4929Cute little matching quilts for the bed and crib, complete with matching pillows. The same materials were used for the curtains and I found this wonderful little embroidered sheer material that looks like it was made for a little girl’s room.DSCN4930The lamp, sitting atop a white mid-century dresser with pink pulls has the cutest little lamp. This was made from purse sized bottle of perfume, I ran a small dowel down the center and the topped it off with a handmade shade. It sits on the dresser with the cutest little crocheted doily and has the cutest little ceramic puppy dog.

The floor is yet one more laminate sample. The pattern makes one think of linen and is just the most wonderful shade of pink that matches the entire room.

Thank you, once again, for taking a peek!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Home Office (#2)

This room is at the top of my ‘had the most fun’ room. It, of course, is modeled somewhat on my own dining-room-turned-into-my-home-office in my real house. The only downside is that the stairs leading up from the second floor to the attic take up a lot of room. 😦DSCN4908I went all out with this room and it was so much fun creating it. It does have three Macs, as they are my favorites in real life and I stumbled over someone who recreates the older Macs – making it in my scale was done especially for me and I love it!DSCN4985I even included empty boxes with packing material – again, just like my real home office!DSCN4917The cabinets are all customized for this room. I used another piece of laminate sample to make the countertops.DSCN4916The wood floors are real wood and I was able to patch together enough to just cover the floor. DSCN4915A shot down the staircase – you can see the front doors.

DSCN4914Both computers are setup with their own keyboards and mice,, made of modeling clay. The cabinet in between has a printer with a sheet of paper coming out of it and some extra reams of paper below it.DSCN4913Hard to see, but there is another set of mini blinds behind the computers. Made them myself.DSCN4912A closeup of some of the details… includes a power strip and cables plugged into it.DSCN4911The side cabinet shows the wastebasket and a jar of pens and pencils. Another shot of the office chair.DSCN4910I found a lot of vintage Apple posters and have adorned the walls. Here is a good shot of the original 1984 Mac. And what home office is complete without a plant?DSCN4907A nice shot of the staircase. I was really happy with how it – and the stairs – turned out. It sort of feels like the “usual” home office is usually crammed into a corner or unused space in the attic.

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Kitchen (#12)

Hi and welcome back. Today is the second room in the house to be revealed.

DSCN4933This room is my absolute favorite room of the house. If I ever do another dollhouse, the kitchen is going to be much, much bigger!

I started out with a pale yellow kitchen dining set and had originally thought I would start with that.IMG_4157I even found some mega cute laminate samples that would have been perfect… I like the checkerboard pattern, just seems like a natural for a kitchen.

My own kitchen is red and white and it didn’t take long for me to switch to that color palette. I think the first thing I bought was the kitchen, sink and stove combination. There was no going back after that.

There are literally thousands of details that can go into the kitchen. This room is like no other in the sheer number of options. Fun, fun, fun!

So, rather than put a bunch of words in here that you’re probably not interested in, I will just give you the photos.

DSCN4939DSCN4938DSCN4932DSCN4931DSCN4934DSCN4937DSCN4942DSCN4941DSCN4940If you have questions about where specific things came from or what was actually made or built by me and The Kid, please ask! Some of the things came to me when the house was delivered to me and some of the things I’ve had for some time. But what I can offer, I will.

Enjoy!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Sewing Room (#1)

I wasn’t going to necessarily write about the rooms in order, but this was actually the first room I worked on and the first to be finished.

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The key to any good sewing or craft room is lots and lots of storage space. I give the illusion of that in faux cabinets across the length of the room. I made it look like four doors covering, each with “hinges” which were the bottoms of very small Christmas bulbs glued to one edge and then the “knob” which is a sewing pin with a “pearlized” head (pushed all the way in).

When we first moved to Kansas City almost 13 years ago, my craft/sewing/quilting room was the first one I really set up as well. Of course we set up beds and filled the kitchen with food, but the first one to get extra attention and cabinets and details and “finished”. Made perfect sense to me!

DSCN4968Here is an overall photo of the room. It is a tad dark, and I had trouble with photographing all of the rooms even though I tried to bounce light off large white surfaces.

You can see that I’ve set the room much like my own, with two tables: one for the sewing machine and one taller for the cutting table.DSCN4969Many of the objects in this room are also in my sewing room. The sewing machine is set up with fabric and scissors and a pin cushion. Up against the back wall is a cabinet designed to hold lots of fabric, and a couple of antique irons on the floor (just like my real sewing room)!

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I have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter. Scissors are nearby as well as some patterns and buttons. There are stores of ribbons and patterns neatly lined up on the back cabinets and a dress form.

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The wall behind the cutting table has a cork board, on it some helpful instructions and patterns, and s small shelve  which boasts has a nice display of colorful buttons. On the other side of the door we have a calendar and a small chest filled to the top with ribbons, buttons, lace and other wonderful materials.DSCN4972A quick shot of the floor. This particular room is made up of sample tiles from Home Depot which were cut to make squares. I like the randomness of the stripes and colors.

Come back soon for more rooms to be revealed!

julie

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Dare I Say It? The Dollhouse is… DONE!

I guess technically, I don’t see the dollhouse as ever really being “done”. I will be constantly adding or changing the house as I find small objects that will be added. And I still want to add clear plastic “doors” to keep the level of dust down and prevent any prying eyes and fingers from invading its interior.

But, I have gotten the dollhouse to the point where I feel that it is done. It has been renovated and painted. Its windows, doors and staircases have been replaced and updated. Flooring has been laid, built-ins completed and the house has been furnished and ready for someone to move in.

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When I first moved the house to the living room from the basement, I took this photo to use as a reference when describing or referring to specific rooms. I will include it in the posts over the next several days as I reveal the work that has been done.

Today, I want to show you the outside, or more apt, the front of the house.

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Here it is, in all of its simplicity. I’ve done only a minimum, as I’ve run across a shortage of funds right now. Three major things missing are the porch railings, the widow’s walk railings and shutters. Purchasing these particular items are going to cost somewhere in the realm of the three hundred dollar mark, so out of the budget right now (I actually have work to do on the real house I live in!).

They will be easily added when funds are available without impact to the interiors, so I am not concerned. I did make and install the flower boxes and seeing as it was ready for the fourth of July, I wanted to include a flag. I had enough leftover railings from the interior to fit the small balcony, I plan to match the railings on the porch. I also have a small working porch light that I have to figure out how to install.

So, this is the first in a series of posts to show you the house. I have taken a ton of photos and also created some tutorials on how I did a few things that I will also add as I write.

For now, I will just leave you with more photos of the front:

DSCN4994DSCN4993DSCN4992DSCN4991DSCN4990Please keep coming back! And if you have questions about anything you see, please let me know in the comments section.

julie

A Week’s Hiatus

Just a quick note to let you know that work continues on the doll house. My son and I just returned from a week’s vacation, we went out to Utah’s Arches National Park. We hiked and explored and roamed and goofed off. It was heaven!

IMG_4041We had absolutely the most perfect weather, ranging from a comfortable high 60’s and low 70’s during the day and dropped down into the 40’s at night. Just beautiful! Since we arrived on Saturday, we dealt with lots of other folks, but once Monday arrived, we darned near had the park to ourselves. I did a lot of walking and hiking, pushing myself on some trails that might have been just a tad too much. But lots of breaks and icing the knees during the evenings helped. I swear I lost 15 lbs during the trip!

I collected a lot of stones during the trip, the plan is to use them to build a fireplace in the doll house. I’ve am making real progress on the kitchen cabinets and The Kid is constructing me a aluminum range hood too!

I will let you in on a secret: working on 1:12 scale is ever so much more difficult than 1:3 or 1:4 scale (the scale for the American Girl sized dollhouse I did previously). The details are the devils, I swear!

I should have an update for the kitchen soon!

julie

 

 

 

 

Miniatures, Doll House and Dreams

So having gotten most of the projects that I had started (over the past year) completed, I am going to take advantage of avoiding the cold and work inside. On my dollhouse. With the help of my son and his best friend (my other son from another mother), the dollhouse has been safely moved and placed into its working spot. I expect that I will work on this a long time: until I either get finished or I get sick of working on it. I am finding working with 1:12 miniatures is a lot more tedious and time consuming than the 1:3/1:4 miniatures for the 18″ dolls (American Girl-style dolls).

It seems to take a lot more time and energy to do the smaller scale. Not to mention it seems to cost more! What I have been working on so far is getting a rough idea of how I want to proceed with each room. Originally I thought I would approach it on a room by room basis, but found that as I worked through the furniture and decorating needs, it seems to make more sense to more than one at a time. I mean, like when I pick up the flooring needs for one room, it just makes sense to get what I need for all the rooms that have similar needs.

I have numbered the rooms so that when I write about the rooms, I can also refer to the room number in addition to what I am calling the room.

 

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  1. Attic Sewing Room
  2. Home Office
  3. Second Bathroom & Laundry
  4. Attic Storage
  5. Master Bedroom
  6. Master Bath
  7. Hallway
  8. Boy’s Bedroom
  9. Baby Girl’s Nursery
  10. Living Room and Entryway
  11. Dining Room
  12. Kitchen

So, yes, this is a large dollhouse and now takes up a large chunk of living room real estate:

dscn4885But is always in view to keep my creative juices flowing. I’ve begun planning floors and colors and the necessary cabinetry for the kitchen as well as stove, refrigeration and cabinet with sink and a microwave. Rough estimates are in the two hundred dollar range! And the kitchen is one of the rooms that requires copious amounts of extras… including a diner style booth and table and food and dishes. I bought a set of flatware tonight for a whopping $1.67! But, WOW!, it all adds up.

I have a couple of furniture pieces that have to be finished and written about still. I just couldn’t resist giving y’all a sneak peak at the project that is going to be consuming much of my time in the next year!

julie

A Miniature Miniature

Hopefully that title grabbed your attention!

I am finishing up a lot of bigger projects as my garage has now been turned into some kind of storage place for cars! Go figure!

I am planning on working on the dollhouse that my Dad built for me many, many years ago. I had always begged and pleaded for a dollhouse and when my Dad became ‘sorta retired’ and started to work a lot more in his workshop, he finally built one. And it was huge! And, I found out later, it went to my oldest sister. Sigh.

I had heard something about it as I was living in California and my parents were in Iowa. My sister lived in the same town. Made sense.

Later, my sister wanted to return the dollhouse to my Dad but I jumped in and claimed it. My Dad would later drive his van with the dollhouse out to California. It was the only way he felt comfortable delivering it. And then when moved from California to Missouri, I had a shipping company build a professional crate to hold the dollhouse when we used a moving company to move us.

But I digress. It has been sitting in a special place in the basement for about ten years now. The most I have done is paint the house white and buy tons of materials for it. Now I want to spend this winter completing it. I am getting The Kid and his buddy to carry it up from the basement to a space here in the living room.

So, on to today’s activity. I’ve built a dollhouse for the dollhouse. 🙂

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Going through all of the ‘stuff’ that I had purchased over the years was miniature furniture, scale 1:24, whereas the big dollhouse was 1:12. So, while watching television, I worked on the little dollhouse.

I started with a little cabinet that I had bought. It was a piece that had two levels and an “attic”. I removed the doors and the front facing piece that was in place of the attic’.

I used scrapbooking paper for the walls, floors and ceilings. I was fun to try different patterns together and it was simply a matter of gluing the paper with white glue.

Most of the furniture was brown and I did little to alter it. I did paint the stove and the old fashioned telephone black and I cut down the toilet from one that had an overhead tank to something more modern and to get the sink it there, I had to shorten the base. All of the little pieces such as the lamps and the pitchers, were glued down. Well, the pieces are glued down, since it isn’t for active playing.

I also added “siding” to the house, using Popsicle sticks and painted. The back roof was done with the larger rounded edge of ice cream sticks and stained.

img_3902It is to go into the little girls’ room in the larger dollhouse. This one? Stands about five inches, which in 1:12 scale, it would be about five feet tall.

Happy to answer questions, if I can. I will leave you with more photos:

img_3898Many of the pieces had to be placed into the house using long tweezers and some of the smallest pieces didn’t have much space for glue… the little towel rack kept falling out of place and even… I think it came out okay.img_3900There are more pieces available and I may be looking to create another mini-miniature dollhouse.img_3904The bedroom has a blue blanket (included in the set) but I added pillows – just a couple of very small pieces of white felt. There is a mirror setting on top of the dresser.img_3900The kitchen boasts a water pump and a sink vessel. A lamp sits on the dining room table.img_3898The little dining room table was actually two round tables. I removed the tops and cut a very small oval table from the end (the thinest part) of a wood wedge and just glued the two sets of legs to it.dscn4864Some of the wonderful touches are the roll of TP in the bathroom, as well as a towel rack.dscn4863I wish I could tell you the brand or where to buy these sets, they must have been in my storage for some time. I really don’t recall at all. My son thought that I had picked them up an estate sale… over the years, I have always been on the look out for pieces, materials and supplies to complete the dollhouse.

julie

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