Dollhouse Reveal: The Bathroom & Laundry (#3) and Attic Space (#4) and The Upper Hallway (#7)

Okay, just a few left and I’ve opted to smoosh them altogether into the dollhouse reveal. As bathroom goes, this one too was pretty fun. The room is large enough to accommodate a laundry area in addition to bathroom. Its the kind of space I’d envision when an attic makeover is done.

DSCN4983So, on the left wall is the bathroom. It comes with an awesome claw-foot tub, toilet and a pedestal sink complete with a medicine cabinet.DSCN4982Some great little accessories in this bath too… toothbrushes in a cup, an extra roll of toilet paper and soap in a holder in the tub. Oh and a plunger.DSCN4981It was tough trying to get everything on a shelf or something, but then thought I’d just set some of the bottles on the floor. Like what real people might do.DSCN4984So the right wall is the laundry area – complete with washer and dryer. A basket sits on the floor next to it with laundry and above are hangers for keeping the permanent press wrinkle free.DSCN4980There is a shelving unit with laundry supplies and extra bathroom supplies (cool large pack of TP, huh?). On this wall I used another laminate sample just to give the room a little pizazz. DSCN4979And as part of the laundry room, in the foreground is an ironing board with the iron and spray starch. The flooring is also the miniature tile… I wanted to just do one color green and white, but didn’t have enough of any of three shades of green, so to reflect the colors in the wall (laminate) I used ALL of the shades of green plus white. As I mentioned before, the mini-tile is a challenge to use and keep lined up, but regardless, I like the way it turned out.DSCN4978There are some fun little touches that I’ve done in some of the rooms that are just plain fun, and one of them is that the iron has a cord and is plugged into a tiny wall receptacle. Over time, I hope that I come back and add more of these little details.

Okay, the next room is just the extra space that is really an attic. In its truest sense.DSCN4986I just placed a few objects that one might actually find in the attic, but I think I want to pay just a little more attention and make some changes. This was the only room I didn’t glue down the objects for just such a reason.DSCN4987An old sewing machine towards the back, an unmatched dining room chair, and a trunk. You can’t see it but behind the trunk is the attic ladder mechanism that allows access from the room below.

The next reveal isn’t a room per sé, but the hallway and intersection of the staircases. The dollhouse originally didn’t have stairs to the attic, which logically didn’t make sense that you couldn’t. So, I added stairs and cut a hole in the floor above, which ended up being the home office and the railings just took up so much the room.

dscn4967.jpgThis is more of the Popsickle wood floor which turned out nicely in the end. There is a long wall which I want to cover with family photos and am actively collecting miniature photo frames (much like my real house).

And that folks, is the end of the official reveal. I hope to, in the future, show how some of the projects and how the were made and/or bought. If you have questions, PLEASE ask, I am hoping to help keep the next dollhouse enthusiast from making some of the mistakes I made or some of the inspiration that helped me get to this point.

The Kid and I are already knee deep in the next project finish and today I actually did some work on the humongous cross stitch project I started about a hundred years ago. I actually see a light at the end of that tunnel!

julie

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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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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.

 

dollhouse-numbered-roomsSo the rooms are designated to be:

  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

Doll House Sink/Cabinet and the First Food Items

I may have neglected to mention in my last post, that the dollhouse that I am building for my grand niece is for her American Girl dolls. For those not aware of the great doll wars – these are 18″ tall dolls supposed to be about 12 – 13 years of age. There are many less expensive dolls of the same size, such as My Generation and Madame Alexander as well as generic type dolls. You have to be careful when sewing clothing as there can be some differences in their body sizes, such as waist, hips, and leg length.

I have come to the conclusion that this size, versus smaller dolls (1:6 scale) or the standard dollhouses (1:12 scale). Things are so much easier to build and sew for. You actually have a greater chance of finding things in a smaller size of everyday objects that will work, like espresso cups and small bowls (like the ones used to hold dipping sauce).

In my last post, I showed you the refrigerator and stove that I build and now is the last piece of the cabinet that I will be doing for my niece’s dollhouse. It is a sink in a cabinet combination. This is a moveable piece (as opposed to the other dollhouse I am building that will have actual cabinetry built in (and that includes upper cabinets).

Without further ado:DSCN1487The basic construction of this piece is a drawer that I rescued from a seriously broken desk. It was in really sad shape, the top and sides were in deplorable condition, so I rescued the drawers (and their hardware). Who knew what can come from a lowly drawer?

I simply cut doors and the top panel from 1/4″ plywood, the doors are attached with small hinges and the top panel is nailed. Using the sink to draw the template that had to be cut in both the drawer box and the counter top. By the way, that “sink” is actually a very small steam table pan called a “ninth size” (6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″) that I bought off eBay for less than $4… and works perfectly as a stainless steel sink.

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I added a couple of round feet, salvaged from legs of a small table that I also rescued from Craigslist. The counter top has rounded corners and is covered in a very cool faux tile that I found at Home Depot called ‘Smart Tiles’ (you can read more about it on their website here). They’re very think and self adhesive and I think scale-wise works perfectly. I shaped the faucet and base from polymer clay and then used two small wooded knobs painted silver for the handles.DSCN1486I had accidentally cut the doors just a little narrow, so I inserted a vertical board to fill in the void and also add some stability. I also installed a small shelf to help provide some storage below. A couple of white narrow knobs following three coats of white spray paint over a coat of primer.

DSCN1489So very easy and I think it will be very durable. Here is one final picture in its place in the dollhouse.

DSCN1490The feet might have made it just slightly taller than the stove, but I don’t think that is a big deal. Little ones don’t seem to mind that the things they play with aren’t perfect. I also have collected some plastic food and pans and although they are a bit larger than either 1:3 or 1:4 scale, I don’t think she’ll mind.

Speaking of food, I was playing around with the polymer clay and created some faux food.

First up was a couple of plates of fried eggs and strips of bacon. It took a while to get the colors right on the bacon and I am still thinking it could use some tweaking. These are the plates I got about 10 years ago at IKEA and have been packed away ever since. They are perfect!DSCN1484

Then I worked on a pie, I guess it would be apple pie based on the lattice crust on too. Using a small baking dish – yes, that’s a real ceramic pie dish – I just cut a bunch of shapes that would sort of look like fruit. Then placed them on top of the bottom crust and then wove the top lattice crust. Other than not using real food, the steps were very similar to that of making an actual pie! I used watercolor paints that I thinned way down and then poured into the pie to get coloring throughout and then painted the lattice crust.

DSCN1485Oh, I also sat and rolled peas from the polymer while the Kid and I watched a movie. I had sort of expected for them to fuse together when I fired them, but they didn’t. I spread them out on a painting cloth and using an awesome green, spray painted them. I had to keep rolling them around, trying to get all of the sides and I think I finally made most of them the same color, but since variations are natural in nature, I think that the ones that aren’t solid green make the whole bunch perfect!

DSCN1491Turned out pretty cool, if I have to say so myself. I think that going forward with work on my dollhouse, I will continue to create food, both for me and my grand niece. Its fun and relaxing as well as challenging to keep coming up with more food items. Think I will work on some boxes and maybe canned food, reducing the size of labels should be pretty fun.

Tomorrow I will posting the final shots of the dollhouse. And a week later, we’ll load it into the truck and head to Des Moines and deliver it. I am planning on including some pics of the by grand niece with the final product set up in her room. I think it will be a blast.

To be perfectly honest, though, I really am ready for this piece to be done. Lots of little details and issues and I am ready to move onto something else. My own dollhouse may take a back seat to my next project, but since it occupies a very visible place in my entry way, I will be reminded of it constantly. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and remember to keep making beautiful things!

julie

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