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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A Diversion to the Dollhouse

This CloseOkay, I am this close to finishing the dollhouse but I am having to wait on a few last items to come in the mail. The inside of the house is done, but just have a few details to add to the outside of the house, such as shutters on the windows, railing for the porch, door handles and a knocker. I may include a few other things, such as a mail box and an American flag. Oh and I have been working on a large semi-round welcome mat. I am almost done with the flower boxes, It is amazing how little in scale the items are for a dollhouse but what a large impact (including price) they can be!

So as to not waste time waiting, I launched into the next project on the list: the denim rag rug. Over the past year I have collected hundreds of old jeans, deconstructed them and then cut them into three inch strips. I completed about half of them and then I sort of got overwhelmed by the sheer amount.

So, as much of my projects go, I set it aside and planned to get back to it. At the beginning of this year, I decided that I really needed to get some of these long overlooked projects done and vowed not to start any new ones and complete the ones I had started. I would select one project and work on it until it was done. Such was the decision to start with my dollhouse and I have done really well so far.

So, having to wait for the last pieces to arrive for the dollhouse, I didn’t really want to start working on the next project, but I don’t really want to waste the days while I am waiting. But that is the trap… waiting for supplies and working on another projects and then never getting back to the original project.

So, I spent the better parts of three days cutting the remaining denim into three inch strips. (I didn’t take a photo before I started but there were three piles about two feet high. If I had to guess, I would put the number at somewhere between 100 and 150 pairs of jeans’ worth of fabric.)

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This is the end result. The next steps are to connect them to make about 15 foot sections and then to iron them and fold and sew them. The scraps left over are going to be given away, the last time I made them into scraps for quilts which, do I have to say it?, still are not assembled into the quilts they should be.

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So, rather than creating yet another project that has to be completed, I am going to give them away on Craigslist. Spread the joy, right?

Okay, The Kid and I are doing a binge watch of ‘The Office” and really not getting anything done. What a great day!

julie

My Dollhouse: Working on Details

I’ve been spending much of the past couple of weeks working on all the details of the dollhouse. Sometimes when I get up and see the house, it makes me think of moving into a real new house… trying to get boxes unpacked, putting my touch and making the house unique and reflective of my personality. Trying new stuff and techniques, and just plain having fun.

Nothing big to report, but wanted to show you some of my progress. I finished installing the stair cases and the railings. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but working in the 1:12 miniature can sometimes be majorly frustrating. And on occasion when I look to recreate something in miniature, it can be extremely frustrating! Trying any number of different ways to approach and not having any luck. But so much more has been a positive experience.

Just inside the double doors from the porch, is a curved white staircase.DSCN4906I love the way it plays with the black and white tile. If it weren’t for the lantern sitting there, doesn’t this totally look like a full sized house? And I have to laugh that there is a bathtub in the entry way! In our house in California, there was a few days when during the master bathroom remodel, we had a bathtub sitting in the living room. 🙂DSCN4903At the top of the curved staircase, we arrive at the second floor hallway. The floor is actually Popsicle sticks, trimmed and laid in a variety of lengths and then stained and the coated with two layers of polyurethane. If you follow the hall towards the front of the house, you will be met with the next set of stairs.DSCN4902You’ve now arrived in the home office. Work is still going on here, but the floor has been laid (coffee stir sticks) and the work top has been placed; it rests on two small cabinets, one on either side of the wall. A center shelf has been place to have access to a printer and other necessities. You can also see the wood blinds have been installed with a natural valance. Taking advantage of the light in the dormer makes working in this room delightful.

DSCN4905This is the boy’s bedroom, including it to show you that the floor has been finished – just this room and the master bedroom have carpeting – and that the baseboards have been installed. It seems that so much has been done, but yet so much remains to be done!DSCN4904A shot of the master bathroom. I laid the tile floor early on in the project, and that’s about where it has been for some time. I recently purchased a second bathroom set, as I was not really excited about the original set… but not sure that this is the direction I want to go either. I’d like to do a chest with a bowl set on top, I think. The shower pan – seen in this shot – is going to be surrounded by tiled walls, which it seems I’ve also been working on forever.DSCN4900Using this grout, I finally completed that chore for the walls. I figured it would be easier to lay the tile (on a background of paper) and do the grouting and finishing and then install it.DSCN4899This are the walls grouted, just need to wait until it completely dries and then install it. I have the shower head and controls somewhere in this mess… I know it looks organized, but trust me, it is an organized mess!

Okay, that’s about it for today. I hope you will come back to see progress as it goes forward and gets closer and closer to be completed. I promised myself not to start or work on anything else until this is done. And I saw a fantastic piece on CraigsList today that I would have loved to grab… but I swore an oath to this dollhouse! LOL

julie

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