So I've been working pretty hard on the dollhouse this past week. And I'm super stoked to show you what I've accomplished. I'm especially excited because work has been rough and I really didn't think I'd gotten a lot done until I started looking back at the pictures.
Remember how I talked about the fireplace and the chimney build I'm planning? I'd purchased a fireplace off of Ebay and it only required a little bit of fooling with to look the way I wanted.
Here it is before:
I'd purchased basalt brick imprinted paper for the foundation, the lower portion of the porch posts and the chimney build. Of courase I always end up with scraps of paper so I lined the inside of the fireplace with some of them. It didn't turn out too badly.
|I'm pretty excited about this. It looks more real to me.|
I also really like the focal point a brick chimney makes in a room so I got some cardboard and wrapped it in the same imprinted paper. Then I used some white paint, slightly watered down and gave the bricks a white washed look. I wanted a definite difference between the brick inside the fireplace and the brick on the exposed chimney.
The only thing I'm not entirely thrilled with is how the edges are rounded. I might have to do something about that. But for now it works.
|There's just one problem...|
|I like this a lot better.|
Remember my fireplace built in bookshelf inspiration picture?
|Still absolutely love this.|
I measured and painted my mini boards.
|You can see how the kitten tried to help there.|
|This was not easy.|
When the top and bottom felt sturdy I glued in the middle shelf.
|The fun part was making sure they were level.|
|I wanted to be certain they stuck so I decided to paint these two after.|
I'm not sure if I want to do dividers down the middle like the picture. I don't think so. I don't want them to look too busy.
I've always loved how people put the baseboards in front of their built ins so they look like a seamless part of the room. I was pretty stoked that I could do the same.
The stain I bought for the baseboards and other wood work matches the fireplace. I'm pretty pleased. It makes a nice contrast to the floors. Just dark enough to show but not so dark that its gloomy.
Here's how the whole thing will look once it's glued to the dollhouse wall. I'm holding off on that until I'm positive about where all the electrical wiring will go.
My other accomplishment had to do with the ceiling beams. Remember my inspiration picture?
I bought some quarter inch channels from Miniatures.com and laid them out in a grid to determine how they would look the best.
|Okay so I cheated by drawing the grid on the raw side of the second floor. It worked.|
Swoops is looking up at me like 'duh'. Crazy human. What were you thinking? Were you thinking? Next thing you know you'll say 'nothing will go wrong'. (Oops. Sorry, just veered off into Buffy dialogue. I'm back.)
But once I'd determined that I like where the beams will go I cut the vertical beams down.
|This was careful work, because I didn't want to crush the channels.|
So I got my notches cut out and I glued everything together. Yay!
|Not perfect but close. Right?|
By the way. In case you weren't aware? Stain smells. Like stinks.
But its worth it in the end.
|See how pretty?|
|I also did the door frame. I'll show you the porch and front door next week. I think it should be almost set by then.|
And I have to start the chimney build. That's going to be interesting. Small hinges, wood, and what type of brick. Combination of basalt paper brick and egg carton bricks or one or the other? Really not sure about that one. I'm leaning towards the basalt paper brick because that's what I've used in other places.
Next week, the porch, the front door and foundation. I'm excited. aren't you?
One last picture of the kitten. She's not too sure about Swoops.
|You're sitting on the instructions. Move. Dumb bird.|