So a few things accomplished in this past week. I painted the outsides of the cottage. Instead of going to the store and getting a paint color mixed I just took the dark blue trim color of the old house and the pale blue main color and mixed them together.
It came out to a nice medium blue, not purple-ish which I was worried about, but a good creamy blue. I really like it though I don't think it shows as well in this picture as it does in actual life.
|See what I mean? It's not super pale but it isn't dark either.|
See? Here's the inside. I'm doing a mock up of how I can put everything before I decide on the way the stairs will be. See? Nice light blue. Almost white but not quite. (Rhymes! LOL)
|It's a really pale blue but it's very beachy to me.|
|Pencil marks wouldn't show so I did this instead. I'm not sure if I like that location for the stairs.|
|This makes a bit more sense to me as to where the stairs should be located.|
|Like so. It's not perfect but it gives me a good idea.|
|Pretend there's another wall on the right with a fireplace and a built in set of shelves.|
|And I actually like this even less. I don't like the fridge being just inside the front door.|
|See this is marginally better I think I like the island positioned like this at least.|
|See this is very odd looking to me.|
|Yeah I like how the living room is placed but I think the island needs to be turned.|
The other issue is that the upstairs floor will be upside down so the floorboards will look more like a bead board ceiling. So I might need to sand it and paint it white. That'll give it a nice contrast with the crossbeams I'm going to do.
So the upstairs will need flooring. That'll be something to look for. But that's okay. I think the changed set up will be worth it.
The plan is to add the fireplace to the right side of the house. I've got boards cut for the built-in bookshelf already. I mentioned that I want a chimney on the outside of the house. What I'm planning to do is a combination of tape wire and direct wiring. I'll have to do that after I put the house together (mostly) but before I put flooring or tile in. There's an awesome tutorial on Greenleaf here http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/dollhouse_news/FEB2009/dollhouse-lighting-kits.html
So I figure I'll hide the switches/transformer in the chimney. I can use hinges and a magnetic lock to open and close it. A few small holes drilled into the walls and I'll have the wires hidden either in the beams or the chimney. The upstairs will be trickier but I can hide the wire tape behind some of the tile in the bathroom and put outlets in places where they won't be noticeable in the bedroom.
I can wire one to be behind the bed and that will power a table lamp. And I can run wire and hide it with the center ceiling beam by drilling a hole through the beam maybe to get a ceiling light. A rustic looking chandelier maybe? Like this? http://www.miniatures.com/3-Light-Chandelier-P18261.aspx
I'm planning a ceiling fan over the kitchen area and one over the living room area too.
Like this only I want to paint the brass black or bronze or something. Unless I really like the look of the brass once I get it near the house. It might look nice with the daybed. I just don't want to be overwhelmed with it. http://www.miniatures.com/Globe-Ceiling-Fan--P16957.aspx
I want to have a wall sconce on either side of the mirror in the bathroom. But I don't want it too brightly lit. I like these sconces. http://www.miniatures.com/Wall-Sconce-P17916.aspx
Plus its an angled ceiling and the room is too small for a hanging light.
Oh, here's someone who's going to be keeping an eye on the build. This is Swoops.
|He's very interested in the whole process.|
The plan for the outside of the dollhouse is a stone porch with stone foundation and wooden railings and posts. The railings will be white and so will the posts and arches. I'm planning on the ceiling of the porch to have a hanging light, like a carriage light in the middle. I don't know if I can manage a door light and hide the wires so I might do two hanging lights one near the door and once closer to the opposite end of the porch. Kinda like this http://www.miniatures.com/Ornate-Hanging-Iron-Lamp-P18259.aspx
So what I'll do to cover up the wire tape will be kind of like a wooden ceiling. I think I could use Popsicle sticks to cover the ceiling and give it a finished look.
What I'd really like is to figure a way to have a little bit of a garden around the house. I need to clear off more of my desk obviously but I could get a sheet of plywood and put it on a turntable. Then make a little bit of a front or side yard. It'd be cool to have a little yard near the chimney and another on the other side. It doesn't have to be huge, but it would be neat to have a more finished look.
But that is far in the future... Right now, time for me to get going. See all of you later.