Monday, July 4, 2016

Weekend's Work

So this weekend I had Friday off as well as Monday.  And while my husband watched Wimbledon I worked on the dollhouse.

My first project was an attic door.  I tried to match the instructions given on the Greenleaf site.  I had some hinges that I bent around the frame and a couple of window pulls to use for handles. 

I think it turned out pretty well.



I want to find some fleece in that awful lurid pink and stick some brown paper to the back for insulation.  Then a few boxes and odds and ends on the crossbeams.  My parents attic needed a ladder to get in and you couldn't walk in it.  I'm going for the same sort of thing here.

My next project was the bedroom.  I was originally going to go with a wallpaper covered wainscoting for the bedroom. I had a nice pale green and cream stripe to offset the rose and cream for the upper walls.  But with the herringbone floor the stripes looked very busy and I decided to go a different way.



I think the panels are simple enough that they won't look too bad with the walnut herringbone floor.  So I got them all measured and cut for the room, then glued and painted. 



They aren't painted an actual green.  Just a sandy taupe that matches the leaves of the rosebushes on the wallpaper.  It's another look that people tended to use when they wanted a quick remodel of a very traditional house. Paint the wood paneling.

It's killing me to not put the windows in but my Shapeways order hasn't even shipped yet.  It's something that drives me crazy since I ordered the pieces a month ago.  I know they have to make them, I'm just impatient.

So I started to measure and work out the details for the porch.  Then I started painting all the parts.  First step. Paint black.  Next step, add crackle medium.  Finally coat liberally in white.

The porch parts are pretty much my July 4th accomplishment.




They all look nicely aged and beat up don't they? 

This is probably all I'll accomplish until next weekend. I rarely get dollhouse stuff done during the week.  Hopefully I'll be able to work on the porch some more.  Or get my work area organized/cleaned so I have room to work on the bathroom fixtures and the kitchen cabinets.  I might be able to organize a bit before the weekend. 

Cross your fingers for me. 

14 comments:

  1. That attic door is amazing. Congrats!

    I've actually purchased a tiny roll of pink insulation at the hardware store. You could use the real thing!

    The real kicker is when you watch your Shapeways order go into production then stall. Then you get the email saying it failed and they have to start the object over again. Nooooooo! It can be frustrating!

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    1. Thanks! Even though it's not something that'll really be obvious I wanted it in there.

      I might have to look into that. It would be a little easier than trying to recreate it on my own.

      Oh no...don't say that. I don't think I could take it. I'm already going nuts.

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  2. sheila, love that attic door! what a wonderful detail - totally realistic!

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    1. Thank you! I was excited to try it out.

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  3. It all looks great. I love the attic door :)

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    1. Thanks! It felt good to really get some stuff done.

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  4. Loving it all Sheila! The wallpaper is really lovely. Every time I saw it online in stores, I didn't like it so much but now every time I see a room someone's used it in, it looks great.

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    1. Thanks! I have to admit I like it a lot more in person than online. I don't know that I would like it as well if I didn't have it with the wainscoting though.

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  5. Very Pretty Sheila! I love the wallpaper and the attic door. The bump out in the wall makes a really interesting feature with the trap door above it.
    Your crackle finish has turned out well too. Really interesting to see the progress of this build.

    elizabeth

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited. My Shapeways order has shipped so hopefully it'll arrive this weekend and I cat get the windows in.

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  6. I saw the wainscoting color with the wallpaper and got all delighted! Great color combo! I can't say how I LOVE it enough! The railings and porch fixtures look really great in the photos, and I am really looking forward to seeing it all put together! Thanks for the awesome eye candy! It made me forget about how much my mosquito bites are itching for a few moments! :O)

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    1. Thanks! I was super pleased at how well it matched. I was worried I'd have to go out and buy more paint.

      Ouch! Sorry about your mosquito bites.

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  7. I'm just getting a chance to catch up on your progress. Wow! It all looks fantastic! I'm really loving your attention to detail and those chairs are to die for. Your idea for the insulation is great. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so in love with those chairs.

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