Monday, July 10, 2017

What I Made Today

So last week we had three people on vacation at work.  It made the week very interesting for those of us who were not off.

This week I had Monday off.  It doesn't feel like enough after the craziness of last week but it's better than nothing.

So I decided to do something with the dollhouse with the extra time. 

I'd been going back and forth on how to access to the loft.  I really wanted to do some stairs but there really isn't room for the stairs I wanted to do with the compartments and cabinets under them.



I'd like to do these for another build maybe.

So I started looking for alternatives.  A ladder would be the most practical.  Space saving for certain.  But I didn't want something boring.

I saw this ladder on pinterest and thought a longer version of it would be great for the house. 



 



But of course they don't make anything like this in miniature so if I wanted it I'd have to make it myself.

So that's what I did today.

Now mine isn't as pretty and rounded, and its not stained yet.  I need to drill some hand holds in the sides but most of it is done.


A view through the window by the fireplace.


A view from above the loft.


Laid out flat.


And folded in half.

I attached the extensions to brace it in place while its open but they aren't strictly necessary so I'll end up cutting them down some.  I figure I'll stain it with the same stain as the floors but maybe a touch lighter.  Not so many layers. 

I've got an idea for attaching it to the loft floor.  A set of hinges and then a brace that can be taken up and down to hold it up when the ladder isn't being used.

The only other thing I did was start building my fridge.  I'm still debating about what color I should paint it.  The stove is a dark red.  Maybe turquoise?  Or something neutral?

22 comments:

  1. I think a bright glossy Smeg fridge would look great!! And I love the ladder

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    1. Thanks! The only issue with a bright colorful fridge is I'm afraid it'll clash with the stove or be too much with the rest of the house.

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  2. The ladder is a brilliant solution, and looks really in keeping with house.

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    1. Thank you! It was a little difficult but I'm glad I did it.

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  3. what a great piece of engineering! I am impressed...

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    1. Thanks! It took me several days of staring at pictures and figuring out how to do it on my own.

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  4. The ladder solution is very clever Sheila, love it :0)

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    1. Thanks! I'm just glad it's working and now falling apart you know?

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  5. Un trabajo impresionante, la escalera una solución genial,buen día:-)

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    1. Muchas gracias, fue difícil pero estoy contento con el resultado.

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  6. You don´t stop, do you? :) the ladder is great, well done!

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    1. Thank you. No...not really, if I stop then I have trouble getting started again.

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    1. Thanks! It looks a little rough to me still but with some polishing up I think it'll fit into the house well enough.

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  8. Ingenious! What this kit lacks in space has provided an opportunity for your creative problem solving to shine! This wonderful little ladder is sure to become an amazing feature!

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    1. Thanks! I'm just really pleased it works!

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  9. Wow, very cool stairs! I think that's a really smart solution for access to the loft.

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    1. Thanks! I was pretty excited they actually worked!

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  10. Great work - the ladder is turning out nicely. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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    1. Thanks! Staining and tweaking it this weekend when I've got a lot of time.

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  11. I think this is such a great space solution! I love the design, you really replicated the handcrafted look. It's going to be perfect in the space :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited about it. Planning on tweaking it a bit more this weekend.

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