Sunday, July 25, 2021


 This weekend I still hadn't figured out exactly what I wanted to do with the stairs or floor. So I decided to work on the kitchen backsplash.

Tile work seemed appropriate since our bathroom floor tile has been pulled up almost completely in order to dry out the subfloor.

I put the rugs back down over the subfloor since my washer and dryer are back there and I don't want splinters in my feet when I'm doing laundry.

I'm doing a lot around the house because my husband is now using a cane to walk. MRI says torn meniscus. Among other things.

Then he spilled water on top of his c-pap machine so it wouldn't work. Thankfully we got that dried out and working again so we don't have to buy a new one.

He sees the doctor on Tuesday so we'll hear what can be done or get a referral to another doctor who can tell us what can be done. Hopefully it's fixable with PT and won't require surgery.

So doll housing was a little more of an escape than usual.

I made a cardboard template and got out my beads/tiles.

I tend to use Weld-Bond glue because it will make just about anything stick. Then it was row upon row of beads/tiles. 

Can't forget to leave space for the open shelving.

And then a dry fit.

Once the glue dried completely I needed to grout it. I tend to use drywall spackle for my grout because it's cheap, you can tint it, and it's easy to clean up.

Now for a dry fit with the cabinets.

I like how it looks with the cabinets and countertop. 

I plan to make the open shelving look a bit like live edge and the stain to match the window frames and flooring.

I ordered some tongue depressors and I want to do wide plank flooring that looks like this:

I need to figure out if I can match that stain with what I have. If I start with the weathered grey, apply a coat and sand it down, then put something like golden oak over it maybe that would work.

I ordered more tongue depressors so I'll have enough for the floors on both levels. Obviously we don't want wood in the bathroom but everywhere else...yeah. 

And the blonde tones to the wood will warm up the space too.  I'm concentrating on the dollhouse because I can't do anything to our bathroom until the insurance company agrees with the estimate the restoration company gave them.

So we're in a holding pattern regarding the bathroom at the moment.  We do know that we'll have to gut the space completely.

And since that portion of the house is pier and beam we figure we'll make it the way we want it. A walk in shower (with a bench) and higher toilet, double vanity, all those will make life a lot easier for someone who has trouble walking.  Pier and beam means moving the plumbing wouldn't be as expensive as anywhere else in the house which is on a slab.

Plus if we go with a stackable washer/dryer (since ours are dying) and replace the hot water heater with a tankless we'll have more square footage and we could conceivably still have a small closet back there.

So I have plans. And we've been saving up because we knew we'd have to do this eventually anyway.

I'm crossing my fingers that this can start up soon.

In the meantime... miniatures are a lovely distraction. 

How are all of you doing?

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Windows and Redoing the Front Wall

 So I have actually been working on the dollhouse this weekend. I started with the stairs again.

I still need to work on the floors but I decided if I'm going to use these stairs I want to move the window up further so I can put either shelves or a sitting area there.

And since I wanted to make the kitchen window smaller I'd have to redo the front wall anyway so away I went.

The windows are almost to the ceiling this way and it gives me more space for the backsplash and some open shelving. 

I need to do some sanding and a bit of touch up paint but I think the black frames against the dark blue will look good.

I think this will work better. It reminds me a little of my mom's kitchen window. She had spider plants hanging from the ceiling in macramé holders and that could be fun to do too.

Here's a look through the accordion doors.

So far I like how it looks. I need to prime the walls and paint them before I can do anything like the backsplash. And I need to do the floors before I can put the cabinets in. 

Hopefully I'll be making progress a little more quickly now.

Saturday, July 3, 2021


 So quick post about the stairs. I've been looking into options... Jodi suggested another container on it's end so it could be a stairwell.  Which I like. It just increases my footprint and that's not a good thing for me because I need a place to put this when it's finished. 

But it's something to keep in mind for certain.

I put my dilemma up on Instagram and got a suggestion of the stairs  with a slight turn, extending over the side wall.  Unfortunately the side wall is actually the container doors.  Since I went to a lot of trouble to make sure they'd open I'd like to keep them that way.

So I considered maybe doing one of the doors stationary and the other opening and making a squared spiral stair. Yeah that sounds weird I know. But do a search and oh yeah images come up.

I want a mid-century modern feel to the home, so I love the stairs without risers. The straight stairs are the perfect look but they obviously won't fit.

In exploring my options for stairs that have a minimal footprint I came across these.

I like them a lot. They're a bit sculptural and remind me of Marion's Spiral stairs that I love so much.  and they're minimalist which fits the look of the house.

I like these too, though doing that curved central post could be an issue. Something to think about though. All these options above have the railing along the central post though which has a very clean look.

This is a slightly different look and I like them, especially the railing and the look of the spindles. It reminds me a lot of Mid Century Modern stairs with the vertical slats.

Like these:

Something like this requires a lot of open space though and I don't want the house to feel cramped.

I was debating changing the windows over the kitchen counter, which would mean redoing the front wall anyway. If I change the windows on the other side of the front door it would give me a bit more space to work with.

No matter what, before I cut the ceiling/roof I need to have the stairs figured out.

Soo...the debate continues.

Hope you're all having a nice weekend!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Cabinets & Stairs

 This weekend I decided to do a dry fit of the first floor walls and make sure that my kitchen cabinets and countertop fit into the area properly.

A few adjustments later and I decided to glue the cabinets together.  The uppers go all the way to the ceiling which begins at the wooden channel at the top of the walls.

I don't plan to glue anything into place for a while. I have to get the floors down and a template for the backsplash before anything can be set in permanently.

I'm actually debating the size of the window over the sink. It's so big. I wondered if I moved the bottom of the frame up, keeping the width but making the height a little shorter how it would look.

Because as it is there isn't much of a backsplash in the kitchen. So I'm debating a bit about the window size. I could also make it narrower and put some open shelves next to the door.

I'd have to redo my front wall but I don't know that it would be such a bad thing.

I've been thinking about flooring. I saw some gorgeous wood on a HGTV remodeling show.  It had these gorgeous greyish tones with oak and I thought it would look beautiful with the cabinets.

Isn't that pretty? That's the closest I can get to what I saw.  So I thought I'd use tongue depressors for boards, do some ebony and grey on them, sand them down and do oak on top to see if I can get the same effect.

That's an experiment for next week.

The other debate is whether or not to do a herringbone floor with those wide modern looking planks or just keep it simple and straight? With the herringbone it wouldn't be so obvious that I was using tongue depressors because the length would be somewhat disguised.  Opinions?

You all know my hopes for the stairs. I have the straight stairs that came with the kit (or the fittings that match the kit anyway). I've got the gorgeous curved stairs from Marion's shop on Shapeways.

See my problem?  Both of them take up sooooo much floor space. So I think we'll be going with one of my homemade spiral stair cases.  I've still got quite a few fan blades and beads so I did a little test run.

I think that I could make some different steps using my Cricut. I'll experiment with that some during the week too.

I've got a plan for the ceiling/roof of the lower level.  The first dollhouse I did for the Creatin' Contest was back in 2015.  In order to run wires through the walls I made them similar to a wall in a real house, with balsa '2x4s' between thin basswood panels.

I can do the same thing with the lower level ceiling/roof and that'll give me places to run my wiring for the lights.

So even with a few little set backs we're clicking along.

In other news we've finally gotten folks out to start the process of remediation and remodel/reconstruction of the back bathroom where we had all the water leaks in February. Yes, it's taken this long. Because pretty much everyone in Texas is in the same boat. 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Sunday, June 20, 2021


 I've been feeling a little lazy the last month or so.  I spent some time writing and I participated in the May MiniMakers challenge on Instagram.  It's fun but it's also difficult for me because Instagram is not something I feel 'good' at dealing with. 

But I did accomplish a few things and I got some mini treasure that I want to share as well.

I've been working on my shipping container doors and I've gotten them hinged and attached and they're looking pretty good so far. I'm tempted to change the sliding inner doors to accordion doors but we'll see. 

 So far so good.  

I tend to struggle with plexiglass and making even breaks so I thought I'd use my Cricut to cut out my panes for the accordion doors I wanted to do on the back wall of the first floor.  More of my attempts to keep the Building Inspector out of my dollhouse.

I'd figured out the measurements I needed last week and how I would make them fold and slide.

Either the plastic was shifting or the knife blade wasn't strong enough.

I managed to salvage the plastic though.  And I got my wall supports measured and glued together. I had to make a couple adjustments but finally got everything figured out.

I wanted two sets of doors, one for the kitchen and one for the living room portion of the lower level.

So far so good. I glued the walls into place and I'm waiting for them to dry. I need to prime and paint everything before I can really put it all together but at least I'm getting somewhere.

And treasures... I got some gorgeous shoes and a purse and belt from Patrizia Santi. You can see her gorgeous creations on Instagram .

I'm in love...

And then because I have serious impulse control problems I bought a bunch of pillows from Brae's shop.

They're so cute I can't stand it!

But that's all my progress so far.  I've got two weeks of vacation coming soon so I can mini and write to my heart's content.

Can't wait.