Friday, June 14, 2019

Founder's Lane Cottage Custom Dollhouse

I've started a new project: Founder's Lane Cottage.

 Downstairs has the plaster walls are done. And the Popsicle floor is in place.

 This will be a tiny kitchen area I think.

 I'm using hardboard for the house's walls and floor.
 Now the floors are white washed and the wallpaper is glued in place.  I used birch strips of wood for the ceiling and added beams made of Popsicle sticks.
 Windows are trimmed in Popsicle sticks. 
 This ridged paper is from the scrapbook section of the craft store. 
It's a good start! I'm happy with the way things are looking!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Cloverfield House - A Commissioned Project Custom Dollhouse

I made Cloverfield House for Sherry.   She needed a house with a bigger addition. 
This house is 22" across x 18" deep x 21" tall.
 The color is a soft peachy pink.
The exterior is mainly smooth plaster. The stones are concrete.

The downstairs main room is 12 3/4" across x 8 3/4" tall.  It is 16" deep with the entry(which is 3"deep) and 13" where the front window is. 

The addition is 11" deep x 7 7/8" across x 9"tall  at the tallest point and 8" at the lowest.

Upstairs is 8 7/8" tall x 12 3/4" across x 13" deep.
Next, I'm doing a furnished house that will be available in my shop. I have not decided on the style yet. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tips For A Shabby Chic Dollhouse Look

How do I get that vintage, shabby chic, tattered look for my dollhouses? This is a question I'm asked over and over. So here's a little post about my favorite things that help me accomplish the look.
First, you may already have furniture pieces with beautiful lines that just need a little touch of revamp!  You can either strip them with a furniture stripper you buy at the hardware store. Don't get the spray. There isn't enough in there and you don't have control of where it goes. Best to put the stripper on with a brush. I use Klean Strip, but any works. It's a paste and it works in about 10 to 15 minutes. You don't want to let it dry on the piece or it won't come off. You have to do it 2 or 3 time if you want it absolutely clean. But one time strip and cleaning with a wire brush or steel wool pad gives you a great shabby look. Then you can brush on some white, grey or robin egg blue in spots to look like left over paint.
Or you can use an easier method with a paint with the primer already in it. It coats everything and sticks to everything. One coat looks great, but two coats are needed if you want a pristine finish. I use Behr  Paint + Primer.  This is my favorite right now.  No need to waste time stripping or doing 50,000 coats of paint.  It's worth the money. Trust me!
Wainscoting is another big area of interest for everyone.  You can use a ridged paper sold in the textured paper section of the scrapbook area in your hobby/craft store. It comes in unfinished brown or white. If you want bigger ridges get a cardboard box and rip off one side of the paper to reveal the ridges.  You can even leave some of the paper to give you a more tattered look.  This method is sometimes tedious if the box manufacturer used a lot of glue.
What sorts of paints do I use?  Always acrylic. Easy clean up and no difference in your end product as far as dollhouses go.
Probably the most important tip I can give to achieve a perfectly shabby look is to use ink pads. 
These are my favorites because the colors stay the same even if you add water.  I use them on everything! You will be surprised at how much character this simple technique will give your project.
Thank you so much for coming by! 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Paris Shop and Apartment Dollhouse: L'Embellie

The Paris Shop and Apartment custom dollhouse is ready.  The shop is called L'embellie. It is a fond memory of Paris it's new owner Gail.
The house is 19 1/2"across x 17 3/4 deep x 24 1/4" with the chimney.(21 3/4"tall for just the structure.) The downstairs room is 18 1/4"across x 141/4" deep x 11' tall. Upstairs is 9"tall.
 Gail's vision was for an old Paris building with plenty of feminine touches.

 The 2 bay windows are handmade.  I needed something tall. And any pre-fabricated ones would have been too short for this building.
 All the plaster elaborate trim was from Ebay. This was the very first parts of the building I shopped for.

The greenery is all from Hobby Lobby. If you go to my resources page you will find links for everything I use on my dollhouses including the plaster and concrete.

 The aging is done with brown ink pads. I use Stampabilities.  It's the right shade of brown. If you add water it also adds a totally different look to the ink.  But on this wall it's just put on directly with the pad. You can use a brush to get into those hard to reach places.

 Here is the shop. I'm leaving that for Gail to fill up the accessories.
 The shelf is something I got at Factory Direct Crafts.  It's quite substantial. And I added trim and embellishments to make it even more interesting.

 I love Christie Repasy's work so much. I'm always inspired by her work.  I will pull up her roses images while I work just to have some sort of reference. My roses are nowhere near as perfect as hers. But I'm just trying to get that feel like her roses have not a carbon copy.
This was a sink but off scale. It was just too tall. So I re-purposed it by sawing off the top sink and turning it into a cabinet.

 Upstairs, I really wanted one of those tight stairways like every Paris apartment has and everyone complains about. LOL!
 The stairway walls created an adorable area in the bathroom where I put the toilette.
 The wallpaper and wood work really gives the impression of an old space well lived in and yet totally sophisticated and charming.

 The living space is where everything else is. I went on Youtube and found all these apartment videos. They were all tightly packed with everything in one space. It's a very cozy look.
 I made a sink with a curtain. The hutch came from another piece of furniture which I cut in half. 
 I followed my stove tutorial for this piece. I just made it narrower. See tutorials page.
 This room just came together so well. It's so girly.  I saw the rug pattern by searching Aubusson rugs on the internet. At first glance I thought it was too simple. But when I had finished it it reminded me of the movie "Gigi".  Old opulence from a bygone era. It just pulled the room together. LOVE!

 I made the little table with stair spindles.
 These chairs came from a dining set. Painted them with an aging mix(brown & black paint with water) and I glued 3 handmade cardboard roses. Painted everything with glue and white paint on top of that (do not let glue dry just add the white right away) and let dry to crackle. 
 The bed and all the furniture is made with birch veneer woods I get at Hobby Lobby. Some are 1/16"thick and some are 3/32" thick.  Sometimes you need thicker because the veneer can warp when you paint it. So like the back of the bed or the back of the stove will be thicker so it doesn't roll at the top. I also added roses here.  Just used cardstock petals and glued 3 layers of them together.
 This must be one of my favorite rooms ever. I just love the softness and shabby chic  look of it.
Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate each and everyone of you dropping by and taking a look.