Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Little White Cottage Dollhouse

Let's keep building the Little White Cottage dollhouse.  It's time to put on the plastic film windows.  You can use the pieces that came with the kit(there's not enough for all the windows.)  I buy transparent copy sheets. They are also used for overhead projectors. I buy them at the office supply store.  I use white glue to stick each plastic window on the house.  Don't put on the upstairs window just yet.
For the upstairs window, I'm doing more stained glass on the perimeter.  This time with a little color.  Prepare your window by drawing your design with a pencil.

Cover the pencil marks with silver latex paint on both sides of the plastic window.
I'm using the same water based gloss and the latex robin egg blue paint I used on the door. Dip your paintbrush in the gloss and drop it onto the window pane. Then dip the very tip of your brush in your paint. Apply that to the drop of gloss and spread it in the pane. For some panes I used more color. The ones with less color I just didn't dip the brush back in the paint. You have enough color to do at least 3 panes without getting more paint. This way you get a nice variation of color.

Once you are done with this side, let dry, flip over and apply only clear gloss.  Glue to the front of the house.

I'm jumping over to the ceiling now.  I am using jumbo craft sticks to cover the ceiling.  Let's start with the first roof piece. This is the whole roof side without the cut out.
I glued my roof on right away. And then I started to hot glue my sticks on from the bottom up.

The other side of the roof has a cutout. This was the original back of the house with a cutout for access.
So let's fill that hole. I'm using cardboard.  Just trace the cutout part

and glue into place. You now have another whole side.  I did not glue this piece on yet. It's easier to put the jumbo sticks on the ceiling when it's flat in front of you.

Place the roof on the house and trace the space that needs to be filled with sticks.  And glue your sticks on the ceiling.

Paint the ceiling(both sides). I chose gray. I dipped my brush in gray and then into water. This made a very loose paint that was easy to spread and also washed over the planks letting the wood grain show.

Let's move outside. I use left over pieces of wood and Popsicle sticks to frame the windows.  I lay out all the wood pieces around the windows, cut them to the right size, paint them white and glue them on. 

Then my window panes are craft sticks cut in thirds lengthwise. I paint them white and glue them into position with white glue. 


  1. This cottage is coming along so nicely! Very pretty!

  2. You are so nice to share all the steps with us- I love how you use the wood on the ceiling and I'm thinking of borrowing it for one of my builds-it turns out so nice!

  3. Hello Caroline! Your little cottage just gets cuter everyday! I like how you did the ceiling and the floors and I also like the size of the 2 floor to ceiling windows! They give not only more natural light but also allow another viewing angle in which to gaze longingly at the interior. Enchanting!


  4. Hi Caroline, you can not imagine how much these posts about your cottage are useful to me: I will soon begin construction of my "Primrose" kit, although I do not know if I have the courage (or ability) to make big changes. ..
    Anyway, always good to see your brilliant work :-)
    Thank you, my dear

  5. So many interesting tips and techniques, Caroline. Thank you so much. All these things that you did on the house take time. I realized that today as I worked on building kits. It's just paint, sand, paint, sand, etc. Finally, I got to glue one piece. Two more to go!

  6. Once again, thank you for the great tips, Caroline!

  7. Caroline your cottage is looking gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic tips. I love the ceiling.
    Hugs Maria

  8. Thanks for these valuable tips, Caroline. I love to follow your work on this cottage. Already I love the floor and indoor look.
    Hugs, Drora