Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Butterfly Cottage Dollhouse

Butterfly Cottage is coming along like I planned.  The interior is rustic like a tree house or club house with many old boards.  They are actually craft sticks- jumbo and regular. I then aged them with a mix of black, brown and mostly water. It makes an aging wash that does not cover the wood grain.
One wall is covered with layers of "old" wallpaper.
After picking out pieces of wallpaper, I painted the entire wall with white glue. I put on my first piece and waited a few seconds for it to get wet from the glue. Then I moved it around until I had some wrinkles. I also scratched some places with my nail to make rips.
I kept repeating the same thing with each layer.  I didn't stay true to the layers though. You could get technical and make sure the layers position corresponds to each other like they were layered on over time. I didn't bother.
Here it is all done. Then I glued the wall in place.
I'm also making a few pieces of furniture. 
I made this bed to look a little like Italian Tole beds except mine is wood. Till next time! Thanks for coming over! hugs♥


  1. Your new cottage is getting wonderful! What a fantastic job!

  2. Каролин, у тебя даже ободранные некрасивые вещи становятся шедеврами!
    Мне очень понравилась стена со слоями старых обоев.
    ♥ Елена

  3. That bed...that tiny bed!!! It's absolutely amazing! The ripped peeling wallpaper is genius! I am in awe...AGAIN...of your talent and creativity!

  4. Everything is so darling! I love the look of the boards--so realistic--and the wallpaper too! Your furniture is gorgeous! Your hand painted bits are out of this world! xo Jennifer

  5. The bed is gorgeous (especially with the little bird on it), the chair is gorgeous and I love the effect of the ripped wallpaper. I look forward to seeing what else you have in mind for Butterfly cottage. A butterfly perhaps?

  6. Hi Caroline! I love this wallpaper technique! I am going to have to remember your method of achieving it, it looks like a lot of fun! I think that your little bed is ADORABLE!!! to the Max! I think that you have painted and decorated it to look like a fairy tale and I would love to see how it will look, once it is in the bedroom. A truly inspiring cottage build, Caroline and I love the way it is developing.


  7. Que bonito !! Me gusta la casa , las paredes , las maderas y los muebles .
    Un beso

  8. Привет!
    Не смотря на то, что дом обветшалый, дом остается светлый и нежный. Много слоев обоев говорит о том, какой старый дом. Мне нравятся старые доски.Мне нравится кусочек оборванных обоев. а под ним видны другие обои.
    Ваша мебель очаровательна! Представляю, как будет уютно в этом стареньком домике!

  9. I love the results you got with the mixed wallpaper. The furniture looks great and they go really well together.

  10. I love your bed and your chair, with your own roses on the cushion, it is so beautiful. Very exciting with your wall.

  11. So very intriguing! I'm fascinated by this look. :)

  12. I absolutely love the bed, Caroline! Gorgeous!

  13. Love everything! The mashup of wallpapers will add great texture to the mini space. I really enjoy the chair and the moss in the pots. :)

  14. Did you paint that bed? I love it, great work =)
    And the wall with all the wallpapers looks great!

  15. Ciao Caroline, che bel lavoro hai realizzato! Mi piacciono soprattutto i mobili, la poltrona molto romantica ed il letto che da noi in Italia viene definito in "stile veneziano".
    Un abbraccio, Manu

  16. Estoy enamorada de tus casas. Cada una tiene personalidad propia y ese encanto tan especial.
    Un abrazo.

  17. Incredible Caroline!! Just my style too! Love your wallpaper worked out perfect. Did you use different washes for the wall and ceiling?? Also is it possible for you to say where we can get a chair like yours? Did you make it? It is all wonderful, can't wait to see it finished!

  18. Love your bed and the effect of the patchwork wallpaper is gorgeously shabby! You have such wonderful ideas!!

  19. Hi Caroline!! I am just back in time into the blogworld after holiday... to see your gorgeous Butterfly Cottage :D!! As a lover of a worn out look......I really love the wood boards and your technique with the wall paper with that worn out look, it is just soooo beautiful!
    Hugs, Ilona

  20. ...just bedazzling! ~ love it! ~ super swell! ~ thank yoU! ~ sO much for all these wonderful shares! ~ blessed be!...(O:

  21. Hi again Caroline,
    Oh, can't wait to see this one finished, the furniture is darling, and you did such a great job on that lil bed, so sweet.

    So how are you my friend...........
    doing well I hope!

    Think you were wise with the decision about the real estate. Enough said!!

    I am thinking I must not have answered an email from you now...........hmmm, will have to check that
    I am so forgetful sometimes, it's terrible!

    Take care sweetie,
    Love and Blessings to you and Lizzie,

  22. It is so beautiful Caroline so handsome that furniture also cute hugs Danielle

  23. Wow! I love the stunning bed! The interior look old and very cosy. Beautiful work, as always.
    Hugs, Drora

  24. The interior design is great!
    I love the solution with the wallpaper :-)
    What a nice idea!!!!

    Hugs, Lina

  25. I love watching you make your beautiful cottages and shabby chic furniture. Love the hand painting you do and the bed is just beautiful. Your work always amazes me. Hugs, Theresa

  26. Love watching you make your beautiful houses and shabby chic furniture. Love the floral hand painting on the little bed. Hugs, Theresa

  27. Oh, I love the old wallpapered wall, and the wonderful loft! I can't wait to see it all finished.

  28. I love your gorgeous bed. The wall of your cottage is beautiful. Wonderful work.
    Hugs Maria

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