Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dollhouse Custom Construction Part 4 - Featuring Lilac Cottage

This is the final part for building your dollhouse!
 Upstairs, I added the last 2 chandelier. 
 I pulled all the electric together upstairs and hid it in a chimney. The chimney is made of 4 pieces of cardboard. 
 Everything got covered with concrete I applied with an artist spatula.  This is Dap's Ready Mixed Concrete. The chimney has little rocks added to it once the concrete had dried. I just drop these little mounds of concrete and shape them into rocks so they are 3 D.


 The bump out is covered with clapboard I bought at  Hobbylinc. I also made a little vent with craft sticks and clapboard cut into narrow little pieces. 
I carved cornerstones while the concrete was not set. I wait about 5 to 10 minutes to do this. If the concrete is too wet the lines just disappear.  To carve the lines I use an old X-acto knife.
 The roof got a little trim made of craft sticks. 
 I put a little trim on top of the chimney to finish it off.
 I painted the clapboard white and the stucco(smooth concrete) a very pale shade of purple. It's so light you can just get a hint of the purple hue. 

 Now the roof. The main part of the roof is shingles.  To color these shingles I make different paint "baths".  Here I have some grey tones, brown tones and darker brown tones.  Just add some paint to water in a container. You want just enough paint mixed in with the water to show up on the shingle.  Something like 1 tablespoon of paint to a cup of water. It's a color wash.  
I covered the porch roof with a piece of cardboard. This is so you won't see the wire under the fabric piece that will be my awning.
The stones on the foundation are painted greys and creams.  The corner stones are white.
 The bump out roof is "metal".  This is actually cardboard (those gift boxes that are white on one side and grey inside) cut into strips.  They are about 1" strips on the bottom. And each seam is covered with 1/4" strips. Paint grey, silver and age with white.
 The awning is a striped fabric.  I glued it onto the roof with Aleene's tacky glue. 
 I added flowering vines to the house. These vines are from Hobby Lobby: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-%26-Wedding/Bushes-%26-Garlands/Garlands/Green-Baby%27s-Breath-Garland/p/8668
The Flowers are here: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-%26-Wedding/Floral-Stems/Purple-Statice-Spray/p/1850
To fit on the house just cut the vines and the flowers into little pieces and glue on with hot glue.  My hot glue gun is a high temperature/professional glue gun.  

 I had also trimmed the awning with wood pieces to look neater.



 For the front yard, I used sand for the walkway. This is the sand you put to with candles.  I applied a generous amount of regular white glue.
 Then I poured on plenty of sand.  Tap down to make sure the sand is in contact with the glue. Once the glue is dry tap off all the excess sand.
 The bushes are air dry clay rolled into balls and left to dry completely.  I then paint them green.  I use Aleene's glue to glue on moss. Let that dry completely and then you can use scissors to trim and shape each bush.
 For the grass I use a moss mat. It already has a sticky backing to it.
 I make templates of the places I want to cover with grass and cut the moss mat. 
 Here's the sticky back.
 Voila!
 I added a little fence and more flowers and plants in the yard. And the house is all done and ready to be moved into.



 The finished front yard.
















You can now make this house into your dream cottage with all the furniture and accessories of your choice.  I hope you will try to build your own house now that you see it's not that difficult. 
Lilac Cottage is for Jennifer.  Thanks Jen!

hugs♥,

51 comments:

  1. Ohhhh, Caroline, it's adorable! I will have to go back and read from the beginning. You just put me so much to shame because I have done practically nothing on my house and you are so prolific. You just keep on producing and creating. I admire you so tremendously! Such a heavenly little house!

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  2. So Nice again! I just love your work.

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  3. Tan sencilla y tan bonita . Eres una gran artista
    Un beso

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  4. No puedo dejar de suspirar...
    :)
    Un beso!

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  5. This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! ;)

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  6. an amazing job, a lot of experience, mastery of materials and patience is what you show in your tutorial wonderful. I love what has been welcoming, with lots of soul. good job, congratulations!
    Big hugs ❤️

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  7. You are such a sweetheart to open your creative process to all of us. It takes so much work to document all the steps and you have so kindly shared each step along the way. Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you Suzy! I'm so happy that you are reading my blog. I know there's lots out there. I'm honored to have you as a reader.
      hugs♥,
      Caroline

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  8. Ooh it is lovely, and so nice to see how you go about it, much harder than you make it sound I am sure. I too must go back and read previous steps. It really inspires me to get back to my kit house that's been lying unfinished for over a year.

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  9. Thank you so much for this series! It's helped me a ton with figuring out how to finish my doll house and given me the courage to attempt to build one. Now I just need the time!

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    1. Hi Ashlee! I'm so glad this has been helpful! Just do tiny steps at a time. And before you know it you'll be done.
      hugs♥,
      Caroline

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  10. You make it look and sound so easy Caroline!!! I can't believe that's cardboard, one would never ever know with the gorgeous finished project! My little house is full to the brim but my MIL's sending me some little furniture she has so I'll have to start thinking about a new project:) Thanks for the DIY!!!

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  11. Wish I was the Jennifer that ordered it. I'm definitely ready to move in! :-D Thanks for a fabulous tutorial series! The interior photos look so amazing and realistic--you've got the light just so, and the house looks stunning! xo Jennifer

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  12. Fabulous. I love all of the detail that you add. And I am amazed at the materials that use. LOL. I took a good look at the book case with all of the neat little items that you added, liking especially the coral. I also like the collection of little houses. I need to update the my dollhouse blog. Maybe this weekend. And thank you for showing the greenery that you use. I have looked at HL, but seem to find what I think I want. Great job.

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  13. Que agradable ha sido volver de vacaciones y leer tus maravillosos tutoriales!!!! Muchas gracias por las explicaciones,además de aclararnos muchas fases de la construcción de tus maravillosas casas,me has dado un montón de nuevas ideas!!!!
    Besos.

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  14. Hi Caroline This was such a FAB tutorial demonstration and Chock FULL of Valuable Information that all of us will find useful!
    For me, it was very interesting how you coated the exterior with concrete. I have used drywall patch before but I've always assumed that concrete would add more weight than I needed, however, the stability that it must lend to the the structure would be a Big Plus!
    Thank YOU for sharing so generously, your Personal Process! I know that I have learned something as well as had another opportunity to tour one of your ALWAYS Unique and Stylish little homes. Pure Pleasure! :D

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  15. Thank you for showing how you make your wonderful houses! I'm amazed every time you show a new house, it's always lovely!
    Hannah

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  16. Thanks for sharing! Lilac cottage is lovely. ; )

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  17. Muchas gracias Caroline por compartir tus secretos, aúnque dudo mucho que yo pudiera hacer algo tan maravilloso como tus casas.
    Es preciosa y el jardín me encanta.

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  18. Caroline, te admiro!
    Maravilloso, maravilloso!!!

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  19. Caroline, your cottage is cozy and very romantic, I would like live inside it :-)

    hugs!
    Magda

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  20. Wow. The finished house is stunning Caroline. Though no surprises there, because every house you make is unique and adorable. Thank you again again for sharing your process with us all. It really shows, not only how clever and creative you are, but also how generous. :) I always love reading your blog. It's my absolute favourite!
    Amy

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  21. I love the structure of this house with its little yard. A great idea to have a French window opening on it. And the interior is as always gorgeous.
    Geneviève

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  22. A new favourite… the finishes are wonderful. Love the concrete work and the roof tiles, but especially the metal roof. Great L-shape, and the interiors are fantastic too… love that bookcase!
    Alison xx

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  23. I just can say i'm in love with what u do! I will follow u from now on. U are really a great artist!

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  24. Every creation is a true labor of love. I am so enjoying my visit today and excited for you as I read you have a beautiful new home of your dreams. I know you are overflowing with joy. Xox Rella

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