Monday, August 27, 2018

The Christmas Window Custom Dollhouse

This new Project is a Christmas themed dollhouse.  It's called The Christmas Window because Kellie who ordered it has always dreamed of decorating store display windows.
I wanted to show you the humble beginning of a custom dollhouse. I get so many comments, emails and messages from potential miniaturist architects afraid to take the plunge into building. 
It's a very simple process. Basically you are doing 3 walls, a floor or 2 and a roof.  Doesn't have to be complicated as far as the shape. What counts is the details.
So here goes!  The house is made of hardboard(link on resources page). This product is better than a plywood type of product because it's straight! Nothing worse than realizing the walls are warped.
I put the walls together with hot glue. This acts as my clamp. No need to wait 2 hours for glue to dry with clamps.  Go back with glue over your seams to hold everything nice and tight.
Next the wood floor(Popsicle sticks).  You can also hot glue it in place. Or use traditional glue.
Then plaster(resources page) your walls. The above photo is the living room. It has some picture molding made with Popsicle sticks cut lengthwise.  The flowers are made with cardboard covered with layers of paint.
This is the workroom.  It will have the stairs in here. The display window in the front has a little stage box for the display.
Next, the upstairs.  I did the pitch of each roof panel by taking 2 inches off each side of the top. Then I went around the house one side at a time until I got to the front. The panel above the door was a bit different. I had to take 2" off one side of the top and add 2" on the other side.  If you can't figure out the measuring just take a piece of wood, put it in place and mark where your cuts need to be.
You will need to put your downstairs lights in place before you do your upstairs flooring.  I also put my working mantel in place.

On this side of the room I left my walls without picture molding. I didn't want to have the room be too stuffy.

I'm keeping everything very vintage looking as always.  These 2 windows are from Hobby Lobby.
Just working upstairs now.  There will be plaster and wallpaper up here. Also a beam ceiling. This is the bedroom.
Thanks so much for coming over!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Weekend Chateau Custom Dollhouse Done!

Weekend Chateau dollhouse is done and ready to ship to her new owner Debbie. I actually got the name of this house from one of Debbie's messages. She described it as a weekend chateau and I thought that would be a perfect name.
 This dollhouse is just like "Somewhere in France" which I made a couple months ago. There are a couple of changes here and there.
 The house is 26 3/4" tall x 22" deep x 23 1/2" across. I tried adding a little porch roof over the door and a longer porch floor that stretches end to end.
 That's a Melissa Frances embellishment crown over the door.

 The interior is slightly less distressed.

 This is the bedroom. Debbie sent this chandelier. I slid a lightbulb in the middle of it. Looks gorgeous!

 Can you imagine this attic filled with old stuff!
The next project is for Kellie. It's a Christmas theme!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Weekend Chateau Dollhouse Update #2

We're getting the interior of Weekend Chateau dollhouse done.  We are now up to the second floor.

 This is the living room.
 The working fireplace mantel is in place.
 The entry which is still missing the stairs and under the stair closet.
 The door on the right goes into the kitchen.
The kitchen
The door on the right is an exterior door.
 This will be the bathroom.
 Upstairs hallway
The bedroom is just missing the door and chandelier.
Next, the attic!