Thursday, April 28, 2022

La Patisserie de la Reine - a Commissioned Dollhouse Part 4

 The interior is almost completed. La Patisserie de la Reine has definitely got that opulent baroque style. 

All the trims and embellishments are painted and aged. 

All the chandeliers and wiring are done.
Here's how these domed windows are done. Use cardboard! As I mentioned before, the spackling will harden the cardboard to a rock hard finish. So there's no use cutting wood for this. 
Use hot glue to get your shape quickly tacked down. You don't want to use a regular white glue that will wet your cardboard.  For the cardboard that needs to dome, you can use gift boxes. Those are the perfect thickness.

There's now trims on all the windows.
And here's how the wiring is brought up to the top of the roof.

I also did the curtains for the tea room.
I used lace fabric that I sprayed stiff with hairspray and glued in place. There are 2 different color embroidery floss as bows. 
Now the adornments for the exterior.

The step is popsicle sticks and cardboard. These will be covered in concrete.

The house is painted white. I use a premium primer/paint by Behr. It's such a good quality paint.  

The next post will have the completed house!
Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

La Patisserie de la Reine - a Custom Dollhouse Commission Part 3

 For the next step, it's more trims and more antiquing!

The under stair area looked like it needed some detail. So it got trimmed with more Popsicle stick pieces. 
The upstairs has the wood floors glued down and also a coat of plaster. 
And the windows are now getting done. The exterior is done with cardboard. You can do it in wood. But since you are covering it with spackling, cardboard works. The spackling makes the cardboard rock hard. Let all that set up. Once dry, you will sand everything smooth.
Back downstairs, everything is now in place and antiqued.

This is really becoming the most posh patisserie!

Back to the upstairs windows. Here is what a window looks like from outside. Very simple. A top rectangle piece and 2 sides cut to the correct angle of your roof.
The trim around all the windows will be next. Again, these are Popsicle sticks in 2 layers. You can paint your floor and  give a base coat to your walls now. I  use a white acrylic paint/primer in one.

This is the piece that will be your window interior. It's much easier to plaster it while it's not yet in place.

Here is the interior of the window glued in place and with it's trim on.
Here's a picture of how it looks from the exterior.
Pink paint is now on. And all the trim is painted. It's now time to decide how you will put your baroque trim in place. 

The picture frame moulding has some wallpaper in it. This will be antiqued as well to blend seamlessly with the rest.
This upstairs area is the tea salon. 

The next step will be more trim for the ceiling medallion and putting the chandeliers in place. 
See you next time!