My recent visit to New Orleans inspired this French Quarter dollhouse.
I took most of my inspiration for the exterior from Lafitte's blacksmith shop.
I did the exterior with concrete(premixed stuff that comes in a plastic tub at the home improvement store). Some I smoothed out like plaster and some I carved into old handmade bricks.
This side is a whole wall of old bricks, some crooked.
This is an old advertisement for a Bourbon Street dry goods store. While the glue was wet I manipulated the paper so it would be torn and rippled. I then aged it with a thin(watered down) mixture of black and brown paint.
The old shutters are slightly open.
This side, I carved large stones.
I used real twigs to have an old dead vine.
The interior is very aged. I used the same mixture of black/brown paint to get this old look.
The brick wall is concrete carved. The wallpaper is from the scrapbook department. The chandelier is battery operated. I made it with wire and crystal seed beads.
I got the columns for the chimney from a scrapbook supplier.
This mirror is a frame that's a Christmas ornament(photo frame) from Hobby Lobby. I used a piece of silver cardboard paper(scrapbook) for the mirror. I wasn't sure it would work. But I used a golden brown, black and green. I dabbed it on with a brush. Then I cleaned my brush and took off some of the paint. It worked! It really looks like an antique mirror. I'll have to do a tutorial about this one.
The curtains are taffeta. They are so stiff naturally that I didn't have to do anything to them. I glued the roman shade in place fold by fold.
This crackled paper and wainscoting is also in the scrapbook isle.