I've been working on commissions lately that are gifts. So I don't want to blog about them just yet and blow the surprise for the recipients. But I did start another project! It's the Westville kit. I'm going to turn it into an old world English cottage.
I put most of the house together. It's 2 story plus an attic.
My first project is the stairs. I wanted something very old looking. I started by giving the stairs 2 coats of cream latex paint. These were pretty thick coats. I want a look of many, many years of layered paints. Then instead of varnishing the wood for the top treads, I painted them a mix of brown and black. This looks much more vintage then having a varnished wood. Then I glossed each tread.
I'm always looking for that lived-in feeling. So my paint jobs can't be perfect. There has to be scuff marks and uneven paint application. Old and worn!
I hope everyone has a wonderful time creating!
I like your new project. I can't wait to see more.ReplyDelete
Hello Caroline! I am so excited to see the process of this build. I am impressed that you BEGAN with the stairs, whereas I have left mine to the end. Everyone, has their own system don't they? I know that you follow Sam's "Days of our Little Lives" blog and so you might already know that she also has a converted a Westville Kit. I find information of what others have done to be useful and I hope that you do too! I have a Willowcrest kit pending and have been collecting images through Pinterest as references.ReplyDelete
Meanwhile, I am Really looking forward watching you work your Cinderella Magic on this Cute little house! It has always been a great favorite of mine and I LOVE your Individual and Unique Style! :D
I love your new project! the stairs are awesome... I love how you shabby up your projects :)
I'll enjoy watching this project develop. I love watching your creativity fly Caroline! I have about 5 different projects in my head right now, that's pretty normal for me!ReplyDelete
Estoy deseando verla terminada, seguro que haces una maravilla de casa.ReplyDelete
A mí tambien me gustan las cosas vividas, y tú sabes darle siempre ese toque.ReplyDelete
Espero con impaciencia el resto.
Hi Caroline, your work is always gorgeous, so I bet that this kit will become gorgeous too! Love what you did on the stairs :D!ReplyDelete
I look forward to seeing how you put your individual stamp on this kit.ReplyDelete
Nice beginning! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Caroline, it will be great to follow your project. You approach things with such enthusiasm and breakneck speed. It's wonderful to see the amazing results.ReplyDelete
Hi Caroline, Great to hear from you! I'm really excited to see more on this house. What you've already shown looks fantastic, as usual. xo JenniferReplyDelete
Looking forward to seeing this develop, I'm sure it's going to be absolutely gorgeousReplyDelete
Love how your staircase turned out. Looks really great,
and looking forward to how this new cottage comes out.
I am sure it will be a fun addition............
Hope all is well with you and Lizzie girl.
Yay great we get to see you do magic on another wonderful house :)))) The stairs look fantastic. Looking forward to more.ReplyDelete
Good Morning Caroline, I came to see what you have been up to lately. I love the furniture and I will be anxious to watch your latest house come alive. They are always awesome. I have been trying to catch up with friends this morning. Have a wonderful weekend Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.ReplyDelete
It is a great project I'm looking forward to seeing more.ReplyDelete
Is this one more of a full size dollhouse? It looks big! My dad built me a dollhouse when I was little but he never got to finish it because he and my mom split up. He asked me to send it to him a few years ago so he could finish it but my mom threw it away:( Boooo:( So one of these days, I'll have to start one from scratch!ReplyDelete
I like your so creative in coming up with things and also perform wonderful hugs DanielleReplyDelete
Me encanta tu nuevo proyecto, seguro que te quedará estupendo.ReplyDelete
Oh love the old worn cottage idea. it's going to be gorgeous, can't wait to see the finished result.ReplyDelete
And sweetie, I was so touched by your comment. I feel so blessed to have you as a friend. Have a lovely weekend :)
Mi piace il tuo nuovo progetto e anch'io sono d'accordo sul fatto che gli oggetti devono apparire vissuti.ReplyDelete
Un caro saluto, Manu
Sounds interesting Caroline! Look forward to see what you come up with! I haven't started my cottage yet! Maybe not till after Christmas now, I'm into the Christmas sewing right now! then my village will have to be put up and decorations time is passing too fast for me right now!ReplyDelete
I'm so excited to see your progress! Love the stairs!ReplyDelete
het ziet er weer belovend uit.
ik kan niet wachten tot het klaar is.
Great little house and so beautiful stairs :)ReplyDelete
Me encanta tu nuevo pryecto, seguro que te va a quedar fantastico.
Me pasare para ver los avances.
I love opening a new doll house kit! So full of promise! You are going to create a masterpiece, I just know it. I am going to keep up with your process : )ReplyDelete
Me encanta el estilo de esa casa,seguro que la convertirás en algo fantástico!!!!ReplyDelete
Love those glossy treads... that's a delightful Greenleaf design.ReplyDelete