Saturday, March 1, 2014

Figaro's Cottage Custom Dollhouse Under Construction

Figaro's Cottage interior is coming together.
I tried out my handmade furniture just to get a sense of the space.  The walls are wainscoting on the bottom.  This is actually ridged cardboard paper from the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby. It's already white, but also comes unpainted. I aged it with a brown stamp ink pad. You can use your finger or a brush to smear it on.
Above that is a wood railing and a white paper lattice boarder. This paper boarder was cut out with a fancy paper punch.  Then the top of the wall is a coat of plaster(actually spackling from the hardware store). It's painted with robin egg blue latex paint.

The fireplace mantel will have a little fire in it. I bought the light kit here: .  I took the 3 volt battery and 3mm lights. But I think the 1.8mm lights would have worked just as well.  Then I cut a twig from my garden into little logs and built a pyramid shape around the light bulbs to hide them. I added a couple different types of moss to make it cute.
Next the window molding was glued on.  For this project I'm using windows that open which I bought.  They will go in place when I finish the exterior.

The dollhouse floor is Popsicle/craft sticks painted with white acrylic paint which I watered down a bit for an uneven application.

Upstairs, I have done my accent wall.  I used a printed wallpaper I collected from the internet.
Below that I put another piece of wainscoting. The other roof walls will be the same robin egg blue as downstairs.
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  1. The border is super cute. I love all your tips for inexpensive decorating. I love to build dollhouse miniature furniture. I usually look at full scale pieces I like & then just scale it to 1"-12" scale.

  2. Hi Deb! I'm so glad you like my little tips. There's a lot of satisfaction in making your own furniture. You must have great pieces. hugs♥

  3. This one is already gorgeous! The fireplace is going to be so sweet all lit up! And the wallpaper you chose is really beautiful. I like the border too. I'm looking forward to seeing more! xo Jennifer

  4. Me encanta los tonos que has empleado en la pintura , queda muy dulce y melancólico a la vez.
    Estoy deseando verlo terminado. Feliz domingo:-)

  5. Hi Caroline, it is good to see that you are busy again. How is your leg, is it better? I hope so.
    I try to make my own miniature furniture too, it is so nice to make the models that you want for your dollhouse :D!
    Have a nice day! Hugs, Ilona

  6. Oh, look at that!! Gorgeous panelling, and the duck egg is a wonderful colour on the "plaster" walls. More of your beautiful shabby floor boards, and the finish on the fireplace is fabulous. Lovely!!
    Alison xx

  7. First of all, I hope your leg's doing better and you're healing nicely! Figaro's Cottage is coming along beautifully, I LOVE the wallpaper you chose! Can't wait to see more:)

  8. It looks amazing!
    I like the fireplace.
    Now, I follow you on Twitter.
    Bye, Faby

  9. I love your border on the walls fantastic idea thanks for sharing. I love the colors you have used in this wonderful house. The fireplace is beautiful. Fantastic work as always.
    Hugs Maria

  10. Love the corrugated walls - we might steal that idea if you don't mind. Butterfly uses it a lot in her crafting but we haven't incorporated it into Small Worlds yet.....

    This looks as if it is going to be a stunning house - but all of yours are stunning houses :-)

    1. Hi Cestina! Use all my tips! That's why I share them. I get so many great tips from all of you. It's only fair. hugs♥

  11. Again, very charming, your wallpaper selection is pretty good. The little edge you put on the wall is so fine.

  12. Everything looks lovely as always :) I am so glad you are making more furnitures, they all look very beautiful. Looking forward to the finished house with the lit fireplace :)

  13. Absolutely gorgeous design! The border was a genius idea and it looks amazing with the detail.

    This brings back memories of a apartment I had in San Francisco many.. years ago when I was a hip young thing ;P

  14. !!!! Qué bonita !!!!, me encanta como esta quedando y estoy deseando ver el resto.
    Un abrazo y feliz semana.

  15. The fireplace is beautiful. Fantastic work and and very beautiful wallpapier, so romantic!

  16. Hi Caroline,
    Wow, love how this is coming out........all your furniture looks perfect in there, and love how you did the logs and
    all in the fireplace, and the wainscotting with the border,
    very nice. I love robins egg blue, one of my fav colors.
    Gonna be another treasure........that is for sure.

    So how are you coming along?? Are you up and off
    the crutches yet?? Oh I sure hope so.......know this
    has been a long haul for you hon. Still praying for you
    for a complete recovery just in case.
    Blessings, Nellie

  17. Lovely as always. I really like the moss in the fireplace! What a great touch. So earthy and cozy! :) Hope you are feeling better!!!

  18. Looking fab. Love the colours, especially with the floral wallpaper upstairs. The chandelier looks like it will be gorgeous.

  19. Me encanta la madera que has utilizado para el suelo y las paredes y ese papel de flores es precioso.

  20. I love your style :) And I like all the furnitures and accessories :) Great wallpaper with roses - it looks so sweet and elegance :)
    Hugs from Poland :)

  21. I've grown to expect it from you, but I'll say it: Beautiful! :)

  22. Caroline, your new cottage will be another masterpiece of yours. I love your handmade furniture, fireplace is my favorite. Thank you for sharing the link for the fire. I definitely will use it for m cottage too. Mini hugs, Natalia

  23. Ziet er heel schattig uit allemaal Carolien lieve groetjes Danielle

  24. Caroline, every little house you do just seems to get prettier and more unique than the last one. I love that you are doing more furniture with them too. Can hardly wait to see what it's like when it's done!

  25. Me encanta estoy deseando verla con las lamparas puestas y todo, va a ser preciosa.
    Un abrazo.

  26. I love the design of the wallpaper and the fireplace, i can't wait to see it with fire in it. I hope you are now back to normal and can walk again.

  27. I love the floor, it really fits with the's so warm and cozy all I need is a good book and fire! Hope you are feeling better, my friend at work says Ice helps but only for 20 min at a time. Take care of you!


  28. All I can say is WOW! Everything looks so great to me and I love any who creates with paper! The chairs are really cute.

  29. I love the wallpaper you choose and the decorated borders. I'm also happy that you are making now your would have been a pitty not to have these type of things made by you....if they come up like the cottages, they can only be wonderful!!!