So many of you have been asking to see the final photos of the dollhouse in all its finished. glory. I have debated posting, because it’s not completely finished. I haven’t trimmed out windows or built doors, there are no window treatments or light fixtures. But for some reason, it feels complete to me. In fact, I have my eye on a couple CL dollhouses to buy and makeover, and am waiting to hear back about.
Also, I am planning to list this house in our student auction at church to raise funds for mission trips this summer.
I hope you are as enchanted as I with this diminutive dwelling. It captured my imagination from the moment I started, and I have had more fun crafting bits and pieces for it than I ever thought possible.
With no further chat, here we go.
The exterior began as a muted yellow, with overspray paint on most of the plastic windows. I cleaned them a much as I could without damaging the sheets, painted the siding white, and used gray for the porch roof and base.
Here was the original interior:
Let’s start at the first floor and work our way up.
After quite a search, I found a cheap kitchen set on Ebay that I made over.
I pulled the existing hardware off and painted the stove and cabinets black, leaving the tops unpainted to look like butcher block. Then, using leftover wood pieces, I cut and painted them gold to glue on the doors for modern looking handles. Finally, I used an old Altoids tin, spray painted white, as the vessel sink, with more wooden spindles painted for the taps.
I made the apples out of Sculpey clay and paint. The spice jars were purchased at Michael’s and filled with real spices and glued shut.
This is probably the most simple room. I never found dishes I really wanted to buy, so I kept it rather plain. All the more fun for the next owner to personalize.
I made the modern table out of balsa wood and whitewashed it. The chairs came from an old dollhouse. The rug is a scrap of burlap that I ironed flat and left with unfinished edges.
The atomic sculpture is made from clay, toothpicks, and paint.
I probably crafted the least in this room, as I had some pieces leftover from an old dollhouse of Fiona’s. I painted the sofa and chair, cut a rug out of faux fur fabric, painted a plain fireplace, and added a dollhouse plant from Michael’s. The only thing I made was a leather-look ottoman. I used the cap from a bottle of spray oil, covered it in masking tape, and then rubbed brown shoe polish over it.
The staircase had had a railing, but since I wanted a more modern look, I removed the spindles and painted the steps black. Hopefully the family who moves in won’t have young children…
The wall art is something I found in a drawer and painted. I used craft paper for the wallpaper.
You can read more about the pieces in this finished room here, but I’ll throw in a few shots anyway.
This bath is made up entirely of pieces I created, except for the mirror.
My biggest challenges were the tube and commode, as I didn’t have the money to spend on premade ones. I finally figured out that mybutter came in a tub just right, so I cleaned it, scrubbed off the labels, and painted it. Then I found some flatish glass marbles and sprayed them gold and glued them on as feet. A bent brass tube is the tap on the tube and sink.
The toilet involved a lot of trial and error, and isn’t perfectly to scale, but it is rather ingenious. I used a k-cup pod. Cleaned out the grounds, but and painted the lid from a soft piece of balsa wood, and added a balsa wood tank on top.
The counter and sink are both made from balsa wood.
This could easily be another bedroom, but I thought a home office would be fun, especially as I had some perfect pieces for it.
The wing chair came with the house, but was green and white. I painted it white with chalk paint and used an old dining room table for the desk.
I made some manilla filders, a family photo for the desk, an ipad, a custom painting, and bulletin board for the opposite wall. Also, the second floor flooring was done by cutting and gluing down craft sticks. Not perfect, but I learned some lessons in the process.
Oh yeah, I used a framed print that came with the dollhouse for the ‘hello’ art. I just found a font I liked and printed it out to size. I also painted a mini painting for the other wall.
Here’s the mini ipad.
After a lot of fiddling, I finally decided to make the third floor a master suite. Or maybe the perfect apartment for the twenty-something daughter who won’t move out.
Like the other bedroom, I found a box to paint and use as the bed base. I mad the linens and pillow from fabric scraps and Fiona knitted the afghan.
The loveseat matched the office chair, so I painted it white also. I made the table from balsa wood and Fiona printed out tiny book covers, glued them to cardbard and made mini books..
he side table is one of those plastic thingys from pizza boxes, and the rug is a piece of felt from Walmart. The dresser is a piece I had from an old dollhouse that I painted, turned around, glued strips of balsa on for the drawer fronts and glued handles to.
The half wall is covered with some retro craft paper on both sides.
This bath was done similarly to the downstairs bath. This was the first tub I made out of a cardboard box I painted to look like marble. I made the rug and little stool using leftover wood pieces and faux fur fabric.
The flooring throughout just got a coat of gray paint.
There you have it, for all of you who were curious as to the final product. I’m happy with how it turned out, and thrilled with a hobby that helped make winter a little more bearable.
If I had a family of Borrowers living in our home, I think they’d move right in. Wouldn’t you?
I can’t wait to start on my next dollhouse. I think the next one will have a modern vibe.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!
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