Monday, May 29, 2017

FIRST DOLLHOUSE BUILD! ... !!!

I did it! I finally did it! I built my first dollhouse FROM SCRATCH. This was on my bucket list, and now I can cross it off! I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, especially considering this is my first time. Phew--- there was quite the learning curve! It didn't take me too long, time-wise... I did take a break of like two months in the middle of the process... so that certainly drew everything out. But before I babble on and on in my excitement, let's get on with pictures!



Todd cut out all the pieces for me! (Whoop whoop Todd!) We used 1/4" plywood, so it's nice and thin, making the dollhouse very lightweight. Don't get me wrong--- this thing is plenty sturdy! It is reinforced with tons of wood glue! The cutting was probably the biggest learning curve; since we don't have the right type of saw, the cuts were crooked and I had to do a whole lot of adjusting and readjusting to make everything fit perfectly. Lesson learned? Go buy the proper saw if I decide to make a dollhouse again! 


I covered the exterior with cardboard "siding" in a planked style. I used wide boards to give it a more rustic, country feel. I painted it a pretty cream color, which is a Valspar sample from the reject $1 pile. 



The "metal" roof is just extra wood strips glued down to create the tin panels. I painted it a glossy black.


Now how 'bout those windows? The windows and doors are from Hobby Lobby, pre-fab. (Don't worry, they are the only things "store-bought" here.) They have a thick plastic for the glass panes. I painted them a semi-gloss white, so they wouldn't blend in with the exterior cream too much. 


The shutters are wood popsicle sticks with the curved ends cut off. The flower box is also from popsicle sticks! I painted them with black acrylic paint. I filled it with brown Model Magic and stuck faux fabric flowers in them. (Roses, anyone?) I reinforced everything with glue. Lots of glue. 


The foundation of the house was covered with moss sheets from the Dollar Tree. I didn't even use one half of a sheet. To make sure it wouldn't disintegrate whenever it was touched or moved, I coated the moss sheets with a thick layer of Mod Podge. A very thick, goopy layer.


 
Now for that coral door. I had planned on this color from the start, but once I had it painted, I was second guessing myself. Repeatedly. In the end, I decided to keep it for the bright pop of color. I did distress it a bit to make it less contemporary looking.


The knobs really help tie the door to the house! They are jasper beads. Once again--- lots of glue. Lots and lots of super glue. 


Now I think the door is one of my favorite parts of the house!


C'mon in! 


I used scrapbook paper for the walls and more wooden pieces for the trim. I painted the trim and "wainscoting" the same cream as the exterior. More cozy than crisp white. The ceiling of the first floor is just your regular stain blocking primer. One coat.


The floor is made of cut popsicle sticks, curved ends removed. It took me two nights to construct the floors- one night per level. I stained the floors with a medium brown acrylic paint that I watered down. I did not like how it looked. Way too traditional. This floor guys. It got me all tangled up, hence the two month long break while I pondered a solution. I ended up whitewashing it with the same cream as the exterior. (Really getting a lot of use out of that $1!) Now the floor is just perfection and I absolutely love it!


And lots of moss everywhere. Every imaginary country home has pretty green moss, right? Plus, it helps cover up any mistakes and/or imperfections. I mean, not like I made anyyyy mistakes... 


Yum. So rustic. So pretty. So shabby chic country cottage!


The sock monkey is from Jennifer over at Plushpussycat. What a fun day it was getting that little buddy in the mail!


Now for that loft space! Who says lofts have to be dusty and boring? This one is so fresh and lovely! It's the perfect space to lounge and read some books. Some mini books. 


The rug is a placemat from the Dollar Tree that I cut up and hemmed. I frayed the edges to look like a fringe. I got several rugs out of one placemat. The box opens and stays closed via a magnet. The box and key are jewelry charms.


Welp, that about covers my first dollhouse build! What do you think?! I can't wait to hear your thoughts and suggestions! I also wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to Caroline of Cinderella Moments for all of her tips and tricks via her blog tutorials and her emails. Thanks Caroline for being such a big inspiration to me to just go for it!

5 comments:

  1. I was about to go to bed and saw your post pop up on my FB feed. I love your little house! You did an awesome job, I can't wait to see how you decorate it. <3

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  2. Hello Lindsay,
    Well done! this is just beautiful. I love the style you went for (the front door is killer), and it looks like you did a terrific job assembling it.
    You will simply have to make more ;)
    Big hug
    Giac

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  3. Complimenti!!! è bellissima!!!

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  4. I think that your little shabby cottage is Adorable and I love that you have papered it in PINK- i LOVE pink! :D
    the exterior details look Great, and I especially like the color of the door- the color is 100% Welcoming! :D

    elizabeth

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  5. Wow! It is so cute! I love all the little details you put in. The Red front door is very special. I love the sock monkey too, although, at first I thought it was a cat!

    - Momma Cat

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