Today we measured…and cut…and stained…and glued….
And cut…and stained…and glued some more…
Until we ended up here…
Still a ways to go.
This afternoon, my little helper and I cut out more floor boards for the sitting room. Then he stained them carefully.
We worked our way around the octagonal tower. Tomorrow we will be putting the decorative trim in (not cut yet).
I had forgotten how much time each little detail takes in a dollhouse…and how addictive it can become!
Today, we started in on the sitting room while we waited for supplies for the drawing room to arrive.
First, we added a wall in the corner behind the fireplace, and plugged the fireplace wires in to see how that would look.
Then my little helper plugged in the chandelier and held it in place to check the effect…he is a great fan of electricity. We seem to have one dead bulb…I’ll have to switch that out.
Then we started cutting out and staining pieces for the floor.
After dinner, I took advantage of some free time and got some more floor pieces done. Nothing is glued in yet since I haevn’t quite decided how far in the decorative trim will go.
Good night and be well.
We had to shift through a lot of old cans of stain, but we found a Rosewood one that will work perfectly for the wainscoting and trim. Ialso experimented with ceiling paints.
So now I ordered a lot more wainscoting pieces and trim pieces, as well as a chandelier and a few other missing parts. So we’ll wait until they show up to keep going.
So here we are, several years later, and my son, who is now 6 years old, suddenly says, “Mommy, can we work on the dollhouse together?”
And just like that, I have a little helper:
After pulling the dollhouse out and setting things up again, we started up on the drawing room that was half-finished before.
We reprinted the “paintings” to fit the frames correctly and glued them and the mirror together.
We also reprinted the hedgehog picture by Vincent Desjardins for the nursery, which had never fit the frame correctly,
Then we reprinted wallpaper and trim for the drawing room and we’re now deciding between using wood or using wall paper trim as wainscoting.
That’s all for today. Hope all of you are still doing fine. I know it’s been a long time since I blogged…having a little child around the house does that to you.
While I was busy the last few weeks, I got these chairs to add to the drawing room.
Today, I experimented with some wallpaper options. First, I worked out the correct size for the frieze and printed out a section to try it out.
Then I created a wallpaper section from the sample that went with the frieze and printed it out.
But something about it didn’t work for me. So I tried put together and printed a different pattern.
It might be a bit too yellow, but I can always tinker with that. But at least the pattern is more subtle. Then I created a sample of the dado pattern.
Not sure I liked the top of it, so I changed the chair rail section to another one.
I think I like it better darker like this, but I may replace the top part with an actual chair rail and leave out that part of the pattern altogether.
In the meantime, I chose two Victorian paintings, one a portrait and the other an American landscape. I need to print them a tiny bit larger and on better paper, but here is the general effect.
I placed the sofa back and here is what it will look like, somewhat.
I tried once more with the first wallpaper…still not sure about it.
Many more decisions to be made before I can paper the room, but here’s what I have so far.
Finished up the final floorboards for the drawing room.
Then I took a good hour going through all my dollhouse supplies, rediscovering what I had, organizing everything on the shelves and searching for my floor plan, which I finally discovered on the last shelf. So I used the plan to cut out a ceiling for the room.
Placed a few pieces of bedroom furniture on top to see what that would look like.
Added the walls back in for the sitting room to the left, with a piece of matte board laid on top for a ceiling.
Which makes the side of the house look like this for now.
Then I painted the subfloor to the sitting room in black and took away one of the wall panels. Which makes it look like this.
I know I’ve debated having that extra wall section in or out before and I still haven’t made up my mind. The view is better without, but you miss that feel of the octagonal tower. I might leave it open down here, and add the last section on the next floor up for the music room and for the tower room on the top floor.
For now, be well.
Ever since I started building this house, I’ve wanted the drawing room to have the same sort of stenciling as the room in this photo, which I found somewhere online.
Lately, as I get closer to working on the walls and ceiling of the drawing room, I’ve been dreading having to recreate this design on the computer. But this past week I was pretty sick with a cold, and one evening, as I was unable to do much of anything else, I was browsing old wallpapers online to get some inspiration for other rooms on the house.
Bradbury & Bradbury is a company that makes reproduction wallpapers from the Victorian period onward, and when I was perusing their site, I came across the most wonderful surprise. Here are some of their wallpapers / ceiling papers:
It seems whoever decorated this room got their wallpapers from Bradbury & Bradbury! And this means I don’t have to recreate the whole design from scratch!!! Can’t tell you how excited this made me.
But before working on the walls and ceiling, I needed to finish the floor. So I worked on that yesterday and today, as I recovered from my cold. First the left quadrant:
Then I finished the trim around the fireplace.
And then the final quadrant.
The floorboards are finished except that middle section, which I will do next time.
So here’s the drawing room so far.
While I was sick, I also ordered some more furniture to fill up the room, so those should be coming soon.
Kept going with the floorboards this evening.
More than two thirds of the way done with that center section. Here’s the result so far.
The little red toy plane is on the table because my two-year old boy was looking at the house this afternoon and he said, “I live in this house.” He pointed out that his room (the nursery) was upstairs, as was his bed. He said he goes downstairs to the kitchen to eat at the kitchen table in the morning. And that he plays with his toys in the drawing room. So we put a toy there to make it real. I love that he’s starting to really enjoy the house.
Started making wider floorboards for the middle of the room. They look a little big for a modern floor but I think they’re similar to the wide planks often used in older houses, so I’ll go with these.
Worked my way up the other side of the room also, as well as the trim up the side of the right wall under the cabinet.
Took a long time to get all the trim around the fireplace correct.
I’d forgotten just how much time it can take to complete what seems to be a simple task. But here’s what I’ve done for now.
Seen from a better angle and with a temporary ceiling placed above the walls, I think the effect is quite nice. At least I hope so.
When I get done with the other corner of the fireplace trim, the rest should go pretty smoothly.
Until then, good night.