Saturday, 28 August 2010

At last - we're moving house!

This week we carefully moved the house from my project area in the kitchen to its permanent home in a corner of our back lounge.

After I placed all my items in the house I realised that I need a lot more. I don't think it will ever be fully finished. The lovely thing about it is that I can always add to it.

Lounge: books

I've made more books for the shelves in the dresser. Some of the books are individual and some are rows.

The book covers are printed from Jim's Dollhouse Pages website. After I've cut them to size, I stick them to some trimmed balsa wood. This is fine for bookshelves as you can't see the inside of the 'book'.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Bedroom: decorating just about complete

The bedroom is just about ready. I've added skirting board, picture rail and cornicing, all mitre cut. All that's outstanding is to make a door frame and a door, and touch up the ceiling where I have missed bits.

The carpet is a sticky back fabric sheet which I bought at Dolly Foster dolls houses shop in Sunderland earlier this week. I used the same method of fitting paper to the floor and using this as a template.

While I was at the shop I decided to buy a bed rather than make one. This one is in wood and is seems good value for £6.75.

This room needs lots of fabric accessories, including bedding and clothing, and dressing table items, pictures and mirrors.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Bedroom: Wallpaper on!

I've pasted up the wallpaper this morning. Most doll house hobbyists recommend using a specific paste for wallpapering, but I find that carefully applied PVA works for me. Next are the cornicing, picture rail and skirting boards.

I'm starting to think about furniture too. I have a press and dressing table which need a bit of modification to fit in properly. I've decided to have a go at making my own bed, using some spindles I bought in York, with bass wood. An old pinstriped shirt will provide the perfect fabric for pillows and a bedspread and I've foam and filling to make a mattress, but more of that later!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Bedroom: paint and wallpaper

To avoid the horror that is X-Factor tonight I started to decorate the bedroom. I picked up the paper at a Dolls House shop in Chester le Street and the pink paint is a sample from B&Q.

The paper will cover 3/4 of the wall, with pale pink paint above a picture rail.

The pink paint is a bit messy but that won't be visible as paper, picture rail and cornice will cover that. The paper is now cut to size and is being flattened for easier adhesion tomorrow.

I'll be painting the wood in a light cream, it is much more realistic than white.