Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Dollhouse: Plans

I can't help finding miniature things irresistibly cute, and that's probably why I broke down and bought a dollhouse kit. Despite the "You bought a what?" and the subsequent, "How old are you?" inquiries, I couldn't be more delighted. Thankfully I had sense enough to stay away from those ominous Victorian mansions with eight rooms, numerous turrets and who knows how many pieces of gingerbread trim. I settled on a sensibly priced and sized two story cottage called The Buttercup.On the exterior I'm hoping to keep it looking polished and neutral in varying shades of white and creamy ivory, with perhaps a hint of pearlescent paint on the shingles. On the interior I'm envisioning pastel walls in powdery pink and sky blue, hardwood floors and miniature lights (if I can ever decide on how many to buy, where to place them and how to conceal the wiring). I've done a considerable bit of sanding and a little priming, but I still have a long way to go - I'll need to finish the flooring, painting and lighting before I can glue the basic frame of the house together and move onto to preparing the windows, adding trim, and installing the roof and shingles. What did I get myself into? In any case, I can't wait to post more as it starts to take shape!

14 comments:

TheWoodyNook said...

OH how cute!
I can't wait to see the finished product!

Cicada Studio said...

Good luck! That's a major project. I hope you will keep up updated on your progress!

lilie said...

I have always always wanted to have a dollhouse; maybe I'm not too old afterall. You picked a lovely model, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Tizzalicious said...

That is so awesome. I really want a doll house too, maybe buying a kit is a good excuse? "What? It's because I love making things, not because I am 26 and still obsessed with doll houses!!"

Rachel said...

I still have the doll house I made from a kit with my parents as a child! You'll have so much fun making yours - and I love the colors you've picked out!

Glenn Bliss said...

Oh I have the same kit! I can't wait to start mine. You've inspired me.

Glenn

ARTISANNE said...

How wonderful! I just love all things 'wee' !!

lilie, you're never too old ;0)

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Gorgeous photos! I have no patience to build a mini house like yours but please, do show us your end result--how fun!

Waterrose said...

What a fun project...doll houses and paper dolls are my favorite!

Ivy Plum said...

Gorgeous blog, gorgeous drawings!

S T E P P I E said...

I'm excited to see the progress! :D

Elena said...

Wow!! Very exciting! Will be checking back for this!

Tiffany said...

That looks like so much fun. Good luck finishing. I'd love to be updated when you put it together. It might inspire me to make one.

dottieb said...

Oh My!
I always wanted a wooden dollhouse. I still have my tin house and plastic family from 1959!
Six years ago, {when I turned 50} I found a dollhouse that had been decommisioned from a library. It was for sale in an antique shop. I threw my body over it, saying, "Mine Mine!"My Father was with me. Daddy just rolled his eyes.
It is a real treasure. It is a doll and toy shop-filled with fabulous tiny dolls and toys.[A real walnut opens and has a white and black china baby with sashes marking the new year-1902. Worth as much as I paid for the collection.
Sweetie, you are going to have a ball!

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