Project Doll House – Week 4

Hey Everyone! 

Welcome to week 4 Project Doll house!

This week I have been very busy painting and building. Take a look at what has been achieved:

I will start with the dining room; it was meant to be the simplest and quickest room to paint/decorate on my list of things to get done this week, but it turned out to take a bit longer than what I was hoping:

I decided on the leaf design for the feature wall on this room, a marble like floor and a green colour on the two other walls. I chose the colour Sage but that wasn’t what I first had in mind. I thought like a lime green would look pretty cool, but when I saw the Sage when I went to buy the colour I changed my mind and I am glad that I did. 

Beginning:

First Couple of Coats:

Ready For the Wall Paper and Flooring:

All measured, cut and ready to go:

And…. Well, I messed up…

My measurement was wrong, it was too big and the wallpaper kind of scrunched up as I was putting it on, making massive lumps, so I cut it and as you can see on picture one, I cut too much off. Picture two: there is a triangle shaped tear in it from where I was using my ruler to try and flatten it out and it tore it up. 

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Attempt Two:

I used the previous piece and traced around it (because it was now cut to size), and started applying it. I went from left to right, and it ended up so crooked and bunched up half way through that there was no point of return. I had to start again. 

 

Attempt Three:

It was going really well as you can see in the first picture. I took a different approach and went from top to bottom…

The second picture shows how it ended. I was getting pretty frustrated at this point. No way that I was doing it was working, it just wanted to bunch up.

Attempt Four:

And it went on! There are some spots wit alot of bumps but they are little compared to the other attempts. From afar you can’t tell that they are there, but that was the last and final attempt that I was going to try and it worked for me. Thank goodness! I think I had to pull it off a little bit at the bottom and I am actually quite surprised it stuck on again.

 

And then comes the floor…

IT DIDN’T STICK PROPERLY! ARGGHH. I used PVA glue and a lot of books to hold it down:

And done:

Kitchen:

Ok, so here I started off with measuring the lay out in the actual doll house and drawing how I want the lay out to be, I knew that I wanted the benches to be 100 wide, I just wasn’t sure how deep, I used a barbie as a reference and went by what my measurements for the bathroom sink for the children’s bathroom is (the depth) and came to 6cm for the depth. I then needed to work out how high the benches were, so I measured on a barbie and then measured onto the wall. The two pictures you see is how high I thought the fridge may be. In the pictures following you will see I was out by a lot. The fridge would have been way too short. 

After measuring the fridge and then seeing how tall that was on the walls I had to get a barbie in there to see what it would look like the line I made just seemed so tall. And the measurement for the benches seemed so tall. 

Then when it came to the benches they felt too tall and skinny so again I went and got some barbie furniture from the girl’s collection and when it was in there it looked fine. It just doesn’t look right when it is drawn in there. 

Then it came to drawing my design onto paper  and working out doors and where the sink, oven and stove top would be placed. I am still not sure if we will have opening cupboard doors or not. I think it may be out of my league. LoL. 

As you can see a lot of deliberation happened that day, I was trying to work out designs and colour schemes and what the progression looked like. I can honestly say I don’t know what is going on with it yet. I have put it away for now and will go back over it when I have a quiet hour or two. 

Sam’s Bed:

In my last blog I showed you guys my failed attempts at Sam’s Pirate Ship Bed made from match sticks and then from paddle pop sticks. I decided to go a different path with this attempt and I am happy with it:

This is how it started. I drew a small rectangle of 8cm x 17cm (the size I made for the beds that I showed on my last blog post) on two pieces of paper I taped together. I measured the space where the bed would be and drew that around it. The rest just followed. The third picture here is of what I wanted it to look like at the end of being built. I was trying to figure out how tall it would be:

The pieces are cut out:

(they aren’t exactly the design that I imagined and drew, there was a whole process that I didn’t take photos of to get to this point (my daughter had my phone). But I like how this turned out.

Seeing how it was going to look:

The gluing process:

Trying to make a box lid for storage at the back section, realising it would take a day to learn how to do it properly, and just gluing it down instead. (I haven’t given up on making a storage box with hinges, just wasn’t going to do it that day).

All together and then where it will sit in his room once it is finished:

The front part is going to act as storage for his toys or what ever little pirate treasures he has.

Master Bathroom:

I chose Magenta for the base colour, I was going for a look that had pink, purple, turquoise and the magenta slightly mixed but decided against it, I tried it on a canvas that my daughter had painted on and I just kept mixing the colours too much I added a photo for reference, that was the better one of the three tries. You can also see the Magenta I used for the Master bedroom is darker than the one I used for this bathroom, I chose the lighter one because I didn’t want the space to feel too small, but it kind of did any way so I opted to cover the left wall and back wall in the covering. 

I wanted to make a shower for the master bathroom as opposed to a bath, I have decided to make it a bath/shower instead. The first photo is of the attempt at the base of the shower, the second and third photo is of me figuring out the length I needed the bath.

Placement:

I was trying to decide whether or not to have the bath along the outside wall and not along the back, where the toilet would go and then measuring out for a sink.

I came to the conclusion that the bath would be better suited at the back, the toilet would go on the right wall and the sink on the left. This would make for easier playing.

I ended up using the piece of MDF I cut out for the shower to make the part for the sink and just glued it on, here you can see I had it taped up while the glue dried: 

And then the rest of the pieces I just measured, cut and glued as I went along. It was an all day type of process, so I did it in between other stuff:

The side of the bath was too tall, so it got a trim:

And it fits!:

The process for this wasn’t too hard, I did however make a mistake and made it too short and put the left side on crooked so I cut it at the top to make it level and that is why there is a pink strip at the top, to make the back match I put the contact on level with the left and then taped the contact to paint the pink strip, but it worked out ok in the end.

And this is the reason for the gap in the middle, a mirror mosaic feature:

The Children’s Bathroom:

First up was the floor and then the paint/floor was done for this room. I put the strip of the brown floor in instead of the bathroom flooring, I think it looks great:

Then making a sink hole and the sink:

Gluing it on:

Making a clay sink, then realising when the clay dried it shrunk:

Doing some construction work on the bath tub:

Nearly finished, just needs the front:

And done:

Spakfilla:

Sanded:

Attempting Clay again:

And I didn’t get a photo but decided against the clay, it was too heavy and the bath tub wasn’t drying, the sink ended up shrinking again, even with the added length on the outside. (It just cracked off when dried because it wasn’t thick enough). I think the next thing is paint and coat in some sort of gloss coating so it looks like a bath tub. We will see how it goes.

That is all for Week 4 of Project Doll House, I am unsure how much I will get done this week and next during the school holidays, I have made one thing so far over the weekend, but that is for next weeks blog ;). I do apologise this blog post is late, but I haven’t been able to get onto write it.

Thank you so much for coming back this week and checking my progress out! I hope you enjoyed the read and like how the doll house looks so far, this isn’t a very good photo because it has stuff all over it, but this is it at the end of this week, with out the furniture in it.

 

 

Any way, thank you again for coming back to check out the progress. I hope you have an awesome week!

Angie xo

 

Week 3 Project Doll House

 

Hey Everyone! 

Welcome to Week Three. I hope you all had a great week! I was a busy bee and got a fair bit of painting done on a couple of the rooms in the doll house. This is what we had at the beginning of week 3, Sam’s room painted and flooring in, Chelsea’s feature wall started and the bathroom’s bath and sink shell constructed:

Firstly, I finished painting Chelsea’s Room, her feature wall was a bit of a hit and miss to begin with, just like Sam’s was. I chose to do a pink feature wall and antique white for the side walls.

This was after the first coat of antique white and another coat on the pink wall. This pink took a few coats. It was a different brand of acrylic and I found it was a lot runnier than the other ones:

I bought some stencils from Kmart and painted some love hearts on the back wall in antique white (the same colour as the sides), the first attempt was a fail. 

The white smudged line in there was where I tried to wipe off the extra hearts, I messed up with my placement and ended up with a big gap and 3/4 of a line of hearts:

I thought I had taken photos of when I painted over that work and restarted… But I was either dreaming or I have some how deleted them.. So any way, I painted over those hearts and taped up the stencil so that there weren’t as many hearts and I painted them purple and antique white, the first lot of hearts still show through the paint, but it gives it character I guess. 

Once that was done, I put the flooring in, well I messed that up too. It went all bubbly, I tried to get the bubbles out with a pin and pushing it down to get the air out, it just didn’t work :(. To hide the worse parts there will be furniture, like a bed and the rest I will crochet some floor rugs. I’m not overly bothered. I am not great with contact so Sam’s room was just a fluke I think.

From afar you can’t see the bubbles.

I ended up opting to put a strip in between the rooms, I did attempt to cut Chelsea’s floor to fit so there wouldn’t be two lines in the flooring, but I couldn’t get it right, I measured twice cut once and it still didn’t work out, so a strip it is:

 

Sam and Chelsea’s Rooms Painted:

 

As I was working waiting for the paint to dry in Chelsea’s room I worked on the lounge room and the master bedroom. These two rooms were quite simple. Besides needing a few more coats on the magenta than the rest both of them were easy and no mistakes were made. Yay!

 

I chose Magenta and Eggshell for the Master Bedroom:

And the floor is in, no bubbles 😀 Big Smiles:

And I chose Wisteria and Eggshell for the Lounge Room:

The couch looks pretty cool in there. Just needs some flooring and the rest of the furniture. I am just not sure what do do for the floor in there yet.

My work space gets pretty messy as you can see, the doll house started becoming a storage place for me, lol. Until I moved it out of my sewing room (I was getting sick from the paint fumes cause my sewing room is a small room and the open window wasn’t enough). 

All of the stuff from there ended up here, on top of the other mess: 

(I did spend some time this afternoon cleaning it up, it was getting a little bit out of control).

 

Next was the bathroom, I really wanted to do something bright, colourful and fun for this room. I also have some cool little mosaic tiles I wanted to utilise so I wanted to choose colours that I reckon they would go good with. (Fingers Crossed they do in the end result), I am a little bit worried that the yellow is not going to work with them, but will have to wait and see…

I made some mistakes with the pattern part. One: I didn’t rub the pencil off of the wall where I marked the lines and it showed through the yellow. It took a few coats to get rid of it. (I learnt my lesson and rubbed it off for the other colours). Two: My impatience ruined my paint work, I put the tape on the orange colour in order to do the blue when it was only touch dry, not fully dry. And three: I did the lightest colour first. Rookie move! It was so hard to fix when trying to cover up where the other colours bled through. Here’s the photo process:

Looks pretty good here hey? Nice and neat…

Time for Orange :):

And for some reason, no photos but of it covered?? Gee Angie. Great work: 

After the orange was on I went to the dentist, then spent some time in town doing some stuff, so when I got home I thought it would be OK to put the tape on for the blue because it was touch dry…

It went from it was a Bad Idea:

To it was a VERY BAD IDEA! With every tape pull :'(:

But I did fix it the best I could:

I ended up free handing the door, was quite impressed, no drama and no slips:

This is the finished result I am pretty happy with it and I can’t wait to finish the rest of it:

During the times that I wasn’t painting and doing motherly chores I decided to start on the beds. Say hello to the models: (I don’t know their names (only Chelsea, who is in the yellow), but if you were to ask my littlest she will be able to tell you, so I do apologise I can’t introduce them fully to you) :D.

I pretty much put the ‘kids’ on the cardboard and made a rectangle around them, measured the squares and just rounded up or down for the measurements. The adults I just used the 100 x 330 rectangle measurement we came to the conclusion with measuring height and sizes previously.

These will be their mattress sizes: 

 

This next pile of mess is what I was doing to try and figure out the frame for Sam’s bed, I tried to make a helm wheel for the top and bottom of his bed frame, (if you could picture it). Only half at each end. But I used match sticks and masking taped them, then Clear Glossed them to get them to stick together, then tried glue… Well, that experiment didn’t turn out how I thought it would. So I binned it. 

Boo! Lol.

Next is the start of a pirate ship, well, this has since been put in the bin also and have now got a different idea for the ships body I was trying to build it up but the glue and paint weren’t drying fast enough and I had stuff I needed to do and screaming children (always happens right when I need to hold things together), so I have opted for a different way to build the ship that won’t take as much time and patience (Both of which I lack): 

I figured out what colours/wallpaper I would do for the Master Bathroom and the Dining Room after I had finished the bathroom, but I ended up with a bit of a sore back so thought I would rest for a couple of days, so today and yesterday I haven’t done any work on the doll house.

 

That is pretty much it for this weeks time on the doll house. My goals for this next week is to get the rest of the house painted and ready to start adding furniture as I make it or find it, make some sort of progress on Sam and Chelsea’s beds and I am hoping to also get some sort of flooring for the lounge room. See how we go.

 

Thank you for coming back for Week Three! I hope you enjoyed the read. Have a lovely week, I will be back next Friday with an update of how Project Doll House is going :).

Angie xo

 

Week 2 of Project Doll House

Hey Guys,

Welcome back to another week of Project Doll House, I hope you all had a great week!

Week 2 of Project doll house was a little more productive. The floor I was working on is now finished, it just needs to be taped onto the house. I did have a bit of an issue with it but will get into that a little more into the blog. I also made a start to the ‘children’s bathroom’ sink and bath tub.

  But the highlight of this week is: There is now colour on the doll house!!

I struggle a lot with picturing stuff before I make it, like vision, until I am actually doing it. It takes a bit for me to figure out what kind of picture I want to create. That is why I decided I would start with Sam’s room, (the little boy doll) because I figured if I just start painting it blue the rest would come (because I knew I wanted it blue from the start), it worked! Now, as I am working on one room, ideas are flowing to me for the other rooms, it is great. Oh and Chelsea’s room (the little girl doll) has a pink feature wall started..

Here is what we have achieved this week:

The Flooring for the top part:

I realised that in the last post I didn’t really show you pictures of the process for the floor. So I will add them in. The issue I had with the floor is that I put way too much gloss on the top and it kinda curled up! So now I need to have something heavy on it at all times (until it is taped onto the house), I also had to crack it a bit to flatten it out. Just keep in mind a part most of this was done in Week One, the gloss was done at the start of this week, I just wanted to show you the process, which I didn’t do on last weeks post. And… I don’t have a photo of the curled up mess it turned out to be. Damn. Sorry!

Getting the pieces all cut:

All Cut, ready to assemble:

Assembling:

Needed to mark and cut the ends so they were straight.

Ready to be glued to the card:

The Gluing Process:

(It wanted to curl up and the pieces wanted to stand up a bit so the books held them down while the glue set).

Finished Gluing:

Even when finished the pieces stood up, so the books stayed on over night to wait until the glue set, I eventually added more books but didn’t get a photo.

Time for the Varnish:

Finished, but still drying:

The Final Product:

The start of the Basin/Bath:

I really need to start taking more pictures. This is all of the pictures I have taken of this so far. So I can’t show you how I came to design it like this. But I basically wanted it to be one big piece that fit in the bathroom nicely. There is still a lot of work to be put into this but this is just the shell. There is a front part that needs to be painted and that will be the ‘doors’ for the cupboard, and also I plan to glue beads on for the handles of the doors. I am trying to figure out what to use for the tub but I plan to make an edge that it will fit onto. The bath tub isn’t going to be that wide or long. If that makes sense. But the process was the same as the couch, except I measured and drew the pieces onto paper to be traced around and cut. For some reason it turned out wonky again. So I think it may be me and how I have been working out the sizes on some pieces. Not sure. But my next thing to learn is how to use the computer software designed to work all of that out. But it fits and that’s what matters. My next step is to paint the bathroom and add some tiles, a mirror and some flooring, plus finish the bath and basin. I still need to find a tub for the sink and bath and… I have just as I am typing this figured out what I will use as a mirror. It has been on my mind for days what to use, yay! I had some little helpers helping me to hold it down while it glued. They’re the best.

 

Colour Time!

Getting ready to put colour into the doll house: Sam’s Room and start of Chelsea’s.

I was quite nervous at this point to be honest, I did want to use proper house paint, but for what I wanted to do it was just going to be too costly, even getting the small sample pots was too much. So I opted for just craft acrylic paint… I didn’t know what to expect but now that it’s done I am actually not regretting the decision. It does however take a few coats. I think 4 to be exact. Some other rooms have taken more. While I was waiting for Sam’s room to dry between coats I started on Chelsea’s as you can see in the 5th photo. The archway to the room left of Sam’s room goes into the bathroom. I decided to leave the archway for this one white and do it the colour of the bathroom instead of Sam’s blue.

Here is the funner part of the painting:

The mosaic type design, which as you can see in the third photo didn’t got to plan. Haha. For one: I was nervous about putting the masking tape onto the blue paint in case it ripped the blue paint off of the wall when I removed it so I didn’t push it down enough and the paint bled through and looked terrible, and two look at it haha, the picture explains it all. (Picture 3 and 4)

So then I needed to do some sort of repairing. I tried to cover all of the pieces up and paint over the blue, but that didn’t solve the problem of the colours being so small and separated and it was going to take a long time and required patience something I lack in. I then just spent the day taping around the colours and adding more volume (I guess the right word would be?) to the shapes.

Adding the flooring:

This was surprisingly quite easy, I just put the contact stuff in and folded it up to where the other side was and cut along the line, used a ruler and gradually took the bottom off and smoothed it down. I was actually surprised at myself because I can’t contact books neatly to save my life. So I was impressed with myself it turned out awesome. Now all that Sam’s room needs is furniture, some decorations and the ceiling to be painted. The ceiling will be painted once the rest of the house has been painted. I plan on using white house paint for the ceiling and the outside of the house. 

As you can also see in the last photo there is that Chelsea’s pink wall is complete. I just don’t have a good photo of it (yes, I need to get onto the photo taking). Again I am sorry, I will try harder in the coming week. 

 

Ok, so that is all I had time for this week for the doll house, I did spend one day attempting (and when I say attempting I mean it, they sucked! haha) to make masks for my family, so that took some time away from this, but a break is good some times, it refreshes the creativity juices.

Any way… thank you for reading and having interest in my project! I hope you come back next week for another update. Since we are nearly half way already because my weeks are going from Saturday to Friday, I assure you I have completed a lot over the last weekend to show you next Friday and will hopefully complete more before then!

Have a lovely week and I will hopefully have another blog post on Friday! If not Monday again at the latest. Stay tuned!

Angie xo