Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My dolls house - part 4

With tennis on tv in the background I thought I'd fill a bit of time getting another installment done on my dolls house story.  It's been a while since I have worked on it, partially because of health problems, partially because of the busy holiday period with visiting grandchildren and such.  However I am back with a few more pictures.

I must own up to the fact that I don't like this dolls house very much, other than that it got me started with this wonderful hobby.  It's not of the best quality and I am mostly using it to practice, although I tend to spend more time on the interior.  The exterior I don't like at all with its plastic window and door frames and cardboard roof tiles, but I am too eager to get it finished to put a lot of extra effort in finishing it differently.

I have to go back all the way to 2008.  As I was too keen on working on the interior I just went on and decorated the kitchen, hallway and living room.  Not before I was happy with those did I proceed with the next floor and the attic.  Really stupid, in hindsight, because it was much more difficult to straighten the walls and floors and get everything square.  Video cases and clamps helped me nicely along, but I needed to keep them there for days on end...

First floor: bathroom and living room

The walls being kept straight with video cases and clamps

The attic and roof put on

A sneak preview of what it will look like with the front walls and windows 
As you can see in the picture above the roof came in three parts and had to be butted together and then glued.  As there was no other support the roof parts wouldn't sit together correctly, so I removed the smaller hinges and attached them with a piano hinge the length of the house. Picture below (taken recently):

Next I added an undercoat and came across some pretty wallpaper for the bedroom.  That was the last I did for a few years and the house just stood and gathered dust.  It moved house twice with me when I relocated, and it wasn't until last year before I started working on it again.  I fixed all the front walls, glued the frame on and the wallpaper of the respective rooms, only to discover that I no longer had any wallpaper for the bedroom (or I couldn't find it).  So, I might have to just paint the front wall of the bedroom.  I just wish I had had a spare bit, then I would have copied and printed an extra sheet, but hey, that's life!

Living room wall

Kitchen wall
The bedroom wall I had to leave blank as well, because I have no idea yet what I am going to do with that area.  I might even split it up into two rooms, since the bathroom is rather big.

Next I had to choose a colour for the exterior.  I went for roughly the same blue as I had used in the kitchen, because from experience I know that the fewer colours one uses, the better it is in miniature scenes.  Besides, the white of the window frames will look nice and crisp against the blue background.

And that's the house painted so far.  Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the pictures as it is rather late now and I am longing to go to bed and relax for a bit with a good book and perhaps a glass of red?

See you later

1 comment:

  1. Przepiękny domek, ślicznie się zapowiada, mam taki sam, tylko ostatnio brak mi czasu na wykończenia. Powodzenia!


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