Beachside Bungalow: Mid Century House Update

It is the start of 2019 and one of our goals is to finish this house. We started a renovation last year but didn’t quite get it finished. We are giving ourselves a deadline this time, I hope this helps to get it finished!

Last year we did get quite alot done as you can see in some of the pictures; although at the moment it’s the catch all for everything imaginable. Had to take a picture of this mess! I think first thing is to clear out everything that doesn’t belong.

We had yet to decide what the two smaller rooms upstairs should be so that needs to be given some thought. I was thinking a small library or reading room, a sewing room, a nursery or a small bedroom. Decisions, Decisions.

We are staying with the mid-century decorating style so be sure to check back weekly to see what items we may find to create and share as we go along. We plan on finishing by April 30th, lets hope we can do it!

2018 Creating Contest Update

Here I am sitting by the toasty fire looking at our almost finished house for the hobby builders contest for 2018 ( miniatures.com). We have like 4 Days left to finish, and I think we are going to make it!

We started it last summer and thought we would have it done way ahead of time but procrastination and other projects kept it moving at a snails pace. Maybe we just like to work under pressure!

We changed our mind a couple of times on the look we wanted for the outside of the house but finally decided on brick and siding. I have to say I’m very tired of doing brickwork in miniature. It took me way longer than I had anticipated to glue all the tiny bricks onto the house. Then came the siding; this turned out to be a little more difficult than we thought. Once we got it figured out it did go fairly smoothly. I did have to call on my husbands help in a couple spots!

Brickwork on the back of the house
 A close up of the brickwork on the back of the house.
Siding on the 2018 Creating Contest house from Hobby Builders Supply/Miniatures.com
The siding going up on the contest house!

I have to say it’s looking good so far and I’m confident we are going to meet our deadline!

How To Do A Textured Drywall Wall In Dollhouse Scale

It’s been ages since I’ve gotten a chance to post something to the blog, summertime seems to make everything  get busier. Any who, I finally got a chance to work on our in-progress house, and I wanted to show you how I made the statement wall in it. (Feel free to ask questions if you have them!!)

So on to the tutorial, of how to make a dollhouse textured drywall or plaster wall.

So to do this I used Spackling Compound, you could use something similar like joint compound, but Spackling Compound is lighter in texture so I went with that for the look I was going for.plaster wall bakery-0524

You will also need a putty knife (or something stiff you can wipe off), sandpaper (I used 220), something to create the texture (I used an old wash cloth), paper towels (for clean up), wax paper or something similar (to protect your work surface), some paint primer (to prime and protect the wall and get it ready to add color), and some paint (if you want it colored).

To get started make sure your work surface is protected and get your putty knife and Spackling Compound out. To begin with I applied a thin layer of the compound and just made sure it covered the entire wall and let it dry. I then sanded the wall smooth, do be careful doing this since the dust isn’t real good for you to breath.

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Once it was smoothed to my liking, and the dust vacuumed up, I went in applied another coat of the compound. I made it a hair thicker than last time so that the texture had a better chance of showing and imprinting in deeper. So once I had as even a layer as I could get I took the washcloth and started dabbing it on the wet wall till I got a result I liked. Like I said you can use almost anything to texture, it just depends on the look you want it the end. This is the texture of the wash cloth I used if you where curious.

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Now I did lightly sand the wall again after I textured to knock of any really high points, and to bring it all together as a whole wall but that is entirely up to the person doing it and how it looks to you. Here it is before I sanded…

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Now once its to where you want it to look you go in and add primer to it. The primer will help protect the primer from getting dirty and from moisture, it also will get it ready for painting so it doesn’t “eat” your paint.

Here it is after sanding and primer!!

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I really like how it turned out and I hope this tutorial will help you in your own mini adventures!!

~Briana Signing Off

Mini Kit Fun: Full Sunshine

Awhile back we had gotten a miniature kit off of Amazon, the Full Sunshine (H-003) of the Sunshine Series by Cute Room. It turned out to be a fun, little kit loosely in 1:24 scale. So for today I’m going to show you what we did, what we changed and our opinion of it. This would also be able to help you if you where doing the kit or a similar one, since the instructions are not in English.

Now before we get off on how we did this I do need to say that we did change things… Quite a few things but, I wanted a slightly different look, and the fabric I felt that came with it had too large of prints for 1:24 scale so we changed it, to something we have for making bedding and pillows in 1:24 scale for our shop. You can check them out soon, bedding sets like the one on the bed in the box, with a pillow of course, will be on our shop. Now where was I… ahh yes, on to building the little box!!

Now this little kit came in this cute little box, with each set of parts separated to make it a little easier. Now I do need to point out it did come with two instruction the colored ones are the original ones, but it did come with a xeroxed set in English. I was actually quite impressed, it really did have everything, but the glue, that you would need and was quite fun to put together.

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The first step that we did was getting the walls and floor covered and ready to be put together. You do have to cut them out then glue them on. I personally used Grandmother Stover’s Stickflat Glue, which is what I had on hand for my 1:12 scale dollhouses, but you could just as easily use a glue stick. It was quite easy, and the paper stuck well to the wood.

After it had dried we glued the three pieces together using Aleene’s Tacky Glue. and held them together while they dried with blue tape. I use the blue tape to keep it together because it doesn’t pull the material or rip the finish off what it is stuck to. It is the same stuff I use on my 1:12 scale dollhouses, non-sticky and strong.

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The furniture was a little tricky to keep straight, so I turned again to the blue tape, to hold it in place. I recommend going slow, and taking your time, if you don’t want to use the tape and want to see you can hold it in place until it sets too.

To get the window into place, I cut it out with the exact-o knife then glued each piece on with tacky glue. I then added the valance a piece of lace from the kit, which I changed as well that wasn’t the actual place for it. To fit my taste for the room.

You then have to cut out all the pieces that you want, and fold and glue them all together. I then glued all the pieces down and where I wanted them to get the finished look.

And this is my finished project. I really  did like the kit. It allows you to create a little room that can fit your own tastes and you can do yourself since it has all the parts to make it. I would recommend the kit if you want to try your hand at making things yourself, but you do need to have patience to do it. I will say that, but it is fun.

Would you like to see us do another one of this style??

~Briana Signing Off

House Blog: Mid-Century Reno Introduction

I was running through different topics to blog about next and it dawned on me that you haven’t gotten a chance to see any of the dollhouses that we have, and what we working on with them. So to start off before I get to showing you any more minis, I thought I might show you one of the houses that we are working on more right now, which is a renovation of the first dollhouse that I built.

I had started a Real Good Toys Beachside Bungalow in 2012, construction of the actual house was finished within the first couple years (As much as I enjoyed building it was hard to find the time to work on it), but actual decoration of the inside was put off till much later, unless you count the two different coats of paint I gave it…. and the glitter…..

Here’s some photos of the outside construction…

The exterior decisions where relatively easy. The only major change that had to happen was the changing of the main exterior color, which changed prior to actual construstion. I had initially wanted to do it with much brighter colors, such as the purple that is in the first photo, but it never seemed to look right. Now part of that was due to the type of paint that I started with, which was just your basic flat acrylic craft paint. Since that type of paint usually has such a flat finish it didn’t show of the house as nicely and never really had a finished look. I then did a complete about face and switched to the white that it is now. The white paint is actually a semi-gloss house paint from Home Depot. I’ve found that using actual “big” house paint on the little houses has the nicest result in my opinion, and you can get the little sample cans mixed to whatever color you want and that little bit goes a very long way.

Now to the inside…

This house kit comes with built in wood floors that you can stain to your liking with non-penetrating stain… That was harder to find than you would think. This makes it easy if you don’t know what else to use or do, mind you I’ve completely hidden them now but to start with it made it feel more finished.

I had started with painting each room, I had never intended on wiring this one and to begin with wallpapering seemed very intimidating, and paint is always an easy way to go with most anything. Now you would have thought I would have learned from the outside but I didn’t fully yet, thankfully it made changing everything later easier, so the inside had all been done with craft paint again. After awhile I decided i didn’t like that either, that there was too much of a color difference and that it looked funky as a whole. I also decided it didn’t like the being able to see the wall and dormer seams, so i had to find a way to cover them… thus here comes the glitter. Now I’ve seen many a full-sized house with a heavy sheet-rock texture and I thought something like that would hide the seams and look pretty in the little house, and I wasn’t wrong but my initial application was less than desirable. I ended up mixing glitter in with acrylic gesso, and then applying the mixture to the wall, it did cover everything up like I wanted but it wasn’t the look T wanted. The question was now how do I fix the mess I had made of my little house…

We finally decided, last year, that the house had sat long enough uncompleted, and that we needed to finish it up. After some careful consideration to when the house would look most at home, we decided to place it into the mid-century, someplace in either the late 50’s or early 60’s.  That time just kinda seemed to be the best fit for the little home’s construction style to us.

The first step was to get rid of some of the glitter, so I took to sanding the walls. I never did get all of it off, but it made the walls smoother and allowed me to apply wallpaper where I wanted.

The first room I changed was the front room, which is now the living room.

 

The major decision we made was the brick was with the built in fireplace. I sized a piece of mat board to the wall and built the custom fireplace to fit the space, then all the bricking had to go on and be grouted. Before that was glued in though I repainted the walls with a off-white semi gloss paint sample, I had finally realizing the importance of using full sized house paint for everything. The carpet I added is a grey cloth that resembled a berber carpet in the miniature scale.

The next room was the kitchen and the stairway…

The biggest thing in the kitchen was realizing I wanted to close off the stairs from the rest of the kitchen. We added in the big black and white tile floor and the grey wallpapers to bring the bottom floors together, since we decided to leave the doorway as an archway between the two rooms to make them seem more open.

Now the bedroom…

Now you can actually see what the glitter looks like after sanding in the first photo, but anyhow we went with a pick and grey color scheme in  bedroom, with a paint and wallpaper mix. The same carpet we used in the living room went into the bedroom to add uniformity to the entire house and bring it all together.

The two side rooms are still in progress, but I don’t have any photos at the moment. The room on the left side is going to be a little hallway nook room, with the same grey wallpaper as the stairs and an oak veneer wood floor. The right room is going to have the same oak veneer wood floor and a different grey wallpaper.

It still needs furnishing and some little finishing details here and there, but it’s on its way to being done. Next time I show you this house, you’ll get to see the last two rooms and some of the furnishing.

Briana– Signing Off