Trim, mouldings and finishes make a room, your dollhouse is no different!
The One Room Challenge is chugging along and they actually extended it to seven weeks because of all the disarray caused by those nasty hurricanes! You’d think with a little project like a dollhouse I would be done by now, but I’m not and the extra week was a welcome sight. I have really enjoyed working on my childhood dollhouse as I binge watch Call the Midwife on Netflix. I’m super immersed in my British roots! My Neena (grandmother) that made and gave me this dollhouse originally is a British war bride and a spot of tea and cookies was a regular occurrence at her house. If you haven’t seen the Midwife (set in 1950’s England) show on Netflix, check it out. I LOVE it, my husband thinks it’s like watching paint dry, lol!
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Anyway, this week I also sawed trim while watching the Astros battle out the World Series and it was fun to sit with my family, watching sports, doing crafts all while the kids did puzzles and snuggled. It was one of those Norman Rockwell moments I will treasure always, having my baby birds all in the nest still wanting to hang out with mom and dad. Ahhh, full heart. On to the details of the dollhouse updates this week:
I ordered all the trim pieces from miniatures.com, they had quite a few finishes and styles to choose from. The dental crown moulding made my heart skip a beat, so I ordered that for a beautiful trim to the room. Crown moulding really completes a room and if you are looking for a subtle yet impactful update you may consider adding this feature to your living areas.
I used a miter box and saw to carefully cut the lengths of moulding to fit the living are. In the corners I cut the pieces at a 45° slant so the pieces would kiss in the corner and be super professional! I have to say I was kind of proud that I figured this bit out. It’s probably not hard, but it was my first go at crown moulding.
For the base boards I picked a thick board with shoe moulding already attached. The base boards finish out the floors and add forgiveness to the gaps and crevices where the wall and floor meet. I cut the base boards the same way as the crown.
All the trim got painted Everlasting White Chalky Paint by DecoArt before getting installed.
To install I actually used two different types of glue. For the wood to wood areas I used Dap Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive. For the wood to fabric (the back wall is wallpapered in fabric) I used fabric glue, it worked much better for this particular application. Glues really are different and can make the biggest difference in your project. You have to use the right one for the job, that is where blogs are a great forum to gather information before you attempt a project requiring glue! Let us do the testing for you. 😉
I installed kitchen shelves this week. These amazing brackets came from Minitures.com as well. How cute are they? I glued three popsicle sticks together to get a thick stack of wood for the shelf piece and stained them with the DecoArt Wood Stain in Walnut. I’m not sure I would want open shelving in my real house, I adore the look of it, but it seems like a lot to keep clean and tidy. That’s why it’s the perfect fit for the dollhouse, I can have open shelving here that I don’t have to clean, lol! Anyone have open shelves? How do you like the, I’d really like to know.
Next week I will reveal some wall art and small DIY’s before the BIG REVEAL and miniatures.com gift card giveaway! Thanks for following along with this fun little project! Let me know if you have any ideas I need to implement…You can see the previous weeks progress here:
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