July 16, 2017:

I’m continuing work on the “nuts and bolts” of the mini house; trim, cabinetry, and will have to get the doors made.

Here is the trim in place in the greatroom:

And the kitchen peninsula is in the works – I have finished the cabinet box and spray painted it black, in preparation for the wood veneer to be applied. Here it is:

Sigh…I have now noticed that the pendant lights are off center. Not sure what I am going to do about this. I will think about it later.

The nice thing about a hobby is that though some things must of necessity be properly sequenced, because it is a hobby and not a job, I can jump around and work on whatever appeals to me.

So aside from staining and installing more base and crown molding, I am going to make the “stainless steel” apron front sink. It will be made from basswood. I’m not yet sure if I will simply paint it as I have done with the fridge, or if I will use my sheet aluminum to line it. I’m leaning towards trying the process of lining it with the sheet aluminum. If that doesn’t work I can always paint it out.

I printed out tons of pages of marble slabs for the countertop and am having a lot of fun trying them out. So many choices, but only one can be picked!

July 11, 2017

Lots of progress on the dollhouse, but it still doesn’t show much yet. I’ve stained and installed the crown molding and base molding in the 2 story foyer. Need to get more lumber or molding for the rest of the house now.

Here’s a photo of a bunch of molding stained and ready to install:

And now, a photo of the installed moldings:

Also, I started work on the cabinetry for the peninsula in the kitchen. Here is the cabinet box in progress:

It’s got a coat of black paint on it but the wood veneer will be applied over it. You’re looking at the kitchen side of the peninsula, and you can see the tiny toe-kick at the bottom. There will be a “stainless steel” apron sink, a microwave, dishwasher, cabinets and drawers on this side. Pity they won’t be visible from the front of the house : – (. But I’m installing them anyway. I’ll know they are there!

The reverse side of the peninsula (the one you can see from the front of the dollhouse) will have an abstract pattern carved into the veneer with the black paint showing through, just for kicks.

I’m pretty sure I will be using marble “slabs” for the counters. We’ll see…so many cool stone photos online, but can’t use them all!

I found a vendor on Etsy that will make me a chunk of spalted maple that will be my bathroom floating vanity. I’m going to dowel it into the wall, put a “limestone” slab countertop and the vessel sinks on top, and I think it will look just great! I’ll post a photo of it and a link to his Etsy shop once I have it.

I’m starting to get a little jazzed about finishing the house itself, so that I can start on making the furniture, which will include the couch, living room lamps, bed, nightstands and two dressers.

July 2, 2017:

I’ve actually gotten quite a bit of work done on the dollhouse over the past several weeks, but nothing all that thrilling to look at.

  • I’ve stained the foyer staircase treads and landings.
  • I’ve wallpapered both stories of the foyer with the same paper I used in the great room.
  • I’ve purchased more molding which has yet to be stained. This will be base molding and crown molding.
  • I repaired the lighting run into the foyer, which had stopped working.
  • I bought myself a fun little toy – it is a tiny clamp on work light for model workers—perfect for miniatures.

Here is a picture of the foyer, wallpapered and with the stair treads and landings stained. The stringers will be painted grey or maybe white:

On the left is my little mini clamp light. At the rear on the bottom floor is my REAC Barcelona bed (E-Bay). This will be a nice place to sit and admire the artwork, once it has been hung.

So I have a number of things I can work on:

  • Drawer and cabinet handles for the kitchen cabinets.
  • Kitchen peninsula.
  • Baseboards and crown molding.
  • Miscellaneous finishing projects (such as raw edges of floors and walls.
  • Doors and frames.

And then it will be on to finishing the exterior of the house, including the roof deck, and furnishing and then decorating the interior. That will be a lot of work. Like Pepper at mitchymoominiatures.com, I am probably going to have to do egg carton stone on the exterior. Oh boy. That will be a workout. But real stone is too heavy. AND, I still have to make the removable front of the house. More cutting and measuring and finishing.

I plan to make the following furniture:

  • Occasional tables for the living rooms.
  • Lamps for the living room.
  • Bed.
  • Nightstands
  • Patio furniture.
  • Dresser
  • Bathroom floating vanity.
  • Some of the plants.
  • Some of the décor objects.

So still PLENTY of work left to do!