(Thank you Mom & Dad for this awesome Christmas present!)
Here is the "naked" kit, a bit before I did much....
I removed the floor that separated the dollhouse. This made it easier to paint the inside as well. Here the house is taped off for the exterior painting.
Below you see the 1st floor mock-up with the wallpaper I made using a computer. The wallpaper was created by scanning a note card graphic and the "wainscoting" was added by creating boxes. I printed it out on cream paper using an old b&w printer cartridge.
I decided to raise the ceiling. "Why should the 2nd floor bedroom have more head room than the 1st floor parlour?" my 1/2 scale porcelain dolly asked. Good point dolly! I only raised it a half inch, but that's a whole foot in 1/2 scale land.
I "installed" stained crown moldings and stained both the floors. The parlour ceiling was painted gold, of course!
After raising the ceiling, I had to cut down the upstairs porch and its door so that they fit properly. I made the porch wall removable, so I could have full access to the bedroom. Ah, the perks of being your own contractor!!!
I wallpapered the whole kitten kaboodle. I even made wallpaper with "stairs". One has to get to the 2nd floor somehow!
Tip: use removeable double sided tape so you can change out your wallpaper. You can use the "old" wallpaper as your templates, and then stick it onto wax paper for storage to use another time! Man, who needs a real house anyway!
One of the nice things about old Bliss dollhouses and most dollhouses of that era (Turn Of the Century 1900), they had removeable roofs....
The outside graphics are all supplied in the kit. You cut them out and adhere them with Yes Glue. Then you brown shoe polish the whole outside as Jean suggests, buff it all up, and you get that awesome vintage look!
Here is the finished, decked out interior.
1st floor parlour....
+ 2nd floor bedroom....
= Happy Home!
Yep, perfect showplace for dolly's metal Tootsie Toy and Kilgore furniture (1920's). And she had a vintage fireplace shipped directly from England! Oh dolly!
It took me six weeks of self exploration and fun,
that I will recommend to anyone!
She started as a fairy,
but then turned into Mata Hari!
Ha! I made a rhyme!
Goodbye Mata! Enjoy your little home!
* Thanks to Jean Nordquist Designs for this awesome Doll's Dollhouse Kit No.2 and "blessing" for me to use my photos of my little Bliss-like house! http://jeannordquist.com