Monday, October 28, 2013

An Ugly Duckling UK Dolly Mixture

I bought this poor thing right after my lovely Dolly Mixture/Pennine arrived from the UK. A 1/2 to 3/4 scale, homemade, two room dollhouse, it's kind of a little shack, but there was something very endearing about it. It has the Romside windows and door, however beat up, and a large chimney, which serves as a battery holder for the one light that used to light up!



Welcome little Ugly Duckling. We'll take care of you! 

After all, you're just a little thing at 17" l x 9" w x 6.5" h (9.5" with chimney).

Torn paper brick and roof tiles and a bit of grime.

Battery pack chimney and on and off switch. Very primitive!



The two quaint little rooms and their opening wall front.

Two little names, Akinos and Alma, one on each room's wallpaper. Hence the AA on the battery chimney.



A Gentle Face-Lift 

Well, never leaving well enough alone, I set out to remodel the little shack a bit, hoping to keep it's rather charming, unpretentious feeling!

  I polyurethaned the whole outside, hoping to preserve it's "used" patina, and made flower boxes and a porch roof, just to give it a little extra welcome.




I made a fireplace wall for it out of an old beat up Strombecker fireplace, scrap booking paper and a cheap compact mirror. I like to think it looks a little shabby deco!



Living Room 

Here's the fireplace wall, "installed" with it's matching Strombecker radio and a cute little rattan etargere. The ceiling and the floor have been treated with scrap booking paper, of course!

 More beat up Strombecker furniture with it's simple lines, yet quite stylish in this little abode. That's me, as a scottie dog. I've always wanted to be one since I was four!




This room seemed a natural as a kitchen. The little shelf was already installed by it's previous owners.


Scrap booking paper on the ceiling and floor.

Another case of shabby Strombecker and Kage furniture. I committed the cardinal sin, I painted the stove red (it was green) and added the little splash on the back of it. The little sink and table were already painted.






Kage chairs and a scottie's eye view!


Well, hopefully this little rag tag family is happy in their rag-tag home. It's and odd one, but I think very sweet.


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