Monday, February 24, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Retrofit the Kit Tudor Dollhouse: Part 12 FINISHED! My Barton Tudor Dollhouse - Real Good Toys Country Tudor CC15
Ta Da!!! My kit bash is done!
Yes, finally, after four months of many and mostly "a first time for everything"s, I'm finished! The last day was somewhat bittersweet; that high that you get when you're done with a long and arduous project and that sad funk that you get when you're done with a long and arduous project! My little Tudor dollhouse...
What my goals were:
- To protect and display my vintage 3/4 scale English Barton Tudor dollhouse furniture that I was so fortunate and privileged to get.
- To create a sturdy, small profile, front opening dollhouse, that can be on the floor.
- To keep the display/dollhouse within the 1:15 and 1:12 scales, for possible resale value.
- To explore the “Tudor” style.
- To incorporate two Concord wall dividers in creating a bay window effect.
- To incorporate the cute medieval fabric scrap I purchased many months ago.
- To have fun, practice patience and learn!!
I think I was relatively successful!
Not much trimming on the sides, but I didn't want to go overboard.
The outside detail of the bay that was so time and mentally consuming.
The Door Wall...
Open sesame! Gee, wouldn't it be convenient if my own house could open this way!
The Living Room...
Had to have one of those cool, battery powered chandeliers!
I think the landing and stairs came out well!
A peak through the skylight.
What I would have done different:
- I would have found a different method of insuring the chimneys evenly lined up when installing them. I’m about an 1/8 inch off, horizontally. That’s a lot in dollhouse land!
- I would have figured out how many shingles I needed, BEFORE I stained them, especially since I made deviations to the kit’s instructions (luckily, I did have enough, once I counted after dying). You want to insure the same dye lot when dying shingles, so make sure you have enough, FIRST!
And now to furnish it...
Here's all the furniture and such, waiting to go in.
The Living Room...
English Tudor Barton trestle table, bench and chairs, the hutch and the corner cabinet. Boy! Am I lucky to have all these fabulous 3/4 scale pieces! Have a seat on the Petite Princess fireside chairs.
A Barton Tudor bed, trunk, and highboy. And by the fire, a Napoleon and Josephine Limoges table set for tea drinking.
I always wanted an art studio like this!! Barton sideboard, trestle table and chairs (yes, I have two sets!). The lovely easel was made by an artist in England. How fitting!