How long has it been? My last post on the dollhouse project was 4 months ago. Since that time, I have replaced all the siding and the roof shingles. The new siding is made from vinyl blinds. Each slat was glued on individually and cut to size. It did not turn out perfectly; there is some buckling and some of the slats are not spaced exactly evenly. However, my goal is excellence, not perfection, and if you stand back far enough, it looks great!
I chose to purchase dollhouse cedar shingles for the roof. These were also glued on individually, and I could do one row at a time. I applied 3 coats of stain/poly once all the shingles were on. I had the stain/poly leftover from another home project. I am happy with how the roof turned out. I still need to do trim work, but at this point, much of the outside renovation is complete.
Here’s the before/after pictures.
Next Steps – Literally
My next step in this project, is to repair the staircase. But before I can do that, I have to decide about the bathroom.
If you’ll notice, in the first picture, I removed the bathroom wall. I really like how open it is; it showcases the staircase and the back window. However, that leaves me with a dilemma- where to put the bathroom. Every house, even a dollhouse, needs a bathroom! Dan’s comment about the previous bathroom was there was no bathtub in it. It tickles me that he would even mention this.
So, here’s the choices I thought of; please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you can think of any other options, please let me know that, too.
- I could put the wall back in and live with the half bath.
- I could put the bathroom on the 3rd floor (under the roof). However, there’s no stairs to the bathroom, and this bothers me. Ha!
- I could sacrifice one of the bedrooms and put the bathroom in there. If I used the whole room, it would be a HUGE bathroom. If I only use a part, in order to be able to see it, the remaining bedroom and bathroom would be long and narrow.
- I could possibly expand the landing right in front of the large window. Do we need to worry about neighbors looking in? This would be the most difficult option, but maybe…
Here’s another view of the steps from both directions:
I look forward to reading your comments below, and I am happy to answer any questions. I’m hoping you’ll step up and help me with my bathroom challenge! ha ha. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day!