I’m back at it! Now that the holidays are over, I am making progress once again. Slow but sure. As shown in my last post, I have painted all the rooms, except for the kitchen. I used leftover paint. The roof is just sitting on top; it hasn’t been reattached yet. The steps you see in the upper, right room, which I will refer to as the library, have been redone.
I debated whether this room should be a library or a home office. Since this will be a more traditional home, I decided to go with a library.
Here’s what happened to the first set of steps I made for the library.
Let’s call it a learning experience. I used hot glue on the spindles. I also used Dollar Tree foam board to make the railings. And I painted the steps rather than use stain. This staircase would be perfect, if I was making a haunted dollhouse, which some do. But that is not the idea for my dollhouse.
So, live and learn. Plus, I got a nice Christmas present from Michael and Allie. They gave me a toolkit designed specifically for working on dollhouses. How cool is that! This toolkit has proven to be very helpful. Here’s the new set of steps I made using the toolkit:
For these steps, I used a small hand drill to make holes in the stair treads. The stair treads are made from craft sticks (kind of like popsicle sticks) bought from the Dollar Tree. The spindles are toothpicks inserted into the drilled holes. No glue. The railings were tough. I had to figure out what to use to make them, but I also had to figure out how to attach the railings to the spindles. I ended using the Dollar Tree craft sticks again. I cut these to size and then glued them on each side of the spindles. I then topped the railing off with a narrow piece cut from a craft stick. Lastly, I stained all the wood.
Next I have to figure out the flooring for the library and the upstairs bedroom. I figure these should match each other, but not necessarily the rest of the wood flooring in the dollhouse. If you look in the library and the upstairs bedroom, you can see the channel where the wiring once lay. I could fill in this with wood putty, but I found a peel and stick tile at Menards which I think looks nice. My goal was to select a tile that cost $0.69, but I caved and bought one that cost $2.79. Yep, I’m a real spendthrift! 🙂
Which do you prefer for these upstairs rooms – the wood or the tile? I am also considering changing the color of the doors and/or the window trim. Thoughts?
You know. I could have just bought dollhouse steps that were already made. And I could easily buy dollhouse flooring. But that’s not my approach. I want to redo this dollhouse while minimizing how much I spend on it. It’s very satisfying to make something I really like, for little cost or using something I already have. It forces me to think creatively. I hope it inspires you to approach “opportunities” with a new mindset.
For those of you who are actually working on dollhouses, I am happy to answer more specifically on how I did things should you have any questions.
Here’s the library at this point:
Any ideas for the area on the left side of the staircase?
More to come. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your comments below.