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Tudor Cottage – First Floor

I’ve been working on the Tudor cottage lately. It has been slow-going since moving to Indianapolis in October. It has taken awhile setting up and organizing my craft room. Now that I can find everything, I’m back to creating.

I decided to start working on my partially completed projects, of which there are many, to make room for some new ideas I have bouncing around in my head. So I set to work on the Tudor Cottage.

This started out as the Brookfield Duracraft kit that I found on EBay. I previously finished most of the exterior walls and some of the flooring inside.

You can visit my previous posts on the Tudor to see more. Including a tile floor tutorial.

Here’s the completed first floor interior I’ve been working on.

Living room

I really wanted to create ornate ceilings in this house. I used gold scrapbook stickers and embossed wood trim in the living room. I trimmed over the front door using cardboard scrapbook cutouts. I also created beams in the dining hall.

This kit came with a simple, ladder type of stair. I decided to create my own.

I built a bench from scrap wood and embellished it with jewelry findings.

I wanted to incorporate some linen fold paneling which is very often used in Tudor decor. I built panels and a window seat and used corrugated scrapbook paper to create the linen folds.

I had a hard time finding a table that would fit into the dining hall in this small cottage. I ended up using a fairy garden table that I deconstructed and cut down to half its size in width and height.

The kitchen was the most fun for sure. I built my own fireplace and shelf. The bricks in the fireplace were made with cork that I cut into rectangles and painted. I created the stone floor using paper clay.

That’s it for this post. On to the second floor….

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Linfield Florals…The End!

Well, it’s finally over.  The Linfield is complete and I can move on to my next project.  

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Tudor Flooring

Quick post on the hand painted tiles I added some time ago to the Tudor.  I actually did this more than a year ago and as I was cleaning out my images, I stumbled upon these.  Might as well share.
To construct this flooring I sketched out my design on graph paper with a key for the layout.  I gathered my tiles, some of which I hand painted.  I then glued the tiles to a piece of graph paper that I had measured and cut to the size of the floor.
I glued the paper-backed tile arrangement to the floor in the living area.  Lastly, I added brown paint to the edges and filled in the grout lines

I have actually completed several more items on this house but haven’t taken any pics yet.  The Linfield has been consuming my craft workspace as of late.  With that project out of the way,  I’ll begin updating you on the Tudor progress.

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Linfield Living Room

I purchased a living room group used from a hobby shop. I didn’t get a before pic of the actual set I bought. Just trust me when I say that it was an overstuffed, mint green, tattered, filthy mess. But the price was right!

I started by ripping off all the upholstery and foam. I then heated the bare furniture in the microwave to soften the glue holding all the wood pieces together. Once the pieces were just blocks of wood, I began recovering and reassembling.

I moved next to the tables. I made these from scratch and decorated with various miniature items I had on hand or made as I went along.

Next I took a small premade crocheted doily I found at Joann’s and added additional crochet rows to make it bigger.

I then placed my furniture and created wall hangings and light fixtures.

The inside of the Linfield is done! Next on the agenda is a few flower boxes and porch decorations on the outside.

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Linfield Shabby Fireplace

While visiting GA recently, I discovered a local hobby shop that had just acquired an estate’s massive dollhouse collection.  They had rooms of miniature items they had barely begun to sort through.  But the owner was awesome and let me dig through drawers and shelves and he often made up prices for me as we went through things.  Needless to say, I walked away with quite a haul and several freebies he threw in.  Just the nicest and most amazing shop owner I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with!

During that shopping adventure, I ended up purchasing several fireplaces and mantels.  So when I began working on the Linfield Livingroom, the hardest and most time consuming part of the process was deciding which fireplace would work in the designated space. #firstworldproblems

I ended up choosing this small corner fireplace.

I then pulled out the jewelry findings and set to work on breathing new life into this diamond in the rough.  

If you read my other posts, you know that I mention jewelry findings with every project.  I have built up quite an impressive stash of do-dads and what-nots.  So to get started on this project I began pulling out items that would, when painted, add a plaster look to the facade of this piece.

I then began dry-fitting pieces to the fireplace until I was happy with the overall look.

I first painted all over with a dark steel gray and then covered with my own white paint mix. When going for a plaster type look, I mix my acrylic craft paint with a bit of cornstarch.  I can’t really tell you an exact measurement, I just mix in enough until it’s the consistency of a good, white glue I suppose.  I then paint it all over the piece.  This paint mixture dries very quickly so you have to work fast and it will produce small cracks in places which is a great effect for shabby pieces.  It also works great as chalk paint if you plan on sanding parts to let the base color show.  I do recommend sealing it afterwards with matte mod podge…another product I use all the time.

Next, I wanted to tile the hearth.  I wanted to creat my own shabby tiles but, alas, I am a horrible artist/painter.  My stick figures leave much to be desired.  So I found a cute wallpaper image online that I thought could be cut into acceptable tiles.  After printing and allowing the ink to set overnight,  I applied several coats of lustre mod podge to make it appear more like tile.  Once dry, I cut my tiles.

I then began gluing them to the hearth, using my pick tool to clean the glue globs from the grout lines.  Once dry, I painted in between the lines with a light gray.

I allowed everything to dry and then dry brushed a blue-green color lightly in places.

I was ready to begin decorating…the fun stuff!

I pulled out my miniatures and began figuring out which items I wanted to use and began figuring out their placements. I painted the black grill in the same blue-green color I had dry brushed onto the fireplace.  Then I added some sticks for logs.

I set about making my own candles and candle sticks from wooden beads.  To make the candles, I first burned a tea light until it was mostly melted.  I took a drinking straw and cut to length.  I then inserted a piece of string through the straw.  I poured the melted wax into the straw sections and allowed the wax to reset completely.  I was then able to gently pull the candles out of the straws.

I set my candles to the side to dry and began working on my bookends.  I cut a round jewelry finding in half.  Bent each half in two and the glued small rose embellishments to each.  I then glued the stack of books together and added the ends.

I took a metal sewing item that I found at a fabric store, trimmed it out, and added sticks.

Only one more piece…the birdcage.  I pulled out my florals and began glueing a vine and flowers to the cage.

Finally, I placed everything on the mantle and hearth and called this project done.  This is the best hobby in the world!

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Linfield Kitchen and Dining

There are so many mini scenes and details going on in these rooms.  Kitchens are definitely fun to do!  My awesome daughter bought me a full kitchen set for Christmas for this house.  Unfortunately, it ended up being too big for the space since I created a large staircase that borrowed from much of the kitchen floor space.  So I had to create custom pieces from scratch.  Visit my previous posts to see how I did it.  I didn’t get the refrigerator squeezed in that I had hoped for but I am still very happy with the final product.

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