Linfield Cottage Update – 1 Year Later

  
You may recall last year’s post on this adorable little kit I came across on EBay-The Duracraft Linfield.  I decided to begin working on the inside after sufficient inspiration had been had.  

Before we begin exploring all the tiny rooms, let’s revisit the outside…

  
   
    
    
 
For more detailed information on the outside of this house, please visit my previous post-Oct 2015.

Now on to the inside…

As usual, I like to provide you with a picture of what the house would look like if I were any good at following instructions.

  
And here is the slightly adjusted floor plan I created.

  

The first decision I made was to create a partially enclosed, wrapping staircase.  This created a few interesting nooks on the first floor. I cut the stair runs that came with the kit into two sections.   I used a foam poster board from Walmart to create the walls.  I now understand why dealers charge so much for preassembled stairs.  I don’t know that I would ever try to tackle creating my own staircase again.  This single project took me well over a month of constant tweaking and redo’s to get it right…or at least good enough to fit.

  
In the living room area I used various embossed scrapbooking papers to create a grand ceiling.  This house was my first attempt at papering the ceilings instead of plastering and painting.  I am so happy I branched out and tried this.  The ceilings are some of my favorite features in this house.

  
I used the thin floor planks that came with the kit in the living room only.  After much sanding, staining, and varnishing, I cut the strips at various length and staggered the planks as I glued them to the floor.

 I carried the same coral tones from the outside trim into the space with 4 coordinating wallpaper prints from ItsyBitsyMinis.com.

You sometimes take a chance when ordering opened/used kits from EBay dealers and I found that the components for the side window were missing and I had to build up that opening from scratch.  It did cause some unevenness around the window frame but nothing a cute pair of homemade curtains couldn’t hide.  

The Kitchen and Dining Room  
I am in love with my kitchen and dining floor.  I discovered some paint sample cards in Home Depot for a marble look paint they carry.  I took all the little sample cards for two of their colors (sorry, Home Depot) and cut each individual square and glueing them down.  I then took more of the flooring strips that came with the house, white washed them, and applied them to the walls instead.  I used a silver, embossed scrapbook paper to create a tin ceiling look.

  
The enclosed staircase created a little area under the stairs in the kitchen.  I cut various lengths of large corner trim and glued in place to create some tucked away pantry shelving.

 

I changed up the “tile” layout in the bay/dining area to better define it as a seperate space from the kitchen.  I also created a room divider using a cheap wooden fan slat and papered the ceiling with a bold contrasting wallpaper.  The ceiling medallion is a scrapbook frame found at Michael’s.  And once again, the windows got my homemade curtain treatment.

 Now up the stairs for more…

As you ascend the stairs,  you enter into the bedroom.

  
I again used embossed scrapbook papers and frames on the ceiling.  I papered right over the intended attic access as I moved that to another room.  Instead of actual dollhouse wallpapers, I chose a coral and blue printed scrapbook paper.  I printed a free parquet-look flooring paper from the Internet and applied and coated it with Mod Podge Lustre so it would appear glossed.  

  
I again had some missing components from the kit and had to improvise the French door trim.  

 I used left over banister railing from another house kit and I shifted the dividing wall upstairs to the other side of the stairway opening.  This better defined a second room space and helped me to create a tucked away large hall/lounge space.  
  
The kit came with a wood piece to use as the ceiling above this windowed space.  I decided to not use it and instead have it open all the way up to the attic roof.  This created a loft area in the attic space directly above.  This is also where my attic ladder it now located.  I used more scrapbook paper in the walls and a tile paper from ItsyBitsyMini.com for the flooring.

   
 I also took the two corner, single shelves this house was intended to have and built them up into bookcases which I embellished with more cutouts from a wooden fan slat.  I trimmed out the window to match the trim on the French doors in the bedroom.

  
By shifting the wall at the staircase and adding two, small wall sections at the back, I was able to create a small bathroom space.  I used tile paper from ItsyBitsyMinis.com for the flooring, embossed silver scrapbook paper for the ceiling, and standard scrapbook paper for the walls.  I brought in more of the dental crown moulding used in the French door trim to create a room divider.

Now to the attic…

 As you climb the stairs,  you will enter a lofted room that overlooks the little windows below.  I added railing and used another tile paper from ItsyBitsyMinis.com.

  
I covered the slanted ceilings with another silver embossed scrapbook paper. 

  
I then doubled the size of the small dividing wall that came with the kit using cardboard.  I also shifted the wall further down to make the room larger.  I created a faux storage access door as well.  

  
The small space left in the attic is now a proper attic storage space.  A simple “tile” scrapbook paper on the floor and newspaper wallpaper found on free mini printable website was used.  I also used craft sticks to create an unfinished attic look.  I also trimmed out a faux door.  

Now I just need to add the back shingles and this project is done.  

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Tudor Cottage-Duracraft Brookfield

 So I think I need a pastel break.  About a year ago, I purchased another kit from EBay called “The Brookfield” by Duracraft.


In spite of the icky sweet, gingerbread example shown on the box, I have decided this is crying out to be made into a rustic Tudor style cottage with grass thatched roof, dark red bricks, timber framing…the works.  


I been working on this project off and on for about 8 months now.  I think I will begin taking you through the entire process instead of just showing you the final product.  


First step after assembly was to cover the outside with stucco.  I used drywall spackle from Lowes and dabbed it with paper towels to achieve the texturing.  I also changed the window frames that came with the kit.  I only used the top arch and combined it with plain wood trim down the sides and a thin wood strip across the arch.


I then pulled out all my plain wood trim and began configuring the timber frames.  I googled Tudors and timber frames to get a better understanding of the style.  I stained all the wood a dark mahogany.  I also decided to add red brick accents under the door and windows.  I considered purchasing bricks but they were just too perfect.  I wanted something imperfect and aged.  So I pulled out my ceramic clay and hand cut each little brick.  I then decided to do larger arched stone accents around the door based on Tudors I was seeing online.  Once the bricks and stones were attached to the house, I hand painted each one a brick red and gray color.

I still have a lot of bricks to go and I’m out of red paint so I will check back in on this tiny gem later.

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How To – Dollhouse Grass

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Supplies:

  1. Foam Poster Board (cut to size)
  2. Green Fuzzy Fabric (cut to cover foam board)
  3. Small Amount Fiber Fill
  4. Shades of Brown Acrylic Paint
  5. Shades of Green Acrylic Paint
  6. White Glue
  7. Paint Brush
  8. Matte Modge Podge

  
Trace out outline of house on foam board.

  
Glue down small bits of fiber fill randomly around board.  This will add depth to your grass.

  
Leave spots clear of fiber fill where you may later be placing flat items such as walkway to front porch.

  

Paint the back side of your fuzzy, green fabric with thinned brown paint.  I mixed approx. 2 parts paint with 1 part water.  You want to apply paint evenly and thinly to avoid the paint soaking through the other side.  The goal is to have just enough of the color showing through on the right side of the fabric so that it looks like dirt under the grass.  I practiced on a scrap of fabric before I started on my main covering.  

  
Allow your paint to completely dry before flipping fabric over.  Glue fabric to you foam board.  Allow glue to set but not dry completely as you will need to be able to fluff the grass.

 

Run a straight edge across it several times to fluff up the fibers.  Above you can see where some of my brown paint bled through a little too much in some spots.  Don’t worry!  These little spots will add tons of character later on.  

  
Mix approx. 1 part white glue with 1 part water.  It should be the consistency of thin, 2% milk.  Generously brush and/ dab the glue mix all over the fabric taking care to keep the fibers fluffy and standing upright.  Allow to dry completely.

  
Begin painting the grass with various shades of green.  Be sure not to saturate fabric with the paint.  Dab lightly, only small amounts of paint.  The goal is to paint the blades of grass only and keep the blades standing upright.  I applied multiple layers until I was happy with the look and had blended in all my brown patches.

  
Allow the paint to completely dry.  I then applied a thin layer of matte modge podge to seal.  Again, dab lightly to avoid crushing your grass down.  Above you can see the section I didn’t paint (house outline) next to my painted grass.

  
Finished product.

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Gardener’s Cottage

So here is the dollhouse my mother tackled.  She went with a Greenleaf Orchid kit.  I believe it will be her first and last dollhouse…I believe her exact words were “Never again.”  She is an amazing florist which definitely shines through on this dollhouse.  This is absolutely amazing!!

Here is the Orchid House as intended per the instructions, which is very pretty.  How she manages to transform it, will blow your mind.

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She kept her color pallet simple to allow the flowers to be the focal point.  As you walk up the ceramic tile walkway through the white picket fence, you’re immediately greeted by blooms everywhere!

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There is so much doing on in every little nook and cranny of this dollhouse that she placed it on a turn table.  From the little dog at the front porch, to the vines trailing up the roof, to the water fountain in the courtyard, it will take hours looking over the outside to discover all the tiny hidden gems.

Now lets take a peek on the inside.

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This kit comes with a ladder style staircase.  That would just not do in this work of art, so she built her own staircase with landing.  The staircase is adorned with victorian trim, with a large mirror hanging at the landing.

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The living room and kitchen are simply too cozy for words.

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Once you ascend the stairs, you arrive in a simple bedroom with a bed tucked in the dormer.

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Anyone else want to live here?

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Duracraft Linfield

So it’s been awhile since I posted but that does not mean I haven’t been creating. Here is a new dollhouse I have been working on for several months now. I purchased the Duracraft Linfield kit from Ebay for $25.00. Here is the Linfield as it is intended to look per the kit instructions. Unfortunately, some pieces were missing and many of the pieces that were accounted for weren’t really my style.

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Once I assembled what I had of the kit, I began looking for inspiration. One of my favorite dollhouse makers is Robin Carey. She creates the most amazing dollhouses I have ever seen. Seriously, google her…you wont be disappointed. Her work definitely inspired this house.

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I choose a brighter pastel color scheme for my house. I ended up adding siding and broke that up in places with stucco and other handmade trims. The front door was missing from the kit so I used a door left over from another kit. I also did away with the gable trims that are included with the Linfield as they seemed more of a gothic victorian style and I wanted more of a Painted Lady feel. I also opted to not use the stone facade on the bottom and went with my own handmade lattice work which I carried up to the gable trim.

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Also missing from the kit, were the pieces to create the bay-type window on the side that you see in the kit pictures above. I ended up having to make the window flush and added a handmade window box as well as created my own window gable from scrap wood.

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For each side gable, I added a break in the siding with a section of trim I made from more scrap wood, craft sticks, and wood medallions I found at Michael’s. I also created small shingles in Paint, printed them on cardstock, then cut out each one by hand to use as the siding under the eaves. Again, I brought my handmade lattice work up into the trim for the gables peaks.

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I added some small window trim details in the corner of each window and painted them in the brighter colors. I made these by sawing the ends off popsicle sticks and layering them.

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I took the wood strip flooring and stained it gray. I used it as the porch flooring. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I am currently in a rut with what to do on the inside of the house. I suppose I will wait until inspiration strikes and will save that for another post.

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Dollhouse Puzzle

While stocking up on supplies at Michael’s, I ran across this charming little dollhouse puzzle.

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I thought this would make a cute decoration in my craft room. Putting this puzzle together was much more challenging than I expected. It probably took me over a week to finally get it right.

Once constructions was completed, I began using up all my old scraps of wood and left over paints to decorate the outside. I also had paper thin shingles that came with a Greenleaf kit that I would never use on a regular dollhouse so I cut these down with scissors to use on the puzzle house.

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In each of the gables, I created scallop strips in Paint and glued them to the façade to give the appearance of fish scale siding under the eaves.

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I altered some of the windows slightly by removing the mullions to let more light into the tiny house. On the inside, I added headers over the windows. I also added a strip of wood behind the ladder-type staircase to give it more of a stair feeling vs. a ladder feeling.

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I printed my own wallpaper by snagging pics from the internet and shrinking them down in paint until they seemed to be to scale. I also printed out different tile patterns onto photo paper to use as flooring. The photo paper gave the floors a high gloss look.

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I used scrapbook die-cut frames and cutouts from my old scrapbooking days to create ceiling medallions.

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The object of this house was to use only scraps and not make any other purchases other than the kit itself. What do you think?

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Parisian Bakery

My bakery started as the RGT General Store Kit.

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I purchased this kit new and after completing the shell, I realized that this kit was crying out to be made into a bakery.  I envisioned a shop that you might find while strolling down the side streets of Paris.

  I was anxious to try my hand at working with clay, so I purchased ceramic clay and a set of mini “cookie cutters” in basic shapes.  I molded rectangular blocks and hand painted each one and attached to the façade of the building to create an antique stone look.  I then used basic sand-less white grout from Lowes and filled in my grout lines.

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I began trimming out the exterior of the building using various crowns, plinths, etc.  The goal was to have the trim be prominent.  I went with black as my trim color in keeping with that Parisian feel.

   

 I then created my awnings over the windows.  I created a stripped design using Paint on the computer and added the French words for Cakes and Cookies and each.  I then printed them onto fabric printer paper that can be found at any Michael’s store.

  I was then ready to move to the inside…

  I used World and Model pink marble flooring paper, a combination of floral dollhouse wallpaper from RGT and a plaid scrapbooking paper that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I then added a chair rail.  The chair rail is actually a foam paper product that simulates plaster trim in dollhouses.  I found these on EBay.  Please see my resource page for recommended EBay dealers.

I added crowns, baseboards, and various other wood trims.

   

 Now it was time to begin decorating the space.

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 There are many general store items that come with this kit but they just wouldn’t cut it in a fancy bakery like this.  So I purchased new shop cabinets from EBay and began filling them up.  Some of the baked goods were purchased and some I made myself using the same clay I used on the exterior.

I purchased jewelry findings that I purchased at Michael’s and created various cake stands, platters, and candy dish to display in and on top of the shop cabinets.

  

  

  

 I also repurposed two different plant stands and turned them into cake stands.

   

 I wanted to give visitors a cozy area to sit and enjoy their treats with a cup of coffee.  I purchased the plain white wire café table and chair set from Hobby Lobby and stripped off the red and white checked fabric.  I reupholstered the set in multiple prints in pink and green and topped it off with a crocheted doily found at Joann’s Fabric.

I finished the table setting off with a coffee service for two, cookies, éclairs, vase of flowers that I created from flower leftovers and a cone shaped jewelry finding.  I also took two very tiny scraps of fabric and made napkins.  I pulled the fabric through a jewelry loop and glued small sea shells on the loop to create my napkin rings.

  
I also created a window shelf to display some treats.

   
   
To finish it off,  I found some pretty printables and made pictures for the walls.  I also found a small chalk board at Michael’s and created a menu for the wall.  

I have another shop shell that I’m thinking of attaching to the bakery…maybe a toy store or perfume shop?  Decisions, decisions.

 

 

 

 

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