|The before picture with the old wallpaper and exterior.|
|The front that needed some molding reattached.|
|Close up of the interior|
|Close up of the 'kitchen'|
I went back to Hobby Lobby and scavenged through the 1.5 million choices of scrap booking paper, looking for cute, girly prints that would be small enough for the interior of the house. I decided on a few funky, retro patterns that were still light and pastel enough but a bit more modern. I picked out a pink pastel paint for the exterior and a purple for the trim. I guess I was going for a Painted Lady Victorian look.
I was still in a dilemma about what to do with the roof because there were quite a few water stains and tears in it. I looked all over for replacement roofing that was similar, but no luck. I searched some more on the Internet and found another DIY site that showed how to paint it in a way to cover stains. After another trip to Hobby Lobby I was finally ready to begin.
I started by painting the exterior with the pink and the purple trim. This was a painstaking task because it requires a steady hand. After several coats of paint, the exterior was almost complete with the exception of a few trim pieces that needed free hand painting done. (I had a friend in mind for that part!)
The next step was removing all the old wallpaper and trim so I could put on my new funky, fresh patterns. The trim was so delicate that I used an Exacto knife, as not to break this 30 year old miniature trim. I spent several evenings in the garage measuring, Exacto cutting and applying the new paper. I used a crafter's glue the apply the paper and a plastic spatula thingy to smooth out the bubbles. After roughly 30 hours worth of labor the house was almost done.
There was some exterior trim that needed attached so I got out the crafter's glue and reattached those as well. A friend of Jake's is an amazing artist so I called him on Dec. 22 to help me finish the last minute details. He free handed the front door trim and added a painted trellis on the side of the house with purple flowers.
|The finished product.|
|She sees it for the first time and immediately starts playing with it.|
|Luci examining the contents.|
I think she loves it!
Thanks Grandma C and Grandpa B for being so awesome in making the dollhouse to begin with. I now realize the amount of work and effort it took. I love every memory of my beloved dollhouse and now Luci can too!! You rock!