Doll House: 1st Floor/Done!

The first floor “finish-out” is done and it’s ready to be carried upstairs! The play room where it will end up inside is fairly small, so I took pictures of it outside.

I have no idea how much it weighs, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy to take it up a flight of stairs and through a bedroom. Wish us luck!

There are still a few more things I want to add to this level:

  • family room: fireplace heart and mantel
  • front porch: wall mounted mailbox, sconce light, front steps with brick
I really like how the “bricked” front porch floor turned out. I used a sanded caulk as grout. It comes in a tube and is the colored tile grout.
The front door opens to the family room.

A lesson learned from the build out of the first floor: I was set on creating the look of wall paper by using wrapping paper on the walls. I thought that would be a great way to add some pattern and interest to the interior of the house. While the concept is decent, the execution was terrible. At first I tried using Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the walls. The wrapping paper immediately became a warped mess (the paper needed to be thicker to use a liquid adhesive). I ended up using roll on double sided tape, like used for scrapbooking. Some of the walls look ok, but on others, the paper is noticeably wrinkly and/or not flat. The walls were the issues happened are where the paper isn’t just a rectangle but an odd shape instead. I had apply/remove/apply the paper there because I didn’t get the placement right the first try. Now that the “wall paper” I don’t think it’s going to hold up over time. I’m not surprised my “wall paper” didn’t turn out like I wanted, just disappointed.

This is the one window downstairs. It’s in family room. I used a few different wood trim pieces to create a window sill and molding around the window opening. I think it looks realistic enough. It could be better but done is better than perfect!
View from over the family room, looking into the dining room.
View is from the kitchen, looking into the green-walled pantry.
This is an overhead view of the pantry room. I used caulk plus dark gray and black paint to grout the tiles. To create a nice transition from the tile floor to the wood floor, I used a piece of iron-on wood veneer tape placed perpendicular to the hardwood “planks”.
STILL TO DO: paint the 6th coat of paint on the front door and install. The door knob was made with a dowel plus two wood vase (?) pieces.

Share Your Thoughts!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.