Powder room lighting

by brae  

When I renovated my childhood dollhouse for my young cousin, I removed all but one of the original Lundby light fixtures and kept my favorite: a small red and white polka dot wall sconce.  It shows its age, but I still think it's great.

With some electrification experience under my belt, I bought a package of mini light bulbs and rewired the lamp since the bulb had burned out long ago.

I think it's the perfect complement to the red powder room, its slightly worn condition adding some vintage charm.  :D

Front porch progress

by brae  

Taking a brief break from the interior, I made some progress on the front porch.  I added a 3 1/2" x 13 1/2" piece of 3/8" plywood to the second floor baseboard to create the forward portion of the porch roof.

I originally had planned to use the porch posts that came with the Newport kit but decided to go with something more fluid and curved after seeing the railing and newel posts in place on top of the garage.  Those pieces were from the Foxhall Conservatory kit I used to make the garage.

Below is the latest mockup with new veranda posts, newel posts and preassembled railings by Houseworks, currently partially painted and uncut (the railings won't extend past the corner posts but will enclose the sides of the porch).  I also continued the nosing around the front and sides of the porch roof for uniformity with the rest of the house and to finish off the edges.  In the photo below, the nosing is taped in place and unpainted.

So far, I like this modified porch much better than the original.

Powder room

by brae  

One of the best features of the Newport is its tower, but that makes for an awkward space on the inside.  I thought the nook created by the tower walls had potential as a powder room.

I used one of the small dividers from the original kit that was meant to divide the kitchen and dining areas.  I liked the open concept of the kitchen, so these were leftover pieces to begin with.  I cut down the short divider wall with one doorway to serve as the removable wall to the powder room.  I wouldn't be using this wall either since I had other plans for the second floor.  I needed the wall to be removable since I wouldn't be able to access this room once the second floor was put in place.

Below, the image on the left shows only the small divider wall, and the image on the right shows the removable front wall in place.  The autumn scene in the background is a clipart image printed on 11" x 17" paper.


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The walls are covered with two colors of scrapbook paper: Grenadine by Bazzill Basics on the top and Blonde Columns by ANW Crestwood on the bottom.  The bottom paper has a vertical line texture that mimics wainscoting.  The chair rail is made from skinny sticks.  For the floor, I used a sheet of the same black hexagon tile I had used for the garage flooring treatment.  The wallpaper is glued in place, but the trims are being held with Mini-Hold at the moment.  I still need to cut the baseboards and touch up the trim pieces before gluing them in permanently.  The rug is a scrap of silk wallpaper.

The commode and pedestal sink are from HBS; I used silver paint on the brass faucets and to add a handle on the commode.  The ceramic mirror is by Town Square Miniatures; the wastebasket and soap dish with soap are from a Chrysnbon kit.

The towel bar and toilet paper holder were also brass originally.  The toilet paper roll is a wood bead that came with the set.  I took a bit of actual toilet paper and glued a few rounds onto the wood bead.

The tissue container is a 3/8" wood block that I painted white on top and then covered around the sides using a self-stick fabric border by Martha Stewart with a bit of real tissue glued on top.

I used another self-stick border from the same pack to embellish the towel, which I made from a scrap of stretch satin (the shiny side turned inside).  I used the factory selvage to serve as the fringe that shows in the front.  It is folded, pressed and glued into shape but is removable from the towel bar.

The two prints are made from artwork by Mary Lawrence: Passion Flower and Tulip.  I printed the size I wanted, mounted them on balsa, cut mats from cardstock and made frames in the same manner as the bird prints.

The roses and the bowl are made from quilling paper.  My grandma taught me this art, and I made these over 25 years ago.

Since the powder room window is right off the front porch, adding some privacy was necessary.  :D  To mimic the look of etched glass, I used Vellum Swirls paper by Hot off the Press to line the lower half of the window.


After getting everything in place, I decided I rather liked leaving the removable wall out so I could see the room with all its details.  I decorated it with matching paper just in case, but for now I plan to leave it out.  I'll likely use strip wood to finish the edges of the room and cover the wallpaper seams between the powder room and living room when I get that far.

Range hood lighting

by brae  

I had built a lip on the bottom of my range hood to give a more realistic look and to have room to add a light.

I chose an LED strip in warm white by Novalyte, cutting a rough hole in the balsa to hold the light in place.  These lights are compatible with 12V dollhouse lighting.  I drilled a hole through to the back; the wires will run through the wall and plug into the power strip.

Here is the light in the mockup phase to check the fit.

Lights out!  This is exactly the look I wanted.

Spice rack

by brae  

I wanted a wall mounted spice rack, but I wasn't sure how to go about making the little spice jars to go in it.  I considered using beads for the base and perhaps polymer clay to make the caps, but I couldn't really find anything that matched the idea I had in my head.  Most things were either too large or not the right color, texture or shape.

What I ended up using was 3/16" diameter rigid aquarium tubing for the jars and 3/16" diameter wooden beads for the caps.

I cut 3/8" lengths of the tubing using a sharp X-Acto knife and a lot of patience.

I painted part of the inside with colors matching the various spices I wanted to mimic.

I didn't seal the bottoms since the jars would be displayed either in a rack or standing upright on a countertop, and since they were merely painted, there was nothing to spill out.

I created labels in Word using clip art borders for the design.  These measure just 1/4" square but they are legible.  I printed them on Avery label paper since I figured I'd get more glue on myself than on the tiny labels if I tried applying an adhesive after cutting them out.

I cut out each label along the lines and found it relatively easy to pull the backing off even though the paper was so tiny.  Using the sticky label paper made it very easy to attach the nameplates to the miniature bottles.  I then glued on the wooden beads to the serve as caps; I liked the existing reddish color so I decided to leave them as is.  The hole in the top didn't bother me since the jars wouldn't normally be viewed directly from above.  From the front perspective, the hole seems like a design detail.

Once the jars were made, I built a spice rack out of basswood and mini dowels, leaving it unfinished for now since I like the color.   I will likely seal it but not paint it.  Here you can also see the finished backsplash; I used two light coats of metallic silver paint that I wiped off before drying to create variegated shades of silver.

Update: The custom made spice rack with jars is now available in my etsy shop.

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