Monday, November 21, 2011

Latest Acquisition and WIP

I bought a new dollhouse last week. :)

Did I need a new dollhouse? 
Absolutely not, if you recall, I have two other houses already.

This one, that I left with my friend Richard over the summer, he's wiring it for me. :)
Which reminds me I have to send him some fixtures to put in it!
Wow, this is in far rougher shape than I remember. ;)

And, this one, that my hubby surprised me with, he nabbed if off the curb. I was so tickled when he found it. He wasn't sure I wanted it, but, of course I did!

So, yup! Another house. This one is actually in the best condition of all that I have.

View of the inside. There are two more rooms on the top floor, but you look down on them through the roof when removed or just peek in the windows.

The first thing that had to go was the pink accents. It just really dated it back to the 80's.

I wanted the majority of the house to be a dark charcoal gray.

Many people have suggested using the little paint samples that you can get from your local hardware or paint stores. I was worried about it not being enough paint, but took a chance and only bought the one container. It is just the right amount, thank goodness! This is Besalt D36-7 Paint Pod from Ace.

The white trim was just a bit to stark and bright for me. I toned it down with Oyster White from Ceramcoat. It is just the most subtle difference from white to off white, but, I think it has a richer look to it. 

Cutting in around and in between the gingerbread and trim was so tedious! 

It's so dark it looks almost black, but it's just a dark charcoal.

And what is more welcoming than a red front door?
This obviously needs a few more coats on it.
Does anyone else think Elizabeth Arden Red Door?

As cute as it is, the quality of craftsmanship is not the best, but, I'm not going to complain all that much, because I am not a builder! Originally, I had the window trim on the third floor painted the oyster color. But, it just cried out how crooked those dormers were, so I painted them black along with the roof. They seem to fade back now a bit.

Still need another coat on that door! That is Folk Art Lipstick Red.
The roof is Crafter's Edition Acrylic Paint , Black.

And, with the roof on. I still have a bit of touching up here and there to do, that blue base must go!

I'm pleased with the progress so far. :)

Amazing what a difference a bit of paint can do, isn't it? :)

I hope all those that are celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends have a wonderful and safe time. :)


  1. Great change! Nice colours you have chosen, Dale.:)Hugs

  2. Your new dollhouse is wonderful!! I love it! But you have a lot of work with your 3 dollhouses!! You could make a great projects!! A big hug

  3. Thanks Paky! I think I am finally brave enough to start tackling them. :)

  4. Your new house is beautiful. I love the colours and the door is wonderful. Have lots of fun with it :)
    Hugs Maria

  5. I wondered what house you were painting in the kitchen :) I love the red door! Lucky you can start the fun part of decorating soon. Love the house.


  6. Thanks, Victoria! Yes, the dollhouse has kinda taken over the kitchen. lol Of course, decorating is the most fun part! :)

  7. I like the new dollhouse, the color is beautiful.
    Bye Faby

  8. What a great find! The more the merrier I think, they keep you thinking and there is always something to do. When inspiration fails you can always return to another project.
    The paint choices are fab.

  9. Thanks so much, Janice for your encouraging words! With this latest edition, I now know exactly what I am going to do with the other two houses. :)

  10. FINALLY!!!A dollhouse! Yay!

    More plz!

  11. The new house looks great, Dale. And, really, three houses is just getting started, lol. You have a long way to go to catch up with me. ;)

  12. Congrats on your new house - your makeover is spectacular. I really like the red door - and I am curious how it will look on the inside! ;O)


  13. Thanks, De! :)

    Trust me, I'm beginning to eye up the soon to be empty rooms around here. ;)

  14. Thanks, Birgit! :)

    So far nothing concrete, just ideas to start with. :)

  15. Happy Thanksgiving Dale! You are very busy with all those houses. How fun! I love your excitement.

  16. Thanks, Caroline! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well. :)

    I may not have the most fabulous dollhouses, but, I'm very grateful for what I do have. (and that's beyond miniatures) :)

    Who knows? Someday, I might have a grand house and maybe not. ;)

    Life and time will tell. :)

  17. I really like the change in the color. I would never have thought dark charcoal, but it really works. What color will you do the base?

  18. Suzy my sweet! :)

    Everyone say Hello to my niece Suzy a young and very smart mom. :)
    and check out her new blog!

    Suzy, in black, I want it to recede. This is going to be a city dwelling. :)

  19. Una preciosa casa, me encantan los colores que has elegido.
    Ahora queda lo mas divertido, decorarla.
    besitos ascension

  20. Muchas gracias, la ascensión, me encantan los colores también, y no puedo esperar a llegar a decorarlo. :)

  21. I love what you did with the house. I think when you start having dollhouses it's difficult to stop having more. the only problem as far as I am concerned is room for them.
    Wonderful to have a husband giving you one, lucky you!

  22. Yeah well what's another dollhouse, right? I mean 2 or 3, not such a big difference :P

  23. Thanks, Geneviève! :) Well, we'll soon be empty nesters, I could have a museum of dollhouses if I play my cards right. ;) Don't get too excited, he pulled that dollhouse from someone's trash! lol

  24. ¡Wooow!!!Que buen trabajo Dale ¡Y mucho por hacer !!! Que emoción!!
    Seguro te quedaran hermosas Ö
    Un abrazo

  25. Oh you did a great job so far! How is the wallpaper taking down going?

    I hope you and the family have a great Thanksgiving!

  26. Thanks, Heidi :) It's coming along.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)

  27. I LOVE paint because it makes SUCH a difference! Your new colors are Great! The door is DIVINE!!!!:)

  28. WAHHH i'm so jealous!!!! wish i had one, heck i wish i had a place to put one XD

    LOVING the progress, and the colours! i thought it was going to be hot pink though ;)

  29. Thanks, Daydreamer! Paint alone can be quite the miracle worker. :)

  30. lol, Cindy! :) The old pink dollhouse is going to be bright pink, not exactly hot pink, but more like raspberry, I think. :)

    I think you should make your bed a loft bed and then you'd have room for dollhouses underneath! :)

  31. Hi Dale popped over to see wow its looking good, i love your new paintwork etc, the house kind of reminds me of the French Chaeus you see. Anyway its looking good.

  32. Looks like you are going to be busy for a while. :D I have not worked on any of my minis in some time now - I need to get busy.
    Thanks for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  33. Thanks so much, Chrissey, I am so glad you popped by! :)

    You will have to wait and see what it is going to be! lol :)

  34. Glenda, thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

    I have a friend of the same name and I think it is just so special!

    Perhaps I can prod you into getting back to your minis. :)


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