19 posts categorized "Fairfield"

the bathroom





When I put in the shelves a couple of weeks ago I knew the smart thing to do would be to fill them first, but because the bathroom floor is wonky and I had to cut the right foot off the shelving unit and glue it in crooked in order to make it straight, I didn't.  I should have tried.  Everything on the shelves had to be meticulously placed with a pair of long tweezers...which means everything was dropped a half dozen times before it reached the shelves then was placed cock-eyed and had to be teased into place.  It took forever.

I spent a lot of time on the pipes that lead from the tank to the toilet.  There are two:  one goes from the tank to the toilet and the other goes from the tank, through the back of the toilet, to the floor, with a small o-ring at the bottom.  They are brass, but because they faded into the yellow wallpaper I had to pull them back out after I was done to paint them pewter...I placed a third brass pipe (unpainted) between them as a spacer, because when they sat next to each other it wasn't noticeable there were two instead of one.  Now that the alterations are done and they're back in place I realize that they can hardly be seen...I can't tell there are two, and I can't tell only one goes to the floor.  What a lot of fussing around for nothing.

When I bought bottles and labels to make the bar I lucked into stock for the dollhouse.  I had quite a few smaller bottles left over that are suitable for half scale, and the labels came in a packet that had two sheets of perfume and other small bottle labels that are small enough for half scale.  I used some of the bottles in the bathroom, made even smaller ones out of beads, and added labels to them all.  I think the labels really make a difference.

There are a couple of things my perfectionist self isn't happy with..the pipe leading up to the shower was supposed to be centered between the faucets, and the trio was supposed to be centered to the head of the tub...and the shower curtain rod is shorter than the tub is long.  But, considering that I had to work in a room the same size as my hand so did almost everything with tweezers I guess that's not too bad.  I'm going to settle for being grateful there isn't a big painty gluey fingerprint in the middle of the mirror.

I finished the bathroom yesterday...

DSCF0002 ...but this morning decided to improve a couple of things, so it's not ready to show you yet. 

I'll give you a sneak peek though, this is the vanity I made...the mahogany base is from an occaisional table kit, the countertop is from a laminate sample card and some scrap wood.

Sorry about the awkward angle, I didn't think to take a picture of it before I installed it in the bathroom.

I will be sooooo glad when the bathroom is finished...

...because it's very difficult and frustrating to work in there.  (For perspective, my glove size is small.)

I've got the shower glued in place, hopefully it works out okay...I'll pull the pins out of the curtain once the glue is dry, they're holding the pleats in place where I want them.  I suspect that I glued too much of the top of the near end to the wall and will have to tinker with the wire rod a bit to get it to look right with the tub in place.  I couldn't put the tub in place while I was gluing the curtain in because there's not enough room to work in there.

I made a new wicker looking shelving unit out of tagboard covered in embroidery fabric.  It's awfully utilitarian, but once the shelves are full you won't be able to see much of it.  The shelving unit looks a little wonky but it's really the room that's slighty crooked...I had to cut the right foot off to get it to sit crooked enough to look straight (did that make sense?).  There is a piece of wood the same thickness as the baseboard taped to wall beside it, acting as a spacer while the glue dries, just ignore that, I'll remove it when I remove the pins.


While I was working I was thinking about how to make wicker bins out of embroidery fabric to sit on a couple of the shelves.  I'll be out of town on business next week, and making bins is a clean project I can do in a hotel room, so I'll pack a little craft kit to put in my suitcase.

why is nothing in this house ever easy?

This is what I ended up with for the shower...it looks pretty good sitting in my hand.


It looks okay in the bathroom too...though it's not sitting straight for the picture and I can't hold it in place with my hand for the photo because my hand fills the room.


I don't like it with the rest of the furniture in place, I think it looks too crowded.


This is a picture with the curtain shoved back a little more...it's still too crowded, though now I think it's because of the shelving unit...I need a skinnier shelving unit that sits straight.


more puttering

I made some changes to the toilet tank and bathtub because I thought they looked blah finished in one color. 

I scraped off the pewter paint that I put on the brackets and the letters on the box...used the dremel to grind off the handles on the side of the box and to grind down and even up the edges of the brackets and the lip on the lid of the box...then I painted the brackets and letters silver.  The only oil based silver paint I could find at JoAnne's (I didn't feel like driving across town to either the hobby shop or Michael's) was a creme stencil paint.  I also scraped the pewter paint off the feet of the bathtub then repainted them silver.

The fabric on dowels in the background will be a shower curtain, hopefully.  The fabric is too sheer to pin pleats in, so I'm trying this method (with copious amounts of hairspray) to put waves into the fabric.  It would have been easier to use a quilting weight cotton fabric, but I'd like to see the wallpaper through the curtain if I can, so I'm using this sheer cotton instead.  The fabric is leftover from making curtains in my life-size bathroom so I'm not out any money if this doesn't work, and  I've got quite a bit more to try again with a different method if I need to.

I'm not sure yet exactly how I'm going to fashion a  circular curtain rod or shower head, but I'm forging ahead anyway, hoping I'll figure it out as I go along.  If anyone has tips please, please, please put them in the comments section.

I need to add a pull chain the to the toilet tank yet, don't let me forget...I'm thinking a fine chain from my stash of jewelry making supplies should do the trick.

DSCF0005 I liked the silver paint at first...I thought it looked more realistic than the unfinished metal pieces I bought, so I painted some candlesticks, a teaset, a brass goblet, and repainted the base of the lamp...then I polished a real silver bowl for comparison to discover I was wrong.  Then this morning when I put the lamp in place for a picture my fingers came away silver.  I don't think I'm going to use this paint again.

I left some unfinished pieces on both sides of what I painted silver so you could see the difference...I didn't think to set the real silver life-sized bowl in the picture.

I've already glued the candlesticks in place on the mantle, so their finish can't be altered again, but I'll definitely repaint the lamp base.  I'm not sure if I'll repaint the tea set or not.


puttering about

The necklace definitely looks better with more rings.  It was a pain to get them in place, and I didn't realize I'd done such a poor job bead weaving until I looked at it that closely and noticed so much thread between beads...I shouldn't have stitched it while watching TV.


I put different legs on the table....wish I had managed to get them all straight.


I got this liquid leaf pewter paint stuff off the clearance shelf a couple of years ago.  I wish I could accurately photograph the finish, you'd love it...it's a deep dark metallic gray with undertones of browns.  I painted the tub and toilet tank with it, then, because I was entranced with the finish, I repainted the base of the floor lamp, the drawer pulls on the dresser, the bed frame that sits in the attic, and the burners on the stove.

DSCF0007 While the paint was drying I glued some platters (paper circles) in the back of the kitchen cupboards to give the illusion of more depth once I fill them.

Did you notice the stove burners?  They look much better pewter than they did shiny silver.  I meant to paint them black before I glued the stove in place, but I forgot...I'm glad I did, they look more realistic this color.


Sigh...I'd like to stay home to putter all day today, but I really need to go to the office.  I should get moving, I meant to be there already this morning.

back to work on the house

The third package of stuff I need to finish the pub still hasn't arrived.  I'm done waiting for it..I've put the  pub on the top shelf of my bookcase.  I'll finish it later, when and if my package gets here.

I cleaned off my worktable in preparation to start on the house again.  Since the saw was already out I thought it would be a good idea to finish the few things I have to build before I put it away.  I started with a bookcase, since I wasn't in the mood for anything more complex.



There's not enough room in the bathroom to put the toilet where I want to if I use a standard toilet, so I bought a toilet without a tank instead, planning to build a tank to hang high on the wall behind it.

I did a little research, because I wasn't sure what size to make the tank in comparison to the toilet.  I had pictured in my head the only style of high tank toilet I've ever seen, which is an American style (pictured left).  On bathsfromthepast.com I discovered a British style (pictured right), which is much more interesting.

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My brain immediately sifted through everything I've got in my miniatures stash to piece together some metal shelf brackets, a metal breadbox, and wire for pipes (simulated in my picture by a toothpick).  I assembled it on my worktable, then flipped the breadbox upside down, so that I can run the pipe up inside of it and don't have to worry about how it looks where it attaches to the tank.

The word on the breadbox won't be readable from the angle it will be seen at, I'll grind the handles off the side and top, and add a flush pull.  What do you think?



Next idea...

Glenmorangie_Lasanta__gb My husband loves the liquor/drinking glass combos that are in the stores at Christmas time.  This Christmas he bought himself a Glenmorangie Lasanta scotch set.  He brought the empty box back to my studio to present to me, showing off the magnetic side closure and front windows, with the thought that I might want to use it.  He's such a thoughtful husband :) 

I immediately pictured a pub inside it, so put the box on top of my bookshelf until I have time to work on it.  Coincidentally, there were two emails in my in-box this week from dollhouse shops who are having room box contests.  Perhaps now is the time?

the bedroom

I'm not done yet, these are just progress pictures...



Sample I kept the curtains simple, as I want them to be part of the background in the room, not a focal point.  They're not meant to look realistic, they're meant to function in the same way a mannequin simulates a person to display the clothes it's dressed in.  I've seen so many pictures of dollhouses with curtains such as the ones in the picture to the right that I was initially contemplating not having curtains at all, I'm so turned off with how fake that looks.

I made the curtains by gluing fabric over a piece of corrugated scrapbook paper cut to fit, then taping decorative head pins on the back for curtain rod ends.  The back is covered with masking tape where it can be seen looking through the window from outside.  Right now the assembly is installed with double sided tape, as I'm contemplating making the curtain rod ends larger.