Rethinking my Grandiose Ideas

After more thought and realizing I’ve been unrealistic, I’ve tried to back off on my grand ideas of what this Windmill House might become. I think all those pics I’ve saved from Pinterest have inflated my brain. I mean, I’m not redecorating my house here – it’s a Miniature, Paula. Get a grip! There is no possible way I can incorporate everything I love about French Country into a little building 16″ deep, by 12 1/2″ wide, by 16″ high. Even if I am making the back section 14 1/2″ wide and 17 1/2″ high (at it’s highest point). I think that once I get all the walls glued together, I’ll be able to visualize it better. My Palladian windows are supposed to arrive Tuesday, and this is Friday. I did manage to cut the two side walls their new height for the back addition where I’m raising the roof by 1 1/2″ to give me 9″ ceilings for the kitchen/dining area. Here is the final draft of the floor plan.So, I added on the 2″ as shown on the right, above. That extends for 12″ from the front door to the back of the house. This will give me room to incorporate kitchen counters and appliances without taking up the main floor space as well as a larger vaulted ceiling. Hope to be able to do an island, as well. So, with the main floor finally decided, I cut a 12″ x 2″ piece of wood and glued it to the right side. Then I gave the whole floor a good base coat of flat white to prepare it for the brick stencil. After the white dried, I applied a coat of Light Mocha flat acrylic by Apple Barrel to mimic the grout. I sprayed the back of my brick stencil with adhesive, stuck it in the upper left corner of the main floor (I didn’t want my first attempt to be near the back opening in case I messed it up), mixed up some water with the brick material, and spread it over the stencil, scraping it off evenly with a small 6″ metal ruler, then carefully lifted the stencil off. This is what I ended up with.Pretty impressive, eh? I love the Terra-cotta shade, it’s really a nice subtle, warm color. There are others on the Bromley Craft Products website, like red, two grays, buff, etc., plus other stencils so you can do stone or brick. It’s worth checking out at http://www.craft-products.com. They are in England, but sent the package by Airmail. Here’s that picture again of the stencil and brick compound.The thicker you spread the compound, the darker the brick will be. I didn’t want a textured surface, so I smoothed it out as much as I could. If I were doing the outside of a building, however, I might go for a rougher look. Which I might try in places on the outside walls since I have over half the compound left over. Here’s the finished piece except for a coat of matte polyurethane I will do tomorrow outside..You can pretty much tell where I had to overlap the stencil to line it up for the next area. You aren’t supposed to go over any areas already stenciled, but it’s hard to avoid, and I’m not equipped to be a perfectionist. So, the lapped places are evident by the darker colored bricks (because they are thicker). And, I did lightly sand a few places where it was too lumpy. But, bricks in real life aren’t identical and have minor flaws and color changes. If judged by those standards, my floor is pretty darn good! The sealer will also enhance the color as well as seal it to keep from chipping off. I’m excited to see the finished product. You can use acrylic paint to apply other colors if you want an even more “authentic” look. I’m quite happy with it the way it is.

Okay, this is the picture from Pinterest I’ve fatally fallen in love with. It’s a little cottage, and I’ve patterned my miniature after this photo. I absolutely adore it!See the loft in the upper left corner? And the kitchen along one wall? French doors? Palladian type windows? Transoms? Just one sofa for the sitting area? I’m dying here. It’s so perfect for a mini, isn’t it? It may not look French, but mine will. Sigh!!!! A la prochaine, mon ami!

4 thoughts on “Rethinking my Grandiose Ideas

  1. Oh Paula I feel your pain and disappointment! I have often had to punt when it comes to my plans for the layout in my dollhouse, and what I’ll be able to vs. what I want to have fit into a room design.. It’s so challenging, especially when I am trying to keep the footprint reasonable due to real life house display limitations. You’ve got the right idea in getting extra creative with the spaces you’ve got and adding in square inch-age where you can! I think your ideas and inspiration photo promise an exciting project!

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    1. Jodi, thanks for your encouraging words. Of course, I’ve encountered the first of many disasters today that I’m trying to rectify. Therein lies the challenge of miniatures! I am continually rethinking things as I go thru the entire process, but I believe this is what I love about it. I doesn’t pay to plan too far ahead, just take it as it comes. I want the thank you for including my blog on your list of Great Reads. I have gone international now, and it’s all due to your thoughtfulness!

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  2. Your bricks look fantastic! Once you have the panel in place, no one will notice the overlap areas. I love your inspiration photo, there are so many elements one can use in a dollhouse. Dream big, and make it happen!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! Luckily, I’m not worried about perfection – I like quirks in my real life decorating style as well as my dollhouses. I prefer to enjoy the process and learn from it. I always attribute wonky floors and crooked walls to an aging and settling house – I like homes with character! Working on the kitchen wall and will make another post soon.

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