I’m less than a week away from the dollhouse challenge deadline – December 15th. I’m not sweating too hard yet, but I know I have a couple of late nights between now and the deadline. I love dollhouse-ing but as we’re inching closer to Christmas I’ve been antsy to put down the glue gun and pick up on Christmas shopping and wrapping gifts.
Anyhoo, I have the dining room for you today. It actually got a “wow” from Aaron last night so I’m excited to share with you.
The last time I showed you any dining room progress, it looked like this:
Wow, how horribly disgusting is that? I can’t believe I even put that on the interwebs. Thankfully, the dining room is looking much better now…
I removed most of the wallpaper and left only the top third – the wallpaper was too crazy all over the walls plus this treatment (basically a board and batten without the batten) is more “mature” and makes things look more appropriate for a dining room and less like it was meant for a teenager’s room.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to Aaron’s aunt, Rachel, and Benjamin Rogers for donating this furniture. I’ve said this about a billion times but this stuff is crazy expensive to buy outright. The little benches (one was a sofa table and I shortened its legs), the side cabinet, the gold pitcher, wooden bottle and little red chair in the corner are from Rachel. The dining room table, red chairs, and the little heads on the side cabinet are from Ben. I really cannot thank the two of you enough. It’s helped me tremendously.
For the dining room ” set” I love the idea of having mismatched furniture but everything in its original form was a little too all over the place. I sprayed the benches white, as well as the top of the dining room table. I kept the bottom of the table brown to jive with the legs on the red chairs. I think the benches are my favorite here. I’ve always wanted to do that in my real home, plus the low bench in front stays out of my visual way when I’m taking photos of the room.
The little marble charger on the table and the little ceramic bowl are actually beads from Jo-Ann’s. The rug is a fat quarter swatch of fabric, also from Jo-Ann’s. The pendant overhead is a Christmas ornament from Jo-Ann’s. Yes, I went on a mini spree at Jo-Ann’s.
Here’s the view into the entryway.
I must mention the trim. I’m learning that trim is the key to dollhouse nirvana. And of course, it’s a total pain in the booty. Soooo tedious, but I do it because it really does make things look better. I have to use miter shears to cut out the frames for the windows and doorways – it’s crazy. It will be the most expensive and time-intensive thing I do for the house, but I think it’ll be worth it. Oh and I still need to caulk the joints.
Before I go, I wanted to share a little sneak peek of the living room. It’s the last room to be completed. It’s not in a good enough place to show in all its glory but I do have a general idea of what I want to do in there.
I’ll be back next week with the final reveal – basically a dollhouse house tour. I’ll also be doing a breakdown of what I spent and how much my bank account cried through this project. I’m excited for the tour because I’ve been tweaking the rooms as I’ve gone along and haven’t been sharing those tweaks with you. I am not excited to add up my expenses but oh well.
p/s: Please go and look at Benjamin Rogers’ art. It is fantastic. His site here.