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Saturday, May 23

The Gloucester Dollhouse Day 16

The Bathroom
I used the marble flooring in this room and then made wainscoting from the same balsa wood that I used for the dressing room, only this time I didn’t cover them in fabric. I just painted them and used the same stencil and spackle technique as I did on the exterior of the dollhouse to create a design on each panel.

I didn’t use a backing to this wainscoting either. I just glued the square panels directly to the wall and trimmed the tops and bottoms with balsa wood strips. The same I use for baseboards.

I then used skinny sticks to make bead boarding on the top half of the wall. I really like skinny sticks for bead boarding because they have nice beveled side edges which give the distinctive lines between each board, like real bead boarding has. I had to cut a lot of skinny sticks to go all the way around this room. I like the end result.

I used a balsa wood strip to trim the ceiling. I then painted everything white.

For everything to come out milky white, you will need to use spackle on any gaps that you may see around the paneling, etc. Then use about two to three coats of paint.

The door I inserted yesterday has the same raised paneling on this side as it does the other but I painted it all white.

You can not hide all of the back exposed floor and wall edges with wood trim because if you do, your hinged panel will not close correctly. I used balsa wood strips for the middle and left sides and lace trim for the floors. The right side can not be trimmed or the panel will not close. Use strips that are as thin as possible and always hold them with masking tape in place so you can see if your panel closes properly before you commit with glue. Now all of those edges are completely hidden and everything looks smooth and finished.

Scrape off any paint that might have gotten on your hinges.

I then used all of the left over trim I had for different finishing touches on the dollhouse here and there. I used more fabric roses as well, on the curtains and room corners. I also put some fabric trim going down the beadboarding in certain sections.

The interior is completely finished. Now I’m waiting for some trim to come in the mail so I can finish the exterior.







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