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Monday, February 16

The Willowcrest Dollhouse Revisited Week 6

I've been preparing the fireplaces and the second floor staircase today.

Second Floor Staircase
The second floor staircase is very easy to do and I finished it in the same way I did the first floor staircase. Because this second floor staircase does not have any sides, you can finish your staircase in its entirety after assembly, even if you are using two tones, like me.

Fireplaces
I wanted the fireplaces, in this dollhouse, to look like they are made of ornate plaster.

I first assembled them but left off the mantels and hearths. I used spackle and a stencil to create the raised decorations all along the front trim. You just place your stencils where you want the design to go and then press spackle into them. When you flatten out the spackle and lift the stencil, you will have a raised design. You can learn more about this process here.

I like using a fingernail file to apply and flatten the spackle. You can also use it to clean up around your design, any spackle that might have seeped out of place. You must wait 24 hours for the spackle to completely cure before you can paint over these designs.

I used a brick printed paper to cover the backs and create the interior of the fireplaces.




3 comments:

Rhonda said...

Great idea for dressing up a plain fireplace! Sure will save a lot of money, when you can make a fancy one, rather than buying one!

Gina said...

I agree Rhonda! A lot of people don't realize just how expensive miniatures are. They figure that something so small can not possibly cost a fortune but they would be surprised. If you are already getting fireplaces with your kit, why not use them? They can be finished any way you want.

Jessa said...

Those look soo amazing! What a good idea. I love your blog :)

 

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