Saturday, February 1, 2014

Little Red Cottage Touches

I haven't posted anything on the red Lafayette dollhouse in quite a long time. That's mainly because I haven't done much to this house in a long time. I figured I had to finish it before moving on to Haley's house instead of letting it continue to linger. Here are some details to the finishing touches. I'm not 100% finished, but I'm so close I couldn't wait to share these photos.

Cape Cod Nantucket house
I bought some plain 3/8" basswood strips and used that to enhance the exterior trim and also inside around the door and as floor molding. I painted it the same tan as the interior window trim before gluing in place.

The door was a huge pain to get in place. It took tons of sanding and grinding with the Dremel tool to make it work. I added a brass doorknob. I had to enhance the exterior trim (the pediment?) so it wasn't so plain. Also, the shutters were so plain and blah, they needed something. I used crackle medium to get some variation and texture. That also helped them to match the door.

Inside, I added trim around the bay window inside to hide the transitions between wallpaper and paint.  It was a huge improvement.

I figured out what to put on the downstairs ceiling to give it a little something extra. I scared up a printable rug and ran it on the color laser printer at full page size. It was perfect! After a little dimensional glue and decoupage, it really completed the scene.

Now, there are only a few minor things left to do.  I have some fabric saved to use for curtains. Then, I need to finish up the front porch steps and the spiral stairs. This little house has really turned out well and I'm so pleased with it.


  1. This is such a charming house! I really love your touches that add such realism to it. That ceiling is amazing too. Such a unique idea you had to dress it up. Looks great, Jenny. I can't wait to see more. ;-)

  2. This is the first time that I am seeing your Little Red Cottage and it is Utterly Delightful, Jenny! I love the ceiling treatment and the extra finishing trims that you have added. I think the crackle on the shutters and the panels of the door, is a great finish and really gives the cottage character. I am sorry that I didn't find this posting sooner, but I hope that there is more to come now that I have. :D
    Have a Very Happy New Year! :D