Dollhouse Progress

We’re making good progress on the old dollhouse. Apparently people who enjoy dressing up in Downton Abbey-esque costumes are going to live here, like the lady in purple, because my daughters decided it will have a modern kitchen.

The purple lady is in what will be the kitchen. The wallpaper is Victorian era, allegedly.

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I made that desk from the kit. It was a really really old kit, balsa wood, so it was all warped. I just hot glued it all together. It looks better in the pic than it does in person. I probably should not have admitted that.

This is the upstairs parlor, or The Bar/Entertainment room, as my daughter calls it. She thought having this room was very important, and I cannot say I disagree with her. The occupants are obviously world travelers. Now we just need some more furniture, lighting, and lots of objects. Sort of like Indiana Jones meets The Most Interesting Man in the World. So far the people also have lots of animals, at least 10. There are no allergies in Dollhouse World.

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Yard Sale Finds

Some finds today.

We stopped by an estate sale and got this desk for $40. It needs some cleaning, but it’s solid wood and has dovetailed joints and doesn’t smell weird or anything. It even has a glass top, cut to its shape.

I also saw a gorgeous china cabinet there that was the perfect size, but two ladies had “spoken for it.” I have to tell you, the ladies (one very very elderly, one fairly elderly) were discussing the potential purchase, and they had a) no way to get it home b) nobody to carry it and c) no place to put it. They were going to put it in a GARAGE. To KEEP.

Please, don’t hoard beautiful affordable china cabinets in your garage, when the cabinet would have lovingly held my mother’s china. Humph.

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Then we went to the swap meet, where these dollhouses were $10 each. I asked if he’d take $15 for both and he said sure. Similar dollhouse kits cost around $45 each. That is, unbuilt. We don’t mind refinishing.

These are solidly built, heavy-ish dollhouses.

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Our house has been overrun with dollhouses, and my husband’s been very understanding. I always need a PROJECT to do.

These houses are destined to be a Christmas house (Santa’s workshop!) and a Halloween house. I’m picturing Miss Havisham waiting in one of the rooms with a moldy wedding cake.