The Dollhouse Hallway

Dollhouse Hallway with Window Seat

Things are coming along nicely in the dollhouse! I still feel like there’s so much to do, but comparing this post with my last one about the dollhouse, I can see how much progress I’ve made! I have a list of things that need completed on the structure (interior and exterior) and I plan to have it finished before Thanksgiving. (That’s next week! Yikes!) After the structure is complete, it’s on to furnishing and acessorizing. Then when it’s all finished, I’ll be so sad. Maybe I will do another? But for now, let’s talk about the hallway!

Dollhouse Hallway

As I mentioned before, you can see the true before pictures on Facebook here. But the photo above shows what the space looked like after the floors were done, the walls primed and glued in position, and the left wall wallpapered with a doorway in place. This hallway could be dead space in the dollhouse because it’s where the stairs go, blocking the rear area, but instead I decided to tuck away a fun feature: a window seat!

Dollhouse Hallway Window Seat

I built the window seat out of two pieces of 1.5″ wide craft wood I already had in my stash. I just used super glue to attach them together and then to the end of the hallway. I didn’t worry about making it fit absolutely perfectly, because I would be adding trim.

Dollhouse Stained Glass Window

Another detail in the hallways space I had planned from the beginning was a stained glass window. To make this, I added the plexiglass panes to my painted dollhouse kit windows and laid a template beneath it. (I used a stained glass window image I found online and tweaked it to fit my window in Photoshop.) I made the leaded lines with tiny strips of golfer’s tape. I flipped the window over and added lines to the other side of the window as well. Then I filled in the designated spaces with yellow glass paint and clear glass paint to look like real stained glass.

Dollhouse Stained Glass Window

Here’s what the window looks like in place from the outside. It drives me crazy because I’m new to this world of miniatures, and sometimes it’s only when I take photos and view the items enlarged (like this window) that I can see all the tiny imperfections. Oh well.

Below you can see the hallways from the inside with the window installed, wallpaper on the walls, trim in place, and even a tiny cushion on the window seat. I made the cushion out of foam board for the base and chipboard and quilt batting for the top. The right side of the window seat will be block by the top set of stairs, so I wasn’t super concerned with making the trim on the seat perfectly spaced.

Dollhouse Hallway with Window Seat

I’ll probably tuck a couple of tiny pillow back there for when the dolls are lounging around reading books or whatnot. You know, just doin’ doll stuff. Once the stairs are in place, you won’t be able to see it super well, so it will be a special little hiding place!

LINKS FOR MATERIALS USED:

dollhouse kit
golfer’s tape (for leaded window lines)
glass paint (for stained glass window)
wallpaper- open stock scrapbook paper from Michael’s craft store
fabric for bench
ribbon for stair runner (yet to be installed, shown in first image)

Next up I’ll have the bathroom finished and ready to share. Stay tuned!

7 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    Wow! The details are so great. You’re really making me want to build a dollhouse.

  2. laura says:

    words can not describe how lovely this dollhouse is turning out! the window, the bench & the ribbon runner (gush!) are SO good. you’ve got my wheels turning to start making one for my niece.

  3. Maryam says:

    Ok you need to stop. This is too awesome! I want one for myself!

  4. Sarah says:

    The window is AMAZING!

  5. Leigh-Ann says:

    It’s looking so good! I’m enjoying watching your project :)

    Btw, Model Car stores have a lot of miniature parts for scratch building ANYTHING and materials for effects… they even have chroming kits (a thin material like gold leaf) for adding different finishes of chrome to any surface. If you haven’t been to one, I think your imagination would go wild :)

    Keep up the great work, this is awesome Mandi :)

    LA

  6. Hilde says:

    This is incredible. The detail! I can’t wait to see the finished product, and your girls are so incredibly lucky to get to play with this in the future!