Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fairfield Dollhouse Re-Hab

Yes OK, I know I have too many dollhouse's. LOL
This is my fairfield, it was given to me by a member at the GreenLeaf Dollhouse Forum.
When I first got the house it was if I remember correctly purple on the outside with shinny green shingles?
As soon as I saw it, I thought of an old farmhouse. Here are some on the pictures of my progress over the years, yes years. lol
I decided to take it out of the closet again, and let it have some light I'm going to make a place for it in my craft room so I can see it.
I forgot to included this picture blow. I don't have a before picture, it is normally the dining room. but now serves as the kitchen.

The outside of the house already had siding on it, but it was bumpy in allot of places. So I decided to trim up the house allot to cover it. I wanted to keep this as inexpensive as possible so I used skinny sticks from the craft store. Wow they are great.


It's also painted white, and then blue and then green and then white again. Yes once again, I had trouble making up my mind. lol


I'm trimming the porch with sticks also and the balcony. I think that the door on the second level was already cut out. I have a door for it, just not installed yet. The Turret top windows were round and I did not like them so I made them larger and made the windows once again from skinny sticks.


It's a little bright out this morning for this picture of the front door. I have aged the door with sanding and I'm in the process of trimming out the top.


This is a kit I bought on line, I used the extra paper from my kits to trim it out.

Front knobs are nails that I have put enamel paint on.

Picture of the skinny stick windows I made before they were painted.

Living room. I did not have a before and after pic that I could find. I stained all the floors dark, they look great I think. The house was already put together so I did not want to have to put in flooring.

In the living room I have trimmed out the fireplace with shelving and again used skinny sticks. I'm still working on it. Now that I finally bought some furniture for this room I might have to re-think the colour?
Window Bench, I need to make a new cover now to match the lavender cushions of the furniture.
This is a Bespaq set that I bought of Ebay. I have looked at this furniture for sometime but could never find some that I could afford. This set came with the couch , 2 chairs, side table, coffee table and side table, and little ottoman. It was a great price!! So I treated myself!! I'm thinking of pained the wood white? What do you think?

I love the style of these chairs and did not feel that they would look out of place in the house. They are so wonderful and such detail in them.
Before picture of the right bedroom. Though the floors do have one coat of stain on them at this point.
After Right Bedroom. I decided in all the rooms that I would pull out the old wallpaper and use Spackle to cover any imperfections and also the ceiling, which was in really bad shape. I love the soft look that Spackle gives. I have done a test colour on this fireplace. I think I need to white was the fireplace a bit. The wardrobe is a Robin Betterley kit.
Before shot of the left upstairs bedroom. Again I have put one coat of stain on the floor at this point.
After Shots of Left Upstairs bedroom. I got the bed as a kit its I believe a Phoenix Model Kit. You only get the foot board and headboard. I have painted it white. The ottoman is one of the pieces that match the living room set. The little side table also came with the same set. Again thinking about painting them white and then putting a patina on them.

Before picture of Attic Left Side.

After Picture of Side of House
After Picture of upstairs attic room. I wanted to do a close up of the little light switches I made.
I made this false wall for the upstairs attic room and distressed the door.
After picture of the upstairs attic room. This is going to be the room for the owner of the house. I'm treating the house as a bed and breakfast.
After picture of the attic looking through the house. This will be the sitting room for the owners. There private area. The couch you see against the wall is a kit I have not finished.
Before picture of second floor hallway and bathroom. As you can see the stair whole needed allot of work to clean it up, which I show in following pictures. The wall that divided the bathroom is also not in this shot.
After picture of upstairs hallway. You can see in this picture that I have cleaned up the hole and trimmed it out. I had to use wood filler and stain it in certain spots but I think it looks OK.
I love this shot, it makes me look forward to when its decorated and done. The third floor staircase has yet to be painted and stained.
After shot of back side of house.
Before shot of attic back view. There is usually a wall dividing the turret. I cant remember if that was out already or not. Wow that a little area to get in. lol

Turret area. I love this chair set in here.
Attic wall I made with door to the owners room. This picture is taken from outside the attic window.
Attic
Before ground floor entry and normally the kitchen.
After picture of ground floor entry. Again all the walls are Spackle. Another kit from RB on the wall. The stairs I decided to turn around from there normal way. If I'm going to put that much work into them, I want to see the!!!

Back side of house
Hope you enjoyed the pictures, it's still a work in progress!!

Jenn

26 comments:

  1. I grew up in an old white farmhouse, so they are always special to me. :D I love the dark floors, and I wouldn't touch those bespaq pieces. I like the dark wood in there, and maybe a lighter area rug would keep the coffee table from getting lost. I love the in-progress photos. It looks like an airy, well-loved farmhouse that's getting a sprucing-up! :D Lovely.

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  2. I love the old plastered feel to the rooms, it almost has a french feel to it. I would paint the furniture white though, as it would give a more shabby chic effect, and would work really nicely with the Betterley firniture - which I adore!

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  3. Love the style you making it!

    Greetings, Karin.

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  4. thanks so much for your comments. It's been a while since I worked on this house and while im waiting for my templates to arrive for the stone house i figured in my spare time. lol i would do some work. Lol

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  5. The style and interior layout of the rooms are wonderful. The hall/entrance looks so chic and fresh. I would love to live in a house like this.
    UK houses tend to be front opening and I do not have any US houses in my collection although I have noticed more coming onto Ebay.

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  6. This is coming out fabulous!! I love all of the before and after photos!!
    Thanks for joining my blog!!

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  7. This house is wonderful! The choices you made on the distribution of furniture is perfect. I love the colors of the walls and doors ...
    Beautiful photos also show the before and after :-)
    Mini lovely hugs, Flora

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  8. fabulous inspiration...love it :)

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  9. What a sweet house! You are really turning a sow's ear into a silk purse! :)

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  10. Your house has so much character...I love your photos...my kids can't believe how real they look!

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  11. This is a wonderful house and I love how you are decorating it! The photo's almost make it look life sized! I love the chair and stool that's in the turret! Fabulous set! :o)

    I've made that Phoenix bed, me and another blogger had the same problems....attaching the base to the head and bottom board! A nightmare! Grrr!

    I love American kits, I like Janice are used to front opening dolls houses that are sold in the UK. I always wonder how collectors get around the dust issue with a back opening as nothing is sealed off from light and dust. It also means you have to have space in front of your house to be able to turn it around...even if its on a turntable.

    Michelle xx

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  12. No such thing as too many dollshouses, just too small real houses in which to display them.

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  13. Love your work so far, transforming the ugly duckling into a swan!

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  14. I enjoyed your pictures, what wonderful improvements you're making to the house. I love how you've opened up the entry/kitchen and turned the staircase.

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  15. I really like how this is looking. I am becoming more and more fond of a recycled/modern farmhouse style. I think what you have here is really good looking. I want to tackle a build and customize project but can't find the room/time. The photo of the ground floor entry AFTER slays me. It's really cool. Great texture and all the weathered and distressed aesthetic. The house has found a good owner.

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  16. I'm about to start on my Fairfield kit and love what you are doing with yours - I find it really inspiring. Love your colours and the plaster effect on the walls. The floors are very dramatic - beautiful.

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  17. I'v e always loved the way this house has a depth to it by the way the rooms are not all lined up side by side and up and down. The layout actually has been planned to flow more like a real house than a doll's house. I wish that Greenleaf would do more houses with interesting floor plans such as this one. This Fairfield is the perfect example of a workable, adorable and usable layout that satisfies on all levels, and you are doing a wonderful job of the re-vitalization of it.
    elizabeth

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  18. Just ordered the Fairfield and I was looking for some fresh ideas. You have many good ones!!! I like your style! I'd like to make walls to enclose the dollhouse but the short side looks like it'll be tricky to work out. And not sure if the view will be that good from just the front and sides as this is a realistic floorplan. I'm very excited. I got the 1/24 scale. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Just ordered the Fairfield and I was looking for some fresh ideas. You have many good ones!!! I like your style! I'd like to make walls to enclose the dollhouse but the short side looks like it'll be tricky to work out. And not sure if the view will be that good from just the front and sides as this is a realistic floorplan. I'm very excited. I got the 1/24 scale. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Fun pix! It's neat seeing how this turns out but I bet it's hard working on it pre-built.

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  21. This is gorgeous! Thank you for posting - I was searching for a window idea and I never even thought of constructing one from skinny sticks! Can't wait to give it a try!

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  23. Hi Jennifer, You are probably surprised to have a new comment at this late stage. I had not been able to use my iPad for leaving comments so limited myself. However I have enjoyed browsing your site (came over from StudioE Miniatures). I do love the settee and chairs. Looking forward to seeing your progress on your lovely house.
    regards Janine

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  24. If Janine thinks she is late in 2015 then I am out of time completely in 2016. Nonetheless I love your ideas and I'm looking forward to doing my own Fairfield kit soon. I especially love how you have eeked out a lot of usable space from the attic by your clever amendments

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  25. If Janine thinks she is late in 2015 then I am out of time completely in 2016. Nonetheless I love your ideas and I'm looking forward to doing my own Fairfield kit soon. I especially love how you have eeked out a lot of usable space from the attic by your clever amendments

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  26. Greetings from your newest follower! I just discovered your blog - its great. I really like what you are doing with this house. Good call on turning the stairs around. Keep up the good work - Troy

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