Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bathroom Revamp

 I've been trying to find a good spot to hang the artwork from this post.  And the only place I could manage to find was in our main bathroom.  I've been looking to do some redecorating in there anyway, so this was the perfect excuse!
 
 
 
 
These were the only photos I could find of the old décor. (some from prepping for Avery's dance recital last year!) I'm terrible at doing before/after photos!!  But anyway, it's been lime green and aqua blue for eight years, ever since we moved into this house!  While it was cute, it's been getting a little old, so time for some new blood in there!
 
I chose the colors solely based on the artwork- and you know, I actually haven't heard one complaint about the pink, even though this is the main bathroom my boys use!
 
 Unfortunately, I'm not crazy about the white-washed peachy color of the cabinets, but we may try our hands at painting them a dark gray in the future.
 
 
Sorry this one's a touch blurry, but just wanted to show you the shower curtain I found at Target.
 
 
  I scavenged the house for storage containers that would work, and found the pink multi-layered tray and the wire basket to use.
 
 As you can see, I added a simple frame around the edge of the art.
 
 I also found this needlework, which I added the pink frame around, and the gray frame.  I printed the quote with a pink background to match.  It says, "What if I fall?  Oh, my child, but what if you fly?"
 
 
 Even found a pink bathmat to match at Homegoods!  (Again with the peachy/tan cabinets and tile, but guess we'll live with it for now!)
 
 Milo sleeps here at night, so of course he needed a new bed to fit with the new décor!
 
 
I like that this quote is now in the bathroom, because it's a room we all use multiple times a day.  And it's a sentiment we all should be reminded of multiple times a day!!


Friday, May 01, 2015

The Schoenhut Twins

 Last year, I was perusing Ebay (as I'm known to do quite frequently!), and I came across this Schoenhut dollhouse for only $35 Buy It Now.  Knowing this was a pretty good price for this house, I snatched it up, and waited anxiously for its arrival.
 
 I hadn't ever seen a Schoenhut house in person, and I was pleased once it arrived.  While it was a bit banged up, the details are all so sweet- the carving around the door, the shutters and windows, the stairs and archways...
 
 Here you can see the state of the roof though.  It's pressed cardboard, and very shabby at this point!
 
 And the house came with some lovely interior decorating as well!
 
 
 
Then, fast forward to last week, while I was perusing my local thrift store (as I've also been known to do quite frequently!), and I came upon this sitting there for only $10:
 
 Basically, the exact same dollhouse, minus the windows and door!
 
Also with a pretty shabby roof and some lovely interior decorations!
 
 
 
Soooo, I got to work! 
 
 The thrift store house's roof was actually in much better condition than the Ebay house's.  It still had a nice sheen to it, and much less roughness around the edges.  So, since the Ebay house was in better original condition overall, I decided to switch the roofs.  I made repairs as well as I could, and performed a switch-a-roo!
 
 I also repaired the broken windows and added some lovely window boxes to the front façade.
 
 Out with all the plaid and retro fabrics, and down to just the basics.  I'm not sure if these were the original colors, but they look nice, so I'll keep them.
 
 There are parquet floor papers up in the attic, so I think it was probably meant to be used as extra rooms.  I left the roof unattached on the back so that it could be lifted up.
 
 Here's a better view of the arched doorways.
 
 And the wonderful stairway- so cute!
 

 
Now onto the thrift store house.
 
 It received a complete makeover!  After closer inspection, I could tell that the house had been over-painted at some point, and the roof I had traded from the other house was in pretty poor condition as well.  So I decided that nothing would be lost if I repainted it all.
 
 I chose a cream color for the siding, so that it would contrast with the white trim, and a medium gray for the roof (I've got so many dollhouses with red roofs, so I took advantage of the makeover to do something different!).
 
 Then, to recreate the windows!  Amazingly, I found this ridged molding at Michaels that looked just like shutters!!  So I painted and antiqued it with a mint green, then cut it into shutters.  For the windows, I drew on acetate with a white paint pen, to mimic the windows in the other house.
 
I also needed to recreate a door.  I just cut down a piece of masonite, and added smaller pieces of balsa wood on top, then painted the whole thing and added a nail for a doorknob.  Thankfully, the hinges were still in place from the original door, so I was able to attach it.
 
 Another thing the previous owners had done was to cut into the lower side window and make a doorway (you can see the opening in the original pictures).  So I made another door and some moulding to make it look like a kitchen door.
 
Here you can see the door from the inside- I even added a little step up, since it was sort of "floating" on the wall!
 
 
 Onto the inside.  The original inside was very BLUE, with lots of blue paint and blue carpet and blue wallpaper.  The previous owners were pretty sloppy with their painting, so there was lots of mistakes as well. So I decided to snaz it up and cover some of the flaws with some added wallpapers.  The carpet on the stairs was stuck pretty well, so I'm going to leave that.  And the floor under the carpet upstairs is pretty damaged, so I think I'll leave that, too.
 
 Again, I left the roof unattached so that the attic can be used.  All of the floors in this house are pretty damaged, unfortunately, so I'll have to use rugs to cover them.
 
 Some more shots of the interior.
 
 You may notice some of the same wallpaper as in this other recent dollhouse of mine!
 
 Here are the curtains that were in the house.  I'll probably use a few of them, depending on what furniture ends up in here.
 
 I just had to show you what the rods are made of- Q-Tips!!
 
 And here they are again, side by side.  The Schoenhut twins that aren't really twins anymore!  I guess maybe they're fraternal twins!
 
I will be sure to show you once I start adding furniture and families!
 

Monday, April 06, 2015

Some Artwork

 I haven't had a lot of time to do individual pieces of art lately.  Some of it's actual lack of time, whereas most of it is lack of motivation and inspiration- ha!  Anyway, here are two painting/collages I've done in the last couple months.
 
The first here is a piece I made with one of my favorite phrases, "Always be kinder than you need to be".  I've sort of made it my motto this year, and I try to remind the kids of it frequently, too.  I think that if you really lived your life always being kinder than you need to be, you would have a very positive life.  Sometimes it's hard, but I try to remind myself of it often!
 
 I used bits of vintage wallpaper, in addition to the children from an old storybook.
 
 I haven't found a place to hang it yet, but I'm working on it!
 
 The next piece is just a fun piece without a lot of thought behind it.
 
 I'm kind of obsessed with this poster from Fine Little Day, so that's what inspired me.
 
 It's so hard to capture the magic of children's artwork, and even though I try, my ships still aren't nearly as wonderful as those on the original poster!
 
You may remember this post I did about creating joint drawings with Noah.  I hadn't done one of them recently, so we tried it again last week.  The one on the left is with Noah (now eight years old), and the one on the right is with Avery (five years old).  I am so inspired when I do these with my kids, because it helps me see a child's mind in action, and I always hope I can glean some of that wonderful freedom that kids have when they do art.  There are sections of these drawings that just amaze me, and are so much better than pieces I do by myself!!
 
Anyway, I'm feeling a bit more inspired now, so maybe I'll get working on another painting soon!
 
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