Monday, January 27, 2014

Bathroom Remodeling

I have been watching Chinese martial arts movies lately with DH, and being in a militant mood, I decided to rip up the wallpaper on the back wall of the bathroom. And then I said, "Now what?"

The previous layout was fine, but it felt a bit exposed. Also, the oval window clashed with the mirror above the sink.

I decided to close up the window, and use a miniature cork-sculpture screen from my collection to create some privacy for the toilet area. I had bought the screen a few months ago for $14.50 (+ $5 shipping) from eBay.

I am still playing around with the placement of the fixtures. I will let you know how it goes.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


This is what the bathroom looks like right now. I cannot say I am too happy with the layout. Right now, the sink and toilet are affixed to the wall. The bathtub and the radiator are still movable.

The Chrysnbon Victorian bathroom kit also contained a medicine cabinet, but if I put it above the sink, it conflicts with the window. I wish I could close out that window.

I wish I had planned out the lighting a little better. Since the room is so big, I wanted to move the vanity to this room to create more space in the bedroom. Because of the placement of the wall sconce, it makes most sense to have the vanity right under it.

But, I am not happy with the way the bathtub looks in front of the toilet. I feel like there needs to be some sort of partition between the two.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Inspiration Photo:

I found the above inspiration photo on otterine's miniatures. To see more detailed photos of the bathroom, please visit the blog

I bought the Chrysnbon Victorian bathroom kit (for $15.50 + $1.86 shipping), but found the stark white bathtub a bit dull.

So, I painted the outside of the tub using DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Bronze acrylic paint. I painted a thin layer of black on top of the bronze layer on the feet, to give them distinction.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Through the Keyhole

I am heartbroken. Through the Keyhole, my favorite dollhouse store in Dallas, Texas, is closing. Come to think of it, I believe it was the only store in the Dallas area exclusively dedicated to dollhouse miniatures.

It was such an adorable place: whenever I had visitors from out of town, I would take them there. I will always remember the smiling faces of Dorothy and Gayle, and the friendliest dog who seemed to be everywhere at once.

I visited the store last week, and bought a few minis as mementos.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Brick Border

Over the winter break, I have added brick borders to the windows. I am loving the transformation!

I wanted to keep the architectural detail very simple, since there are 30 windows!

Also, I had planned ahead and added the first floor window borders BEFORE gluing on the porch railing.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Working Cherub Fountain

I found a working cherub fountain for the courtyard! It is an Avon Classical Cherub Fountain from 2002. It runs on batteries, so I did not have to worry about wiring. It was an amazingly lucky find at $9.95 (+ 12.95 shipping). These usually sell for considerably more on eBay.