I have painted all of the exterior walls and pieces in two coats of Pale Sagebrush. It's getting close to the time when I can FINALLY start to assemble this into something that looks like a house. But first I have to paint the interior walls.
Paint vs. WallpaperMost people seem to choose wallpaper for the interior of Miniature Houses, but I don't want to do that for several reasons.
- First, I'm impatient. If I wallpaper I have to wait until the whole house is assembled, then choose the wallpaper and then figure out how to install it, which seems like a tricky process. Bob has put up real wallpaper professionally, but I'm not sure his big giant hands would do so well in a miniature setting. But if I paint, once the house is assembled the interior will be all finished and ready to decorate.
- Second, when I see Miniature Houses that are all wallpapered, if it's not done really well it can look crappy. Paint is much more forgiving. And sometimes I feel like the wallpaper pattern overwhelms the room.
- Third, I'm trying to be thrifty. Dollhouse wallpaper is around $4.00 a sheet, and I'd need three sheets per room, times six rooms. The math is not pretty. And I have all this leftover paint from when we painted our house that I can use for free.
Laying Out the RoomsBecause I already have the paint, I didn't have to agonize so much over the color decisions. But I did have to decide how the rooms would be used and then which room should be which color. Here's what I decided:
Top Floor Left - Bathroom - Linen White
Top Floor Right - Bedroom - Pale Green
Middle Floor Left - Parlor - Pale Yellow
Middle Floor Right - Dining Room - Beige/Pink
Bottom Floor Left - Library - Terra Cotta
Bottom Floor Right - Kitchen - Linen White
All the paint colors above are from Benjamin Moore and I no longer remember the actual names, although I was passionately interested at the time when we painted the house.
|Room dividers came in three separate pieces that had to be glued together|
|Walls are marked for painting|
|All the rooms are painted - looks messy but should be perfect |
when the floors and walls are all in place.
Painting the room dividers was the hardest part, because obviously each side had to be painted a different color.
|All the walls and room dividers are now painted|
After all this paint dries, I think it's time to build!