Long ago, in June of last year, I introduced my latest mini project – the construction and design of the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse, which I am lovingly naming Bramble Cottage. This dollhouse kit is another farmhouse design, however, I hope to make it feel more like an English country cottage by carefully selecting exterior and interior finishes that stand out and putting my mini-construction skills to the test!
One of the best parts about this particular build is that I get to share it all with you, LPI’s readers, from the beginning, and although I expect there will be many mistakes caught on camera, which I will have to address here, I hope that you enjoy the honest process.
In this phase of the mini project, I tackled the painting. Unlike my last dollhouse, I focused on sanding the exterior parts of the home pre-installation. Of course, as you can imagine, it was a tedious process. Did I sand everything perfectly before painting the color coat? No, I did not. It turns out that it might have been best to prime everything and then sand it for the first time. When I added the first color coat after priming, I could still see quite a bit of texture. Therefore, I elected to sand again before the second coat, but I plan to smooth any areas that stand out even as construction is underway.
For the exterior walls that will not be covered in this beautiful stone, I have selected Benjamin Moore’s Pashmina for its warm tones and compatibility with the exterior stone. Of course, I still need to install it, so it may turn out much differently than I imagined! This creamy taupe is perfect, and while I have not yet decided if I will paint the trim and windows a different color, it will be lovely no matter what.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for a video on the process and a preview of what will come next!