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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pink and Raw to Classy Colonial!

The pink painted home with missing door and window has been transformed into a classy white and black Colonial house!  (Okay, it's not a strict Georgian Colonial home because the Palladian-window door is not centered on the front of the house and therefore there is a lack of symmetrical window placement and all that; you architects out there: be quiet! LOL)

As you can see, the customer didn't think I was crazy
and liked the idea of the black steps and trim on the door!

The roof has been glued down properly and shingled:

Before: Popped roof panel in the front.

After: Roof panel sanded, glued down, painted and shingled!

The raw wood interior, water/mildew damaged and previously occupied by a furry woodland creature, was cleaned, sealed, and primed:

BEFORE: Water damage on the walls.

AFTER: Ready for the family to move in!

The entire first level received wood flooring . . .

BEFORE: Raw wood

AFTER: Primed, flooring down, ready for play!

AFTER: I'm a nut (you knew that), but those wood floors are amazing and,
combined with the stairs, they were my favorite part of this renovation!
This pink/blue and white spotted/raw wood house was obviously loved and played with, but was in sore need of a clean up, restoration, and a new classy identity.  I think it got it:

BEFORE: Loved but neglected in a garage for a few years left this
house needing a make-over.

AFTER: One classy home anyone would be proud to have on their block!

BEFORE: House was a bit drafty.

AFTER: Loving the Majestic Mansion's Palladian Front Door!

Up this week is another Colonial style house that is just getting an archway cut out from the kitchen to the living room and a replacement window put on the front.  Some roomboxes for a customer are getting lights wired in to the ceilings.  A few display boxes for the store are getting wallpapered.  And the customer's Contemporary Ranch house is assembled to the shell stage (no exciting stories there other than one wall having been cut too long by Real Good Toys which caused some minor expletives to be uttered) and it is ready to be painted!  I will be busy the next week or two getting these small projects out of the way so that we can all enjoy the next project: decorating a Haborside Mansion!


  1. Hello Lori,
    Fantastic transformation. It looks so regal now. I love the exterior and the wood floors are lovely. What a grand entrance! Well done!
    Big hug,

    1. Thank you Giac! That means a lot coming from you! I saw your work in the July 2014 Miniature Collector Magazine: I love that nursery you made!