I am still looking at this tin box, with the piece of leather I cut to fit flush set on the bottom, along with a Celtic medallion that would be fun to tool, and thinking, “Why not?”

I was told the leather will kill the sound.

I’m thinking the leather might change the sound, maybe take some of the tinny out of the box.

I do not want to cut the lid or the lip, so a neck would need to ride along inside the bottom, in one side and maybe just butt up to the opposite, so I can screw something on that end to hold some strings. A hole for a jack. Sound holes? Maybe.

IDK… I’m still thinking. It’s been years.


Dollhouse #2: Front Facade

Shuddering with indecision… does this colonial saltbox house need shutters? I just laid shutters down for this show & tell photo, along with window boxes, to get an idea of what it would look like. Opinions appreciated! Do you think it needs shutters, shutters and window boxes, just window boxes, or nothing at all?

This house will NOT be a house, per se, as it will not be furnished as a dollhouse… keeping exactly what it will be under wraps for now. Let’s just say this house was re-purposed for a business.

I love the “pale daffodil” used to paint the clapboard siding, think it makes the stained wood pop, much more so in person than what this photo captured. It won’t be long before the walls are raised. Yes, it is much easier to paint inside and out, plus install windows and such with the walls laying flat on the table.

I still haven’t decided what color to paint the crown molding. Inside will have white walls and white ceilings, so white would do but it sounds a little boring. I’m thinking maybe a hint of color, a pale tint of blue or green, maybe lavender?

Well, thanks for reading & happy St. Pats!

Staining Dollhouse Woodwork

This dollhouse project is #8 on my “13 for 2013” list. Because it is easier to finish it before assembly, I’ve been staining all of the woodwork. As you can see in the photo below, I’m going for a dark brown patina using Mahogany and Cocoa Brown water based leather stains, partly because I have leather stains here. The faux bricks on the chimney was sponge painted in gouche.

Now I’m stuck… can’t do anything else until I go buy paints for the walls and clapboard siding. I was going to go today but with windchills in the teens, my old bones want to wait for warmer weather.

I’m still debating about doing the crown molding. I’m thinking they should be painted to match the walls.

Oh well… thanks for reading!

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