Chez Marcelle

April 11, 2016

I keep trying to get to Chez Marcelle, but when I come up with a new mini to make for the shop, I am totally pulled away :(. This little dollhouse of mine will get done, it will get done, it will get done…



December 1, 2015

Got a chance to do a little work on Chez Marcelle. Still working on the roof details. I know exactly what I want in my head, I just have to make it work for the house. I had to close out a few gaps on the side of the house. I will be using wood siding on the exterior of the house. I want to a make sure the siding has something to stick to in that area, so I used foam board and topped it with balsa wood. 
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There will be a straight wall for artwork and built-ins for storing art supplies
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November 24, 2015

Here's an example of the roof style I want to use for Chez Marcelle. I'm not sure if  I will be adding the windows, I want to keep the roof fairly simple. After I build the frame, I plan on using tin that I will apply a rusting effect to. The roof will have a wonderful brownish patina. 
I will talk more about the exterior house color next post…still searching for ideas.



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November 19, 2015 (pm)

I chopped off the top and it all came together. After writing the am post, I decided to head to the garage to remove the roof entirely, I am so happy I did.

I then, cut form board to play around with different roof styles. I finally decided on this one. It's a little shorter than the previous one and has a flat top. Once I decided on the top, I continued to play around with it. I plan on shortening the sides to make it more balance with the rest of the house.  I also want a rim to go around the entire house, so I will play around with it a bit more before I actually build out the wooden frame.

I started getting excited, so just to see, I taped up a few pieces of siding…yes, I think this is going to look great! It's looking more and more cottage/barn style, which is what I want.

My mom has a sister, Marcelle, she and my uncle have a wonderful cottage/barn style home in the french country.  I remember having wonderful times at their home with lots of food, wine and laughter. I decided to name this house Chez Marcelle, in memory of the wonderful times we shared there with family.

Mock up of new roof for Chez Marcelle

A sneak at what the siding will look like

Oh….that artist loft, I can wait to get going inside.

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November 19, 2015 (am)

I'm making edits to the dollhouse. So far I got rid of the columns and the front roof. I'm not sure what I'm going to do there, but I didn't like it, so it had to go. I may have to take off the entire top and make it more square looking. I think I'm going for "the large" cottage house. ????

The house started out with six rooms. I want the downstairs to have an open plan, so I knocked down the living room/kitchen wall. Upstairs, I am making the bedroom larger and the bathroom smaller. I know for sure there will be built-ins on the window wall.

A few edits to the front of the dollhouse

A few edits to the interior also.

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November 18, 2015

I finally decided to start working on a dollhouse. I was given this house by a friend and it sat around for a bit while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it. It's hibernation time and I am finally feeling excited about this project (The Painted Lady will have to wait).  I plan on creating it for my daughter's room, using items that I have made, items I have purchased and  a few items that were given to me.

So first I want to show you what I am starting with. It looks like colonial house. I know for sure I want to make it cottage/vintage style. So there will be changes to the exterior and interior. I don't want the stairs (I want as much decoration space as possible).

I've already made several changes to both the interior and exterior. I will update tomorrow.

Here is the original house I was given:

Exterior of Dollhouse

Interior of Dollhouse