Dollhouse Update / The Backside

14 March 2012

Dear Dollhouse,

This week saw some progress with your backside. A traditional dollhouse is open only in the front, so I’m closing off the backside of my dollhouse with a huge wall of glass disguised to look like the rotting wall of a barn. Right now all the wood on the roof and side of the house is blond, but it’s going to go aged grey once I stain it the right color.

The wall is meant to look like it’s falling, so I made it angled. The angle makes it look a little unstable, but the whole house is supposed to look decrepit from the outside so I’m okay with that.

Just as a reminder this was one of the inspiration pics for my barn. I want it to look as gross from the outside as possible so that its inner beauty is what really shines through. I want the whole project to be a thinly-veiled metaphor for how I am more beautiful inside than outside. Oh yeah, and so are you.

Light is the most important part of any residence, so I wanted my barn to have as much glass as possible to let in the most light.

Once I’ve stained this I think it will look more convincing. Right now it looks extremely fake and modely. Kind of like you.

Don’t worry, I’m totally redoing those stairs. Actually, I have to redo a lot of the back of the house. The back wall is detachable so as soon as it’s done I’m going to take it off, add the plexiglass, and fix all the things at the back of the house I can’t get to right now.

Because doing the backside of the house was so tedious, I decided to reward myself by upholstering the sofa. I used foam core covered in navy linen.

Here it is covered in linen.

I still want to sew the edges of each cushion so it looks more polished (I did that on the built-in window seat I made). I love the color but the thickness of the cushions makes it much more contemporary than I had anticipated. I kind of don’t care though because I don’t want it to look like a mid-century theme house and I am going to be using a lot of mini-mid-century furniture.

That’s all for dollhousing this week. All I have to do now is stain the back of the house, add the plexi, paint each room, and build furniture for the entire place. I should be done around 2015.


7 Comment

  1. pam says:

    Orlando — this is BRILLIANT. I think the back looks great. My mom used to make really exquisite miniature furniture and I sent her this link. I’m trying to convince her to take pictures and send them to you so you can pick some on loan. And then she will be famous. She also has unbelievable minture persian rugs my nutty grandmother made. 2000 stitches per square inch. Won national awards etc.

  2. talk about serious dollhousing! looks great. i especially like the twist of the modern with the weathered.

  3. jeannette says:

    i love the inspiration pic and that you thought to reproduce it. you should become an architect, for realz. this is gorgeous.

  4. dcoopsd says:

    Orlando – loving the rear of the house. Something intrinsically beautiful about the structure – rough but symmetrical at the same time. Can’t wait to see it stained and filled with glass.

    Btw – the stairs… Totally feeling one of those iron stairs with the cable rails. Dunno why….

  5. randi says:

    I am constantly impressed by your talent, Orlando.

  6. Cindy says:

    This is the most incredible doll house and doll furniture I’ve ever seen! You are so talented. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  7. Megan says:

    Gorgeous! I love all of the progress you have made on this. So inspiring to watch. I built a page with all of the people I could find who were participating in the challenge. 79 so far.

    I’ll update your listing with your incredible progress this weekend. Congrats, it is really looking amazing.

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