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Another Jackie Deiber pull-apart dollhouse

Last year, I stumbled across a Jackie Deiber pull-apart dollhouse on eBay and snapped it up. I’d never seen one of these before, and haven’t seen one since… until last weekend, when this beauty popped up on eBay.

No, I didn’t *need* it. (Especially not with the Little Belle and Bauder Pine cottage waiting in the wings, not to mention the free Mary Engelbreit themed Arthur that somehow ended up in my car during a road trip to Portland…) I spent the whole weekend talking myself out of it. But then Monday came, and I got paid for a freelance job, and the money was just sitting there in my PayPal account with these sad, puppy dog eyes…

Err, yeah, anyway, here’s a photo of how the house looks finished:

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Twilight porch vignette in half scale

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Years ago, I started a half scale porch vignette and never finished it. In the interest of finishing up some smaller projects before I dig in on the Little Belle, I completed it over the summer but neglected to post a blog about it until now. Time flies.

Here’s more or less what the porch looked like when I put it aside.

I had also stained some 1:12 siding strips and cut them up to begin shingling the roof.

I put the project aside because I was having a really hard time deciding on a color scheme. Unhappy after several attempts, I went to Home Depot and found two shades of purple that complemented the very light gray siding. Since my windows and doors were caked with many layers of paint by this point, I bought new ones and started over.

Even with the new paint colors in hand, I was indecisive about which should be the main trim color and which the accent color. I started with the lighter purple for the main trim, then promptly changed my mind. I also decided to rip out the skinny stick flooring and redo it with the same gray stain I used for the shingles.

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Spanish Revival chimney

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Following the not-so-great roof experience, I made a chimney for the Artist’s Cottage and it turned out pretty well. I feel like I’ve redeemed myself. :)

The reason for the chimney, as you can see here, is that the Braxton Payne fireplace I bought extends past the roof line. Originally I thought about cutting the top of the fireplace down, but decided that cutting a hole in the roof and enclosing the visible top part with a chimney would be less likely to result in disaster. (Not to mention more realistic!)

I Googled “spanish revival chimney” and found a bunch of good pictures. The one on the right (from Houzz) is the one I kept coming back to. It seemed like it would be easy to create with basswood and moldings.

When I went to the store to buy my basswood, I forgot to bring measurements with me, so I ended up with pieces not quite wide enough that needed to be glued together.

The two long pieces go on the outside of the house.

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Artist’s Cottage roof

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I knew when I bought the scratch built gatorboard house sans roof that figuring out the roof would be the most complicated part of the build. Geometry is not my friend.

I’m planning to put barrel tile on the roof but it needs something to rest on, so I picked up a piece of “presentation board” at Michaels for $5. (I went there looking for matboard, and this is basically the same thing, but the matboard cost $15!) Because I want the part under the barrel tiles to be black (so it just looks like a shadow), I got a black presentation board.

With a ruler in hand and a vague idea that I needed to cut four pieces — angled to meet up in the middle — I got to work.

There was a lot of trial and error involved but I’ll spare you those photos since it turns out I was on the wrong track. Before I realized I was on the wrong track, though, I cut my four pieces and sponged white paint onto the undersides for the ceilings. Turns out that when you paint black presentation board white, it comes out kinda purple.

It took three coats to stop looking purple.

Right, so here’s where I realized I had a problem. These are the four pieces I cut. The idea was that the two rectangular pieces would go on the left peak (when you’re looking at the front of the house), and the two angled pieces on the right peak. The hole in the corner of that front piece is to accommodate the neck of the fireplace that sticks up above the roofline.

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