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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Opal Lee's Millinery Shop: Finishing Touches

I finally got my nerve up to use the table saw (so proud of myself) to cut a base for the corner store. I used the rest of the brick sheet I had and created a brick sidewalk.  I bought  two street lamps from The Dolls House Emporium. I mounted one of them on the base and ran electricity from the shop underneath the sidewalk. I am going to use the second street lamp with the Creole Townhouse on its base.


I trimmed off the excess with a utility knife after the glue dried.
I spray painted it the same as I did the brick underneath the stairs with the Fiesta Stone and painted the grout with the sandstone latex paint.

Closeup of the holes for the street lamp

I added trim to the second floor and  installed the windows. I intend to make fabric bolts and I bought some small thread spools from Hobby Lobby but I have run "out of gas" for that right now, so I will save it for later.

I used the same WireForm in the Michaels hutch that I used in the windows of the Mountfield Dollhouse http://jocelynsdollhouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/easy-diamond-pattern-leaded-glass.html I cut the wire mesh to the correct size and glued it to the inside of the doors. 

I gave the hutch an aged and distressed finish.

I spray painted the hat stands glossy white

I added moulding to the ceiling and baseboards to the shop


  1. I didn't think it could get better, but again you impressed me!

  2. Hello Jocelyn! I love the addition of the street lamp and the new brick sidewalk ! It looks great! I think that the wire mesh is a wonderful idea for the doors of the cabinet and what a delicious detail that is. It completely up-grades the Michael's hutch and gives it Presence.
    After reading about your adventures in wiring from your previous post, I decided to tackle mine and used the hard wire and the tape wire system and, like you, I soldered the connections and in the end got it working, but what a head-ache it was while I was doing it. But just as your street light adds just that extra "Something" now that it is installed, once the lights are up and running the ambiance that they contribute is SO worth it in the end. Now comes the filling up of all the shelves that you have and making those thread spools that you currently have on Hold! Have fun!


    1. I am glad that you decided to try the lighting and I agree it is worth it. It gets easier and you will get faster the more you do it. Now I think about lighting during the dry build stage and I buy them during this time also. However, I am still not excited about the fabric and spools. My mother offered to make them for me in the beginning but I declined her offer. I think I will ask her if her offer still stands, LOL!

  3. I like this structure and the interior is wonderful and elegant.
    Greetings, Faby

  4. Hello Jocelyn,
    I am so happy you made the base because it looks absolutely wonderful and really finishes the project. Terrific work. The interior is just charming and so beautiful. I love your miniature artwork.
    Big hug,

  5. Fantástico, una verdadera maravilla, me gusta mucho como ha quedado la tienda, y la segunda planta es preciosa, con mucho encanto.
    Un abrazo.

  6. Jocelyn
    you really made it look real, I can just imagine myself walking down the street and seeing that shop in the distance the lighting is fantastic you are so talented! kudos to you for using the table saw I dont think I could do that.


  7. I have looked at this three times today. you are amazing. what beautiful work you do. i just really enjoy looking.

  8. Wow I love your shop, especially the photo with the lights on. You have finished it off beautifully and I also love your Michael's hutch, with we had a store here. I will watch out for updates.

  9. Hey Jocelyn
    I'm all signed up again, I can't believe I've missed so much!
    I'm off to get a cup of tea and catch up...

  10. I linked over from Pinterest. I just love your work. I'm retiring soon and want to help my grand daughter with her dolls. Seems they all need houses. I like miniatures. I am so pleased to have found your site and I signed up for emails. I can see I have lots to learn before I can build my own doll house! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.