I stepped out of the “furniture” zone a couple of times this summer to play with TOYS! I came across this little unfinished barn set at an estate sale on the day that it was half off…and it had to come home with me.
I thought it needed a little color!
I wanted it to look as if it had been well-loved over the years, so I first stained all the pieces, and then used the “vaseline trick” to make the paint chip off in places. I also let my 10-year old daughter paint some of the details on the cow (the udder) and the chicken (the eyes and feather details). She had a great time doing it!
She was not particularly happy that I sold it!
The other treasure I came across was this dollhouse at Goodwill. It was definitely dated, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a TRUE antique. All the windows were missing the “glass,” and some of the railings by the front door were missing. The inside wasn’t in bad shape, just out-of-date. The outside, however, had a TERRIBLE paint job! The trim paint had been splattered everywhere, even on the shingles. Amd the green color wasn’t working for me.
Re-painting the dollhouse was a much bigger challenge than I had anticipated. There seemed to be miles of trim! I also had to go over many of the shingles where paint had splattered on them. Then I “glazed” the trim to make it look a little more worn—it was OK if it looked old, but not sloppy, you know??
I didn’t touch the inside at all. I rather envisioned this little dollhouse as being a conversation piece/focal point in someone’s home. In fact, if it had fit in my little alcove in my living room, that home would have been MINE! Alas—it was about 4 inches too tall!