This is a project I worked on over the holidays. I usually like my dollhouses to be pretty and neat (unlike my own house), but sometimes I like good old grunge.

I call this “OUT OF TP”
(Click for larger images; scroll down for “how-I-did-it”)

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The paper on the back sides of the box is scrapbooking paper I found I think at Hobby Lobby (or maybe Michaels). It’s called “Vintage Memories” and put out by I thought it went well with the theme.

How I Built it:

This project started out with two things–the Chrysnbon bathroom kit (obviously) and a floor and wall I’d put together in a class at the 2013 NAME convention. I had only one wall–I built the other out of matte board, with quarter-inch studs sandwiched between two pieces of matte board.

The NAME class was on aging and faking things with paint (taught by Ed Mabe). I used what I learned in that class plus the aging techniques for the Arch de Provence house ( to finish this project.

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Floor was painted gray and spatter-dashed with white, gray, and black paint (old, stiff-bristled brush to scatter the droplets of paint). I used the same technique to put spots on the mirror. This is a messy process. 🙂

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The “broken” mirror: Though the Chrysnbon kit comes with a mirror for the medicine cabinet, I couldn’t bring myself to crack a real mirror (don’t need that bad luck). I used a piece of mirror-like paper (used the same paper for The Big House second floor hall), and broke it by scoring it halfway through with an X-acto knife. I used a very thin-tipped marking pen (dark brown) to go over the score so the break could be better seen.

The towel hanging from the bar over the sink is a piece of cross-stitch fabric, with a few rows pulled off to make the fringe. I soaked it in the dirty paint water, let it dry, and bent it over the bar.

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Palette for grunge: I stuck with warm colors on this one (browns and greens), rather than cools (grays, blues, black), wanting it to look inviting and cozy, even if it’s a dirty bathroom!

Colors I used for aging color washes: Black green; burnt umber; burnt sienna; light ivory; antique white; and a color called latte (a few shades darker than antique white). I started with the light colors (light ivory), and watered down the darker paints to wash over the base coat. I used black green to streak the “wooden” parts of the toilet and medicine cabinet, and also the floor. (Black green is a wonderful paint color–good for aging but also looks good used on cabinets and furniture (see kitchen of The Big House.)

Painting Chrysnbon: Chrysnbon is plastic, and most people use a good spray paint on the kit pieces at least for a base coat, but I don’t have any spray paint or really any place to spray. I find that sanding the plastic pieces first will let acrylic paint stick to them. I painted the white pieces light ivory and the “wood” parts burnt umber. I figured if the paint didn’t stick entirely, it didn’t matter for this project.

Empty toilet paper rolls: A strip of card stock about 3/8″ wide by an inch or so long. I wet the card stock, bent it around a toothpick until it formed a roll, trimming end so roll wouldn’t be too thick, and gluing it to itself. Afterward, it got painted with a mixture of burnt umber and latte paints. (I could probably have painted the card stock first, but I was making this up as I went along.)

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My rule for this project was–I could use only what was in my storage cabinets and buy nothing new for it. Everything was from scrap or those things I’d stuffed in my cabinets to use “someday.” I’d been thinking about doing a grungy bathroom for a while, and when I saw the unfinished floor/wall, plus the leftover bathroom kit in my cabinet (I’d used the bathtub elsewhere) I said, “Someday is today.” (The door, btw, is the original front door to The Big House.)

I’m displaying this, of course, in the bathroom.