Its true, I have a commitment problem.
Not to the house, and definitely not to my husband or anything foolish like that.
I simply can’t commit to style.
There are far too many ways to decorate this house. Far too many! Especially as it seems the house is now a castle, or at least a fortress. Manor estate, maybe?
I was absolutely brooding about it. Unlike the patio, I had no idea what I was going to do.
I did realize that the layout was simply impossible. There is no where to put a bathroom. The first two floors are too large, and there’s a door on one side of the bottom floor and they both have the elevator. Huh. I could divide the second floor into a bathroom and a bedroom, but…there would then be a balcony in the bathroom. That’s just weird. Now, there might come a day when I remove that balcony. Let’s just say I’ve already planned out an addition. But that’s out there somewhere.
The third floor certainly has smaller rooms that would be more bathroom appropriate but there’s still that elevator and then the stairs to the party patio which have no doorway…and no, that’s not an appropriate bathroom location, either.
The only remaining room is the top floor next to the party patio. And that’s about as weird as the room with the balcony.
I’ve known from the beginning that I wanted to use the Popsicle stick floor technique. In every YouTube video I’ve seen, they’re just awesome. They look just like “real people” floors. But, well, too modern. Don’t get me wrong, they’d be perfect for a modern room or even a “Mid-Century Modern” room, but again, that’s not the absolute all that I want for this house.
Although at least now I think I have a plan.
I went through oodles of ideas for floors. I’ve seen scrapbook paper used, so that was a good idea, and I even thought of using bathroom mats and cutting them down for carpeting. Which I might still do. But…
I’d still have to make a decision!
What style? What color? Which room was what? Where’s the kitchen? The bathroom? The bedroom? And what color will the furniture be, then? Which wood finish?
The first thing I realized is that, since Popsicle sticks are technically still wood–cheap wood, for sure, but wood–they could be stained.
A world opened up before my eyes. ALL the styles. ALL the colors.
But I’d still have to make a decision and declare, “THIS room is the bathroom, and THIS room is the kitchen, and THIS is the style and color I’m using in the living room,” and I just don’t want too. And you can’t make me!!!
Then it came upon me, like one of those visions prophets have but, y’know, a lot more normal.
Foam board is cheap, even cheaper than cheap as they have it at Dollar Tree and that’s about as low as you can go. It can be easily cut with just my li’l ole X-acto knives, and measured to fit any room of the house. ALL the rooms of the house.
Its even easier because the first two floors are the same size, and the two left side floors on the third and fourth are the same size. Interchangeable floors for the win!!!
These were the three colors of stain that my beloved Hubs just happened to have leftovers laying about–rosewood, gunstock, and colonial. So far, gunstock is my favorite although the colonial (walnut, I believe) has a lovely old house feel to it. Now that I have the measurements, if I like (and you know I do!), I can very easily make as many floors in as many different looks as I like. And yes, I already have a bathmat (from Aldi no less, cheap!) ready to be sacrificed for some nice, comfy, casual living room. Probably.
I have to say, they look amazing in the house, too! I am now back on track. Not only is this a very useful idea for floors, I can easily make similar foam board, or even paper board walls. I might have to use Velcro to keep them in place, but I luckily already have quite the stock of that laying about. Given the times (lockdown and all that), I’m currently stuck with the “what I have on hand” or might be able to get at the grocery store which is about the only place we go these days. Ordering online is still possible but, well, backed up. A lot.
Now I’ve no reason to have to commit. I can have as many styles as I choose…which means this will be a long, unending hobby. I feel that’s important with hobbies. Why would you want one you could actually finish? Even after the house is “finished,” there will be more to do on the house, furniture, furnishings, and then of course there’s the dolls and the clothes and shoes and…
I will enjoy this for many, many more years to come. Commitment free.