Remember how I said the platform we made for Szuka (so she can ride around in the truck more comfortably) was the weirdest idea you'd see all day? This is weirder...
My grandparents have had this doorbell cover in their house for as long as I can remember - I think my Papa made it. Originally it was black, but somewhere along the way it got a coat of cream spray paint. It kind of cracks me up that the windows look very 1970s, because it demonstrates that no house is safe from the trends - not even a fake one.
I can't actually fit this over my doorbell but my Papa was adamant that I have it because I always loved it as a little girl. I'm touched that he remembered, so I think it will find a spot in the studio space I'm dreaming up (currently "the fishroom" in our house tour). But first it needed a whole home renovation: new exterior paint, new windows, and lighting ;)
Before painting, I gave it a good scrub with a toothbrush and some dish detergent, then rinsed it off and let it dry in the sunlight. Once dry, I gave it a few good coats of Rust-Oleum gloss white (the same paint I used for the painted terracotta planters). The paint job refreshed it beautifully, but the windows had to go so I ordered an acrylic sheet from Inventables. They have a great selection of acrylic for various projects, but I fell for this soft blue ("pacific blue").
We cut the acrylic sheet with a jigsaw and then used our favorite 5-minute epoxy to affix the new "windows" in place.
For fun, I bought battery powered LED lights from Michael's to slip inside (these ones are similar).
Now this little house perfectly matches my aqua and white colour palette and lights up, so it makes me smile. I just need a little Komondor pup figurine for the balcony and some doll-sized Pyrex and I'm all set!
If I needed one, this would be a pretty awesome night light...
Thanks to Inventables for collaborating with me on this project - and for being so enthusiastic about my super weird idea! They have some seriously cool project supplies.