I think I've gotten these rooms finished:
Still working the attic, with some matboard creations to hide wire runs:
Some work on the exterior:
And a little kitchen unit from Kris' recent tutorial; I think that next time I make this, I will use all matboard (no cracks ) instead of basswood.
(Also I thought that th
Only after I have applied 1st and 2nd coats of spackle and paint over the front gable trim am I willing to show it!
Have been finishing up shingling and making furniture from Kris' tutorials: parlor chairs, bed, and starting on a set of parsons chairs:
Also starting on the pelmets for the bay window treatments. Trying not to use terribly serious fabrics, as this is for a little girl af
But first, a batch of flower-boxes that I whipped up (matboard, and tiny faux flowers from Hobby Lobby):
That pedestal-looking thingie on the right goes into the attic to support the roof.
Speaking of roof, I've been shingling the roof and gable (octagon and fishscale shingles from Ernie's; I guess I was expecting the really flat shingles that often come with the Greenleaf kits, but that's not what these are (Houseworks
Got that porch railing finished up (except for touchups):
Glued the three left roof pieces together as a unit, then glued onto 3rd floor:
Here I am tidying up the battery box and its matboard cover, into which the wires will be stuffed:
The right roof pieces, glued together (but not glued onto the left roof assembly yet).
Got those spindles and posts painted up this afternoon, like soldiers in rows:
This shows the pins in the undersides of the spindles, and toothpicks for the newel posts:
I decided to install the railing after all the posts were in, so as to make it easier to cut to fit. Nearing the end of the line, and (after searching about for a while and thinking about how much I'd used)-- four pieces of Housework
Another time-consuming bit for the past while-- 1st floor porch railing:
That little guy in the lower right is my replacement Hagen-Renaker bully, for the one which somebody *cough- hubby* broke while dusting or messing about; this little guy will stay in here with me safe from leg-breakers. I love Hagen-Renaker miniatures-- but the realistic ones, not the cartoon-y ones.
So, I live in a tiny house. Like, literally. It's 280 square feet. It's a vintage travel trailer from the 50s. I do have my old trailer, which I use mainly for storage, where I'm currently purging, with the goal of eventually getting everything down so that eventually, life can be lived in under 700 square feet.
But it brings up interesting issues when you're working with dollhouses. What takes up not much room in the world of tiny, can take up a ton of space in t
Was not looking forward to splicing wires-- found my last battery pack with long wires:
Wish I could find more of them-- got them off Amazon a couple years back. Got rooms wired up, and staircase installed:
Started on some siding:
Starting to get there!
So, last night, before heading to bed, I put the last "beam" onto the ceiling of the 4 shops on my apartment building. From here, it's going to be building each apartment, onwards, and upwards!
It finally starts to really look like a building, I cannot wait to get that first apartment put together, since there's to be 4, I haven't decided yet if I'm just going to build all the walls I need as I go, or build each apartment on its own. Both methods have an appeal. J
So, this weekend I was working on Johnson Towers and I've been having the occasional structure frustration. Until the ceiling joists are in, the shops are a tad on the fragile side. But, I did manage to get the inner walls done, and dry fitted. I've since this picture glued the furthest inner wall, and I'm currently re-gluing some other walls to be a bit stronger.
Other than that, I've had decent progress. I was able to order a bundle of 3/8" square dowels off Am
Dry-fit of staircase and landing railing looks good:
Added a matboard back to staircase-- matboard is flexible enough that it went with the curve. Painted, sanded, repainted, spackled, repainted, gessoed staircase and it still looked terrible. Decided to rip off those photo-corners and wallpaper the thing, with matboard trim. Much better (after cutting out mirror image of wallpaper trace that I actually needed ):
A friend of mine who is local and will be helping me with some of the furnishing of the apartment dollhouse and I were having a bit of a chat. And I mentioned that I wanted to add an infinity pool to the top of the apartment building.
She felt it was too much.
So, when you're building a 6 story apartment building, complete with basement, an operating elevator, shops, and apartments, whe
So, I've wanted to build this building for years. When I finally grabbed a set of plans after years of searching, I was thrilled.
I'm basically building this on a budget. When I've got money, I pick up parts. One of the reasons I really like this plan, is because it uses 3/8" square wood, and the levels are done one at a time, in sections that you then stack. So not being able to afford an entire front wall, isn't a thing. I can take my time, build a section, and
Got the walls up, and flooring templates fit:
Bannister-ing the staircase and the 2nd floor landing:
I use cut-off sewing pins to help align (and maybe it adds a wee bit of sturdiness). Those dark details on the stair step sides are actually photo corners; I thought they'd add a bit of interest once painted.
I waited 10 years to get a Beacon Hill. I didn't want to build one, and I couldn't have one shipped off ebay, so I had to wait until one showed up locally. In 10 years, I saw 1 perfect Beacon Hill (finished and furnished) get away due to the seller being 3 hours away. They were only asking $75! But then many years later another one appeared. The house was done nicely on the outside, and the interior was unfinished but primed except for the hallways. They wanted $200, but it sat for weeks
I did manage to get bits and pieces done on the window+door prep over the holidays, despite travel and sickness and insane work schedules :
Now all the windows and door(ways) are assembled, painted, and sealed. I believe I'm finally ready to start assembling the house structure!
(That handle on the single door is a fixture that I found at Michael's or HL-- "Tim Holtz idea-logy" ring fastener. I thought that it looked l
This is a time-consuming bit-- framing out the windows. The pieces in the kit (simple frame pieces) were un-retrievable, as the die had not cut all the way through, so would have had to destroy them to extract them from the sheet. I opted for matboard framing, doubling up thickness on the exterior frame and the sills. It will look nicer anyway.
Got the door frames prepped-- no, I won't leave that exposed cross-bar wood like it is! And yes, I
Got the primered pieces sanded and the wallpapers glued on; here are the papers that I've used so far (this is just in dry-fit):
Have decided to use matboard framing for the windows instead of those old clod-sy pieces that come with the kit; prepped the matboard trim and now ready to start framing out the windows.
Been doing more sanding when weather permits, kind of cold out there sometimes, and way too much dust for in the house. Doing more of the fine sanding now, getting the wood very smooth. I figured out where I want doors and windows, at least part of them but haven't had the courage to cut yet, cutting is so final. I think I am going to work on the bed, I can do lathe work in the house on the tiny lathe and it is not very messy, at least no dust and I can do it on newspaper to cleanup f