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Six different views on building the McKinley

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Past week or so

This is what the house looked like before the Thanksgiving weekend. We've textured the tower and bay and added siding to the remaining outside of the house.Add a little paint to give the house some color, so it won't disappear against the wall. It's going to be a medium gray with white and dark gray trim colors.The bay roof has been covered with copper sheeting. This will be "aged" to give it the natural copper patina. That will take a few days. And about twenty or so sponged on applications of

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The Electrical ride

well I have had some ups and downs and it was a wild ride! I finally got up the nerve to Wallpaper all of my remaining walls and the ceilings in bedroom and livingroom. happy dane!!!when Hubby came home he was eager to start on the Chandelier he was going to make from a Christmas Ornament....which was Originally bought for Catriona to make earrings from.we made 1 chandelier, 3 pairs of earings and was left with fancy plant hanger for a porch. ohhh and it was soooo beautiful when he lit it up the

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texturing

tonight I have taken some photos of the outside of the house to show the kitchen bay is complete and already has the textured paint on it. also I have completed the tower minus the peak but it is textured as well and a photo of the front of the house ready for the trimming ....kind of like a cake or a Christmas trees. as I am still having some issues with the colors. I am settled on one but will it be too much? I have decided for 2 reasons to leave out th

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slow progress

why is there slow progress because I of course have to many things going on at one time....as always.but I have made a small bit of progress on the wallpapering on the first floor.I had named it the candycane cottage but it looks more like the snowflake Inn to me. I dont think it knows what it wants yet. so all outside painting is on hold...well just the color the textured paint is already on the front and now the kitchen side is ready to be textured as well. I am very sick of using textured p

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Picking Out Wallpaper

Now that I've got my ceilings wallpapered, it's time to figure out what I want to do with the interior. I'm only doing the first two floors for now, because I want Jimmy to modify the roof for me and I can't decide what I am going to do on the third floor until I can see how the modifications will work. As usual, I start with wallpapering the front wall first.For the livingroom, I wanted something that would make that fireplace stand out, plus I have to carpet the room because I messed up the ba

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I did it

I got my lights and installed them.... next to put wallpaper?well yes.. but... nooo not me B) I have to fret about putting prime on my electrical wires. before the wallpaper.ugggggg it was a long 2 days deciding to do it.but tonight I did it. I also stained the staircase and started the kitchen bay window.the floor and the ceiling are in. now the big debate is over the wallpaper.I had thought some coordinating paper with the living room but I have this other paper and it would make a sweet looki

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Wallpapering Ceilings

Now that I've got my walls and ceilings primed, it's time to wallpaper the ceilings. Normally, I would turn the house upside down to do that, but because I had polyeurethaned the floors, I had to wallpaper the ceilings while the house was on it's side.I'm going to use the same "real house" textured wallpaper that I used for the ceilings in the Glencroft for this house. I cut the paper to close to the size that I need for each ceiling, but leaving some "overhang" to give me some room to move the

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Occupants

Today was a good day.I went to the Dollar Tree today. and found the funnyest peoples to occupy my house. We will call them Denby and Mindy Bendy(say that fast 3 times) I dont think they will always live here but for now they will.also my order form HBS arrived with my lights. tonight Hubby put the gromets in to have the lights on for placement when I have all the decorating done I will add the lights more permantly. and than I got my American Minaturist Magazine. I also got my tree supplies

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Filling In The Gaps

While I was doing my "balancing act" to paint some primer on the house, I had intended to go ahead and put a coat of primer on the outside as well. However, I noticed that Jimmy must have gotten in a hurry because I had "grooves" on the bay and tower, and I just didn't like that. Plus there were a few other areas which I wasn't comfortable with, and I wanted to get the back as smooth as possible too, since it looked like a jigsaw puzzle back there. So, I put some wood putty on and smoothed it do

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The Balancing Act

For some reason, I am still waiting on this house to "talk" to me and tell me what it wants me to do. So far, the only thing it has told me is what wallpaper it wants in the living room .... Hmmm .... So, time to think about "priming" the interior of the house by using two coats of semi-gloss primer (I like using semi-gloss paint under my wallpaper because I can more easily move the paper around to position it, and it is easier to remove if I have to). Of course, this house has quite an interest

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more electrical

well I finally inlisted DH help. I wanted to install lights in my towers and was eager to try Darrells methodproblem...the fixture cost 5$ and for 3 lights well you do the math. DH did and gave me the look.he says what ya doin ya need that kind of lightI showed him he says " think I saw bulbs at radio shack will give you same effect for 1.50$ I said ok go get them and show me. so he did and now I have lights in my towers. I am very happy nuttigal!!! B) after much fussing and tossing of the

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11/14/05

well tonight I didnt make to much progress. but some was made.I managed to get the first part of the porch on and the towerbut not untill after I took it apart because I forgot to paint the inside...and part of it will not be accessable after in permantly. the middle tower wall has a flaw and that was fun fixing but glue and wood fill and its as strong as its gonna get until its alltogetherI have ordered some lights but not here yet.Im trying to decide weather or not to add lights to the tower

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I begin

well as per usual things happen to keep nutti on her toes.1st I decide I must wire my Mckinley2nd I cannot find my wiring kit I have already bought.3rd won an e-bay auction for electrical...get it and the stuff is probably 20 yr old. ok some of it will work for hubby so not too bummed.4th take my 40% off HL coupon buy new wiring kit after looking everywhere driving hubby and kid nutz in making them help me.(2 days)5th today I started wiring and hubby finds missing supplies ;) of

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Installing a Chandelier

Here are the steps to installing a ceiling light fixture in one of the possible ways. Melissa tells me it's not actually a chandelier, but ANY ceiling fixture can be installed this way. I don't usually do it by wiring to the floor above but many do, so I did this one that way to show how it's done.First, here's the fixture we wish to install. Notice it has a VERY long wire on it, with a plug. I'm not going to need all of that.Before trying to chase down a problem (if we encounter one) I want to

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still waiting

while I wait for my electrical supplies to arrive I have been doing small things so I will be ready. I have primed the walls and stained the floors. the attic floor is still warped.this is my first warped board...well one fresh out of the box. so not sure how I will fix it. I have started the fireplace and will put it together tonight. the next step will be the staircase. I think it can be preassembled also. the house is having a fight with itself. it cant decide if it wants to be a christmas

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Continuing

We managed to squeeze in a little bit more work on the house while awaiting more "parts" and besides, we haven't had time to go pick up paint yet. This first picture shows some of the wiring on the ceiling heading over towards a place to put a ceiling fixture as well as a run going across the floor to the bay window area. You can also see where the tape goes out the top of the door to accomplish two things. Proved a tape to wire the porch light into and to get power to the second floor.Here's

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Starting to electrify

Adventures in electricity by Darrell.In the previous pictures the holes I had drilled in the back of the house were round. You'll notice in these pictures they are squared up a bit and made flush with the floors of the house. The first picture is the installed junction splice that will live under the lower portion of the staircase. I made sure it was installed far enough inside the house so the wires won't be pushed and bent up against the wall we hang the house on, but not so far it would inte

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Starting to build

This is the first of two posts showing our fun with the McKinley.As we posted elsewhere we WISH we had added tape wiring to the inside back of the house before assembling the shell but we didn't. And upon getting the shell pretty much together there were a few things we wanted to change.First of all we didn't like the location of the kitchen doorway, so we sealed that one off. In anticipation of needing to get electricity to the kitchen we left a teeny gap on the bottom of our new wall so we cou

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Planning, lots of planning

I haven't actually started building yet. I am still in the planning and plotting stage. Originally I had thought to build Ms. McKinley as a Christmas house, to be used as a seasonal decoration. However, after opening the box and extensive web surfing, I changed my mind. We (McKinley and I) decided that it should be a shop and after brainstorming with friends, we came to the conclusion that a dress shop would be the perfect fit. The ground floor will be loosely based upon a tiny shop that I

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just starting

well last night I opened the box and made sure all was there....looks like it.than I took out all the main peices...floors and back wall.my attic floor is warped slightly at this point. Im hoping that during the construction that will take care of its self. Im trying to listen to this house but Im not sure just yet what it wants to be.I would like a Christmas house to display during the holidays above my entertainment center. so tonight I will so the dry run and see what happens.TTFNnutti :

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The begining

I can't seem to find the pics I took during the construction of the shell. I will be posting some pics soon. So far we have built most of the shell and have cut a few holes to run electricity. Really should of wired the back wall before construction. We are waiting for some supplies to arive and have some more to order. I also have a BIG plan for the attic space, but that will take some time, as that idea is rather expensive. Like all my house, I try to stick to a low budget, to show what can be

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Working on Bay and Tower

Jimmy has continued to assemble parts of the McKinley. I'm waiting for him to get to a point where I get to play ...One of the things I find interesting about this house--probably because I've never seen it before--is the back of the house. I note the little holes in the back where you would actually hang it on the wall, but I cannot figure out what goes in the front of the house there to cover those holes ... Hmmm ... guess I'll figure it out as we go.Jimmy has installed the bay window, which

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And So It Begins ...

Unlike Tracy, we have never built this house, or really anything with a tower. The Pierce that we have that we are restoring was already built when we got it. However, I have always liked the look of this little house, and I think a wallhanging house is a fantastic concept! Especially when you start getting a few (like me) and start running out of room to put them ...As usual with me, I pulled the floor boards out first so that I could stain them. I chose Minwax English Oak as the color, and I u

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