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  1. Just took a picture of what I've been working on today. The color in the photo isn't quite right, too washed out, the lamplight made it too yellow, and the flash would have made it worse. Anyhow, this is how it's coming along. I used 1:24 scale brick paper by World Model, and will be adding it to the left of the window between the timbers. When I'm all finished with the ground floor front I'll probaby adjust the color of the timbers, not completely happy with them, some are ok, though. I plan on getting the ground floor front done, then turn it over and do the wood around the doors and windows. After that I need to recut the end walls, I cut them wrong the first time, didn't realize it till later, then glue the ground floor front, end walls and base together.
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  2. the basic couch frame and then with a coat of alkanet linseed oil - the oil is soaking in I hadn't wiped it off yet - I love the look of alkanet oil on cherry
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  3. From the album: Old Garage

    I've started the long process of applying egg carton cinder blocks, which will be applied inside and out. I needed to start around the glass block window since it will a point of focus. The blocks surrounding the window need to be balanced. I opted for a sill and lintel to make things a little easier. There's just enough room to trim around the window for a solid fit.

    © brae oktober

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  4. The Building Team built and blogged the Magnolia and I was asked to build the house "unfinished", so I called my entries "The Bare Nekkid Magnolia"; hopefully reading the building blog will help you. I attached all the trims, etc., with poster putty because I was going back to finish it off as a Florida "Cracker" house:
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  5. @Minis On The Edge built this house and took some good pictures, maybe her blog posts will help you. Part 1: https://minisontheedge.blogspot.com/2011/06/magnolia-dollhouse-kit-build-blog-days.html Part 2: https://minisontheedge.blogspot.com/2011/06/magnolia-dollhouse-build-blog-days-5-9.html Part 3: https://minisontheedge.blogspot.com/2011/06/april-9th-2007-posted-by-minis-on-edge.html I just saw Carolyn's response... I know some people like to paint and decorate before assembly, but I prefer to put the shell together first and then do the painting and wallpaper. Painting feels like less work to me when the house is assembled, and when you wallpaper the assembled shell you can wrap paper around the corners to hide seams where two walls meet. But definitely paint all your trim separately and then apply it. Don't be afraid to stray from the instructions if you can think of an easier way to do something!
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  6. Hi Angel - I'm new too - I find that these questions/answers are my most helpful source! Do all of your decorating (flooring, wallpaper, interior painting, baseboards, etc. BEFORE you put the house together. Label everything - literally everything. I use painter's tape and write on it with a Sharpie. My husband helped me fit all the large pieces together temporarily so I could have a much better idea of what walls went where, and I labeled them (bedroom wallpaper, hallway stain, etc.) which made it much easier to visualize exactly where everything goes. It's hard when the large pieces are just laid out and bare to just eyeball it. Good luck - and don't be surprised if more family members get into it. They are always stopping by my work area and wanting to help because it's so fascinating! Carolyn
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  7. Hi Angel..... Don't stress, it is suppose to be enjoyable. I haven't built the Magnolia so i don't know what the instructions say to do first. If it is the windows, stop right there. Do the windows after paint and wallpaper. It will make it so much easier Do a dry fit of the main structure and interior walls....be sure to mark these pieces in pencil with their name and sheet number. A dry fit allows you to see how the house goes together and you can prep the tabs and slots so everything fits together. Use a masking tape to keep the pieces together. Do the fancy exterior trims once the house has been glued together. Paint them before you glue them to the house (leave the side you put glue on bare) Any mistakes can be fixed or cleverly disguised.......keep asking questions You Can Do This!!
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  8. Miniature designs sells the leaded tape. This is much easier to cut for some reason than the golf stuff I bought. You want your cuts to be about 1/32 of an inch. It takes a lot of practice to cut, but it looks so nice. https://miniaturedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_76_275&products_id=34679
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  9. I think I'm hooked...I'll be looking for one at Michael's, maybe I can bash it to open the spine up....
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  10. Carrie, your link worked just peachy; mega thanks! Arianna, that is one wowser house!
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  11. Bravo - I looked at the original FB post and that was a a nice deal for $70!!!
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  12. After you remove all the glue lumps/ sand/ whatever you have scores of options for roof treatments. I'm partial to coarse grit sandpaper cut into strips of shingles, simulates asphalt shingle without the weight. Peeling one of the flat layers off of a sheet of corrugated cardboard and cleaning off any residue yields the ripply innards which paint up nicely for a metal roof or cut into strips for a barrel-tile roof; and I have also used doubled layers of construction paper for shingles.
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  13. Hi Steph! Welcome to our little group. We look forward to seeing progress pics on your bungalow.
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  14. I'd first try to pop off the lumps of glue by sliding a thin palette knife or eXacto blade under them. For the hot glue bits, warm them with a hair dryer or heat gun to soften for easier removal. If you paint the roof, then for sure sand it after you have removed the bigger lumps of glue. Paint will accentuate the remaining bits of glue. Asphalt shingles or metal roof sheets will be more forgiving for slight irregularities in the surface.
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  15. After trying to get my hand in there in the dry fit I figured it wasn’t going to get easier
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  16. From the album: Sugarplum Dollhouse

    Added casters to this little table and now I have a cute end table to display my dollhouse in the great room.
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