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  1. I've entered two new posts on my Glencroft blog. I've got plenty of tiny pebbles just in my back yard to use for the chimney, and for the fireplace. There's lots of gravel here, some just grey stone, some various "rock" colors. But I have to get away from my computer and work on my house, now!
  2. I've been having "issues" with loading pictures...trying to figure out how to adjust the resolution on my camera to make them the proper size to post here. So we'll see if this works: The house has had as many cracks as I can reach -- filled in with wood putty. Some of the rooms have been painted. I'll be painting the rest in the next day or so. The hardest area to paint is the area along the staircase. This should have been painted (or papered) before the house was built! I didn't attempt to take all that apart.. it was pretty well-built, only one major seam along the staircase that needed putty. But it also is a very cramped space, so it's going to be a challenge to paint. Then wallpaper. I intend to wallpaper the upstairs and the smaller room downstairs, which will be a kitchen. The Great Room will be painted white. I think I'm going to make a stone fireplace there too, and cover up the original one, and perhaps do the same for the one upstairs....I may have to send my husband out for more pebbles! (We live in sand country...sand, pebbles, rocks, boulders, are all around us! ) Let's see if I can post these latest pictures.. Ah, that worked! you'll also see the windows I made, using pieces of old "lumber" from previous houses, scraps from the Greenleaf houses so they're the right dimensions, right thickness. I'll paint them the same color brown as the outside of the house, and the beams in the ceilings on the first floor.
  3. I'm thinking that I might brick some of the outside walls of my Glencroft, too. I found a bunch of bricks left over from my Brookwood chimney, enough I think to brick at least the one side wall, and maybe along the bottom. Doing the stone chimney is a good idea too...I've got some small pebbles that will work... I'm a long way from that right now, though..working on painting the inside, and papering some walls... ,
  4. A lot has been done since I last posted. I've had problems loading pictures, so I'll try again with this post, but it may not work.. ... Anyway. I have gone over the entire house with a container of wood putty at hand. (I use elmers wood putty, in a square plastic container). I've filled in all acracks, then gone back over the house and filled in cracks I missed the first time. (And just this very day found yet another gap that needed filling..) Once the wood putty dried (I wait at least overnight), I sanded all the cracks, carving out excess putty where necessary. I've painted most of the rooms, and fill finish painting the rest of them (and do touchups on the Great Room) later today. Somewhere in the Greenleaf instructions is the message about priming everything. This house has not been primed. Why is that a problem? Priming the wood helps when painting rooms later, and/or putting on wallpaper. The primer seals the wood, so that glue doesn't leak through, and over time, the wood doesn't "bleed" through the paper. Priming also helps if you ever decide to re-decorate your house, and want to re-paper -- the older paper peels off more easily from primed wood. Priming and painting reminds me how important it is to "dry fit" your house -- put it together using tape BEFORE you glue. This way, you can envision what kinds of finishing you want to do -- paper walls, or paint them? Finish floors, tile them, paint them, or something else? Where are there areas that you won't be able to reach once the house is glued? You will need to paint or paper those place BEFORE gluing them -- like the area along the wall of the staircase on the Glencroft. This area is almost as difficult to reach as the wall in the kitchen of the Garfield. I'm painting that area on the Glencroft right now...wishing I had a "live dollhouse person" to get in there to paint. My hand barely reaches into the gap. It's necessary to paint the area (I'm not going to even try to wallpaper it...at least I don't think so. I may change my mind.. ) I've got the area primed, but found another gap (see paragraph, above ) so filled that and will wait for it to dry. I've also either made the window frames for the insides of the windows...or found windows in my stash of "spare parts" from other builds. I also found two doors from my Garfield which I didn't use. They need to be cut down, but then will work perfectly for the doorway between the Great Room and Kitchen (the first floor). I'll also use them as a template for a door for the second floor. I'm going to try to post pictures, now.. wish me luck!
  5. I am doing a rehab of a Glencroft. . For those of you who have built this house from scratch: 1) Did the exterior walls come white, with a stucco (rough) finish? The one I have has that....sort of. I don't know if I should apply stucco over it (or need to)? If I don't apply "fresh" stucco, then I'd need to paint it, as there are lots of "dings" and "nicks"... 2) The exterior trim: I'm assuming that the trim is on separate sheets, and is supposed to be applied over the stucco'ed walls. Yes? (No, I cant take the trim off..it's glued pretty tightly on, and I don't want to break it). 3) Did the kit come with doors and windows, and trim? I guess I really need to ask Greenleaf this....and see if I can get the sheet(s) that have these parts on them.. 4) I'm stuck on what to do next. Options: a) interior wallpapers and floors b) exterior stucco/paint, paint trim c) install interior doors and exterior door 5) The Greenleaf website says the kit "comes with shingles". Any idea of how many bags of shingles I'd need to buy? (Yes, I know I can make them.....but I'm gonna buy them.. ) All ideas welcomed!
  6. Do you have that priced correctly?? $1,450?? She has a website with her dolls that range in price from $70 to $169....
  7. All the wallpaper is gone. I tore off as much as I could, then scraped off some more. When I got done with as much as I could that way, I moved to the sponge dipped in water, and a scraper in the other hand. I finally gone down to mostly bare wall. I finished removing all the loose pieces before, and got rid of the hot glue. I used the hot gun to heat a scraper and putty knife, and used those tools (with a glove on my hand) to remove as much hot glue as I could along seams. The problem with hot glue is that unless you're an expert, it's really hard to lay down a steady stream of glue, so an amateur leaves globs of glue here and there, with gaps in between. So I went through all of those seams, removed any big globs, then inserted Elmer's Wood Glue into those seams. I clamped where I could, and used strong tape when I couldn't clamp, to hold everything together for at least 24 hours. Everything is now glued down except for the roof piece over the open face part of the house (that piece will go on later, after the inside is finished), and two smaller pieces. Those have to be re-made, as the pieces were broken or badly deteriorated when I got the house. Once the glue was dry, I cracked open the tub of Elmer's Wood Putty. Working on the outside, I went over all the joints, and filled in with the putty. I used the wood putty on the roof as well (except for the side where the roof is removed. That piece of roofing (and two smaller pieces) will be replaced towards the end, once the interior has been painted or papered. Today I removed all the old shingles (only two pieces of the roof were shingled.) Then I sanded that part of the roof, all the wood joints that I had puttied, and then sanded the floors and walls. I started with medium sandpaper on the roof where the shingles were, then switched to fine grade paper for everything else. I wanted to sanicd the walls because, for the walls that had wallpaper, there was a bit of residual glue left, and sanding removed that. For the walls that were painted, the paint was a gloss paint, and while sanding won't remove the paint, it will give it a rougher texture which will adhere better to wallpaper, or a different coat of paint (should I decide to do that.) I also sanded the floor. I'm not sure yet just what I'm going to do with the floors, but sanding the floors will enable me to redo them in a variety of ways....as soon as I can figure out what I'm going to do with them! Next step will be to go through the inside of the house, with a tub of spackle in hand. I want to fill in all the cracks in the ceiling on the second floor, and get the walls as smooth as possible, aI nd all the cracks in the walls on the ground floor. So far the house has told me that he (it's a he) wants the walls on the lower floor to be painted white, with the wood beams left as wood beams. He is making noises about wanting the fireplace to be stoned, or at the very least a stone hearth. I told him that the next thing that will happen (after the spackling) is some repair work on the stairs. A few of the risers are loose (hot glue, again) and need to be reglued. Then I can start making the frames for the inside windows.... Fun!...
  8. Khadi, I'm sorry for your burns, but that really is a good idea! I found a couple more seams of hot glue I missed, and will be tackling them tomorrow. I'll try the hot spatula idea.
  9. So now that I've got my username, number of posts and past pictures all reconnected...and I've relearned how to resize pictures to fit what's necessary here....I've started a blog on my Glencroft rehab. While I didn't work on it today, I did on Wednesday, doing an inventory, pulling off loose pieces, and trying not to burn the place down with a heat gun and scraper, getting rid of the horrid hot glue. Only burnt one finger in the process! I don't know that I'll get to work on the house every day ... I've still got lots of health issues to deal with, and am pretty slow these day!...but I'll try to keep posting as I do something new worth noting! So if you're interested...check it out.
  10. The hot glue. Although I've rehabbed several houses now, this is the first one I've had that was totally put together with hot glue. I fully understand now why everyone says "Don't Use Hot Glue!". It cracks, leaving sharp splinters. When you try to pull away loose sections, it takes part of the wood with it, marring the pieces. It splinters, leaving shards all over the place. And as I said, pieces were already falling off. I think if you're a contractor who can lay down a perfectly even line of hot glue then maybe....maybe...it would work. But I'm not. I have had great success with Elmer's Wood Glue on all my houses for the structural parts, and Aileens, in different formulations, for everything else, so that's what I'll do with this when I get to the glueing back together. Now, I didn't disassemble the entire house . .. but first I DID remove all those pieces that are loose, mainly the roof. I used a heat gun at it's lowest setting -- 500 degrees, heated the seam, then slowly pulled off the glue. Be careful! They don't call it a heat gun..and hot glue...for nothing! You can tell when the glue is removeable ..it turns from a dull tan or orange to a clear tan or orange, and then you can lift it out, and using a scraper, scrape away any more residue. I found it best to work in small sections at a time so I didn't things too hot and start a fire. I was also nervous about the wallpaper-- some appears to be a sort of plastic, and I didn't want to melt it and cause a further mess. So now I have all the loose sections removed, as you can see in the pictures. I'm going to have to make a couple of new roof pieces. One was broken when I got the house; there is another missing altogether.. After removing the roof, with heat gun in hand, I went over all the other seams of the house. Whenever I came across a glob of dried up hot glue, or a seam glued together improperly, on went the gun, and the glue pulled out. This was mainly throughout the upper storey. The side of the house with the staircase and fireplaces is actually pretty sound, although I did find dribbles of hot glue running down everything. Again, I heated it up, waited til it turned clear (with only takes seconds), and carefully peeled away the hot glue. It will come off like hot chewing gum. I think I've gotten off all I intend to take off..for now. I may come across more as I get in to it, and will tackle it then. I started pulling off some of the wallpaper. Some of the rooms have been painted, or partially painted, wallpapered on only one wall. Fortunately the back windows have only been painted..getting paper off them would be a challenge! But theres plenty of paper left for me to play with! I'm just pulling away paper right now, then will take to a sponge dipped in water, pressed on to the paper residue to soak a bit, then gently scraped away. So that's the next project -- getting rid of the paper.... let the scraping begin!
  11. Well, I'm not TOTALLY back, yet!, but working on it. I am back as uppitycats.....still working on email and password changes, but so long as I stay logged in, I guess I'm good! I'm still working on picture reduction....
  12. so I'm just posting this to see if I'm logged in under my old name, uppitycats, and if I'm allowed to post pictures...like, of my new Glencroft rehab... ooops..I see I have to fgure out how to reduce the pictures.. I'll be back..
  13. Ok, good....I will square it off and store wood in there, I think. I just thought there was some tudor design element I was missing....:)
  14. I've been inspecting my Glencroft (bought for $25 off Craigslist). It basically is the frame. The second floor fireplace -- what is the space next to the fireplace? I see that the hearth extends into that space. Is that for wood storage? My husband thought it would make a good closet -- hang your clothes in there, and they'd dry with the heat! Anyone know what the purpose is for that?
  15. Windows: Yes, I have to find some close up pictures to see just what the Tudor windows looked like, but I've made windows before, so no big deal if I go that route. I'm a long way from windows though: have to tackle all the structural problems first....
  16. Yes, I just read through your blog. Looks like the beam that Is in mine is where it is supposed to be, a good thing! But much of the construction will need to be de-constructed, and put back together. I'm not sure how the wallpaper was put on; I'll dry a couple of things to try to get it off, including some water (hoping it is just white glue that was used), or a heat iron. I think I'm going to call Greenleaf and ask for windows and window trim...hoping all the trim will be on one or two sheets...I don't want to buy a whole other kit just to bash this one! I can do myself, have lots of plastic, but I do like the look of the "originals".. Anyway, I don't have any more time to play with it today, but am looking forward to arming myself with that heat gun....
  17. So, I got my Glencroft. It was advertised as "complete, except for the roof, which needs shingles". Well, not exactly. Turns out the house was built with hot glue. Pieces are already breaking off. And slots are all exposed. And it had been papered some time in the past, and somebody tried (without much success) to remove the paper, so it's all lumpy. And it has a strange beam thing in the upstairs room (not the one with the staircase). The staircase seems to be constructed well..which I guess is a good thing, as it looks tricky. But it, too, was hot glued...and some steps are loose...so I'll probably have to dismantle it as well. And some of the beams on side are missing. And there are no doors, or windows. I'm not sure what else is going on -- this was only a preliminary examination. I'm sure when I actually get in to it, there will be more. I need to find some pictures of completed Glencrofts to see just what else might be missing... It's going to be a fun rehab!!
  18. You know what I mean... I'm building these little furniture kits from Dragonfly International (if you don't know these, look them up! They're laser cut furniture, really cute, intricate features on some of them.....I wish Greenleaf would make these).... And I have this fabric cutting table. I read the instructions for the little drawer in it. I read them and they might have well been written in ancient latin for all the sense they made to me. So I looked at the pictures. Still confused. Took out the pieces, turned them this way and that...no..doesn't .look like the picture...read instructions again...still can't make sense of them. Come back the next day, read again, look at the pictures again...still doesn't seem like you've got the right parts so you go back to the schematics....yep, got the right pieces. And so on. And then...you're about to call or email the manufacturer for help...and you look at the parts one more time... And they fit. Just turn this piece this way, a dot of glue here and and...there's the drawer hardware, all in place. And a dot of glue here and there, and it's attached to the cabinet. So easy! So obvious! Somebody translated those directions because now they make perfect sense!!! I hate when that happens..
  19. One person's trash is another's treasure! And one can never have too many houses....just no more room to put them. But then, I'd consider throwing out husband before a dollhouse ... (only kidding.....I think.....)
  20. Since you're only at the sanding stage --- a pre-gluing note: Regardless of what the instructions might say, don't start gluing it together with hot glue! That deteriorates over time, and the house could fall apart! Use white glue, or wood glue. I use wood glue on the large structural pieces, white glue everywhere else. Like a lot of things in the contruction, personal preference will dictate exactly what you use, and where, but hot glue is a universal no-no! A lot of us use Aileen's glue, too -- that can be found at craft stores, like Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. Elmer's glue works, too. And welcome to the world of mini houses! Your niece is lucky to have you!
  21. Thanks, I had read the stuff at that link...but was surprised, when I was looking around, to find stuff that I had that I *know* isn't vintage...yet....for sale, there, and got confused. I do suspect that given the volume of sellers they can't police everything, and if no one objects, it stays.
  22. I was just reading through this forum and saw a post about someone selling stuff on Etsy from an estate (MiniEstate). I didn't know you could do that?! I thought anything for sale there had to be a handcrafted thing...and new...not single items, or used.... So I could set up a page there and sell my excess dollhouse stuff? (I'd give you all a heads up, of course.. )
  23. N.A.M.E Has something going where collections can be donated to them. I have considered that as one option, and left instructions in my will... but I really need to find out more about that.
  24. I'm getting a partially built Glencroft at the end of the month. The owner tells me that the roof will need to be shingled (I don't think she's supplying those! ) What have you all used for your Glencroft? I did some on line research on the tudor houses, and it looks like rectangular slate shingles are what is commonly used, so I'm thinking rectangular shingles painted dark grey would work. What else might you suggest?
  25. The garage sale is a great idea! I probably have enough to stock several of them. I already have one room box which is a resale shop, "It's New to You!!".... and I move stuff in and out of it depending on whim. My General Store which I'm just finishing will take up some stuff, too, although I'm going to be moving the stuff in my roombox, "Graham's GrubNStuff" into the new bigger store, and turn the roombox into "Sew Suite", a sewing, weaving and yarns supply store, run by Lady Goodkats daughters.... Life is busy in Catterville, these days...
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