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  1. Thank you, Holly. If the glue doesn't work, I'll try the spackle. Fingers crossed... I've seen your Glencroft pub, it's very pretty. Mine hasn't told me properly what it wants to be, but that's fine, as I'm still busy with the Adams anyway. Who knows, maybe mine wants to be Miss Marple's cottage?
  2. You are amazing! Thank you. I'll try the glue thing and see what happens. We don't have Aileen's Tacky Glue in Germany, but I suppose any white craft glue would do the same thing? Just to clarify, among the other three options, which would you prioritise? You've mentioned Nr. 2 twice. And yes, I know I should have mixed more paint. I misestimated what I'd need. I measured the paint with a measuring spoon when I mixed it, so I should be able to get pretty close to the original mixture, but probably not quite enough for it not to show...
  3. I've just discovered your album, and I'm in awe. What a wonderful project! Can I ask about your bash - did you design the new walls with tabs and slots, are they held together by trim, or how did you do it? I've got a Glencroft lying around that I'm thinking about bashing, but I'm a bit worried that I might end up with a situation where it's not stable...
  4. Thanks Linda. I've been reeeally slow making progress on this because I realised I'd have to make and stage most of the furniture first to be sure what I wanted to do with this... and the house told me it wanted new window frames with six panes rather than the four that the kit normally has - so I made those from scratch. And somehow I've found it quite hard to figure out the best order to do things in. But I've finally given the walls a second coat of polyfilla (the first one really was very bumpy), then sanded as Holly suggested, and now painted the whole thing and glued the house together. So, this is what it looks like right now - the yellow is darker IRL than on the photos, though - the colour of eggyolk more or less. I've glued veneer strips on the outside walls as siding and it's waiting to have the outside painted, so the windows are not fixed yet. I'm still going to make some shelves for the reading corner with the wing chair and probably a slant front House of Miniatures desk for next to the bed. What I'm a bit disappointed with is the corners - I was hoping that with the additional thickness of the polyfilla, I wouldn't have visible gaps in the corners (I made sure I didn't plaster the tabs, so I thought that way the additional thickness inside would cover any gaps between the walls). But I have slight gaps, as you can see if you look closely. So, do I cover them with some trim? Or do I try to put some spackle in the corners and then paint over that again? How do I best put spackle in a gap like that? With my finger? As I mixed the colour for the walls from Americana Mustard Seed and white (3 parts to 1 part), I'd probably have to paint another coat on all of the interior walls, as it's unlikely I'd get any paint on the spackle in the corners to blend in exactly? Or do I just give the walls another coat of paint without spackling, will the paint be enough to cover/disguise the slight gaps in the corners? Even if I end up just doing trim to cover the gaps on this one, I've got a Glencroft kit lying around that I got on ebay for next to nothing, and I'd like to learn how to avoid this in the future so I'm not force to use trim if I don't want to... Help?
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    Can I move in, please? Lovely. How did you make the rug?
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    Skeleton flamingos

    They do look very uncanny. Great idea.
  7. So, I've done the floor and assembled some furniture kits. I've been a bit reluctant to work with oil-based primer so somehow I just ended up spackling the entire interior walls. I hope this wasn't a mistake in terms of actually sealing the wood, but if it was, it's too late now. I need to give them another coating of polyfilla to get them (hopefully) completely smooth, then they'll be painted light yellow. This is the state of play at the moment.
  8. I like the way the new windows echo the shape of the roof - they look great on this. Are they going to end up hidden away under a porch roof, though? It's also really interesting to me to see how you go about this build and change here and there... Did you cut new slots to raise the ceiling? I'm not sure from the photo.
  9. Sable, that looks stunning. I love that whole build. It never would have occurred to me to actually block up a window from the inside only - I think I'm a bit too literal minded. Must think 'smoke and mirrors'... Thank you Holly and Debra. I'm starting to understand it's really a very different process from the MDF house. There, I did a dry-fit, then prepainted the outside and some of the inside, then built - without knowing what furniture was going in each room, but then the rooms are fairly square and I'm gradually working on decorating and furnishing them. I didn't bash anything. With the Adams, it's going to be a much more integrated process, moving backwards and forwards between planning and building.
  10. Ok, thanks, good to know. I better hold off on that, then. Maybe I'll just paint some paper and white-tack it to the walls to see what feel the yellow I have in mind gives the space, then play around with/make furniture, then decide on the windows.
  11. Thank you for your welcome and advice . Sable, I suspect that's how I should do it. So have you glued the shell? I thought I had to decide on the windows while I can still cut them from the sheets lying flat, but it sounds like that's not necessary? Would it work to paint the inside before I decide on the windows, or will punching out the windows make the paint flake off?
  12. Thank you Holly, that helps a lot. I'll do a dry fit before I punch out any windows, and I'll check out corrugated cardboard for the roof...
  13. Hello all, I always wanted a doll house but never got one as a kid. This year, I decided it was time to get one for myself! I live in Germany, and the dollhouse hobby seems to be less popular here than in the US and the UK, so I looked at British and American houses. For my first dolls house, I decided on Ash House, from the Dolls House Workshop, because I thought an MDF house would be easier to build for a beginner. Also, I have cats and I thought a front-opening dolls house would be safer. Luckily, they seem to have no interest in miniatures at all, so I think I could really get either type of house in the future! I've built the shell of the main house (though still need to build the separate basement, which I bought once I was sure I liked the hobby), and am in the process of decorating/furnishing it. It will probably take me a long time to complete as I'm very slow, but I enjoy it. It's a Georgian House and I'm doing a Victorian interior, possibly with some small steampunk twists. There's a picture of the Ash House kit here: http://www.dollshouse.com/ash-house-dolls-house In the meantime, I've been to a miniatures fair and somehow ended up buying an already assembled shop (the Barbara's Mouldings corner shop) because the seller didn't want to take it back to the UK and I got a really good price on it. That's sitting around waiting for me to get to it. I'm planning to do it as a pub or bar in 1930s Art Deco style. And because my husband seems to find my dollhouses quite cute and I'd like to get him more involved , I've just ordered and received The Adams to turn it into a little Swedish wooden house for him (he really likes Sweden). So, I got into dolls houses in March, and my third - or, if you count the Ash House basement, fourth - kit has just arrived. It really is addictive. I've been reading here as a guest for a while and admiring everyone's projects, and now that I'm tackling my first plywood dollhouse, I thought I'd join and ask lots of questions, because building this is going to be really different from the MDF house, I think. For a start, I didn't bash the MDF house at all because it's so thick and hard, and the windows were all cut out already and are only in the front. Whereas with the Adams, I've been thinking a lot about how I might adapt it. I'd like to finish the Adams for my husband by Christmas. I'm going to do the outside in dark red siding and the trim in white, basically, it's meant to be similar to this style of house, though with the porch, of course: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albert_Engstr%C3%B6m_-_Hus_2.JPG I've got a question to start with, though will ask it elsewhere separately, if that's better: Depending on what furniture I decide to put in, I may not punch out one of the side windows to gain wallspace. But how do I go about the planning/building? Do I do a dry build before I punch out all windows, then try to decide on all the furniture, and once I have decided I punch out the windows I want to punch out before I do the proper build? How do you do your planning? I find it really difficult to decide 'in my head' what I want to put where, maybe because I'm new to this... I need to put things in and move them around and generally try them out in practice... But then, the effect will be different once the house is painted/decorated/the windows are there... What order do you do things in? Really looking forward to the build and becoming part of this community.
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