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LeeB

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    NE Ohio
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    Drawing & painting, Theatre - directing, acting, set & costume design, Travel, Antiques, Gardening, Vintage houses, Reading, History

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  1. I use scrapbook papers for much of my wallpaper. It is relatively inexpensive and 2-3 sheets are usually enough for a room. It is also heavy enough to be easy to handle. There is a lot of it out there that is the right scale and has cute and fun kids' themes. One I used for my grand-daughter has unicorns and rainbows. Just what a 5-yr-old wanted! You can also spray it with a couple of coats of sealer to make it more dirt resistant.
  2. I once spoiled a piece of wallpaper by spraying it too heavily with matte sealer. It gave the colors a very faded or muted appearance. You could try that.
  3. I have one finished, one half-finished, and one waiting to be started while I do research and planning. I don't think I will stop there.
  4. In my first miniature house, I used one attic room for a child's bedroom and play room. I figured that the lower sloped ceilings would not bother a smaller person the way they would an adult. Another space became the attic storage - a place to put all kinds of interesting things that I had left over from furnishing the other rooms and had no room for: an antique style treadle sewing machine, discarded or outgrown toys, a trunk, a birdcage, etc - just a hodge-podge of random stuff. I left the ceiling and walls unfinished, with some rafters visible and the floorboards raw wood as well. Another i
  5. Thanks for the suggestions, Holly & Lisa.
  6. I want to make the floor in one room look like inlaid marble with black and white pieces in a pattern. I have faux marble in both printed paper and vinyl laminate samples and am considering cutting the pieces and gluing them down in the design I like. Has anyone ever tried these approaches? How did they work? Did the laminate separate at the edges? (I know I would need to seal and varnish the paper.) Did you seal the laminate with anything? Is there a another different material that would work better? Thanks for any ideas!
  7. Welcome, Katherine! That sounds absolutely wonderful. I hope you will share pictures - maybe some before & after and as you go along? You can start posting photos after your 5th post, I believe.
  8. I collect Mudlen End houses. They are pottery pieces that were made in England in the 1960s-90s. We have 26 different ones and a few duplicates. The average height of the 2-story ones is about 3", including the chimney. We get them out when we decorate for Christmas and display them on the mantle. Here is a photo or two to give an idea.
  9. I eliminated the stairs in my first house. I cut a piece of wood of the approximate thickness of the structural floor and as close to the dimensions of the opening as I could and glued it into the hole. (If you don't have tools that can handle cutting solid wood or plywood, you can get balsa wood at any hobby supply store or even use foam core.)To even out the surfaces, you can just fill the gaps with wood paste or spackle and sand it down. In order to hold everything in place and make sure that it didn't show, I added an additional decorative surface to the ceiling of the ground floor and the
  10. Right! That's the first thing I would do - and half the fun!
  11. One of a kind? Wonderful piece at an unbelievable price! If I lived closer, I'd be very tempted.
  12. I have used scrapbook paper for floors. I spray the paper with clear sealer (usually before gluing it down with wallpaper paste) and then cover with 3 coats of polyurethane. It has held up quite well and looks good. There was no wrinkling or bubbling.
  13. I didn't like the placement of stairs in my house and didn't want to reposition them because they take up so much floor space in two rooms. So I eliminated them altogether. I just assume that they are in the part of the house that is not visible where the opening cuts it off. I am told that is a completely legit way to go. It all depends on what you want to do.
  14. My first house was already assembled when I got it, but needed some restoration, finishes and decorating. It is Victorian but we had already amassed a rather eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories that weren't all in keeping with that style. At one time we owned a real full sized Victorian home and had furnished it similarly, so our backstory was that a contemporary family was living in this vintage miniature house and had filled it with a combination of family heirlooms and newer pieces. The décor honored the period style, but included modern conveniences such as a gas stove, ele
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