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  1. Mo and Joe finally do some work with lumber lying about. They ran out of nails, so could not finish clapboarding! Get organized guys! Lol.
  2. Tinyroomartist

    Washington rehab

    Rehab of 1970's Washington by Greenleaf. In progress and a lot of fun! Mo will live in the house and his neighbor, Joe, is helping him do the work, as well as letting him crash at his place while it gets done. They will do the reverse when Joe fixes his house up!
  3. Polished this floor with wax - it was stained by the previous owner. I am hoping I can still touch up the stain with the eco stain I bought for the baseboards to bring it out a bit in faded places but ok if not. It looks more perfect in photos than in person. I waxed it a while ago, before I realized I was not done with it, like a real 1920's house! The stain for the woodwork came today (www.ecospaint.net) and the sample is great. Ecos Paint sent enough sample stain to get a lot done and no smell at all! I am waiting for a back order of crown molding so I can stain that before installing it (a
  4. The Washington (original kit) has real wood floors which, in the case of the house I am working on, are in aged but usable shape. I like the aged look and in my research found that many mini-hobbiests (sp?) spend time aging new flooring to look like old flooring! The only thing I don't like is that the wood is in a single piece, not randomly cut slats as seen in my apartment and older homes. Is there a way I can create the illusion that the original Washington floors are slatted floors or is my best option to cover the original floors with new floors made to look like old floors? That see
  5. Your Washington looks so amazing. I love your creative solutions! I wound up buying asphalt because I wanted grey asphalt and, to be entirely honest, after sanding and compounding the railing for literally days on end, did not have the patience to make shingles, too. The railing was literally graham cracker-like when viewed from the side and paint just sank into the wood. I sealed each slat with glue along the narrow edge, then sanded each and every one, followed by layer after layer of super thin joint compound, sanding between each layer. The result was not perfect but so much better! I also
  6. Wish I had room for this house - If anyone is in Connecticut . . . hope it is helpful! https://newlondon.craigslist.org/clt/d/westerly-doll-house/7305141725.html
  7. Kind of makes one want to cry. Wish I could fix it!
  8. Thanks, Holly. I am so grateful to everyone for answering questions and for being interested! I finally pulled the trigger and ordered asphalt shingles. Now I have cedar ones leftover that I purchased intending to use them . . . on the fence about selling them to someone or keeping them for a future project. I'm planning to build a cottage from a vintage kit my mom and I have kept for decades but might create a thatched roof for it instead. I have no idea how all of you manage to decide these things when there are so many great ideas to choose from but it sure it fun!
  9. Tinyroomartist

    My oldies

    I love love love your elderly friends! I bought mine and hope someday to follow in your footsteps when they have neighbors or invite friends to visit. Your work is amazing. Also thank you for introducing me to doll kit website - I want to make clothes for my guys and did not know where to begin other than trying to make things up. Pic is of Mo and Joe shortly after their arrival - crashed out in makeshift sock sleeping bags in at Joe's house while I work on Mo's Washington. Next up will be Joe's house which is pretty run down at the moment. Is your home filled with separate houses for your "ol
  10. Wow! I am noticing that the style of the houses with slate roofs are very different from The Washington. Is an asphalt roof more appropriate for a farmhouse such as The Washington? I know I can do whatever I want but I am imagining the house in upstate New York and holding true to an old house in an old town up there -
  11. Thanks to everyone who is helping! So awesome that you are interested and I truly appreciate it. I am wondering what is historically appropriate for the house, which (I think) is farmhouse style? Found this photo and am curious. The shingles seem so much smaller than the ones sold by Greenleaf. What kind are they? I live in an apartment and have never shopped for real shingles! Lol.
  12. Thank you for the detailed description of how you accomplished your fine work. Much appreciated! I used Zap a Gap to glue the clapboard to avoid warping but the strips did warp during the painting process (I painted them before applying them to the house and painted both sides to try to minimize warping - still it happened a bit.) It is ok, as the house's "story" is that it is an old house owned by an equally elderly guy who maintains it but not to perfections. This, of course, gives me room for errors because I can blame them on poor Mo! He tries and I do, too. His eyesight isn't great and mi
  13. Not a bad idea. I was looking at everything from applying gel medium to them to aging them as one does to make faux barn wood. Do you think a wood look is the right answer for this house or stone (slate) for the roof? I have never owned a home - lol - so I'm learning a lot about how houses are made from all this. I know I can do whatever I want but I want the house to make some sort of sense. I could thatch the roof but that would not fit! I want to be true to the house. So what would a house such as this one likely have? I am figuring it was built in the Northeast U.S. There is a lot of slate
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