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  1. Hi! My name is Dawn and I am from Alabama. I got interested in dollhouses about 14 or so years ago and bought a Dura-Craft Newberg. I started to put it together, but messed up some of the parts, so it's still in the box. I've had three kids since I bought it and they, along with other things, have kept me busy. I am hoping once we move later this month I can get it put together with replacement parts I have found. I kind of live in a dollhouse. lol It's 768 square feet and I live in it with my husband and our children who are 12, 4, and 2. We have replaced the floors, refurbished walls, and we're going to replace the windows soon. It's cute and cozy like a dollhouse. Thank you all for letting me in your group!
  2. Although in the near term I won't be able to contribute... It is rude to drop by without annoucing your arrival Scott, living in Phoenix, Arizona with family. Years desired to build a dollhouse for daughters, but time and life didn't allow. I hope to refocus later in life and build in On30, O gauge (Lionel) narrow gauge model railroad. Large scale, and motion. Will post in correct forum, will pass on a Dura-Craft Heritage. I looked through a lot of your posts and work. Stunning demonstration of skill, art, focus and patience!
  3. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    So I took Emily's (Fov) advice and tried out a mock-up of a different front stair configuration than I had originally intended. I added a little extension to the front of the porch to allow the first flight to descend at a right angle to the house (I will need to figure out some kind of railing for this.. I don't want my little people swan diving to the driveway when coming home from a night on the town ). The landing at the bottom of the first flight would be the same level as the front garden and their would be a retaining wall under it as indicated (this house is on an imaginary hillside ). The lower flight of stairs would end beside the driveway and they would be enclosed on the front side at least, maybe the backside also, but I kind of like the understair area as storage. There is a little alcove under the porch for access to the basement apartment. It still needs some tweaking, but I like it! Thanks for the inspiration Emily!
  4. Qubanqtee

    bedroom retreat

    From the album: SF555 - 1st Build in 29 years

    nearing completion of the second floor. need window coverings and final trim.
  5. I bought an fh505 for $30 from Craigslist about 2 years ago. I love making miniatures and finally have time to build the house. This is my first build and I am having a little bit of issue with construction. I have read the instructions many times over, and I've examined the pictures, but I'm still not sure I'm assembling it correctly. I don't want to mess it up. Does anyone happen to have any pictures of their progress AS they are building? Im a visual person and hope if I can see the way someone else is doing it, it might help me to figure out if I'm doing this correctly. Thanks in advance!
  6. Hello Everyone, I've just joined the website community and I'm in need of a copy of the instructions for Dura-Craft FM 500 Farm House. I haven't built a doll house in years, but I'm eager to get back in the game. Can anyone help me get a copy of the instructions? Thanks! Molly in Northern California
  7. Qubanqtee

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    From the album: SF555 - 1st Build in 29 years

    Dry fit has finally begun - windows, 2nd and 3rd floor
  8. Samusa

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    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Wooden Wall... Will be painted white and most likely continue all the way to the attic.
  9. Samusa

    Fireplace close up

    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Close up of the fireplace. Nice and sooty. It's not as dark in RL, but I couldn't capture it with my phone camera.. :/ Once I grout, I'll grubby that up too. There is a small Fret/Fire Basket set DH105 and matching coals that I would like to get to set in the hearth.
  10. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    This is the latest dryfit of the dining room. The floors have been installed on their template & will be painted & distressed I think. The fireplace interior brick has been painted awaiting grout. I need to figure out how to simulate a marble hearth (just a stand in piece of mat board with lines at the moment ) The windows are giving me trouble. It seems the pieces that have the window tracks in them have had a piece broken off them over the years and so are no longer wide enough to fit the bays. I've currently got them shimmed with paddle pop sticks, but need to come up with a more permanent solution.
  11. Samusa

    Chimney Breast

    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    I currently have the stair wall as a feature wall of painted horizontal tongue and groove but I'm thinking of doing the entire room like this with the exception of the chimney breast which would be white card painted like plaster. I feel if I do the whole room in painted tongue and groove then the floor needs to stay some sort of wood colour for a point of difference but I'm not sure what colour. I'm really partial to my distressed painted floor idea so not sure what to do.
  12. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Finished up the floor for the dining room today. Still need to decide how to finish it. I'm leaning towards painting it white and then sanding back for a distressed worn look, but I might try a limewash colour first. I have finally decided on adding the kitchen door to the front of the dividing wall and not the back. I think for furniture placement the back worked better but at the end of the day I just like the look of the door at the front. The stairs will get some fretwork from Earth and Tree. I'm trying to jazz them up a little because the HW narrow stairs are not my favourite due to their ridiculous scale but they were the only ones that fit if I wanted to add interior doors.
  13. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    I've added basement window to the "room" side of the basement to give a little additional light. The chimney will go between these windows.
  14. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Have switched out the Dura-Craft stairs for Houseworks narrow stairs to allow internal doors to be installed. Have also flipped them forward facing instead of to the back as the kit called for.
  15. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Start of the build. Had a snafu with one of the bay pieces being cut incorrectly... lots of sanding and spackle required
  16. Samusa

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    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Have switched out the Dura-craft stairs for Houseworks narrow stairs to allow a internal doors to be installed.
  17. Hi! I want to start off apologizing if this has already been asked. I'm a complete newb when it comes to making dollhouses and I'm new to this site as well! I am ecstatic as I was recently given a Dura-Craft Columbian kit. It was already half assembled and I've gotten a lot done already. However, it seems there are a lot of pieces missing. It seems mostly trim/decorative pieces which I can work around. Unfortunately it's missing all the pieces for the stairs, front steps and the gable trim which I would really like to have. I see Dura-Craft went out of business in 2005. Is there anywhere to get these parts or any resources where I could download/buy the scaled pattern/blueprint to print off and cut myself? Anyone know of any company that specializes in Dura-Craft replacement parts that might have these as well? I did a quick search and I'm a little worried as I'm not finding much. Thanks!
  18. From the album: Dura-Craft Ashley Rehab

    Bought this already constructed Dura-Craft Ashley at thrift store. Some of the pieces need repair, paint needs touch-up and needs some regluing, but I intend to not change it too much. Will make it into a quilt shop.
  19. I have a Dura-craft San Franciscan 550 kit, still in the box. I've decided to sell it, but am unsure if there are better ways to go about this than eBay. I found this forum when looking up info on the kit, so I thought I'd see if anyone has any tips or advice...or maybe even know someone who is looking for one? Back story: My parents got it for me back in the mid-80's. It was discounted (about half price)...because it was missing some pieces. My stepdad being a carpenter, figured he could work some magic to get it all together. Upon opening the box, he found an order form for broken/missing pieces. Realizing he could save himself the task of recrating parts, he took tally of what was needed and ordered them from Duracraft. Shortly there after, we moved & the box was put up in the rafters of the garage. I got older, it never got put together. 25+ years into the future, my parents found the box & gave it to me. I thought maybe I'd put it together, but the reality is, I don't really have the room. I don't have kids that could enjoy it. Putting it together would be fun, but I fear then it would just be in the way. So, techincally it's an open box, which seems like it would steer away potential buyers on eBay. The missing parts sent from Duracraft are still in their unopened shipping tube. So, I have no reason to believe that there are any missing parts, but maybe this is intimidating to buyers? Shipping it would surely be a task, as it's big, heavy and in two boxes (one big box & one tube). Any advice? I suppose posting it on craigslist would avoid the whole shipping thing, but I fear it wouldn't be seen as well. I'd rather it go to someone who's been hunting for it, as I know how great it is to finally score a long searched for item. Also, I have a Greenleaf 56 piece dollhouse furniture kit. The contents are in excellent condition. The box is worn & has tape on it, but the insides are perfect. All intact with proper stickers & paperwork.
  20. Cheverly

    Walls are up!

    From the album: Whitebrush Manor - DC VM800

    Did a dry-fit and tweaked the flooring before gluing everything together.
  21. So, I'm happily building along, thinking I've done a great thing by upgrading my plain porch spindles and posts with Houseworks upgrades. THEN I see M & D's FABULOUS Victoria's Farmhouse and how they used 2-3 colors on each of their spindles (instead of just one color), and I'm thinking... dang! I gotta paint all my spindles like that because it looks so awesome! <Cue psychological breakdown here> Am I insane? For one thing, this is my first build and I've started with a doozie of a house as it is. For another, I have something like 70+ spindles to paint, and I've already spent several evenings putting the first coat on and then SANDING EACH ONE BY HAND when the paint caused the grain to rise. But, man, their porches look so cool! And I've never seen anyone do that to a Dura-Craft Victorian Mansion before. What do you guys think? I've attached pictures of several paint options (please ignore the horrible slap-on job I did... just trying to get an idea of what color goes where). I have one of the porch posts in there too... not sure but I'm leaning towards the garnet color on the ball thingees and the lighter grey color (sorta hard to see, maybe I should go darker?) on the flat part in between all three ball sections. Suggestions, comments, advice, tips, etc., etc., all greatly appreciated! FYI, since you can't really tell in the picture, the colors on the spindles are light grey at the bottom of the one closest to the post, light grey on the long flat part with white on the balls on the spindle in the middle, and the last spindle on the right has grey on the top two balls above the two red ones.
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