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  1. Hello everyone. I just bought my first dollhouse (The Orchid) and I'm excited but rather nervous to start it. I want to make sure I do everything right, so I'm asking for your tips & tricks for starting out. I've looked around the site a bit, but there's so many posts here it's kind of over-whelming. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I'm now on to my third dollhouse, and unlike the first two which were purchased kits, this doll house is a rescue!! Found on a street curb, it was really in pretty good shape. The original builder did a good job constructing the house; the shingles are a lesson in perfection; the painting and wallpaper show a better than average understanding of how to handle these tasks; floorings were in good shape and installed with double sided tape. Yes, there are a few loose shingles, the door is broken along with the porch. Biggest problem is the outside wall are dado cuts to mimic siding and the builder reversed the front and glued the siding side inside rather than outside. That will be easily remedied with Greenleaf siding strips. This will soon be the Farmhouse I envision. But I desperately want to replace the windows. The large front windows are a bit smaller than standard size--I'll enlarge opening to accept new windows. However, the dormer windows are rectangular rather than square and an irregular size. I have not been able to identify the dollhouse, so there is no chance of finding manufacturer to see if there is a more current window style available. I am now faced with going where I haven't gone before and building my own windows. Any suggestions or words of advice out there?
  3. I purchased an almost completely built Glencroft dollhouse at an estate sale. The only things left to do are the windows and doors. No directions came with the house. I have looked at a lot of pictures online but I simply can't figure out how to do the windows. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance.
  4. Samusa

    Lamp innards

    From the album: Mini Furniture Rehabs & Builds

    Here is a picture of the clip on earring back light bulb & shade holder for Miranda (SewMini). Jewelry pin through the middle hole. Light bulb wire through any of the others. The shade fits snugly onto the earring back, holding it in place. The holes in the earring back allow light to come out of the bottom of the lamp as well as the top.
  5. Bet y'all thought I left. Oh no, been busy, busy busy. Work on real house (hired someone to do it, but I still had to move "stuff", so got rid of a lot of junk; this took 2 weeks. The Orchid is not really finished, still needs a few bits of trim, but must be 99.8% done. Working on furniture now. What I have will not fit in the kitchen, don't know for sure how to fix that. Will make the bay window a seat for lounging as well as seating for dining. Probably 2 small corner cabinets? for dishes etc. Any ideas/suggestions for decoration, furniture, or anything else will be greatly appreciated. I made a door knob for the front door, but will have to make another, 'cause now I cannot find the first one. Working on Kris C.'s shabby chic bed right now, then a wardrobe, night stand and dressing table, a comfortable chair and ottoman for the gable, with lamp and bookcase. I've really missed everyone and am glad to be back. Next up will be the remake of the doll's wardrobe into something pretty, probably a dressmakers shop.In the closet (now that there is room) is the Lafayette for later. It is also time to sew for back to school. Here is my lineup: girls Sara 17, Steff 15, Renee 14, Kaelie 8, Alana 5. Boys Jeremy 15, Andrew 6. The babies: Ansley 3, Petra 1, Aiden 1, Callie 2 and twin girls 5 months. The oldest graduated last spring. Some of these are foster kids, but I am grandma and claim them all while they are with us (not mine, my daughter).
  6. I took a good look at it last week, and took it all apart. Completely. Dry fit much better with everything going the right way. Pictures to follow...
  7. Mary S.

    corner blocks

    From the album: Little Gray Orchid, finishing touches

    carved a design in heavy chipboard, can't see it here, but should show up after paint
  8. Mary S.

    screen molding

    From the album: Little Gray Orchid, finishing touches

    stock at DIY store less than $2 for 8 feet. Can be split lengthwise easily 5/8 x 1/4
  9. The instructions call for hot glue for shingles and siding. Is this better than wood glue? Orchid on hold waiting recommendations.
  10. better sooner... realized I had reversed the second floor to that the stairwell was over the bay window. After debating several solutions, none of which looked very good, I decided to try to remove and reinstall it. Fortunately, turns out the wood glue was still a little soft and flexible, it came off with no damage. after scraping off the glue, it went back in with no problems. Yes, I did mark right and left sides, in the right place. Just not paying attention. Early lesson well learned.
  11. I was able to get my Orchid unpacked yesterday at I started priming to the wood sheets. I was excited that the kit came with shingles, but that was until I saw them. These shingles are literally paper thin and when I took them out of the box they started splitting and crumbling. I'm beginning to think I will need to buy "aftermarket" shingles to get higher quality ones. Has anyone else experienced these paper thin shingles? Am I right in thinking that I will have to buy other shingles?
  12. MC

    Table saw?

    I'm fed up with the tiny miter box and the craft knife for cutting wood! That's what happens when you are used to using the full size saw in the garage. But that much power and size isn't safe when cutting trim and tiny pieces for furniture for my dollhouse. My sweet husband says he'll buy me a table saw for my birthday suitable for dollhouse construction. (He bought me the full size saw when I learned to build cabinets for my pantry.) I've been researching small scale table saws on the Internet, and they all have their positive and negative reviews. I haven't read anything that is swaying me one way or the other. (Yeah, I'm a woman who can't make up her mind!) So, what saws are you using and recommend?
  13. Construction of the French house continues ... I invite you to come see. Please click the following link: http://montoutminimonde.blogspot.fr/ I suggest you to register to the blog, this will allow you to follow the result of the construction. See you soon and enjoy your visit! Thierry
  14. So I am about to embark on my first kit build -- the Orchid. I have a bit of an OCD tendency (which probably explains my miniature obsessions). I like to create what I call "battle plans" before doing a project -- essentially, writing a step-by-step list. My intention is to stucco the outside of the house, as I think siding would make me insane on my first try. However, I would also like to wallpaper it before assembly so that I have more control over the bits. Because of the double-hung windows, I've seen recommendations that they be installed before the stucco goes on. Does this seem like the best battle plan for going about the first steps? 1. Dry fitting of the house 2. Ceiling paper 3. Wallpaper 4. Flooring 5. Painting windows and doors 6. Installing windows and doors 7. Gluing house 8. Applying stucco and painting exterior Thanks for any input!
  15. Have any of you used legos or steeltec in your constructions? I am using legos to hold wood at a proper right angle while the glue dries. If I can find the steeltec my boys used as kids, I plan to swipe from it. How have others used them?
  16. From the album: My first house - Westville construction

    This is my first attempt at building a dollhouse. I'm certainly learning as I go.
  17. Okay, while I'm contemplating the next steps of my Lily's build, I realise that there is a very big empty space underneath the house. One of the structural support pieces is very flimsy (laminate peeling off and all, but no dry rot that I can see) and instead of trying to copy-cut a replacement solid wood section underneath the house, I wondered if I could use expanding foam to fill the entire bottom of the house. It will support the weight of the whole house; prevent insects from moving in unnoticed; can be sanded down when dry (so won't be noticeable anywhere else). The Lily has the latticework on the bottom of the base - I will probably line it with white cardstock before putting the foam in - don't want foam coming out of those gaps! What do you think?
  18. OK, I' just starting off on my McKinley and I'm already stuck. I've got my tower walls liberated from their sheets, as well as the oval trim pieces and the window plastic. But there's nothing in the directions that says how to put them together. This may be pretty basic but does the plastic go on the interior side of the wall or between the wall and the exterior trim piece? And is there an interior trim piece too? I've read through the McKinley construction blog but it doesn't really show this. I'm also wondering about sealing the edges of the trim pieces. Even after sanding, these edges aren't really smooth due to the laminated nature of the wood. What do people do with this? Wood sealer? Spackle? Just ignore it and paint over it? Any assistance would be most appreciated. And finally, just what architectural style is the McKinley? I'm guessing American Queen Anne.
  19. I'm assembling the interior walls of my first build. Last night I glued walls together for the first time. I believe I got a good solid bond. Seems strong! Because there was no way to clamp the wall to the floor while gluing (I used masking tape), there are very small cracks here and there in the joints (corners) where the walls meet and where the walls meet the floor. How concerned should I be about this? Should they be filled with wood filler, more glue, ignored and papered over, or covered with baseboards and crown molding? What do you think? In a real house this is where the caulk would go.
  20. I had seen these before but couldn't remember where...found them today at Walmart. They are plastic texturing tiles for texturizing cake icing. Of course, I will not be making any fancy cakes No time for such silly things...I will be experimenting paperclay and these lovely little jewels. http://www.duff.com/...k-texture-tiles Sorry, no pic yet but I will let you know if this works. I bought the brick and wood flooring look ones as well as the cobblestone pack. They were $5.97 each (two styles in a pack) at Wally World. I am also going to experiment with my Cricut Cuttle Bug thingie and heavy paper. I'm thinking I can use these to emboss paper that way, therefore giving me some lovely brick or cobblestone textured paper. Fingers crossed. The only drawback I can foresee is that these are only about 7 1/2" x 6". I will need to do things in sections and pattern match a bit. *update...found a good pic of the brick tile. http://www.envisionc...dantmoulds.html Still digging around...
  21. Has anyone tried to make a slate roof? What did you use for the slate?
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