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  1. I'm building my first doll house, The Harrison, and was wondering about the roof preparation. I planned on priming and then painting the interior roof white. But when it comes to the exterior I don't know if I should prime and paint, stain, or just leave it alone until I add the shingles. What is the best way to proceed? TIA
  2. I am constructing the Duracraft linfield and I’m dry fitting the roof, but it’s just not fitting right. Do they ever? Should I sand and try to figure it out or glue and fill in with wood putty? I have done everything correct with the instructions, so I don’t know what’s best to do. Any suggestions?
  3. From the album: Mini Paper Printables

    score, cut, fold, glue
  4. Hi everyone, I'm having problems figuring out how to assemble the tower roof on the Fairfield 1:24. I've re-read the instructions over and over but this bit is giving me a headache, from what I can understand the triangle sides are supposed to look curved after glued? They are completly flat out of the kit, and I'm having a hard time understanding how to make them bend gently along the base. Step no. 5 and 6 on the instructions (section K) says "glue along the bottom edge only" and "be sure glue has ample time to cure before proceding to the next step", so I should glue the front and
  5. I'm on the process of shingling my dollhouse, slow work but is coming along nicelly. However, as I'm looking at the roof now I'm thinking maybe I would like a diferent look on the roof of the bay windows (the two on the sides of the 1st floor of the Fairfield). The roof in those is kinda small, would maybe fit 2-3 rows of shingles if I use the same as the roof. I was looking at pictures of victorian houses for ideas and I thought maybe I would like to try a tin/metal roof effect for those and see how it looks (I've attached a picture with two examples of this kind of roof). So my big
  6. From the album: San franciscan-555

    Kitchen is done, Wish the inside windows were not pink. No way am i attempting to repaint them inside. Living room. Just need to glue in stairs and add front door. Not nearly as nice as you all can do but I am happy with it. Got the roof on. Took me 3 hours..3 hours!! The way to secure roof is another nightmare. The tower was a huge pain with all the fitting, cutting, measuring, recutting, Maybe it is just me? I don't know. I will be glad when it is done.
  7. WyckedWood


    From the album: Dura Craft Tudor by WyckedWood

    Shingles done. Love the roof line on this house, after I modified it.
  8. WyckedWood


    From the album: Dura Craft Tudor by WyckedWood

    Shingles done. Love the roof line on this house
  9. Sob story. My dad died when I was four. He was in the process of building me this doll house when he passed. My mom let me play with it as a kiddo and between moving several times, numerous children, bad storage and at some point a horrible paint job.... well you can tell it is in bad shape. It is because of sentimental reasons that I am going to start this restoration project. I understand it would be much easier to start from scratch but it is important to me that my kiddos get to play with this dollhouse. That being said. I am going to start with the exterior. I need to know where
  10. Hi all, I am hoping that someone will be able to help me with some ideas! I am bashing a Primrose to an Orchid and need some help with the roof lines. This will be my first dollhouse kit - and of course, couldn't just stick with a standard kit. I am handy though, and have been crafting and building for close to 20 years. I've taken some pictures, so hopefully they help with thoughts and ideas. I have folded paper where I thought the roof would make sense, but am not positive on where the roof lines should end up where the Primrose juts out. And was also wondering if I should open u
  11. Hi all, My parents have had this dollhouse in the family for years. It's been under a tarp in my mom's basement for about 30 years. Last known records have the creator of the house dying about 1916, so we figure it was built in the late 1800's. It's believed to be modeled after my dad's grandmother's house in Vermont. Very cool! I've taken on the project of restoring it (I'm not sure I'm up for refurbishing). First question ... what's the best way to clean years of paint? It looks to be that an owner along the way gooped the paint on. I have no idea what kind of paint it is .
  12. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I'm not too keen on the way my aging of the copper turned out. I think it came out too blotchy for my tastes. I'm considering giving it a few more coats of my aging mix (consisting of lemon juice, salt, and white vinegar) to make it more green.
  13. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Real life is messy. Snow is rarely snow-white. So here, leaves, trudged-up dirt, ice melt, and wood chips are scattered among the snowflakes on the ground... but up on the roof, as James taylor would say, it's as peaceful as can be.
  14. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    The flat roof of the dormer is finished in a faux-asphalt, achieved by base coating the roof with a thick layer of very dark, almost-black grey paint (I had leftovers from a quart bought for another project—use what you have, of course, but the paint does have to be on the roof fairly thickly), and then sprinkling a heavy, even dusting of black craft sand over the paint and gently (and very flat-ly), pressing the sand into the paint. Don't press so hard that you make the paint drip off the flat roof's edges! The paint becomes the base color and the adhesive. Be very patient, this takes a long
  15. dkumpula

    Aging the Copper

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    My wife thinks I should have left the copper bright and shiny. I suppose I could reverse the aging with Tarn-X and clear coat it to keep finger prints from showing up, but I haven't decided as yet.
  16. Hello All! I am just looking for some opinions and examples for sandpaper shingles. Has anyone done this, or seen this? I am thinking because some sandpapers are so thin, they may look more true to scale than shingles that come in the kits? I like the kit wood shingles but I want to try something very thin (and inexpensive) for a half scale Michael's puzzle house kit. Thanks
  17. Gonzo

    Colonial Roof

    From the album: Half Scale Colonial

    Things are moving along. Half scale shingles are...challenging. I don't know if I will straight paint it or use a wash. I will let it dry overnight and decide.
  18. Jo Med


    From the album: Spring Fling 2012

    I ended up with quite a tricky roofline but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. When I cut out the hole for the conservatory attachment I salvaged the windows and used them to make an opening window in the roof. Vines have now started to grow out through this window from the inside of the garden room so Ellie rarely closes it. There are tiny fasteners on each window but the window is fixed in the open position and doesn't actually close.

    © Jo Medvenics 2012

  19. From the album: Pack away dollhouse

    The roof & moldings will be done in faux copper with a bit of verdigris. The roof will be ribbed.

    © MP 2012

  20. From the album: Pack away dollhouse

    The roof & moldings will be done in faux copper with a bit of verdigris. The roof will be ribbed.

    © MP 2012

  21. http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&image=79966 Do you think it would be too much to also add the roof trim? When I ordered the fencing that I am going to be making into porch railings I ordered the wrong kind at first and got the window's walk trim I was going to send it back and then got to thinking. I like it, but is it too much? Can there ever be too much? Just wondering your thoughts. Thanks hope you can see from the pictures if it will be too much or not.
  22. From the album: Steampunk Miniatures

    Here's a close up of the steel roof that is one of my favorite features of the house. Check out the brass "bolts" holding the sheets of "steel" in place.

    © deb roberts

  23. So this is my first dollhouse but I am trying hard to figure it out. I have put together the outside peices but now it is telling me to put the brick on the bottom and the roof. Well I don't have pattern to do that so I was thinking about that fake spray paint that looks like stone but I don't know if that stuff would work. Will it? This means spray painting 1000 lil shingels so I am double checking before I start all this work. I have included a link so you know what I am talking about. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rust-Oleum-American-Accents-Stone-Spray/17011110
  24. Has anyone tried to make a slate roof? What did you use for the slate?
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