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  1. Hi everyone! i received a Van Buren for Christmas in 1978, but life got in the way of ever putting it together. It lived in its box in my family's basement for many years whie I raised my son, went to college and moved around the state and the country for work. My husband and I finally moved back home in 2001, semi retired and I dug it out one day to find to my dismay, that dampness and time had done some damage to the box and papers inside but the wood was hardly touched. I still didn't get around to working on it, the instructions were a pile of flakes and i had to make a space to w
  2. Morning all! I have a dear friend who would very much like to reclaim some space in her home and sell her dollhouse. It's a 1/12 scale Greenleaf Van Buren, already built, that needs someone new to love it. It's one of my favorites, and if I had the space it would already be in my house She's going to put it up on craigslist as well. PM me if you'd like any more info.
  3. wenlaine

    Widow's Walk

    Today I put the widow's walk balcony up and hinged the trap door.
  4. I just started restoring my mother's beloved Van Buren dollhouse that her father made for her in the 70s. It has seen some VERY hard times, including a hurricane during the last attempt at restoration, but I'm making some progress on bringing it back to life. I have one concern though, the front door has gone missing, and the opening seems larger than typical dollhouse doors. I'm a total novice at this, and was wondering if anyone had any advice as to what I should do. I know they don't make Van Buren pieces anymore, so does anyone have any other suggestions?
  5. From the album: Grandma's Summer House

    Beginning stages of construction on Grandma's Summer House. Half scale Van Buren.
  6. There comes a point while building a dollhouse where you begin to feel a closeness, almost like it's a part of you. Or that a part of you belongs to it. I've reached that point. It's coming together so nicely for me now and I'm really starting to appreciate it's true spirit. Now it may have something to do with the new Stylus Dremel I received from DH the other day that I was able to put in the French doors properly and fit the bathroom door but I'm hoping that the house and I are now in sync. It had been a rough start. The wood was so badly damaged and dry that there wasn't a day I didn't h
  7. Over the past month, some progress has been made. We decided to make bay windows for the first floor. These will show the bakery section and the kitchen. Riley first make a cardboard mock up of the bays in order to make sure that he could make them and also to get an accurate size to cut the new window openings. After the mock up, he then made the frames from scrap pieces from various dollhouse kits. The windows panes are made from plastic that protect some mini furniture. They are not glued in yet, just held in place to get an idea of how they will look and to check that window opening wa
  8. I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to purchase a Van Buren kit. Even more lucky that the kit was unopened and apparently had been stored real well. Everything is there, the instructions, the schematics and all the pieces. The wood is in great shape. My oldest Granddaughter, Lindsey, picked this house to be hers. Her original idea was to have a Taikwondo studio on the bottom level and living quarters in the 2nd and 3rd floors. Being a good grandmother, I said sure, it is doable. A little while back, someone posted on the ebay eye candy forum line a picture of a beautiful Van Bu
  9. For some reason, I knew there had to be pillars. It just seemed to be yelling at me! This is what I've decided to do but unfortunately I had to cut them to fit. It's not quite finished, the porch needs painting and the pillars aren't in position to stay yet.
  10. I've made the railings/banister for the stairwell. Here are a couple of pictures.
  11. I've installed more lighting and what a feeling it is when the room lights up. Forgive the quality of pictures, I have this mental block when there isn't a flash on the camera, I can't take a picture! So here are a couple of pictures of the livingroom and upstairs hallway lit. Today (Jan.20,07) I installed lights in the baby's room and the master bedroom. Well, I've been putting it off but I think it's time to put a railing around the opening of the staircase. Wish me luck!
  12. I've been cross stitching this rug for the past two weeks and finally finished. Here's a picture.
  13. I really wasn't sure how I wanted to do the curtains in the baby's room so I just used some lace and I may do blinds under them another time. And here are a couple of other pictures as well. I still have to do the chandeliers yet. Just waiting on some supplies to arrive and I'm still waiting on the bedroom suite for the blue bedroom. Still!! Ohh, and I'm just about finished a rug for the livingroom. Hope to be done tonight or tomorrow.
  14. Here's a couple of pictures of the bedroom drapes finished. They are still a bit damp, but I wanted to have them hang to dry. The furniture was ordered on Nov 27, so I expect it should be here sometime soon. I received word yesterday (Jan 17.07) that the bedroom suite I had ordered would soon be on its way. In the meantime, I received this bedroom set which wasn't intended for this room but I thought I would try it out and I just may keep it in here.
  15. It's raining and miserable outside but a perfect day for working on the house. I decided on the fabric for the drapes but I had no idea how it would look. The wallpaper is such a weird color and pattern that I was afraid I wouldn't have any materials that would look alright. But it's done and now all that is left for this room is the lighting. I would like to have all the drapes/curtains made for the rest of the rooms before I start on the lighting. Besides, I have to purchase some hanging fixtures or chandeliers. I know, I'm procrastinating, but it isn't something I'm looking forward to doing
  16. I chose a wallpaper border pattern that I liked and thought would look ok on this staircase and made it 2 1/4" in width. It also had to be scaled down to fit in a 1/12 scale house. I lengthened it to 11" and I needed to copy it once more. From this, I printed it out onto fabric which comes in sheets with paper backing and is used for inkjet printers. I wasn't exactly sure how the pattern would look on the stairs but once it was glued on, I felt good about my choice. This is the final result. Once that was done, I cut the ends off of 12 toothpicks and painted them metallic gold and
  17. One room done, it lights up and the curtains are made. I'm thrilled the kitchen is done!
  18. I've been working all weekend (Dec 2 & 3) on this bedroom set and now it's finally finished. I'm waiting on the baby's room and the master bedroom furniture to arrive and making the drapes. Ohhh, I'm sure there are some other odds and ends to do. Carpeting on the second staircase and such. For some reason, I keep forgetting about putting in lights, I sure hate the thought of doing that but I've got to bite the bullet on that one, don't I? It will get done, hopefully, one day! Here is a picture of the front it's finally finished. What would a house be if I didn't ha
  19. What an exciting day! I wish you could have seen me unwrapping all the little goodies I received from dollhouses and more today. Two different bathroom sets (I'll use them one day), my new bathroom mirror; it's black with gold trim and goes so well in the bathroom of this house. Also two infants rooms, one set in white, the other in mahogany which I decided best suited this house. Two children's rooms as well and highchairs in both colors too and two new chairs for the chess table. I found my mirrors which just disappeared on me a few days ago, they were in my cupboard where they were suppos
  20. I finally came to a decision on the color for the attic rooms. I mixed light terra cotta with blue and rose and added some sand and this is what I came up with. I wonder if I should leave it or go darker?
  21. I've been so busy these last few days making punchneedle rugs for others that I've been neglecting my Van Buren. Since the opportunity arose, I thought I would take some time for it. I can't decide about the room in the attic which I had originally thought of being a closet. I still like the idea but I really would like to use the smaller room on the second floor as a nursery. I don't have a nursery in any of my houses. Not one!! But if I do that then I will have to make the attic room the bathroom. Well, I'm almost finished it. I just had to use those Home Depot tiles. So whatever the room be
  22. I wasn't happy at all with how this house was looking. I tore off the little porch thingy I had made, wasn't happy with that. I'm not pleased with the paperclay around the bottom, started taking that off. I'm not sure what I will do with that. Recently purchased some pillars for the front, I'm going to need more time to think about what to do there. But I wasn't liking the shingles either. I wanted something dark, so this is what I did. Painted the shingles with watered down black acrylic paint. Let that dry. Painted them all again with less watered down black acrylic paint and once that was d
  23. There's been so much going on here in the last few days that I haven't been able to find much time for working on my house but I managed today to finally finish putting on the shingles. They are on but still have to be painted and I'm thinking maybe a grey color. Hopefully I will have time tomorrow to work on that.
  24. Since I haven't spent as much time as I would have liked on my house, today was the perfect day! Thanksgiving dinner is over and it's time to relax and do some mini-ing. Here are two pictures showing the siding done on both sides. I paperclayed around the foundation of the house. I'm not sure how it's going to be once it dries and is painted. That's for another day. Anyway, it's done and I've also made a front step. As you know, this house didn't have any type of steps or porch. It rested on the table. So I came up with the idea of two steps. The front doors are in and wor
  25. As I mentioned last weekend I had painted most of the trim and all the siding I thought I would need. A few days ago I made the base for the bottom of the house but I'm not sure how I will finish that off. Since I had a free afternoon today, I decided to put the siding on. I used tacky glue and each piece goes on separately. The paint is an acrylic latex and cleans up with water. For me, this is definitely the most relaxing thing to do when it comes to building. This is the start. I've managed to finish the front today and tomorrow I will begin again on the sides.
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