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  2. Stripping Town Square furniture

    Since I have a jelly cabinet in the same finish as the hutch, I bit the bullet and applied stripper to it as a test run. After 30min I was able to scrape a goodly bit off, but the wood underneath is a dull black now. I decided to apply another coat of stripper and leave it overnight. 2 contrasting decorative panels did come unglued, which is a good thing as far as scraping goes.
  3. A little more shabby than chic...

    Don't be too hard on it. From here, it looks very elegant. Once it is painted and in place, only you will know that it didn't meet your [extremely high] standards.  
  4. Yesterday
  5. Kitchen Hutch

    I love how this has turned out!!  Love the mesh doors - looks more authentic I reckon!
  6. Carmel Kitchen

    This is so cute!  I love how you've used the paper!
  7. A little more shabby than chic...

    From the album Outlander Apothecary

    Okay, so once completely glued I found that I must have misjudged my measurements.  The bottom needed to be cut off about 4mm and the top needed to be sanded back by about 1.5mm. It now fits but the skirting is now considerably shorter and not even at the bottom; the wall behind where I cut the skirting now needs to be tidied; The achitraving isn't really achitraving any more and I'm worried that even a coat of paint may be too thick.  Seriously - it's like you take two steps forward and one step back the whole time.  Arrgghh....
  8. Panelling gluing

    From the album Outlander Apothecary

    Now, I did measure this really well and try very hard to glue it into the correct place....but it was really hard to test it before gluing it....just saying....
  9. Ready to glue

    From the album Outlander Apothecary

    My beautiful wall with panels ready to glue onto the second floor of the Apothecary.  I am so incredibly pleased with how it looks.....this...the calm before the storm.....
  10. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    Probably more than a $1,000.  And both are retired.  But you might be preaching to the wrong group.
  11. Welcome neighbor.  I too am from the burbs of Chicago. 
  12. "The Miniaturist" PBS Premiere

    I ended up watching the entire series despite my initial reluctance. I have to say that I thought it better than the book, which left a bad taste in my mouth. The filming, costumes, character development, and especially the miniatures really told the story.
  13. Hello from the natural state

    I'd love to do that!  When I was about ten I found a beautiful quartz crystal just sitting on top of the rocks at a beach we were on holiday at.  It's the gold mining area from this part of NZ and it started a lifelong love of crystals and rocks.  I'll have to see if I can wangle a visit to Arkansas when we come over next year!  
  14. I painted sandpaper that I cut to fit and glued to flat roof portions of my Rosedale.
  15. "The Miniaturist" PBS Premiere

    Since my son never recorded the first two episodes while I was in Europe, I was able to watch them online yesterday before the final episode aired last night. My local PBS station carried the first episode online until yesterday but episodes 2 & 3 are still available online. I enjoyed the series. A little different from the book but I thought the series explained more.
  16. More Red Cottage Miniatures kits

    From the album A Hermitage

    I got these additional kits for the Hermitage. The chair needs paint, and I’m not finished with the kitchen sink, but so far so good.    

    © DAL Minis

  17. Carmel Kitchen

    From the album A Hermitage

    Another kit by Red Cottage Miniatures. This cute retro kitchen is two parts. The upper shelf unit will attach to the wall floating above the lower cupboard unit. I bashed this kit a little. I wanted to eliminate the doors so that I could have a cloth curtain  under the sink but these are non-working doors so I lined the inserts with paper to give it a similar effect. I used the same paper to line the back of the upper shelves. The small under cabinet refrigerator is actually a set of non-working drawers, that I changed in order to have a small frig. I used glossy photo paper for the refrigerator front, and a dragonfly punch out of light metal (that I cut the wings off of, oh my) for the handle. I'm still fussing with the sink. The kit is designed for the sink to be recessed, but I might leave it on top of the counter like a farmhouse sink. I haven’t decided and until I do the countertop remains separate and unfinished.  

    © DAL Minis

  18. Kitchen Hutch

    From the album A Hermitage

    I slightly bashed this kit by Red Cottage Miniatures. The cupboard doors have a solid insert with stubs for hinges. I didn’t use those because I wanted a wire door, so I used some bits of mesh colored with a sharpie marker to make the screen. Then I cut paper trim for the inside and used pieces of a paper clip for hinge pins. I've lined the back of the shelves, the drawer, and inside the cupboard with rose paper.  

    © DAL Minis

  19. Stripping Town Square furniture

    I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve got a half scale grandfather's clock that I want to try stripping. I’ve used stripping compound on Tootsie Toy furniture and it’s worked beautifully, but I haven’t tried it on wood pieces yet. My hubby tells me the stuff he used on the TT pieces will dissolve glue too, so it might work for you.  
  20. hardwood flooring

    I use them to make wainscots and cross-buck exterior and Dutch doors, and that has been my experience with them.
  21. Stripping Town Square furniture

    I haven't done it with Town Square, but I have successfully stripped that ghastly red stuff off the $Tree furniture using the orange goo paint stripper.  I haven't used the microwave to soften the glue; I found a dip in boiling water softened the $Tree glue nicely.  I'm not sure if Town Square uses a better glue or not.
  22. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I’m looking at them but they are so big. I know the prices are amazing. A shocker for the Bay Area. 
  23. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    It sold fast, that was a good deal.
  24. Depth of Houses

    @Sylvie_Sobel It all depends....there is no reason why you couldn't add depth, especially to the back. There are no rules, let your imagination go.
  25. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    Pitch it to HG tv and see if you can get show flipping miniature houses 
  26. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    It is, but all I can say is, that seller would have a field day because I'd be loading those two houses up so fast. Do you guys realize that that's almost $1000 worth of houses for $250? I needa get into the business of buying houses like this, breaking them down, and reselling them on eBay. I wonder if I could make a living like that?
  27. hardwood flooring

    There is quite a bit of waste with the popsicle sticks...about 25% from what I experienced, so get more than you think you need. 
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