vbharrington

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  1. What's everyone working on?

    I had a pretty productive Spring Break off of school.  I managed to get the exterior of the Farmhouse painted, as well as the window frames and shutters.  I also managed to get the house put back together and glued onto the foundation.  The second floor is also installed, now to replace the acetate in the windows, touch up a few paint spots, and begin the interior remodeling.  I have made templates of the walls, ceilings, and floors out of poster board that I plan to decorate and glue into place.  Yay!
  2. I had a pretty productive Spring Break off of school.  I managed to get the exterior of the Farmhouse painted, as well as the window frames and shutters.  I also managed to get the house put back together and glued onto the foundation.  The second floor is also installed, now to replace the acetate in the windows, touch up a few paint spots, and begin the interior remodeling.  I have made templates of the walls, ceilings, and floors out of poster board that I plan to decorate and glue into place.  Yay!

  3. Another teacher gave me about three dozen different size picture mats, some are large as 11" by 14" with 4 inch wide "edges."  Hopefully I can find some minis I can make using these.

  4. As I've stated on here before, I have been obsessed with mini's my whole life, and when I was 12, my mom had a Rutherford built for me, which is still (in my eyes) the most beautiful dollhouse ever.  A while back I bought myself an Orchid kit at Hobby Lobby and started work on it.  The holidays came round and I put the Orchid away, but found a great deal on Craigslist for a San Franciscan kit, so I bought that.  My hubby bought me a Beachside Bungalow kit for Christmas, and yesterday I found a great deal on a NIB travel trailer kit.  So, here I am with one (barely) started Orchid, a San Franciscan, Beach Bungalow, and travel trailer all still in the box. Does anyone else have multiple kits sitting around, or do I have some sort of hoarding issue starting? It would take a whole different thread to address that why, after almost 27 years, I still can't decorate the inside of my Rutherford, because I'm afraid that I will mess it up or it won't look "right."
  5. 5 days until a week off for Spring break.  I have great plans for next week, I hope to get the Farmhouse "in the dry" and begin working on wooden floors.

  6. Paper Patterns

    Does anyone else attach floor covering, wallpaper, etc to poster or illustration board before installing it in the house?  I've done it with my flooring, but this is the first time I've tried the walls and ceilings.  I'm trying to decide what is best to attach the walls and ceiling papers with.  I've thought about double sided tape, or possibly rubber cement.  Any thoughts?
  7. Chrysnbon ice box

    What is the best kind of glue to use on these kits?  I have a china cabinet and a stove I got from ebay, but there is no stain/paint or glue included.  I was thinking super glue, but I'm not sure if that would be best for this plastic.
  8. DSCF0069.JPG

    This lodge is beautiful, I'm especially impressed by the carved doors.  Was this house a kit or a scratch build?  Words fail me, I totally love everything about it.
  9. Spring Swap 2016

    I adore all of my items.  I have plans for everything already!  I didn't put my name and location on mine, so once everyone gets theirs, I will tell everyone which was mine.  Yes, thank you Deana for hosting the swap.
  10. Spent the weekend removing fake "stucco" ceilings from the DC Farmhouse and making paper patterns of the walls, floors, and ceilings so that I can start working on decorating.

  11. I removed the second floor of the farmhouse to make paper patterns for the floors and ceiling. Making wooden floors is one of my favorite things to do. I'd love to make some fancy designs, but I'm not sure how that would look in a 1940's era farm house.

    1. vbharrington

      Beautiful!  I may try that.  I've also had the idea to make some of the floors into "quilt blocks" using wooden slats.   

    2. miniaddicted

      You might get some ideas from this UK site - http://www.dollhouse-miniatures.co.uk/wb-floorpacks.html#WOODBLOCK-FLOOR-PACKS

      I also spent time looking at their customer gallery - lots of interesting eye candy!

  12. Spring Swap 2016

    I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas, but I never know what day is going to "be Christmas!"  I can't wait.  I hope everyone is pleased with my swap.
  13. Shingles for Orchid?

    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?
  14. I have the DC farmhouse stripped of the wallpaper and carpet.  I've tried to put the interior walls back in place, and now the lower level divider is "too tall"  When I put it in place, the entire left side of the house raises off the foundation (because that came unglued as well)  What has happened?  Could it be that it was like that to begin with, and over the years the glue gave way?  I've never seen anything like this before.
  15. Interior wall "too tall" after removing it?

    Thank you Kathi.  Mine is the 500, but the porch has been customized, and a "gazebo" area added to the left front, but these directions may help with the "re assembly" I'm going to have to do.
  16. I collect pigs, Beatle memorabilia (I prefer original),  different (movie) versions of "A Christmas Carol" (my favorite is The Muppets Christmas Carol" followed by a western version starring Jack Palance) and Tarot cards.  I don't "read" tarot cards, and some members of my Southern Baptist church would be appalled that I would own any, but I love the artwork.
  17. Interior wall "too tall" after removing it?

    I thought the same thing Kathi, and I did try it the other way, but there is a notch cut out where the wall meets with the ceiling trim.  My husband asked if perhaps the wood could have gotten damp and warped, but I don't think that is it.  I am working on it in our garage, but I've never had problems with anything else warping out there.  I measured, and the wall appears to be about 3/16 too tall.  I may just try to sand it down to the right height. 
  18. Do you have a favorite white paint?

    I personally like the "Snow (Titanium) White" from Americana, but I plan on using "Buttermilk" for the trim on the DC Farmhouse.  
  19. I have the DC farmhouse stripped of the wallpaper and carpet.  I've tried to put the interior walls back in place, and now the lower level divider is "too tall"  When I put it in place, the entire left side of the house raises off the foundation (because that came unglued as well)  What has happened?  Could it be that it was like that to begin with, and over the years the glue gave way?  I've never seen anything like this before.

  20. MikeUK aka ElvisHasLeftTheBuilding

    I am not sure how to PM MIke, since my search says there is no members by that name (MikeUK) but in case you do see this Mike, I want to let you know that I think your work is awesome, and you are awesome yourself.  There has been many times that you have replied to a comment I've made and offered advice or even just encouragement, and I really appreciate it.  I will be praying for your recovery and for you to be back doing what you love very soon.  Best wishes and I hope you get well very soon!!!
  21. Dura-Craft wood flooring

    The DC farmhouse I'm stripping has what appears to be cherry flooring on the bottom floor only.  I've been debating whether to pull it up or not.  I'm not crazy about the dark color, but it is in good condition, so I may leave it.  I'll worry about the rest of the house first I guess.
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    From the album Dura Craft Farmhouse

    Front of the Farmhouse.  At a glance it looks sturdy, don't be fooled.
  23. My very own Lawbre French Country Manor!!!

    Funny, my husband only has one hobby, and that is bass fishing.  A year ago when decided I wanted a Sphynx cat he asked how much such a cat would cost.  I responded by asking how much he spent on fishing in one month, (he fishes 3 weekends a month) - and he countered by asking when we were to pick up my new cat.   I have found that dollhouses work much the same way, only now I am trying to negotiate either a building of my own, or space in his workshop/man cave/ boat garage to set up the houses I have.   BTW: Congrats on finding your dream house!!
  24. Carpet Questions

    I would NOT use glue to attach the carpet directly to the floor, I am having a nightmare removing some glue/carpet from a house I am remodeling.  I like to make poster board templates of my rooms and glue and/or tape the floor on the template, then fasten that into the house.  I made a "hard wood" floor from skinny sticks for my vintage trailer and glued the sticks to the poster board, and it fits perfectly in the trailer without being fastened down at all.  I also do wall paper the same way, and fasten it with double sided tape.  Adding floor and ceiling moldings help to keep it in place also.   As for material to use for carpeting, I do not like carpet (I don't have it in my RL house) so I rarely use it.  The carpet I am stripping from the remodel house looks and feels like velvet.  I did see areas where the rubber cement in one room and hot glue in another appeared to bleed through the carpet, so you may want to go with double sided tape.
  25. Metal roof on dollhouse?

    I'm not sure if this is the case in other parts of the country, but metal roofing is very big here in South Carolina.  I've been thinking about my farmhouse, and I may want to try to put a metal roof on it.  Has anyone ever put a metal roof on a dollhouse?  If so, what did you use?  We have some leftover metal from our own roof (our log house has a green metal roof) but I don't think I would be able to use it.  Any ideas?