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  1. Bases for the house

    My bases get entirely covered up so it doesn't have to be nice/pricey plywood. I tend to use whatever's lying around the garage! Add a grass sheet and a nicely stained trim around the outside edges and no one will ever know what's underneath. Here are some bases I've made, maybe you'll get ideas. The first two are plywood and the others are other materials. Repurposed TV turntable: and "Log slice" from craft store:
  2. McKinley Room Dimensions?

    The McKinley is only about 7" deep. This can make furniture placement a challenge, especially in the living room and bedroom where you lose some space to the chimney, but you can omit that in either or both rooms if you want to. I don't have mine anymore so I can't measure the kitchen for you, but here's all I was able to fit. You need to close off the door to be able to do anything with it. Based on the items I had in the room, I estimate it's about 7" x 7" not including the bay window bump out.
  3. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I don't think those are the same ones. Pretty sure the metal ones were Handley House or Town Square Miniatures. I think the Concord washer and dryer came out sometime after the metal ones and are resin without opening doors. The stickers on the metal set are gray, not that bright blue. Still a nice looking set, but caveat emptor!
  4. Stairs ???

    Here's an idea for hidden stairs: That's half scale, but you could make something like that.
  5. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    Visalian in LA: And this is cool... I think I saw it on eBay the other day too but the pictures weren't as good: Rosework kit? Never seen this before: Cool exterior, but the interior leaves something to be desired!
  6. Stairs ???

    Do you mean the Simple Stair Kit? I used that on my Orchid but don't have any good pictures, and no longer have the house. I don't remember the risers being unusually high. You might want to check out Earth and Tree, they have several different stair sizes that they make themselves, as well as some with pre-assembled railings.  
  7. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    If they were building from scratch, it would be an easy design to copy. The materials sound similar to my dollhouse - it's all real wood trim, not miniature scaled. (In fact the scale is a bit off, my house has low ceilings and doorways.) Here's a finished First Lady in California:  
  8. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    Where did you grow up? It's similar to my first dollhouse, but not exactly the same: I grew up in the Boston area and my parents got it at a local shop that either sold wooden furniture or wooden toys, or both. Over the years I have seen several like it on the Boston Craigslist and one had information about the builder, which I thought I saved but now can't find. This particular guy built the houses and sold them in his store, I don't know if he may have based the design on the SW Crafts house or if it was a coincidence. The one you posted looks more like the SW Crafts house than mine does.
  9. Not quite a tutorial, but here's how I did one: I just drilled a hole in the base that lines up with the junction splice and poked the lead-in wire through that hole. A small piece of stiff paper is stabled over the hole to make the lead-in wire lie flat and keep it from slipping out. The hole is off to the side of the turntable. The house isn't permanently attached to the base and the junction splice is on the underside of the foundation, so as the house is placed on top of the base it needs to get plugged in before it's put all the way down. This is a half scale house made out of die-cut plywood (the Fairfield). For a bigger/heavier house it might be more difficult to do it this way.
  10. Crib and changing table

    I've never done a nursery before! My puzzle house has one but I never really finished it. I had so much fun decorating the little girl's room in this house I wanted to play with more toys. :)
  11. Crib and changing table

    From the album Half scale furniture

    I made this changing table out of a Cassidy Creations bureau kit by adding strip wood to the top to hold the changing pad. The pad and the crib mattress are made from Itsy Bitsy Mini printed fabric that complements the wallpaper in the nursery. More details on my blog:

    © Emily Morganti 2017

  12. Crib

    From the album Half scale furniture

    Here's a better view of the ruffle under the crib, which is made out of a piece of a free Restoration Hardware fabric swatch (you can order these from their website). The swatch already had the scallops cut into it. The crib is an eBay purchase, it was originally glossy white and I painted it Tuscan Beige to match the rest of the nursery furniture. More details on my blog:

    © Emily Morganti 2017

  13. Craftsman Texture on Interior Walls

    Your house is really cute! I love the door. I haven't tried this before so I'm not sure how it would work, but what about applying a textured scrapbook paper or wallpaper, and then painting over it with your satin paint? That would be more uniform than anything you do with spackle or wood filler. Also I don't know how those techniques work on MDF (maybe they'd be just fine, I've never tried it). Also, are you planning to add wood detail? In a lot of Craftsmans, much of the wall is taken up by paneling, so there isn't as much painted wall showing. That could help with the boring factor. I've taken two roombox classes with the Guys from Texas to build Craftsman roomboxes and both have smooth painted walls, but there's so much else going on that you barely look at the walls. Here are some pics: Cypress and Fog Oak Shadow        
  14. Craftsman Texture on Interior Walls

    I agree with Sharon - I live in a 1925 house with lathe and plaster walls. In some rooms it has been partially replaced with drywall and it's hard to tell the difference unless you go looking for it. Whatever you use, do a thin coat. Here's a blog that shows how I used watered-down wood filler to add texture to walls: That was fairly thin, and even that might be too much texture for your Craftsman. I would consider heavy scrapbook paper for a Craftsman... something that has texture but isn't wildly inconsistent.
  15. Taking my obsession too far???

    I agree. Craigslist houses often look better in the pictures than they do in real life, especially if we're excited about them! And they're only selling it for $20? Unless you've seen very good photos and had a conversation with the seller about how it was put together, I wouldn't drive that far. When I was new to dollhouses I drove about 30 miles for a McKinley I thought was a steal at $65. Once I got there and saw it, I knew it wasn't a good deal, but the people were so excited for it to find a good home I felt bad not buying it. (It had belonged to their kids who were now grown and out of the house.) I attempted to rehab it but I eventually put it on Freecycle, and I wouldn't be surprised if the person I gave it to threw it out. Never doing that again!