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  1. Hurstwood Cottage Kitbash

    Hi, I've introduced myself in the newcomers forum. I received my Hurstwood Cottage kit from Bromley yesterday and I've already started on it. Here's an album of me unpacking it: https//imgur.com/a/1ITiW6m   This is an intro post basically. This is my first dollhouse build so I thought I'd go for a small one and my plan for this also includes doing three different types of exterior finish; brick, panelling and render.   I'm going to turn this into a nice modern home.
  2. Hello Everyone! I recently acquired not 1, but 2, Magnolia Dollhouse kits from Corona Concepts. My parents found the boxes tucked in the back of a closet when they moved into a new apartment. When they pulled the boxes out and realized what they were, I got really excited, because I love building dollhouses, and the Magnolia was one that I always toyed with buying. It was like Christmas in July! However, it looks like I’m missing pieces, that I will either need to build myself or reorder. I already know that I’m missing 24 of the 32 window sashes that I need. Let the building challenge begin! 
  3. Dura-Craft Newberg Help

    Hello, I stumbled upon a Newberg at a local thrift shop for $3 the other day & obviously couldn't pass bringing it home. It was spray painted pink, had glitter glue adorning the exterior window casings & the roof was a lovely sponge painted gold & purple -- OOF. Anyhow, I've repainted the exterior to mimic local Victorian home I'm in love with, but wanted to reach out for some suggestions to replace the missing trimmings for the arched window frames. Reframing the square frames was easy enough, I just used some bass wood from the craft shop, but for the curved frames I'm at a standstill. Would you suggest cardstock or mat board? I supposed  I could cut them all from wood, but it would be pricey & I'd likely ruin quite a few in the process.    I'd also love some suggestions to add back the lovely gingerbread work to the window panes. I was thinking just adding the designs to some clear plastic with a paint pen...I've attached the house as it stands currently. 
  4. Intro of my project HERE EXTERIOR As I mentioned in my intro, I plan on totally customizing the exterior. I will start by adding a portico style porch over the front door to give the house more depth. Then the whole bottom half of the house will have a stone finish.          Photo 1: I love this house! This house was the initial inspiration behind the stone porch so I plan on replicating it on my Glencroft exactly! I can't wait to see how it will turn out. I also plan on finishing the chimney the same way. Plaster and Stone.  Photo 2: I researched for days until I came across this stone stencil by Bromley Craft. I thought it looked extremely realistic and seems like it would work well with the tudor details around the rest of the house.   Photo 3: Not sure where I saved this from, But this is going to be my reference when painting the stones to look real.  Photo 4: This house is located just a few blocks from me and I love the details of the wood and the plaster.  The textures seem like they will be a lot of fun (or a nightmare) to create in mini.  My plan for this will be to attach all the wood detailing first and then fill in the spaces between the wood with spackle for the plaster.  Ive experimented a few times with this over the weekend using popsicle sticks and so far it seems like it works pretty well. (See below photos) Photo 5: For the main living room window, I decided to make one completely from scratch to compliment the stone facade. I liked these medieval/gothic style window casements and decided this heavy stone look with the diamond leaded glass will look great on that specific window.      Photo 6 & 7: For my wood & plaster exterior experiment/test, I cut and glued down the wood, then when dry....I sanded till smooth and went over it with a awl to scratch in the wood beam grain.  For the plaster I painted the space with wood glue first and before it dried completely, I spread and smoothed the spackle as much as possible into the space. When completely dry, I used a moist rag instead of sandpaper and smoothed the spackle even more while simultaneously cleaning out the spackle from the tiny cracks in the wood.  For my actual build, I plan on pre-finishing the wood trim before adding in the spackle so it doesn't stick AS MUCH to the wood and will be easier to clean off.  The overall finished look seemed a bit more "Rustic" than what I want so we'll see how I refine this process.  My Kit arrives tomorrow so I cant wait to start my Gallery/Blog!    Thanks for reading guys! xx
  5. Anyone on Instagram?

    Hi Guys! Aside from posting about my progress on here, I decided to start an Instagram account completely dedicated to my build. I always follow back other mini-enthusiasts! Username: @IBuildSmallThings Much Love! Chris
  6. The Glencroft: Day 2-3

    Happy Thursday! Yesterday ended up being a much more productive day than I had previously anticipated. I picked up a couple sheets of foam board and traced and cut out all my sub-walls!  Since I thought this would take much longer, I ended up having time to finally start gluing the house together!   I ended up gluing almost the entire front facade. The fireplace wall and staircase will be glued in later after I pre-finish the staircase pieces. (Once glued down, this part will be super hard to reach comfortably) The pictures I attached below were all taken this morning and show the glued together rooms with the sub-walls in place to make sure they fit correctly and look right.  You can also see the larger living room and dining room widows. This evening, I plan on starting the paneling in the stairwell area so I can get that segment glued in.  Im also expecting my Heidi Ott wall sconces to arrive today as well as a pack of 1/16 basswood to start my paneling. (CANT WAIT!)  I'll update with more photos tomorrow!  Cheers! Chris
  7. First Days

    So I finally received my kit and couldnt have been more excited. A few hours,  and about 2000 splinters later... I had all my pieces out and labeled. I also received the fireplace mantle that I was going to jimmy into the livingroom wall.  The first thing I wanted to focus on was the initial kit-bashing.  Since I had all the pieced loose and easy to work with, I marked off all my lines and made all the cuts and I can already envision all the finishes!  The major Kit Changes I made were: Livingroom: • Inset a new stone-look fireplace and center on the wall of the living room. (PICTURED) You can still see the opening of the old fireplace...This will be covered with paneling.  • Open up a large centered passage between the livingroom and now dining room (Previously kitchen) (PICTURED) • Bring front window/bay window down to the ground and make window bigger. • Make both windows on the stairway 2 inches taller. (Plan on putting stained glass in these) Dining Room: • Cut doorway into future kitchen addition. (PICTURED) • Make old kitchen window (now dining) taller and wider. (More appropriate for a formal dining space I think.) Upstairs: • Make the bathroom door square (It was a pointed tudor/gothic shape before)  • Make bedroom widow thinner and taller.  • Cover upstairs fireplace and book case....I just glued in the pieces. (Since this area is partially obstructed by the stair banister, I plan on putting a built in linen-closet here) • Making right-side bathroom window smaller.  I think this covers my Day-One progress. I think most of my kit bashing is complete at this point. Now Im just dreading all the new custom window and door frames Im going to have to make from scratch.      
  8. Good Morning!  So Im very excited that all my kit-bashed pieces that I set overnight came out great! The new front facade fits perfect together. You can see in the picture below that the bottom window no longer overhangs but goes down to the ground now. I did this because I will eventually be covering that part of the facade in stone and thought it would look better, plus, it gave me more room to make the window slighly taller from the top and bottom. The livingroom is going to be a jugsaw puzzle of dark stained paneling so I want this room to receive as much natural light as possible. You can also see the upstairs window was moved up about a half inch as well as made taller and more slim. Today I plan on picking up a stack of foam board and tracing/cutingout subwalls for the entire house so I can do the finishing details on those as well as give the walls a more realstic depth.  Just ordered some veneer on ebay (Thanks for the tip @soapz), so I'll be sharing that with you all very soon!  Have a great wednesday everyone!  Chris
  9. Intro of my project HERE LIVING ROOM I always loved Tudor architecture. I live here in Los Angeles and there is A LOT of 1920s built Tudor homes that have always caught my eye.  Living in a 1920s building myself, I always loved the finished and details that you just don't see in modern day constructions.  Thus, leading me to focus my finishes and details around the 1920s.         Photo 1: For the living room, I decided nothing would look richer than to do dark stained floor to ceiling paneling. I think to achieve this I plan on creating secondary walls traced from the kit walls out of the same kit style wood. Doing all the finishes and wiring and then gluing the wall into place directly over a kit wall. This is still a theory so stay tuned to see the work in progress. Photo 2: I thought a carved stone fireplace would look great with the wall paneling. Luckily, I found THIS ONE which will be really easy to paint and inset into the existing fireplace cavity.  Photo 3: The provided staircase with the kit is cute and all, but not good enough for this project.  My goal is to make this as to-scale as possible with as much detail as possible so I plan on making the stairs a bit more grand and intricate. I love the look of the heavy balusters and the square newel posts. I think it will be easy to achieve using pre made staircase pieces and just hand making the newel posts out of square dowels and some baseboard moulding trimmed down.  Like I said above.... we'll see how this theory plays out.  Photo 4: Lastly is the ceiling. The first picture has a hint of this finish but the last picture shows what I want in a bit more detail. White plaster ceiling with heavy crossed beams, trimmed with a small crown moulding.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a pain. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do a detailed ceiling like that please share!  Stay Tuned for my next post: Dining Room Inspiration