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  1. Hello everyone.  I just bought my first dollhouse (The Orchid) and I'm excited but rather nervous to start it.  I want to make sure I do everything right, so I'm asking for your tips & tricks for starting out.  I've looked around the site a bit, but there's so many posts here it's kind of over-whelming.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I'm now on to my third dollhouse, and unlike the first two which were purchased kits, this doll house is a rescue!!  Found on a street curb, it was really in pretty good shape. The original builder did a good job constructing the house; the shingles are a lesson in perfection; the painting and wallpaper show a better than average understanding of how to handle these tasks; floorings were in good shape and installed with double sided tape.  Yes, there are a few loose shingles, the door is broken along with the porch.  Biggest problem is the outside wall are dado cuts to mimic siding and the builder reversed the front and glued the siding side inside rather than outside.  That will be easily remedied with Greenleaf siding strips.  This will soon be the Farmhouse I envision. But I desperately want to replace the windows.  The large front windows are a bit smaller than standard size--I'll enlarge opening to accept new windows.  However, the dormer windows are rectangular rather than square and an irregular size.  I have not been able to identify the dollhouse, so there is no chance of finding manufacturer to see if there is a more current window style available.  I am now faced with going where I haven't gone before and building my own windows. Any suggestions or words of advice out there?
  3. I purchased an almost completely built Glencroft dollhouse at an estate sale. The only things left to do are the windows and doors. No directions came with the house. I have looked at a lot of pictures online but I simply can't figure out how to do the windows. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance.
  4. Lamp innards

    From the album Mini Furniture Rehabs & Builds

    Here is a picture of the clip on earring back light bulb & shade holder for Miranda (SewMini). Jewelry pin through the middle hole. Light bulb wire through any of the others.  The shade fits snugly onto the earring back, holding it in place.  The holes in the earring back allow light to come out of the bottom of the lamp as well as the top.    
  5. Orchid Finished!!!

    Bet y'all thought I left. Oh no, been busy, busy busy. Work on real house (hired someone to do it, but I still had to move "stuff", so got rid of a lot of junk; this took 2 weeks. The Orchid is not really finished, still needs a few bits of trim, but must be 99.8% done. Working on furniture now. What I have will not fit in the kitchen, don't know for sure how to fix that. Will make the bay window a seat for lounging as well as seating for dining. Probably 2 small corner cabinets? for dishes etc. Any ideas/suggestions for decoration, furniture, or anything else will be greatly appreciated. I made a door knob for the front door, but will have to make another, 'cause now I cannot find the first one. Working on Kris C.'s shabby chic bed right now, then a wardrobe, night stand and dressing table, a comfortable chair and ottoman for the gable, with lamp and bookcase. I've really missed everyone and am glad to be back. Next up will be the remake of the doll's wardrobe into something pretty, probably a dressmakers shop.In the closet (now that there is room) is the Lafayette for later. It is also time to sew for back to school. Here is my lineup: girls Sara 17, Steff 15, Renee 14, Kaelie 8, Alana 5. Boys Jeremy 15, Andrew 6. The babies: Ansley 3, Petra 1,  Aiden 1, Callie 2 and twin girls 5 months. The oldest graduated last spring. Some of these are foster kids, but I am grandma and claim them all while they are with us (not mine, my daughter).    
  6. Starting over

    I took a good look at it last week, and took it all apart. Completely. Dry fit much better with everything going the right way. Pictures to follow...
  7. siding going on

  8. corner blocks

    From the album Little Gray Orchid, finishing touches

    carved a design in heavy chipboard, can't see it here, but should show up after paint
  9. screen molding

    From the album Little Gray Orchid, finishing touches

    stock at DIY store less than $2 for 8 feet. Can be split lengthwise easily 5/8 x 1/4
  10. The instructions call for hot glue for shingles and siding. Is this better than wood glue? Orchid on hold waiting recommendations.
  11. better sooner... realized I had reversed the second floor to that the stairwell was over the bay window. After debating several solutions, none of which looked very good, I decided to try to remove and reinstall it. Fortunately, turns out the wood glue was still a little soft and flexible, it came off with no damage. after scraping off the glue, it went back in with no problems. Yes, I did mark right and left sides, in the right place. Just not paying attention. Early lesson well learned.
  12. 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?
  13. Table saw?

    I'm fed up with the tiny miter box and the craft knife for cutting wood!  That's what happens when you are used to using the full size saw in the garage.  But that much power and size isn't safe when cutting trim and tiny pieces for furniture for my dollhouse.  My sweet husband says he'll buy me a table saw for my birthday suitable for dollhouse construction.  (He bought me the full size saw when I learned to build cabinets for my pantry.) I've been researching small scale table saws on the Internet, and they all have their positive and negative reviews.  I haven't read anything that is swaying me one way or the other.  (Yeah, I'm a woman who can't make up her mind!) So, what saws are you using and recommend?
  14. Construction of the French house continues ... I invite you to come see. Please click the following link: I suggest you to register to the blog, this will allow you to follow the result of the construction. See you soon and enjoy your visit! Thierry  
  15. My first build

    From the album My first house - Westville construction

    This is my first attempt at building a dollhouse. I'm certainly learning as I go.
  16. Construction begins

    From the album Les Shoppes turned Residential

    © Susan Wilde