Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Starting over

10 posts in this topic

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...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been there, done that...

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, and still doing it. Was about 3/4 finished (with floors and wallpapering too) and tore it down.... happens.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The joys of building :) I look forward to seeing your pictures!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm curious which house. Honestly, this is why I dry fit dry fit dry fit. Otherwise I end up doing what you describe. :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Debora, her Orchid.  I had a terrible paint "oopsie" with my first Orchid;; took it partly apart to fix it.  With the Fairfields I took the rightside out one completely apart and rebuilt it twice and the inside out one three times!  As for Brimble's stairs...  At least they are now together and go into place in dry fit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At the moment there is nothing assemble at all still working on the paint for the windows etc. but should have it together by maybe Wednesday I'll be going to Hobby lobby for wallpaper on Tuesday  found some ceiling paper on eBay  I have a question about wiring : can I put tape wire in now  in case I want to add lights later not sure about doing that seems kind of advanced for somebody of my ineptness. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Mary S. said:

can I put tape wire in now  in case I want to add lights later not sure about doing that seems kind of advanced for somebody of my ineptness. 

You can put the tape wire in now if you keep track of where you put it

  1. Run the horizontal rows the same distance above the floor -- one inch is a good distance.
  2. Make a template or at least a sketch of the wall/ceiling and mark the measurement of the vertical row placement.
  3. Photograph it in place before you wallpaper over it.
  4. Be sure the joints are done correctly -- solder the joints or use the fold method to turn corners; if you don't use the fold method, use eyelets rather than brads that may wiggle loose.
  5. Test the entire tape circuit to be sure it's "hot" before you start wallpapering. 

Later, when you're ready to install the lights, you can use the little two-pronged circuit tester to confirm the placement. 

 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Kathie. I do electric in my real house, at least things like changing light fixtures and ceiling fans. how hard can a doll house be? Oh really??

The front roof with new cardboard shingles, dry fit very good. Will trim shingles a little more and make flashing for the angles.IMG_1424.thumb.JPG.51ce6ac1aa92d6e21f67f

IMG_1425.JPG

IMG_1426.JPG

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You're making great progress, Mary. It looks like starting over was just what you needed to do. :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

  • Similar Content

    • Do You Believe in Siding After a Build?
      By third_hand
      Hi everyone! I've had a long quiet period on here, but I've been steadily working away and going to shows/shops (I was at Good Sam in San Jose and was fortunate to visit Dollhouses, Trains, and More in Novato, CA for their closing sale). I will, finally, post a batch of haul and progress photos in the first week of November, when I get settled back into my home in Eugene. I really am terrible with a camera and it bugs everyone I know! In the meantime, I have a question: 
      Has anyone ever tried adding siding after their build's exterior was complete? Still being a novice, when I finished my first build (the Orchid; the interior is still a work-in-progress) I stepped back and thought 'I think I should have done siding.' Especially with the shingles on, the level of detail on the exterior just varies too much; it's been irritating me for a couple of months now. I'm a bit of a stickler it seems (though I didn't know it at the time)! My window/door casings, dormers, gingerbread, and my custom porch/railings are all already in place. I realize it may be very difficult, but the question is: is it even possible? If so, do you have any tips on how to do this?
      Any and all possible mini wisdom is welcome!  
      P.S. I have the opportunity to snag a very affordable Laurel kit secondhand so I'm trying to decide where I should just start the next building with siding and call it 'lesson learned' or go back and add to the Orchid (and stash the Laurel until after the New Year, space is a very important consideration here). P.S. P.S.: I'm not a Cher fan, but I took a page out of Elizabeth's book (Studio E miniatures) since I'm always charmed by her ability to make musical jokes in her posts/titles!
    • I finally figured it out!
      By hmayonayz
      I finally got it! I'm building my first house, the Orchid.  I literally sat and stressed for hours yesterday about the stairs, which were horrible and splintery and way too big really for the housel. So I found angieaug's video on youtube and the lightbulb went on. I cobbled together a set this morning that fits like I want and she made it easy as pie. Eating pie that is, lol. So thanks to her! They are drying but I need to figure out wallpaper and stuff before I put them in permanently. 
    • New from Madison, Wisconsin
      By gimpnelly
      Hi there! I just purchased an Orchid kit that I’m very excited to build and wanted to join this community to chat about it! I have one unfinished dollhouse that’s just too big for my current home (it’s 32” wide and I needed something smaller), so I decided to start over again. By day, I’m in marketing and I live with my fiancé and our two cats in Madison. I also like to read, write, play video games, watch TV, and see live music. Nice to meet you all!
    • New Here - Introduction
      By Msdemeanr
      Hi, new member here and wanted to introduce myself. I built a Harrison for my daughter several years ago; and although I was in over my head for a first timer, I enjoyed myself so much I wanted to build another one although I couldn’t justify building one if I wasn’t making it for someone (I’m not a collector (yet)). It’s been about 8 years, but I’m jumping back in with an Orchid kit that I’m kind of envisioning as a beach cottage. I’m excited for my winter project and really grateful for all the expertise and inspiration I’m finding here. I live in Virginia just outside of Washington DC.
       
    • Very first dollhouse - Advice please
      By LizFrink
      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.