Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Vintage Country Estate Doll House by S/W Crafts

22 posts in this topic

Hello Everyone, 

This is my first dollhouse restoration and so glad to have found this site.  I researched prior to buying and read for your first one, you should start small, a room box or small home.  Well, I came across this large grand old farmhouse needing to be completed, one look and I was smitten; I bought the Farm.  I have not seen any other one like it, nor when searching S/W Crafts does anything come up.  If there is anyone that knows about this company and history I would be thrilled to know.  The home I now own is S/W Crafts, Inc Country Estate Doll house.  

I have the original build instructions which looks a bit vintage and the lady I purchased it from, her Father-in-law built it with the intention of her finishing. Well obviously that never happened because it had been in storage for quite a few years and is in fairy good shape, just needs lots of TLC.

Thanks for reading! 

G

  

 

Farmhouse.jpg

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice find!  I have one of these in kit form for a someday project.  I love this house and look forward to seeing what you do with it.  :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gloria, when you find a minute, please go to the Newcomers' Forum and post an introduction.  You didn't read that you should start small on this forum, you start with the kit that calls your name, touches your heart; anything less isn't going to call out the big guns of your creativity.  And what a gorgeous house to start with.

6 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks!  I have so many plans, my head spins.  LOL  I ordered the Cir-Kit electrical kit and plan to do a lot of lights.  I never could imagine how much fun and relaxing this hobby could be.  I paid 50.00 for the house and she gave me a couple of  boxes full of people and furniture some not to scale.  Not sure what I'll keep and what I'll pass along.  I'll post progress. 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have your Etsy store booked marked.  I love the pillows and you have a great variety, I'm sure I'll be shopping there when the time comes for decorating contemporary country furnishings with antique look accessories. 
Thank you again.

Gloria

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome Gloria! :wave: 

What a great house!  I do rehabs and have found that this is the most common fate of these houses: they are built with "good intentions" that never materialize and the poor house is left unfinished for the next 20, 30 years. 

The problem with rehabbing houses is that....well, they are built  which creates difficulties while trying to finish them.  It often means getting out the heat gun and carefully de-constructing parts of the house.  It is a pain, but if parts need to be fixed or replaced taking it apart just works better - plus painting parts is a lot easier than standing on your head to paint porch railings or interior window trim!  LOL

Looking forward to seeing your progress.  :)

 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is a beautiful house, and such a great find.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks!  It's over three months since I brought it home.  I turned two walls around on first floor, removed all the old windows and replacing with working double hung. The one pic shows the opening had to be rebuilt. 6 inch opening for a 5 inch window.  That was a head scratcher.  I have the interior all primed,  the cir-kit electrical kit ready, painted the exterior light gray, will have black shutters and dark red doors with brass accents.  I can now see how this is a labor of love; but absolutely a awesome hobby.  

 

Sharing some then and now pictures with you!  

Take care! 

G

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lovely transformation.  You might want to start an album on the site for your pictures and post them from there.  There is a bandwidth limit on how many pictures you can post in the forum, but no limit on how many you can post in your albums and import from there to your posts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you!  I will do just that.

Have a great day! 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On May 3, 2017 at 4:14:38 PM, shannonc60 said:

It is looking beautiful Gloria, it is a lovely house!

Thank you! I'm so happy to have found it for my first house and appreciate your kind words.  I hope to create an album here to share with all of you.  If I can figure it out..lol! 

And..  Love your little quote!  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh I Love the color you painted it! It's looking very Nice! :) It has a lot of space to decorate too!

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Just G said:

Thank you! I'm so happy to have found it for my first house and appreciate your kind words.  I hope to create an album here to share with all of you.  If I can figure it out..lol! 

And..  Love your little quote!  

 

Haha! Yeah, not sure where it's from but pretty apt!

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By chance do you have the instructions? I am desperate to find instructions so I can build the house I recently acquired! Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

https://community.ebay.com/t5/Archive-Dollhouses-Miniatures/Cape-Cod-Dollhouse/td-p/1250557

Read this post.. This person said SWCrafts was his families business. I have the Fantasy Island House by this company. If you google SW Crafts dollhouses, you will find some information.  I found 1site that says Lombard Illinois..  Hope this helps.. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gloria -

I was thrilled to find your posts about the SW Crafts Country Estate Doll House. I picked up a kit of that maker and style for cheap - because it is missing a few parts. I think I could improvise them - IF I knew what they were. BUT - unfortunately, the box has only the label on the outside and there were no instructions included. Your photos are the most helpful details I have found so far on the internet.

I know it is asking a LOT - but I would be ever so grateful if you could find a way of copying the instructions or shooting pix of them so I could have some sort of idea how to assemble this beautiful house.

I love what you have shared already and would be excited to see more photos of any progress since the last post.

Thanks for considering helping out a fellow miniature house enthusiast.

LeeB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lee, feel free to post us an introduction in the Newcomers' Forum and when you have made five posts, to make an album of your build in the Gallery here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Air2Glass here!

just inherited my first large amount of Doll House Stuff Also 2 large kits and wanting to get starterd I opened the VM 800 Victorian Mansion by Dura-Craft.

Looks about the same as the large scale RC Planes I use to build. Lots of wood!!!!

I also acquired a very large amount of furniture and furniture and furniture.

Anybody have any ideas where to start? or even put back into kit and sell all as one?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, Timothy, when you feel a bit better you might want to post us an introduction in the Newcomers' Forum.  My first kit was a Dura-Craft San Franciscan and my second was the D-C Cambridge (both built over 30 years ago) and I had absolutely no experience playing with wood; if a granny can do this, so can you!  I found the instruction book to be the best help.  Among other things there are full-size drawings of the cross sections of your wood pieces.  You'll have to be more careful cutting them, though;  The company went out of business about the time I acquired the Newburg, so no more free replacement of messed up parts.  I haven't built the Newburg yet because that's when I discovered Greenleaf kits.

6 hours ago, AIR2GLASS said:

...Anybody have any ideas where to start?...

Invest in a carpenter's square, hobby saw and miter box, make sure your building surface is perfectly flat, and start.  If your kit came with a VHS tape like my SF555 did, I didn't find it very helpful except for the part where the company owner tells the builder if things aren't flush, trim them with a utility knife.

6 hours ago, AIR2GLASS said:

...or even put back into kit and sell all as one?

Not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin.  You can do this.

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

    • Gold Paint for Unfinished Wood Furniture
      By QuirkyNerdyCool
      Hi All!
      I’m a newbie when it comes to finishing miniature furniture. I have a lovely unfinished chair that has some carved detail and I’d like to repaint it gold, bronze, or dark brown and reupholster it. Can anyone recommend a brand and color of gold paint? In general, what are your favorite paint types and brands to use when painting miniature furniture? Do you prime the wood before painting? If so, what do you use. 
      Thanks in advance for your help!
      Sylvia
       
    • Clapboard Siding Misery!
      By enchanted 1970's house
      Hello everyone! I'm new at this stuff, but I've been reading this forum for months and I've learned so much from you all.  Finally realized I should register. I'm hoping you can advise me on one issue...
      I'm attempting to renovate a large 1970's dollhouse that originally had no siding.  Very carefully I glued on clapboard siding (the kind that comes in overlapping wooden sheets) using Beacon Quik-Grip.  After letting each side dry overnight, weighted down and taped, I began to paint it with Kilz primer and regular latex house paint.  And then... horrors!  The siding began to warp a bit and came up in a few spots!  The water-based paint must have overwhelmed the sticking power of the glue.
      But even so, the warping was minor enough that I thought I could just get away with squeezing more glue under the lifted edges and weighting them down.  It was still not quite as even as it had been before painting, but it seemed... okay.  
      But THEN... we went away from the house for a couple of hot summer months, and when we came back I saw that the humidity had done a number on the siding.  MORE warping!  I ended up scraping off one entire side of it.
      Do you have any advice to keep this from happening again?  Is there another kind of paint I could use that might impart less moisture to the wood?
      Thank you!  

      L
       
    • Is there a tutorial for scaling wallpaper in Photoshop or Paint?
      By Mid-life madness
      Since @Sharebhas asked about scaling wallpaper, I have heard others say they use Paint, or Photoshop to make their own paper. I am wondering if there is a tutorial on this site or another place? I have Paint and Photoshop Elements, but don't use them enough to be proficient.
    • First time Kit question in regards to construction
      By JadeLovesink
      Hello fellow miniature enthusiasts! 
      I recently just picked up my first greenleaf dollhouse kit, and I am unclear about a few things.
      Do I apply wallpaper, paint, siding and carpet to the house before it is assembled? 
      Any input is very much appreciated.
       
      Thank you!