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Duracraft Sweetheart

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Hello all,

yesterday I got the fortune of getting for free a Duracraft Seeetheart DH to rehab. I would like to transform it into a shabby chic or Tudor house, but it has been painted in navy blue and white. if I decide for the Tudor, I guess the color won't matter as I would like to stucco it, but if decide for the Sabby I would have to use siding, or paint on top. What would be everyone's suggestions? Would a stucco shabby chic look good too I wonder?

Another question I have is, I would like to change the windows and door, how you take apart pieces already glue? 

Thank you in advance for your help

 

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I got a super sad sweetheart at a yard sale.  I used the sand paint additive to white paint for "stucco"  the wood showed years of neglect.   The stucco came out good.   I took the shutters off and removed the hearts.  The grandma that adopted it was ecstatic 

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2 hours ago, Normiu said:

...I would like to change the windows and door, how you take apart pieces already glue?...

Ty warm water mixed with some white vinegar to see if that will soften the glue,  I use an old metal putty knife to pry off the frames.

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And if the water/white vinegar mix doesn't completely do the trick- try a heat gun or hair dryer to heat and soften the glue. 

If you decide to paint the siding....is the siding the navy blue?  If so, my options would be 1.) use a paint remover (and the proper protective gloves!) to scrape off as much of the dark color paint as possible. Lightly sand. Use a good quality primer and then paint.  2.) Lightly sand and then paint with a good primer, like Kilz...then paint.

Have fun!  I enjoy the challenge of a good rehab!  :D

 

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You guys are great! I'll work on my new treasure as soon as possible. Will try all the techniques given. I think stucco would be my choice now. Thank you!

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Norma, did I miss your introduction in the Newcomers' Forum?

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Yes, you did; 'way back in July!  There goes the ol' memory again.

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Jackie is spot-on about heat to take things apart but beware around plastic window panes... if you want to re-use them keep the heat off.  I cut plugs out of corrugated cardboard that fit between the jamb.  I also use aluminum foil to protect adjacent areas and to focus heat where I want it.  I try to heat to a temperature I can touch but not leave my hand on for long, then wait for the heat to penetrate to the glue down in the joint... several minutes for 1/8" and more as the wood gets thicker.  I also love the slimmest cake-icing spatula for taking the heat into the joint and lifting away parts as they are ready.

Taking things apart takes time and patience but the results are certain with heat.

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Does anyone have the plans for the roof or the dimensions? i have a customer who has a "sweetheart" but no roof and wants to make one for her house

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