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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
nice way to keep your hand in , lis .

working your way up is a good idea ,
by the time you get to the real deal ,

you may need arms like Popeye's (LOL) !

that kit looks like fun for dad's little girl gift ideas .
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
If you are looking for more interesting floors, try this you can cut it into short strips and make it look like plank flooring. It comes in lots of nice woods and the iron on edge banding is stronger than the peel and stick business.
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
You are in for a lot of fun! I was out of work last year and picking up some extra cash with my woodworking. I gave a cane I made to a lady I knew and she offered to pay me to assemble a doll house kit that had sat in her garage for 20 years. Her late husband had bought it as a gift and never assembled it. I realized why when I opened up the box….this kit required almost everything to be glued up….each and every clapboard piece, each individual piece of flooring, etc. etc.! I went through a ton of glue, but I stuck with it and completed it in about a month. It turned out great and she loved it, even paid me a bonus. Your wood working experience will allow you to do many things most hobbiest might not attempt. The flooring for mine was thin strips of oak veneer and I used a small nail set to add the "nail" holes at the end of each board. I look forward to seeing yours, especially as you progress.
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
Good luck with your project Lis. It looks like a quality kit. I love to build models and have done a bit of it in the past. I keep thinking about getting back into it, but I just don't know what I would do with the finished products.

I built a doll house for my granddaughter many years ago. Instead of a kit, I got house plans from a building company. They weren't building plans, just the marketing brochure which pictured the house from different angles and with interior floor plans showing the scale. I modeled the house according to the plans. I thought it was very helpful to have proper architecture and a plan to go by. I found it fun and challenging to figure out how to build all the separate elements. Of course I had a fully equipped workshop to do this in. I realize you don't have the tools to do that right now, but I just thought you might find the idea interesting.
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
What a fun and interesting project, Lis! I love your ideas about making it so personal and I can't wait to see it unfold. I think it will be a terrific experience and I am so happy to see you do it. I used to always see those architectural mock-ups of houses and buildings in movies and think what a wonderful job it would be to build something like that. When I lived in Chicago, we used to go to the Museum of Science and Industry. It was a huge and wonderful place. One of my favorite exhibits was Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle. It was an exquisite doll house that was so detailed it was unbelievable. You would have to be in line for almost an hour, I remember just to walk around it and peer into it (the outside walls were all missing so you could see all the rooms). My mind would just race while looking at it, trying to absorb every detail It was truly incredible. Here is the link if you want to check it out: Colleen Moore

When seeing what you are up to, it reminded me of that memory. I am sure yours will be every bit as wonderful. It will be a pleasure to see it come to life. :)

Sheila
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
Oooo, I will check out that veneer. I have seen it before in passing I think.

Sheila - I have seen that Castle!! I've been to the Museum of Science and Industry many times. It's breath-taking.
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
It's on the lower level, Lis. When I was in high school, the admission was free and our group of friends would take the bus and go there for the day and split up in teams and play 'hide-and-go-seek' from opening until close. We never caused any trouble, but it was so huge and complex that it was a great day. I also saw the Titanic exhibition there and it was incredible. Lots of good memories . . . :)
 

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Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
I was always kind of partial to the "Inside the Human Body" exhibit.. and that silly little fake grocery store downstairs! :)
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
That looks like a great project Lis. I have been making models my whole life..plastic, resin and architectural models in high school. I have always wanted to build an HO train layout…not for the trains but for the opportunity to build a whole town in miniature! Check out this site Micro-Mark They specialize in model making tools and supplies. There is a hobby shop about two miles from my house that has a huge doll house section, filled with all kinds of furniture, wall paper, tiny rugs, etc…..all kinds of everyday items you would find in a house in miniature. I always walk through there when I go..I get a kick out of all the stuff..I have loved miniatures my whole life! Keep us informed with lots of pics!
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
Looks like fun, Lis. I almost got into making scale house kits once. But I found I couldn't make a good enough margin. Thats the most capitalistic I ever got. Until now. I'm looking into building a website. Trepidation.
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
Micro-Mark is awesome!!! :) I could spend way too much money there…..

Martyn - I agree, the margin is pretty tight for this. I am working on making dollhouse kits once I have everything up and running again - with my CNC it would be pretty easy. I feel that there should be some houses in styles you can't really find. There's a handful of modern houses but they are either 1) prohibitively expensive 2) too "artsy" and not so much functional/realistic 3) crappy. (With few exception) I build mostly for myself. :) Sometimes when I am done I donate the house to a library and they display it under glass in the children section. I have a couple that have done that.

I'd be happy to throw you some suggestions for easy ways to build a website - it's part of what I do for my "day job".
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
that´s a nice little project that easely can takes thausend of hours Lis
if you want to make it your own, before you are finished with all the furniture
good luck with it
I will look forward to see what you come up with

Dennis
 

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And it begins.

Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
You have more patience than I do. It would drive me bananas to do something that tedious….that's right I said bananas, I'm bringing it back.
 

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Okay all. Time for something a little bit different.

This story has a preface:

When I was wee, I kept to myself. I was not particularly interested in playing with other children, though I did have some friends. I had a series of autoimmune disorders that kept me occupied (and often still do). I was allowed to have any books I wanted. While I did my fair share of reading of young adult literature (Nancy Drew!) my favourite thing - and thing I asked for most - were things about houses and architecture. Every time I saw a houseplan magazine in a store, we had to get it. I would spend hours looking at houseplans and I'd pull out the ones I loved most. I'd hang them up, much like most other girls would hang pictures of their favourite rockstars from the rags. I read up on all aspects of it, became very familiar with the different styles and architects and learned all about the engineering …

I've since gone on to (among many other things) learn the nitty-gritty of architecture and engineering.. which comes in handy.. although I have since decided that I don't really have the desire to build other peoples' houses all that much. I do want to build my house someday… but that is not today!

Anyway, I found a way for me to get my house-fix without having to finance building entire neighbourhoods was to work in miniature. I've been building since I was maybe 9 or 10. I am working on plans for a really impressive one - with working plumbing, even! - but I'm waiting until I can get everything "just right".

Since many of you follow along you may know that I do not have access to most of my tools right now… and I don't have a workshop.. unless you count the 50 sq feet I can squeeze out of my garage. So I opted to play it small (no pun intended) and go with a pre-made kit.

I don't consider this "real woodworking".. I'm going to be blogging about this over on my website, mostly, but I'm going to mention the woody related things here. In particular, I'm going to do some very fussy finishing work. So, whatever is relevant I will post here and whatever is not, I will do a short post letting you all know there is more going on… Seems like a good system! :)



Here we go. The big parts are MDF, the little parts are solid wood. (Some kind of SPF I'm sure - they're not Balsa, they are a bit sturdier than that.)



The doors - which I love. Mostly I like the fact that they are actually separate panels, they open and close.. The front door has a panel of plastic in it. I may or may not remove it and put in a slightly sturdier piece of plastic. I will be adding plastic to the tiny windows on the top.. I have some colourful stock that is just perfect.



The exterior colour scheme. I learned a long time ago to always spray paint the clapboard siding… I do not need to prove my patience to anybody.



And the wallpaper for the interior.

I'm going to try and hit Woodcraft sometime soon and see what they've got in stock for pretty pieces of exotics. And thinking inlay pieces could make for some neat borders. I need to hammer out what to do for the floors. The craft store sells wood plank flooring (pine) but it's stupid expensive - $10 for a single room. I mean, it's nice in that it's pre-cut and on a sticky back so you just stain and go. But I feel I can do better.. I don't mind doing some sawing next time I'm with my tools.. but I have no table saw right now.. anything I can do on a mitre saw would be fine.

I printed out my list of suggested woods from the thread I posted a bit back so I will be keeping that in mind.

The theme I am kind of going with is "Remodelled Farmhouse". Traditional exterior but extremely modern, refinished interior that still has hints of the past.

Should be fun.
Lis. I wish you good luck. You seem to have a viable niche worked out, something I never did.
 

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The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later - but as I am using spray paint, it didn't seem so logical.



That's after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.

I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)



So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn't get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:

2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
2 Stairs
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs

I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more "real" than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.



A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this - would not surprise me. It's super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy - in a good way of course. ;)
There's also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out - this is too delicate.



The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.



I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.



And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)

I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be - wear and tear is not an issue here - but I'm not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I'd like to be able to mimick normal use - so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little - but I'm not sure how to go about it, precisely.

Suggestions are always welcome. :)

Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)
 

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The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later - but as I am using spray paint, it didn't seem so logical.



That's after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.

I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)



So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn't get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:

2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
2 Stairs
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs

I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more "real" than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.



A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this - would not surprise me. It's super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy - in a good way of course. ;)
There's also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out - this is too delicate.



The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.



I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.



And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)

I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be - wear and tear is not an issue here - but I'm not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I'd like to be able to mimick normal use - so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little - but I'm not sure how to go about it, precisely.

Suggestions are always welcome. :)

Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)
you have started out with a bang Lis
great

if you want patina on your things you have to try different tecnics
becorse there is so many ways you can do it
and my english is so bad that I don´t think I can explain it
I realy do hope there is another L J who knew how to and can tell you

if not then I will try

Dennis
 

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The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later - but as I am using spray paint, it didn't seem so logical.



That's after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.

I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)



So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn't get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:

2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
2 Stairs
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs

I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more "real" than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.



A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this - would not surprise me. It's super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy - in a good way of course. ;)
There's also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out - this is too delicate.



The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.



I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.



And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)

I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be - wear and tear is not an issue here - but I'm not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I'd like to be able to mimick normal use - so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little - but I'm not sure how to go about it, precisely.

Suggestions are always welcome. :)

Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)
God luck. Are you going to build furniture too?
 

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The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later - but as I am using spray paint, it didn't seem so logical.



That's after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.

I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)



So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn't get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:

2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
2 Stairs
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs

I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more "real" than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.



A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this - would not surprise me. It's super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy - in a good way of course. ;)
There's also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out - this is too delicate.



The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.



I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.



And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)

I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be - wear and tear is not an issue here - but I'm not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I'd like to be able to mimick normal use - so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little - but I'm not sure how to go about it, precisely.

Suggestions are always welcome. :)

Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)
It was very inspiring to wake up to this! You really got a lot done! I love the effect of the darker paint too. I think the door looks incredible. I had to laugh to my self when you were talking about getting into the little part on the top with the stain because I would be exactly the same way. I don't have suggestions for the finish because finishing isn't one of my stronger points so I will be sitting back here watching what the others will direct you to do and learning. Thanks for the great photos and documentation. Keep them coming!

Take care, Sheila
 

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The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later - but as I am using spray paint, it didn't seem so logical.



That's after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.

I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)



So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn't get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:

2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
2 Stairs
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs

I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more "real" than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.



A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this - would not surprise me. It's super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy - in a good way of course. ;)
There's also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out - this is too delicate.



The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.



I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.



And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)

I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be - wear and tear is not an issue here - but I'm not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I'd like to be able to mimick normal use - so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little - but I'm not sure how to go about it, precisely.

Suggestions are always welcome. :)

Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)
Great start…your always better off doing as much painting/staining before assembly as possible….even more so when working in miniature! I would consider maybe shooting the stained wood with a semi gloss poly…give it a shinier finished look.
 
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