Hi! This'll be a longer post to make up for the no post last weekend. And let me start by saying...
Sorry I missed you guys last week. The dollhouse had a small electrical problem. Makes me wondery why I'm bothering with the wire tape.
Don't get me wrong. I love the concept. But I'm still kind of a newbie at the whole dollhouse building thing. And that leads to problems now and then. Like when I go to add outlets and the tape wire breaks. So I did some more work.
And then I said the heck with it and cheated.
|Drilling holes in the side of the house is cheating.|
|See? Lots of light in the upstairs. And the little outlets under the window work too.|
I did figure something out that had been bothering me for a while. See I knew I needed a railing for the hole in the floor where the stairs come up. But I couldn't figure out how to do it. And then it hit me.
I'd already stained the newel posts and spindles. So I got some of my little eyelets. You know, the kind that have a screw end to them so you can screw them into the wall and have a nice little loop sticking out? I'm sure there's a neat technical term for them but I've got no clue what it is.
And I carefully drilled a little hole in the top of the spindles and the sides of the newel posts. And then (equally carefully) screwed the tiny loops in.
|Glueing them into place wasn't easy. They like to fall over. Swoops was trying to help.|
|And it matches the railing for the stairs. Which I like a lot.|
|See? He didn't get any glue on his feathers though so he's happy about that.|
I'm a little odd (read OCD) in that I like things to match. I really wanted something to trim the walls and the built-ins. As you can see, I added trim to the storage bench.
|I think it gives it a more polished look.|
I went out and shopped on Tax Free Weekend!
Yeah. It was horrifying. Even if it was only the Hobby Lobby.
But I got some strips of basswood 1/8 by 1/8 and stained them the same summer oak as the baseboards. And with a little bit of judicious sanding I got them angled to match the roofline. That's always fun. (Not)
|The fun part was making sure the cabinets worked.|
But here's the other side...
|It doesn't look bad. I don't think I want any trim in the dormer though. At least now now.|
|See? I like how the lower ceiling looks. And it'll keep the heat in since I doubt the house is well insulated.|
|I think it came out nicely. Again, not sure about trim under the eaves. Still thinking.|
I did some work on the tub. I don't like brass fixtures in a bathroom, at least not for the faucets so I got some different ones. And I painted the drain and metal disk.
|I like these better.|
|Can you guess what it's made out of?|
The rubber end just fits around the dowel. So I painted it silver. It's drying now so pictures for that will be next week. I was afraid to move it because I didn't want to mess up the paint.
I had one more big project. Well big in the sense that it was not easy and it took a while. This is mostly what I did last weekend when the electrical was frustrating me.
I won a kit in an auction. So I decided to build it.
|I decided not to use the handles that came with the kit.|
|Perfect for a lap top right?|
The bungalow also has some new residents. I managed to get some good pictures of them. It wasn't easy. One of them wouldn't stay still!
|Someone had better not be scratching the bench!|
|Or is she just curious about her sissy?|
Hey Sissy! C'mon...let's play.
|It's time to play!|
No Sissy! He's too big. I wanna play with you!
|I'm bored Sissy!|
And hopefully I'll have a decision made about the trim under the eaves by then. I really can't decide.
What do you guys think?