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« Reply #460 on: October 08, 2011 08:10:13 PM »

Could anyone help me with ideas on a shabby chic/victorian style of things for my house?I'm thinking one room will be a boutique/apothacary store.Then a kitchen/living room.These will be on the first floor.Second floor will be bedroom and maybe a sewing room.So I need shelving for the store,kitchen stuff for the kitchen.Then furniture for the bedroom and sewing stuff for the sewing room.Also for the store I'm thinking display units and dress forms to show the latest witchy fashions.So I need lots of ideas people ,so please help. Undecided.Thank you
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« Reply #461 on: October 09, 2011 01:03:37 PM »

OK.. so I installed the shelf too high (lesson learned) in my little shop so decided to display lavender soap and candles up there instead of my tea tins.  I added a bunting to the shelf.  It's not installed yet. 

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« Reply #462 on: October 09, 2011 01:06:32 PM »

Adore the wee bunting!

I'm almost ready to start my house. I have a show next weekend but after that I think I'm going to just fart around for a week with my house on the tippy top of that arty farty list Smiley
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« Reply #463 on: October 09, 2011 01:19:34 PM »

I just picked up my house out of the mailbox today!  Soooo excited to get started!  Tomorrow I'm going to get it all out and see how it goes together....wish me luck!  Looks like a lot of pieces.....
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« Reply #464 on: October 09, 2011 01:30:51 PM »

My advice is save every bit of scrap wood from your house.  I've already used a bunch of the leftover pieces. 
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« Reply #465 on: October 10, 2011 06:33:27 AM »

I agree--I have used a lot of scraps to make shelves, trim, etc. I even made a picture frame!!

The wee bunting is adorable!!!

I picked up a few packs of sculpy clay...never made anything in clay, so it will be a challenge...
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« Reply #466 on: October 10, 2011 03:52:25 PM »

I am finally working on my house and having a lot of fun. I just did the floors and decided I wanted real wood so I used panel edging. It's a thin veneer of birch with a glue backing that you can iron onto stuff. It's pretty cool.
If it's okay with everyone, I'm posting a mini tute on how I did it. I'm pretty happy with the results and thought I'd share in case someone else wants to use wood, but is undecided about how to do it. Here is one way!
Here is what the edging looks like. You can get it at hardware stores that have a good selection of carpentry supplies.


I just cut about 20-12 inch strips, measured down the middle and using a straight edge and a sharp craft knife, I scored and then cut the strips in half length-wise.


Next, I cut strips of wee planks with a pair of scissors (they will never be the same again). I made sure there were short, medium and long planks. I didn't precisely measure lengths...just cut random strips.


Then I place them on the dollhouse floor , one row at a time and by gently pressing a hot iron on the planks, the glue heats up and sticks to the dollhouse floor.
When I put the next row on I make sure the seams do not line up. If you make a mistake or the planks get gooey and slide, you can push them back into place. If the glue sets before you have a chance to correct something, just heat it up again and hey, Presto! soft enough to move.


Just keep going 'til you have covered the floor. I also used a little file to clear overlapping wood out of the peg holes.
After your floor is on and the glue is set up (it takes about five minutes) give the floor a gentle, but thorough sanding. I forgot to do this on the upstairs floor and there was some glue residue
(which you can't see) left. When I stained the floor, the places where glue remained wouldn't take stain. It looks okay, kind of worn, but if that's not what you're after, it can be a bit frustrating. Brush all the sawdust off the surface. Here is the floor, ready for stain.


Here is the ground floor stained. i also used random width planks on the porch, but turned them length-wise. I'm going to paint that so it didn't matter if a bit of stain oozed over.

What else is nice about this wood is that it's pretty thin, so feels like it's to scale.
A fun project!
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« Reply #467 on: October 10, 2011 04:01:45 PM »

It's so realistic looking, fantastic!
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« Reply #468 on: October 10, 2011 04:02:47 PM »

wood you can iron? too cool!
thanks for posting, i will definitely be using that in the future.
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« Reply #469 on: October 10, 2011 04:06:13 PM »

I forgot to say.....MissingWilling wanted a by-line as she took a couple of the pictures!  Grin
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