Thursday, 15 December 2016

Second Dry Fit

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As you can see from this latest dry fit, I'm making slooooow progress.. lol. I had a bit of a setback when I moved the house downstairs and the main structure fell apart :0

Not to worry, I wasn't happy with the glue fit anyway so this gave me an opportunity to redo it and get a tighter, straighter bond.

I can't dry fit the main roof just yet as it requires some constuction to make it sit on the side walls.

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Here is a close up of one set of the working windows... One of my favourite elements of this house for sure... but pretty fiddly! Scared of having to glue these in one day... Yikes!

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And as you can see... I've managed to build that basement I've been banging on about. :D

Garage will be on the right side as you face the house... basement apartment or room on the left... Haven't decided what to do with it yet.

The old foundation pieces will be removed later in the process... Just wanted to dry fit it up to see if I liked it. :)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Coastal Decor

The other day when I wasn't feeling well, I decided to take a break from building and make a few decor items.... I was looking at my coffee table shell bowl and realised there were a few teeny tiny little shells and even pieces of coral in there.... Well, inspiration struck and I decided to make some modern coastal decor for my far off in the distance Hampton's dollhouse... one day....

Not satisfied with just the shells I rummaged around in my charms and findings for nautical/coastal type items and found the fish skeleton and a seahorse... in they went to the mix.

I used jewelry pins to secure the shells, coral & fish to bases made of cut up coffee stirrers topped with cut up skinny sticks which were then stained with furniture touch up pens. I drilled tiny holes in the bases to attach the pins to the base and glued them to the back of the shells. With the coral I drilled a hole in the bottom of it as well to secure it to the base with a pin.

The base of the star shell is made from two clear plastic beads.

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Not content to stop there.. I rummaged around in my fabric stash and made some blue motif cushions.

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Then I got distracted by my bead box and made quite a few perfume/cosmetic bottles & jars.... I got a bit carried away 😆

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

A few small jobs

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Did some random jobs today... first I spackled the corner of the bay where there was an incorrectly cut piece provided in the kit. I just need to wait for it to dry, sand it and repeat. I don't need to be too precise as there will be a corbel over this area. But I do want to make it at least good enough that it's not noticeable when the whole house is together.

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I made another wooden wall. This one with the door at the other end (front of dollhouse not rear)... I'm still undecided as to where to place the door on the first level so this gives me options. If I opt for the front, then I'll use the other wall for the second floor. If I opt for the rear, I'll use it either on the 3rd floor for the bathroom door or in the basement if I create one.

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I also punched out the rest of the windows and painted them all. Now ALL the kit windows are painted completely. I am considering adding some more windows. One in the side wall of the kitchen above the sink, possibly a dormer in the attic bathroom to gain some floor space and if I build a basement garage as I would like to, I would add up to 3 windows on that level.... we shall see what eventuates! :D

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Love Seat Rehab

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So I have this lounge suite set in my stash that I don't mind the shape of but ugh.. the fabric makes my eyes hurt... lol

I decided something had to be done!.. I chose the 2 seater/love seat as my guinea pig (I've shown the 3 seater above because I forgot to take a picture of the 2 seater before I pulled it apart.)

The fabric was glued down within an inch of it's life so I put the piece in the microwave for 10 seconds to loosen it up. It worked but there was soooo much glue!

Here is a picture of the pieces after the sofa had been deconstructed and after I had painted the main wood pieces with primer. I did this because I would be using a lighter fabric and didn't want the wood to show through and/or leech into the fabric over time.

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During deconstruction some of the cushion foam got destroyed so I had to piece in some new foam so as not to have a lumpy sofa! This foam was part of the packaging in another piece of furniture's box. NEVER through these kinds of packaging materials away!... You never know when you might need
them. :)

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New foam pieced in.

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I cut out all my fabric for each piece before starting the process. Making sure to cut a little larger than each piece to allow for folding over to cover seams. Planning is key in this stage as you need to know how you are going to reconstruct the sofa and plan you fabric placement and size required appropriately. You also need to know which cushions you will be using in which location and facing in which direction so you can make sure that the fabric all faces the same way and that you have enough overhang to do the job you want it too.

Now to cover the cushions making sure to have the "grain"of the fabric facing the same way and making sure that it is sitting straight on the pieces where it will show. Regular Tacky Glue will do the job.

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Cut the corners and fold like a present.

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The base cushions were completely covered and glued on all four sides the back cushions were left open on two sides because they would wrap over the top and side of the couch during reassembly. You can see a completed seat cushion below bottom left and the two back cushions top right. The fabric you see beside the back cushions is the armrest fabric.

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Then on to the arms.

I had to sand a lot of glue of of the front of the arms before starting as it would have made them lumpy if I left it on. I also noticed when I held them together that who ever manufactured these chairs used two different sized dowels for the armrests! lol

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For the arms I first covered the front... I was careful not to pull the fabric too tight so that the "grain"stayed as straight as possible. I cut the fabric a bit larger than the arms and wrapped it around the sides. I cut little pizza wedges out of the excess to get a good fit around the round portion.

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I made a hem on the front face of the arm rest fabric for a clean finish. Then I folded the armrest fabric around the arm with enough of an overhang to cover the side of the base and be folded and glued underneath and out of sight.

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On to the base.

I cut enough fabric to go all the way around the base piece from top front to bottom to back. I know a lot of this area will be covered by cushions or other fabric pieces but just in case there are any gaps, this will make them less obvious.

I started by gluing the front of the back with enough over hang to fold over for a neat finish.

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Then I continued down the seat, taking extra care with the base front as this will be very visible on the finished product.

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And then across the bottom. It's important to cover the bottom because you don't want a beautiful upshot photo or view to be ruined by the sight of an unfinished sofa bottom.

I folded the base sides like a present. Cutting away excess fabric at the corners.

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I left the back unglued as this will be the last piece to be attached during reassembly.

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The next step was to attach the back cushions.

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Remember I left the top and side open? This is why. They are attached over the back and side of the sofa. This will give a clean finish from the top and side view once the back cover is on.

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Side view.

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Front view so far. :)

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Second back cushion attachment. Top done first. Side still to be glued.

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Both back cushions on.

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Now to attach the arms. As I said earlier. The side panel is attached all the way down the side to the bottom.

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Now the seat cushions get glued in.

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And finally with the last arm glued in and the back piece glued on (with hems on all three sides for a clean finish.)

I added a bit of twine as piping at the point where the seat cushions & the base meet just to tidy it up a bit. A major improvement, no?

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With the legs put back on we have a final product!

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Vintage Wardrobe Ebay find

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So I found this vintage wardrobe on Ebay and thought it would be perfect for the San Franciscan! I couldn't stop myself from bidding and.... I won!

The photos on Ebay made her look pretty beat up so I was a bit concerned with what was going to actually show up. I paid about 20usd plus shipping so it could have been a bit of a disaster.

It FINALLY arrived last week after a global shipping program snafu that saw it returned to sender for an incomplete address. (apparently they couldn't read the street number??) I bought this item back in October so you can see why I was starting to think it would never get here.

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I'm happy to say it was worth the wait! I love it! It actually looks better than the sale pictures... that never happens right? Sure she's a bit chipped and the back legs have fallen off and the back plate clips have fallen off. There is also some trim that needs attention, but over all she is beautiful in a crumbling glory kind of way ;)

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The mirror is in great condition! Look she has shelving on one side.

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And hanging space on the other side. :D

I was going to paint her, but I'm now undecided.... I kind of like the way her "patina" is (her colour is whiter than the pictures show in real life). I think it suits the shabby style quite well.

Thoughts?