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Upper cabinets, stove hood, and a new sink

Tragedy struck my $1 Horace Jones sink. I’d left it in the countertop (not glued in) and I picked up the cabinet and tipped it slightly to look at something and the sink fell out and hit the floor. Before this happened, I’d actually thought to myself that I shouldn’t leave the sink in the… Keep reading »

Mini Etchers microwave and more cabinets

Continuing with the Victorianna’s kitchen cabinets: I wanted the upper cabinet on the right of the fridge to include a shelf for the microwave. This required buying or making a microwave before I could make the cabinets on that side, so I’d know how wide that cabinet needed to be. Mini Etchers makes a microwave… Keep reading »

Second Empire dollhouse in half scale

This isn’t a new purchase, but I didn’t post about it at the time. Back in September I went to a miniature flea market in Benicia, CA where I bought this half scale shell for $30. The front of the house is stamped F1. The tower section on the front is removable, and there’s a… Keep reading »

Lower cabinets continued

The Victorianna’s kitchen sink will be centered under the window. After building the cabinet, I next needed to figure out how the window lined up with it. The window isn’t glued in yet. I held the cabinet up to the window hole and marked the edges of the window on the back side. Then I… Keep reading »

Victorianna kitchen — lower cabinets and stainless steel fridge

When I first started working on the Victorianna, I bought a set of kitchen cabinets from Bruce Dawson, who sold under the name bedMiniatures (he’s since retired). I planned out a U-shaped layout. Since then, I redid the kitchen in my real house, and learned a lot about kitchens that I never knew before. For… Keep reading »

Victorianna shingles

You’d think that having just finished the Rowhouse shingles I wouldn’t be itching to shingle another dollhouse — and you’d be right! — but the roof is one of the last remaining tasks on the Victorianna, and I want to get this house finished. To refresh your memory, here’s the outside of the house: The… Keep reading »

Queen Anne Rowhouse — bed with a cross-stitched cover

Not to be confused with the Rowhouse’s other bed with a cross-stitched cover, I just finished up a bed for the attic bedroom. There’s a long story behind this, so sit tight. (Or scroll to the bottom if you just want to see the end result!) When I was working on the Rowhouse’s stair rooms,… Keep reading »

Kitchen window seat finished

I had hoped to be farther along with the Victorianna’s kitchen by now, but c’est la vie. I’m waiting for a Shapeways stove to come in the mail and thinking through some ideas for scratch built cabinets. In the meantime, I’ve finished the window seat that I started in September. I bought a Lee’s Line… Keep reading »

Victorianna kitchen bay window seat

I’m at the point where I could attach the Victorianna’s roof, but after spending so much time shingling the Rowhouse I just don’t have it in me to do another roof right now. So I moved on to the last room in the house: the kitchen. I wanted to use the same tan wallpaper I… Keep reading »

Little girl doll for the Victorianna

I don’t usually put dolls in my dollhouses, but I made an exception when I bought a little resin baby for the nursery. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for dolls to put in the other kids’ rooms — I need a little girl (age 4-ish) and an older girl (age 12-ish). An… Keep reading »

Rowhouse shingles

I started this blog post on March 16, 2013 — that’s when I started shingling the Queen Anne Rowhouse — and it’s been sitting as a draft for 2,004 days. But not anymore, because the roof is finished! I used hexagonal shingles that came with the Greenleaf Fairfield. I really liked them on the Fairfield… Keep reading »

Built-ins for the Victorianna’s master bedroom

Last week I set out to finish the Victorianna’s master bedroom but only managed to finish the closet. This week I tackled the other side of the room, which has the tower room and two spaces under the sloped ceiling that needed to be filled up. I started by wallpapering the outside of the tower… Keep reading »

Victorianna master bedroom: finishing the closet

Remember just last week when I said I wasn’t going to start on any big projects until I finished the Rowhouse shingles? I’m going back on my word. I want to get the roof on the Victorianna and to do that I need to finish the three rooms on the third floor. The nursery and… Keep reading »

Victorianna little girl’s room: Cassidy Creations and Robin Betterley kits

I don’t want to start on a new “big” project until the Rowhouse’s shingles are finished, so I have been building furniture kits instead. This week I finished some for the younger little girl’s room in the Victorianna (not to be confused with the nursery). This room has a built-in toy shelf made from an… Keep reading »

Cassidy Creations cottage bed bash

After putting all the furniture back in the Queen Anne Rowhouse, I decided to change some rooms. This is what I had planned for the upstairs bedroom. The hand-painted washstand and blanket chest are Bauder Pine. The rest of the furniture is a scratch built set that I bought off eBay, and not very nice.… Keep reading »

Queen Anne Rowhouse all lit up

After one of the wires under my Queen Anne Rowhouse burned up, I decided I should clean up the rat’s nest of wires to prevent future damage. When I started electrifying the Rowhouse back in 2012, I was regretting that I connected the Fairfield’s lights under the floorboards, where I couldn’t easily access them if… Keep reading »

Half scale fold-down attic stairs tutorial

When I took apart the Rowhouse’s stair rooms so I could fix the wallpaper, I made an executive decision not to put back the staircase between the second and third floors. It just blocked too much of the room. I thought about filling in the hole and having no staircase leading up to the third… Keep reading »

Patching up the upstairs stair room

With the Rowhouse’s wallpaper and staircase fixed, I moved on to the upstairs room. I needed to patch the floor where the staircase had previously been, add railings so the little people don’t plunge to their deaths, and figure out how to handle the crown molding and baseboard around the Greyford bookcases I bought to… Keep reading »

Fixing the Rowhouse staircase

With the new wallpaper in, here’s how the Rowhouse’s staircase looked when I slid it back into place. There was always a gap between the staircase and the wall, but I think it got worse as a result of the extra thickness added by the new wallpaper and the sanding I did on the top… Keep reading »

Rowhouse stair sconce, and yet another electrical disaster

Fixing the Queen Anne Rowhouse’s wallpaper requires installing two new lights, which always has the potential to go horribly wrong. The Rowhouse is wired with tapewire, and all of the lights are attached with brads to the tape underneath the house. There are also two outlets plugged into the tapewire, in the two bedrooms. On… Keep reading »

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