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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 »

Re-wallpapering the stair rooms

The main reason I waited so long to fix the wallpaper in the Rowhouse’s stair rooms is that I didn’t want to destroy the lights. Since the wires run through to rooms that are already finished, there would be no way to replace them. I finally jumped in on the rehab when I came up… Keep reading »

Queen Anne Rowhouse revisited (a.k.a. fixing a huge mess)

I have a tendency to get very close to finishing a dollhouse and then let it sit, 90% done, for years. That’s what happened with the Queen Anne Rowhouse, which I mostly finished between 2012 and 2014. To refresh your memory, here’s how the house looks. Except for shingles, the exterior is finished. The other… Keep reading »

Stained glass windows

My first experience using Gallery Glass was in the Oak Shadow roombox, in a Guys from Texas class a million years ago. This was a 1:12, Craftsman style window with a very simple design, and we used silver tape to create the lead lines. I never got around to creating a gallery for this roombox,… Keep reading »

Flea market find: House of Hidden Treasures

In August I went to a miniature flea market, which is always dangerous for my wallet. I got some great half scale things I’ve been meaning to blog about, the first being a House of Hidden Treasures kit by American Craft that I bought for $15. This kit is similar to the Queen Anne Rowhouse… Keep reading »

A tale of two showers

I completed not one, but two half scale shower surrounds today — one for the Victorianna and one for the long-dormant Queen Anne Rowhouse. (Besides shingles, the bathroom is the last big thing I need to finish in the Rowhouse…) For reference, here’s what I started with in the Victorianna: And in the Rowhouse: I… Keep reading »

Rowhouse bedroom furniture (part two)

I recently built the Gothic dresser and nightstand from SDK Miniatures to go in the bedroom of my Queen Anne Rowhouse, with the bed I scratch built. I bought SDK’s Gothic wardrobe too but it turned out to be too big for the room, so instead I put together a Cassidy Creations armoire. I also… Keep reading »

Rowhouse bedroom furniture (part one)

Last week I added email alerts to the blog, and they appear to be working! If you want to receive an email when this blog is updated, please sign up in the sidebar. I recently scratch built a Victorian bed for my half scale Queen Anne Rowhouse. To finish it off, I cross-stitched the Sara… Keep reading »

Half scale Victorian bed how-to

I recently bought a Victorian bedroom set for my half scale Queen Anne Rowhouse. I really liked how the ornate bed looked with the damask wallpaper and wood trim in the room, but the only good place to put the bed is up against the window, which then gets blocked by the tall headboard. I… Keep reading »

Half scale glass-top table with 3D printed chairs

I’m outfitting my Queen Anne Rowhouse with a lot of formal / traditional furniture, but the kitchen is decidedly modern. I bought a set of 3D printed Dog Bone Chairs from Pretty Small Things and wanted a glass-topped table to go with them. Unable to find anything like what I was picturing, I made my… Keep reading »

3D printed furniture in half scale, from Pretty Small Things and Shapeways

As 3D printing is becoming more common, I’m tempted to buy a 3D printer for use in minis, but the technology is too new (and too over my head) for me to feel comfortable being a guinea pig early adopter. I recently bought some 1:24 scale 3D printed furniture from Pretty Small Things and Shapeways,… Keep reading »

Rowhouse – finishing the hinged panels (stair side)

Back in November when my dad and I attached the hinged panels to the Rowhouse, the panel on the stair side wasn’t closing all the way so we decided to add a magnet to help keep it closed. My dad used a special drill bit to drill a hole in the back side of the… Keep reading »

Rowhouse – finishing the hinged panels (chimney side)

I’ve been working on the Queen Anne Rowhouse but have gotten behind in blogging about it. With the exception of the shingles, most of the major projects on this house are done. In December I finished the hinged panels. Here are pics of the chimney side; I’ll post about the stair side next. When I… Keep reading »

Everything but the kitchen sink

The rowhouse kitchen has been mostly done for a couple of months. Today it’s *almost* mostly done — all that’s left is the sink! (As a reminder, this kitchen is a bashed SDK Miniatures modern kitchen kit. My earlier kitchen posts are here, here, here, and here.) My recent progress started with gluing in the… Keep reading »

Etched windows and the brave little porch light

I have been working bit by bit on the rowhouse bathroom and plan to post a blog about it soon, but jumping ahead a bit, I wanted to show off the “etched” privacy window I made this weekend. The plexiglass in the bathroom window had a small scratch in it that I decided to cover… Keep reading »

Cassidy Creations washstand and fire screen

Since half scale furniture can be hard to come by, I’ve been collecting a lot of Cassidy Creations kits, mostly off eBay. I’m planning to build a bunch of them to go in the almost finished Queen Anne Rowhouse, but these first two might end up in other houses. The first is a washstand that… Keep reading »

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