Where the dollhouse sides and front were put together there were gaps so corner molding had to be cut to size to cover that and maybe now I can take the hinges off the wall from inside.
I think the porch rail assembly was put together wrong but it seems too much time to make it right. The opening should be down by the front door. It is on the farthest corner from the door. It is not shown in the picture, it was removed so the flooring could be covered in coffee stir sticks for realistic floor.
The front door is rather cheesy and not to scale. This is on the back burner for the moment until a eureka moment comes to mind. One needs to be able to see inside and outside the door even if it is miniature. Stained glass needs to be somewhere and its still be researched.
Before painting the outside siding I used heavy brown paper bags cut to siding stripe size to fix the holes and defective places. I then put 4 coats of Americana Brand Mississippi Mud brown on the siding. This is my preferred paint as it has thickness to it. Make sure you shake well before using. The shingles were not finished at all where they met on the corners, so brown bag again cut to size to cap off the joints. I decided on a gold brown for that, not sure if it will stay that way. American Victorian Painted Ladies by Elizabeth Pomada, Michael Larson is an excellent guide for painting a Victorian. I choose a color combination that I liked from there. Victorians used 7 different colors in the house and the end result will be gold, brown, white, blue, green, bittersweet orange, and a burgundy color. The painting is taking some time, looking forward to this step being done to begin inside.
This week I have investigated a few web sites and share them with you:
If you like French antiques, Shabby Chic check out this beautiful site:
www.lookingglassminiature.com Jennifer Osmond Hatt is guest designer for Alpha Stamps this week and has a lovely Antique shop as the feature. Her blog has many of her creations and she also has an Etsy Shop. Eye Candy. On her blog there are many links to interesting blogs and sites. I clicked on a few and they were interesting enough to mark for future visits.
www.Alphastamps.com This is the connection for Alpha Stamps that features Looking glass this week. If you like Halloween they have laser cut tables, mirrors and other /Goth items as well as Halloween trinkets and papers.
www.bangGood.com A variety of items for sale, but click on Toys there are a number of inexpensive miniature kits available.
www.lisaslittlethings.com a delightful sale site of beautiful laser cut items for every area of the house. A lot of period clothes items and accessories. Sale site beautiful pictures.
www.wish.com Another overall sale site with really good prices. Click toys and hobbies and all kinds of miniatures come up. I put a couple items in the sale cart and couldn't complete. Within a few days all the items were on sale as notified by Email.