Friday, April 28, 2017

The Word For The Week Is...

The word for the week boys and girls is TRIM. ~T~R~I~M~ TRIMmmmmmmmm...

Got the window trim for the first floor installed. I'm kind of liking this Batrie style construction (a.k.a. layer cake) because you can finish stuff off as you go along, and don't really have to contort yourself to reach into the rooms to add wallpaper, trims etc... I studied some window trim photos online, looked at my stash of trims, then made something up as I went along. The funny thing is, in the end, the window coverings will hide a good bit of the effort!


Do the thresholds on mini doors kind of bug you? They don't really look like our real ones, and if the flooring is consistent throughout the house they just seem kind of unnecessary. Except of course if your doors happen to swing using a top and bottom pin rather than actual hinges. If you want them to be operational, you have to make them hinged or figure out how to install a pin up through the flooring below the door. For my front door, I did a little experimenting to see if I could actually get rid of the bulky threshold. I ended up gluing it shut permanently, which is A-OK by me.


This is an old Hofco door I acquired on eBay eons ago. The front door that came with the kit really looked like an interior door. It certainly was not worthy of a kit named the New Orleans. One of the problems Opportunities with using the new door was that it was significantly taller and wider than a "normal" dollhouse door. No worries - Just widen the doorway a little. But, because of the fancy pediment on top, if I installed it flush to the floor the small sidelight window trim got in the way. Another great reason to get rid of the threshold and raise the door to clear the sidelight trim.


To correct the shortness, I added a piece of wood the thickness of the door and the height I needed to make it meet the floor.


Once I painted it and added additional trim pieces to the door, it looked like it had always been that tall! (note that the baseboard trim could now be installed.


I still have to install the outside door trim, but I'll wait until I do the porch flooring. That way, I can slide the flooring under instead of having to cut the flooring to go around. Smart cookie or just made a lot of mistakes experienced? I'll let you decide...


I got as much of the baseboard and chair rail trim installed as I could before actually gluing the walls together. The kit is unique in that it has routed corner moldings which actually join the walls together. The result is corner molding on the interior wherever the walls meet. This makes installing the trim a little tricky. It's great in some aspects because you don't have to miter the trim for the corners on the chair rail or baseboards. But - when it comes to thicker trims like the crown molding, you have to engineer it a bit. More on that in a minute...


So, I stopped there with the trims and moved my attention to erecting the walls and getting them glued and nailed onto the foundation. After all, you can't really miter crown molding for walls that are not even attached together yet.


I thought maybe it might be better to add the flooring before I glued the walls down. Less tracing and maybe accidentally cutting something too short... I had four sheets of Houseworks Walnut flooring saved for this project, and it's a good thing I did. I have a lot of wood veneer sheets, but not many of the same variety. So, small flooring jobs are great, but with this much floor space, I am glad I had them in the stash. Note to self: This is why it is GOOD to stock up when supplies go on SALE!


I ran all of the flooring the same direction as the foundation joists, which in real life is a big no no. But hey - that's why we love minis, right? My house, my rules! This was a lot easier for installation because I did not have to create staggered boards at the seams - a real pain in the @$$ job that sometimes does not go so well. I also had to strain my varnish using a coffee filter. Does anyone else get dried specs like I do? Even in fresh bottles?


I tried the ultra matte finish the first time and it was really blah, so after a sanding I applied a satin. Yes, after straining that one, too! After it was good and dry, I glued and nailed the walls to the foundation. I put the ceiling/second floor on with weights to help everything seat flat. Kind of neat to see how it will look with the next floor on!


Now it was back to trim work. I had to add strips of trim to fill the space between the corner moldings. That way, I could add the crown molding just like any other job.


Until I install the two interior dividing walls, I still can only get so far with the crown moldings.


They are glued together, finally, but I am still in the spackle/sanding cycle for a few more days. It's the drying time that really slows you down.




Meanwhile, I am working on the plans for the new fireplace wall, and will hopefully start on those this coming week.


This weekend my folks are having a huge garage sale. I'll be trying to convince complete strangers that they really need to buy stuff. The more they buy, the less my parents have to take with them to AZ!

Hope you have a wonderful and productive weekend!

xoxo
Jodi

16 comments:

  1. Yeah, miniature doors do bug me. In the past, I've put the hinge pin straight into the floor so I can remove the bottom part of the frame but it's a pain, especially if the wall the door is sitting in is already glued into place :0/ Everything is looking good though, despite the challenges you've had :0)

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    1. Thanks, Pepper! Oh the things we are willing to do for miniatures! I am going to have to think for a long time about the upstairs door functionality. Since they are at the back I know I'll want them working, but how? Hmmmmmm....

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  2. hehe, jodi, easy way out with the doors ;-). me too, I tried hiding hinges in wall/door, on wall, with pins - it usually depends on the kind of style of house. can't say that I have a preferred method.. did you use the ready made hardwood floor? love the grain on this one...

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    1. I used the Houseworks walnut flooring, Marion. It is very nice quality stuff and it's easy to work with. I really like doing my own, but this floor was larger than I had the veneer for.

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  3. I really love how its looking. I'm afraid I don't have much of a solution for the doors. I've been using a thicker flooring so that the thresholds aren't as noticeable but I agree they are irritating.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! It's fun to be working on a big house again! I think regular hinge installation for the upstairs doors is going to have to happen. We'll see...

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  4. Thresholds drive me nuts too. Your solution looks great. The whole build looks great. :D

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    1. Thanks, Keli! It's like a big puzzle but it's fun to figure out!

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  5. This is such a PRETTY HOUSE Jodi and your trim work is Marvelous! I love the depth of the window ledge and the way the wall papers are looking with the crisp white interior trims! And I couldn't agree with you more about the door thresholds as well. As a rule I only keep thresholds on exterior doors but remove them from the interior doors.
    I LOVE the look of the aches and the sophistication and the sight lines they're allowing.
    Really Fresh Beautiful work anyway you look at it! :D

    elizabeth
    p.s. Good luck with the garage sale. I hope the weather is fine and that there's a good turnout.:)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I am torn between keeping it pristine or aging it up a bit, but it seems to want to be an updated old house.

      The garage sale was good - a lot of stuff went home with happy customers. Mom is taking the rest to Goodwill this week, so I think it will benefit the organization and shoppers like me who love to thrift!

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  6. Siempre hay imprevistos y es estupendo el reto de solucionarlos adecuadamente. Has dado un buen avance.

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    1. ¡Tan verdadero! Creo que parte de la diversión es resolver los enigmas. ¡Gracias por los comentarios amables!

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  7. I'm loving this house, Jodi. It's a really nice size - lots of space to fill with all sorts of wonderful things. Your colour scheme is beautiful. The moldings are all adding such an elegant touch. I'm looking forward to watching the progress of this build. - Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada

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    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn! God willing, I hope to finish off the structural aspects this week then move on to the lighting. That part is always so exciting!

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  8. Your trim is divine! :D I so love the colors and patterns you've used.

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    1. Thanks, Brae! This color scheme has been after me for a couple of years now. I am just gravitated toward it for some reason. I guess I'll call it my blue period. I's reflected in my wardrobe of late, too!

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