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Old 26-11-2010, 06:23 AM
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Default Somerville House (was Ruston)

Hi all,
Thought I'd share my construction journey

I bought a "Rushton" kit (Craftworks Australia) a couple of months ago. I loved the bull-nosed verandah and the weatherboards, reminds me of my Grandparents home. This is my first doll house although I have had a fascination with doll houses and miniatures since I was a child.

So here's some pics of the construction phase...
Pic 1: Dry fitting components... so glad I did this, there were a lot of similar looking parts and this step certainly made it less daunting
Pics 2 & 3: Main parts assembled and primed
Pic 4: My construction site and tools
Pic 5: Staining the door and verandah with shoe polish... don't think I'd do this again, particularly with the door. I might replace it some time as I would have preferred a cleaner finish.
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:26 AM
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Construction continues:
Applying top coats... I went with really pale yellow for inside and green for outside.
Installed windows... wish I had left this step until after I had decorated inside. Would have made wallpapering a lot easier. Of course I just couldn't wait that long LOL
Painted trim
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:29 AM
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Front of house complete! This was by far the trickiest part to assemble... lining up the verandah posts, trying to get it all into the slots etc. Whilst it was the trickiest it was also the most exciting
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:32 AM
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Default First visitors

Now the house was together I just wanted to play!!!! I invited some Legomen over to check out the new dwelling

The only true miniature treasures I had at the time was a tea set and some kitchen canisters. I had also made a minature photo album (in the next post).
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:36 AM
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Default First visitors continued...

Staircase complete... adding the balustrade etc was very fiddly work. I'm sure there is an easier way, I used PVA and found that it just wouldn't stay together well while it dried. I don't think I'd use superglue due to the need to adjust the posts etc to get everything straight. Is there a glue that is between the two?
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:40 AM
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Default Legomen construction team

To keep things entertaining I started to develop a bit of a storyline to go with the construction and engaged the "Legomen Construction" Team. Don't know what was more fun... the actually building or the photo-shoots

Here's some shots of the added verandah railing and the installation of lights.
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:43 AM
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Default Legomen continued

More pics of lights and the installation of architrave in the lounge.
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:49 AM
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Default Lounge decoration

Decorating the lounge continues. Install architrave, skirting, wallpaper and chair rail. I decided to also install some outlets for floor lamps etc.
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Old 26-11-2010, 06:56 AM
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Default More decoration - mini shell hanging

After visiting a friend I was inspired to make a miniature shell hanging for my verandah. I had a little collection of tiny shells from a recent visit to our local beach and made my own version of the shell hanging to had from the verandah. I was really happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately you can't make out the detail in the shells in the pics but in person the patterns in the shells are amazing.

I also did some shopping for little bits and pieces. My daughter chose a cradle for the nursery (room yet to be decorated) and I bought an old sewing machine. I have one that belonged to a great-grandparent very similar to this so I was excited to get this one. I also added some 'stained glass' (sticker) to the front door and a big rug in the lounge.
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Old 26-11-2010, 07:00 AM
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Default New lights and ornaments

More spending

Here's my new floor lamp and desk lamp. I was so excited to be able to plug these straight into the wall!!! I also found some flying ducks for the wall, just like my grandparents had at their place.

I also needed an elephant. My name is Haidee and some may recall the nursery rhyme about an elephant called "Haidee Ho". Well I've always collected elephants and so had to add one to the house.
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