Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Carl Larsson Experiment: Part 7, the Doorwall, Last Of the Inside - Real Good Toys 22 Town Hill Road CC2 Front Opening Kit

That big doorwall. Keeps the dust out but adds another wall, front and inside, to complete. This will be some of the last of the interior decorating. Finally!

I hope I have enough paper for the 1st floor. Had only three sheets for four walls. I've decided too not to trim out the inside doorwall with the wainscotting used on the other walls on the two floors. A lot of work and there is no side trim like on the RGT CC Tudor to take up the added thickness to have the door hinge and latch properly. Geesh! I guess it will be more like the old dollhouses of yore, where the inside walls are all tricked out but the doorwall interior is more meager by comparison. Still, there is a lot to plan out.

Planning and making the trim. Trim and door stained, polyied, finger rubbed with silver craft paint and polyied. Boy! Am I crazy!
I had to make some side edge strips out of 1/32" thick wood to cover the edges of the wallpaper and take up the space between the crown moldings and the 1" corner blocks' space when the door is closed.

Papered and initial trim applied. Made do with the leftover wallpaper. Insert above the door says,"Happy Little Home", in Swedish (I hope!).

When wallpapering both floors I applied the paper as a full sheet, and carefully sliced out the window openings. Was just faster than making a template.

After waiting for some trim I didn't end up using, I finally finished the 1st floor of the interior doorwall windows...

Inside looking out before the back is put on.

The upper floor papered and finished so the whole kitten kaboodle......

Even though no wainscotting, I think it looks pretty good. Now to the exterior railings. Getting close!

The Carl Larsson Experiment: Part 6 Windows, Tricky Tricky - Real Good Toys 22 Town Hill Road CC2 Front Opening Kit

Sorry for the long silence. The Holiday Season took a chunk of time and I've been dreading the assembly of the RGT Town Hill Road windows. But I have to see how the windows fit and work before I can start the interior decoration of the door wall. The instructions are a lot to be desired at this point.

Beveled Windows

These little windows are one of the nice architectural features of this dollhouse. Little beveled jewels, if I can pull them off.

Geez! How many times have I read through these instructions???

The instructions make for a tricky process, and after thinking about it, I've decided to modify their assembly by installing the frames directly onto the the outside wall itself, then the jambs and sills to them, to get the correct bevel and have that bevel supported as the glue dries. The instructions have you assemble the windows frames on the table, and then mount them to the wall. Seemed flimsy at best and might make for questionable fitting when installing on the doorwall window openings.

Painted frames, pre-glued to door wall. Side bevel jambs ready to be fitted and glued.

The larger second story window was another bit of thought. There are two jambs that bevel together to make the center jamb, and the instructions didn't give any guidance for that. I used a thin dowel and centrally glued it to give the center jambs something to glue to.

Dowel glued for support of central jambs. Stiles to be fitted in at tops and bottoms.

Windows glued up front and inside. Time for filling and sanding and more painting!

At least I know now I can trim out the inside windows any way I want!

Gosh! When will these windows be done already!!