Let me introduce you all to yet another dollhouse that I am currently working on - The Dura Craft Mansion.
I know, I know, I know - I have a TON of dollhouses that I am working on at the same time. Whenever I get stuck with one I move onto the next and I find that gives me time to sort out the problems with the other houses.
Last summer I was at a garage sale when I noticed a forlorn looking box with the word dollhouse on it and a tattered $20 price tag. I doubted that it was a whole dollhouse, but I thought that all the wood pieces would be good to supplement my other dollhouses.
When I got home, I carefully went through the whole box and came across some instructions. It turns out that this is the Dura Craft Mansion. It even had a parts list, so for the next hour I carefully did an inventory. There were quite a few pieces missing, but I figured I could make them myself.
The Dura Craft houses have the strangest construction I have ever come across. It basically consists of hundreds of little pieces of siding that you slot together in the corner trims.
There are also a million pieces that had to be primed for the windows and porch railings.
Really Mr Nova? Sleeping on the railings does not look comfortable at all. (But really cute!!!!)
Once the basic walls were built, I was able to make a base.
(Yes, I am often found out in the garage in old clothes working on my houses.)
I scored the porch floor wood to look like boards, and I gave it a quick undercoat of brown paint.
Well, I am really pleased with how this dollhouse has turned from a pile of wood into a house.