Beacon Hill: Right Side–Downstairs

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Back to the Beacon Hill. I’ve started adding furnishings and things to the first floor of the shabby chic side.

On the entrance hall side I have some furniture and a few fun things. I’ll put this all together and add rugs, pictures, etc.

The inhabitants are getting ready to go on a picnic.

Slowly filling up this adorable cabinet I recently bought.

On to the kitchen. I am adding things as I go.

I took the baker’s rack from the front porch project (see previous post), and repurposed it as kitchen shelves.

I finally have a place to display all the food I’ve collected! I will paint the table probably dark red or dark green and antique it.

It’s a start!

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Older Projects–Porch and Wicker

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Next on my “fix-it” list was the porch I made at a NAME State Day. One-inch scale.

I changed the decor a little because I had purchased a wicker set by Uncle Ciggie, and I needed a place to display it. It’s porch furniture–ergo …

I’m picturing a warm summer evening on the front porch. I can hear the crickets.

I also came across this terrarium when I was cleaning out my closet. I’d had a scene in it that I took apart, and I thought–what the heck? This would be another great place for the pieces of the wicker set.

The lovely blue pillow on the love seat is by Wendy Smale.

I’m pleased the wicker furniture now has a home (or two).

Older Projects: Colonial Tavern

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As with the Shoe House, I went back to the Colonial Tavern and added a few new things plus fixed the lights.

This two-room house is one-inch scale.

The device on the right is a wool winder, made by Pam Boorum of Smaller than Life.

I’m always changing up what’s on the tavern table a little. This time added the blue and white pitcher, the silver tankard and basket.

The half door, in theory, leads to a cellar.

Added the carved duck and jug to the shelf over the settle.

Upstairs, the single candle lights up the room.

Pam Boorum made this pretty box on the dresser as well as the spice box on top of the hutch in the downstairs room.

I kept the lighting system very simple: An LED indirect light on the first floor and the candlestick on the second floor. Plenty of light but it’s soft. Wires go out the back to a small strip of copper tape wire at the base, which connect to a small transformer.

This house is a great place for the Early American and Shaker odds and ends I collect. I love both.

I constructed this house eons ago from scrap wood my dad was going to throw away. I’m glad I’ve hung on to it.

 

Older Projects: Shoe House–Finishing Touches

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Now that my obsession with the Beacon Hill has been satisfied, I’m returning to older projects and cleaning them up or adding finishing touches.

I returned to the Shoe House (Quarter-Inch Scale) to add decoration and furniture to the downstairs rooms plus overhaul the electric system. It had become disconnected and a tangled mess during my move.

I soldered! I learned this in class at the Chicago show, and now I have my own soldering iron and everything (cats beware…)

Scary stuff! But I am finding that the connections are stronger and more reliable. As in, the lights work!

I had to repair almost every connection, and add new lead wires. I got the green connection junction and battery box from Lighting Bug. It’s an LED kit. For each fixture one wire feeds to the positive, one to the negative lead wire (red for positive, black negative), and those wires are screwed into positive and negative terminals in the junction box. That is hardwired (by the manufacturer) into the black battery / switch box. I now just flip the switch on the black box, and the lights come on!

The kitchen is in the bottom of the shoe, only visible through the door and window.

I added all kinds of decorative touches (pictures, plants, dishes, books, pillows, throws, various accessories) to the living / dining room.

I tend to save accessories that come with other kits that I didn’t use with the original kit, which help scatter finishing touches throughout the house.

Upstairs I added pictures, pillows, nightstand accessories, and a folded throw at the bottom of the bed (you can barely see it–it’s pink).

Fixing the lighting systems lets me get a better photo of the bathroom, which, like the kitchen, is only visible through door and window.

 

I’m pleased with how everything has turned out.

Clearing out

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I’m taking time to go through my stash of supplies have a clear-out. I’m giving things away free to a good home.

First up is boxes. I have collected about a dozen small plastic containers that minis come in (see photo). These are clean and in good condition. If you want them, please contact me through this page:

https://jennsminis.wordpress.com/about/

I also have some small gift boxes that are also clean and in good shape (9 or 10 in all).

I’m happy to send these to anyone who wants them. Again please contact me through my contact page:

https://jennsminis.wordpress.com/about/

I’m going through a lot of things in my closet o’ goodies, so stay tuned for more minis and supplies I will be parting with. I’m not getting rid of my collection, just things I’ve accumulated that I know I’ll never use.

 

Beacon Hill Leftovers

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Now that I’ve built the Beacon Hill, does anyone want the box with scraps? The sheets are more or less intact (with the dollhouse pieces taken out, of course). I never used the shutters, so those are all there, still in the wood sheets. Sheet 23 is absent because it disintegrated.

Please note this isn’t the dollhouse kit, but the scraps left over. Also, I am keeping the instructions, but you can find PDFs of those and the schematics in my sidebar links, under “1-inch scale Resources”)

I’m happy to tape up the box of used pieces and mail it. Box is in good shape. I could only afford to do this in the U.S., I have to add. (I can ship it outside the U.S. if you are willing to pay the postage; it will be a lot, though, and you’d have to PayPal me.)

Any takers? If not, I’ll break up the pieces and feed them to my recycling bin.

Again, note that I’m not offering the kit itself but the leftovers after the kit has been built.

 

Beacon Hill: Done!

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This past week, I hustled my butt and finished up the left side of the Beacon Hill. I haven’t “moved in,” but I have accomplished enough to declare this build …

DONE!

Brackets and final steps:

The many pieces for the under-eave brackets.

Panels for the bay windows.

The brackets for the eaves are sandwiched together–two thins around a thick.

The roof brackets are built up of two pickets sandwiching a third  and then a single curly bracket butted against the sandwich.

All brackets glued together and painted.

I go into much more detail about the brackets in THIS POST.

The eave brackets go on the left side and the front of the left side, six each, evenly spaced (that is, more evenly than I have them).

One final bracket goes around the corner on the short wall. For people who don’t cut their Beacon Hill in half, this wall leads to the tower.

Roof brackets, of course, on the roof. You need to make right facing and left facing ones (I think one right and two left, but double-check). The flat part of the posts face the front of the house. The left side roof gets three brackets–two in front and one on the back left edge (see previous photo). For the back one, the flat part of the post faces the back of the house.

Adding the panels to the bay windows. I painted the larger panels with the same trim color as the brackets and all the trim on the house. Note that the wood grain of the panels goes horizontally. All the panel pieces are the same size except for the middle of the front bay window, which is longer than the others.

The smaller panel pieces (painted with the main house color) glued over the larger. It’s tricky to center them.

These photos also show the brackets (single brackets, no sandwiches) that go around the bay windows. The left bay gets nine (3 on each side), while the front gets ten (3, 4, 3).

There we have it. I now have the top floor windows installed as well.

The left side all trimmed.

In the interior, I decided not to put in the curving staircase. I just couldn’t make it go in right and look good. I will save the stairs for another project, maybe design a room box especially to show them off.

For now, I closed up the hole in the roof and repapered the ceiling.

Second floor with closed up floor.

Another thing I’ve decided to add is posts where the open walls are to give more support for the structure. I haven’t painted or glued these in yet–they will be the last things I install so I won’t knock them around while I decorate.

I’ve started going through my furniture and deciding exactly what to put in the rooms. This side of the house will be the elegant one, while the other side will be quaint, country, shabby-chic.

 

THE RIGHT SIDE:

 

 

I’m starting to add more furniture and decor to both sides, and when I’m finished, I will post.

I’m dusting off my hands from this project. It has been two years since I first opened the box and started to put together the pieces!

I hope my photos and demos have been helpful. For the full process, click the “Beacon Hill Dollhouse” tag on this post, or search “Beacon Hill” in the search bar. I tried to photograph as much of the process as possible.

I’m sticking a fork in this one. It’s done!!

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