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I began writing this blog as a way to record my progress renovating an old Dolls House Emporium Classical dolls house which I built from a kit in the 1980's. It has now evolved into a blog about my ever increasing collection of dolls houses and the items I buy and make to put in them.

Hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Waterside Way Modern Furniture

Have added a few more modern pieces to Waterside Way Apartments.  I haven't decided on bedroom styles yet.
Top Floor Apartment
First Floor Apartment

Ground Floor Apartment

Monday, 24 February 2014

Close Ups of The Priory Rooms

As promised here are the close up photos of The Priory rooms so far.
Girls bedroom, top floor left.

Nursery, top floor middle.

Bathroom, top floor right.

Music Room, second floor left.

Central Staircase

Master Bedroom, second floor right.

Dining Room, first floor left.

Sitting Room, first floor right.

Kitchen, basement left.

Basement Hallway.

Garden Room, basement right.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Priory Interior Restoration Finished

Have managed to finish the restoration of the interior of The Priory this week.  The first two photos show the new flooring before I added the furniture.  Decided to go with a stone effect flooring in the basement, a tile effect in the main hallway and a parquet effect in all the other rooms.  Tiled hallways and parquet flooring was the in thing in the Edwardian period.  The stone and tile effect flooring were sheets of good quality card cut to size, the parquet was very cheap sheets of paper which I glued onto card before sticking it in place with double sided sticky tape.  I have also painted the central staircase white adding some gold details.  The central chandelier is new as I felt this house needed something a little bigger than what was there originally.    

 Here is the house furnished with all the items I have so far, I will put on close up photos of the rooms over the next few days.
 I love how a dolls house looks all lit up in the evening.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Dolls House Accessories

Bought some miniature dolls house accessories for The Priory this week, some new from Minimum World and some used from a seller on Facebook.  Looking forward to furnishing this house again but still have all the floors to lay.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Lights Glued On & Skirtings Painted.

The lights are now glued into place and I have painted all the skirtings white. It is amazing how different the house looks now, even the wallpapers look much brighter with the skirtings painted white so I am going to keep them for now.  I have also finished removing the old flooring in the kitchen and garden room. 

Here is a before and after of the garden room so you can see the difference.
Garden Room Before.

Garden Room After.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

More Lighting

Finished all the lighting except for the hallway and staircase as I have decided to totally redecorate this part of the house.
Master Bedroom

Sitting Room

Garden Room
 I have stripped off the central staircase wallpaper, it actually came off really easily as the walls underneath were painted.  
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 Wondering whether to go ahead and redecorate the whole house now as when I removed the skirtings you could see just how dirty the wallpaper was.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Rewiring The Priory Dolls House

I've been busily working on this house all week as I haven't been out much due to the very wet weather and my son being off school with tonsillitis. I have scraped off all the flooring on the upper floors, removed all the lights, copper tape and some of the skirting boards. The ceiling lights were attached to the copper tape under the flooring and therefore only had very short wires but I wanted to reuse as many of the lights as I could. I had some old dolls house lighting extention leads which I had never used so I cut off the socket and rewired the wires onto the light wires, twisting them together then taping with insulation tape. 

I then drilled holes into the back of the house under where the skirtings will go and cut out the grooves in the floor for the wire. So far I have finished the lights on the basement stairs, left hand side of the house and the top floor and amazingly they all actually work.  As I have reused old lights they will all have to be glued onto the ceilings and walls as the sticky pads have come off.
Basement Stairs

Dining Room

Music Room

  Forgot to say that when I was removing the flooring I accidentally bashed the roof and realised it wasn't even fixed on so I have lifted it off to make it easier to fit the top floor lights.
Girls Room



I also decided to change the kitchen light for a different one which I already had as I think this one looks more Edwardian.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Priory Lighting

I got the connector and lead yesterday for the copper wire lighting system but when I connected it all up to the transformer only 6 of the lights worked.  I tried changing the bulbs in the non working lights but they still didn't work. The lights in The Priory are all quite old so I have decided to buy new lights and go with the strip lighting system as that is what I am used to. Thankfully the connector and lead had only cost £7 from Minimum World so not a big loss.  It does mean lifting all the flooring though but that isn't in good condition either so I will replace that too.  

I have also decided to repaint the central staircase white.  It actually came away quite easily with a couple of hard tugs as it was glued to the flooring.  You can see the copper tape which was under the flooring in this photo.

Having removed the central staircase and flooring I then decided to removed the basement stairs and flooring too.  Think I will go for a stone effect flooring throughout the basement and maybe a marble effect flooring in the entrance hall.  Might also repaper these rooms as it will be easier to do now without the stairs in place.
Here is a photo of the back of the central staircase showing how the stair rods are fixed.  Hopefully it will be easy enough to remove these and the stair carpet.