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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Return of the Mansion

In reviewing my posts to show a customer how the remote control works with dollhouse lighting (youtube video using the remote control), I realized it had been almost a year since I worked on my Victorian Mansion.  I pulled a rookie mistake and because of it I had hit a stumbling block with the mansion: I forgot to square out all the window and door openings before I started decorating.  And now that several rooms were already decorated, no doors fit!  I had discovered the doors didn't fit just before my health got really bad last year.  And so I've avoided the mansion because the one thing I really hate doing is sanding.  And given that all doorways were about 1/16" to 1/8" too narrow and short, I knew it would take a lot of sanding and filing to fix it.  A lot.  And I'd have to be very careful because wallpapers and floorings were already in place in half the rooms.  Wonderful.  So, my way of dealing with it was to avoid it.
Out from behind the dining room table so I can get all around it
But now my mojo is going strong (Asian garden is just waiting on Shoji doors; New Yorker Roombox is waiting on some minor electrical soldering, broadway poster frames, and a battery platform and then it's done)!  So I pulled the mansion out from behind the dining room table to give it some long-needed attention!

Took almost 3 hours but all 6 doorways are now sanded/filed to the proper opening size.  Some doors are still a tight fit but I can't sand anymore!  I quit! LOL
Filing doorway between Parlor and Library without hitting fireplace or marking up the painted Parlor walls

Parlor door now fits

Filing Guest Room doorway tight fit...

After a lot of sanding both doors in Lady's Room fit...
I also touched up the library door from where some white spray paint had hit the molding edge.  So that involved a bit more sanding and a reapplication of stain.
Small amount of spray paint on molding edging that bugged me

Sanded and restained molding
And I cleaned the floors from all the dust I had created from my sanding and filing.  The dust was getting into every hairline crack and creating white streaks in my flooring so I broke out the Tack Cloth.  If you know about Tack Cloth, skip this next part:

This sticky rag gets up so much and even gives a tiny polish appearance to wood floors!  I prefer to wear gloves or a plastic bag when I hold the cloth; otherwise your fingers have a tacky feeling for hours afterwards.  But it gets all the dust and stuff off your wood floors!  I also cleaned the floors in a display house at the store:
Dusty Floor
Wiped with damp cloth but dust clings in the hairline cracks creating white streaks or dots
Scrub with a tack cloth
All clean!
So, I'm back into Mansion mode!  Hopefully a ton of work will be done on this in the next few months -- stay tuned!


  1. Hello Lori,
    I am glad you got to work on the mansion again. It is such a great house. Well done on fixing all the doors. So much work, but well worth it.
    Big hug

    1. Thanks Giac! Its not how I wanted to spend my Monday but i knew it had to be done!

  2. Hi, Lori - What a tough job you had to do; I agree with you that sanding is the worst, especially since you were working in a finished and decorated space. Yikes! But all the doors are beautiful, so I'm sure it was worth the effort to get them done. Thanks for the tips on the Tack Cloth; I haven't used one before, but I'm sure I will now. It looks perfect for picking up all the fine plaster dust that I spread everywhere.

    1. I keep reading about your doors you make and I considered just skipping the sanding and making my own doors! But I knew I didn't have the time/patience to do that either so I got to work sanding. LOL