The HC - front door, etc.

by brae  

I've swapped out the main door for one a little fancier - a Design House shop door #1014.  The frame is stained Minwax Jacobean to match the rest of the trim, and the door is painted Night Sky by Americana.  Though there are not a lot of colors available in the satin paint, I do like that using this paint eliminates the need for a final varnish coat.  I added a paper kickplate.  I also had to cut a new window insert since the paint apparently swelled the wood so much the original would no longer fit.

I eliminated the draft that most dollhouse doors have.  Since adding the draft block made the amount of room for hardware so limited, I opted for an old style center knob.  Quirky, which fits.  :D  The hardware is by Classics.

I installed the door to find the frame was too shallow to connect with the interior trim.

I added very thin strip wood to make the surface flush.

I painted the trim brown before gluing in place.

Next up were the interior trims.  Better.

I had a chicken or egg moment come back to bite me.  I did plan for the porch light wire channel, but I wallpapered before actually installing the coach lamp.  :\  I tried fishing floral wire through the channel, but it was just too hard of a curve to work.  I cut a section of the wallpaper to the right of the door to remove and patched it after installing the lamp, and I knew trims could cover any remaining issues.  Here the trims are just cut and dry fit.  I will be doing more with the gable.

I can now move on to the baseboards...kinda.  I will need to engineer the trims for the removable wall first...what will be permanent and what will go with the removable insert.  I have some ideas on that for another time.  Also, I have no chimney, but I am using a fireplace (need to make a faux brick insert).  Since I won't know the placement along the wall until I'm ready to furnish, I'll have to leave this baseboard trim for last.  Oh, and you can see the quarter round trim I added to the base of the door to finish it.  :]

The fireplace was part of a miniatures lot I bought online.  I have two that are very similar, and one is for the Brownstone.  They are heavy, well made and have crisp detailing.  The material appears to be some sort of translucent resin.  There are no markings or manufacturer details.  The seller indicated that she purchased them in 1996 at The Dolls House Toys Ltd., Covent Garden, London.  The fire screen is by Ellen Moore.

So, back to the planning and thinking.  Back soon...


Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
I love the door! The center knob is reminiscent of European doors and looks great. Plus I love the keyhole detail.
11/10/18 @ 12:10
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
The door is gorgeous. Love how it turned out, especially against the colors you've chosen for the walls. Ah those wonderful chicken and egg moments... Always a joy to figure out. Can't wait to see the fireplace finished out, it's gorgeous.
11/10/18 @ 21:13
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
Handsome door. I've never seen a door knob in the center. I'm left wondering how the mechanics of the door work--in reality. I do enjoy the detail that you provide.
11/10/18 @ 22:56
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
The door is beautiful! I love the colour combination of the stain and paint. I'm trying to wrap my head around how a door handle like that works! It's really quirky and neat. And finally what a gorgeous fire screen! I can't wait to see it all come together in the scene.
11/11/18 @ 11:39
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]  
The blue is so lovely with the brick and with the walnut floor and trim stains! It's a great door, and I love the knob centered, as unusual details like that just make a project feel like every detail has been considered carefully. I'm glad you were able to find a clever solution to the porch light wiring - the trim will look thoughtfully planned with the trim work you're adding to the removable wall. I know you have some special things planned for the fireplace, and I can't wait to see what you do!
11/11/18 @ 16:45
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

I did try to look up the actual mechanism behind the center door knob, but I didn't get far. Most of what I found in a quick search involved closet doors and no actually turning knobs. But, you can find a lot of older doors for visual inspiration, which is what inspired me. :yes:
11/13/18 @ 08:07
Comment from: betsy rogers [Visitor]
Hi Brae! You are always so thorough with those fitting details.... and it really pays off in the end results! I learn so much from you! The door is definitely an "upgrade" with tons of charm! I can't wait to see what this place is "all about"! PS I think the center turning mechanism had long bars on opposite sides of the turner that "retracted" when the knob was turned... thus releasing the door to open.
11/13/18 @ 16:56

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