Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fancy Things For the Van Buren

Here's a fun fact for you: This is my 100th post. Didn't even realize it until I looked a my stats last week.
This past month, vaguely put, has been quite a month. So nothing special for this milestone, I'm actually pretty wiped-out right now (not much is getting done over here), but it is a good excuse to give you a long overdue update on the Van Buren.

The last time you saw the Van Buren's kitchen it looked like this;

The old wooden floor tiles would not budge.

After disscussing ideas with the creative people over at the Greenleaf forums, a jug of vineagar, and a day or two last summer of prying/chiseling/cutting-It looks like this now;

Some may say that I put a few holes in the front and that there are still some pieces stuck inside, but I call it progress. :) Of course, the vinegar also dissolved a portion of the foundation I fixed last year, so it looks like I'm going to have to redo some of that now. At least I could get the old flooring out, right?

It's hard to picture this tiny old house as ever not being a total mess, but the unfix-able parts are slowly coming out, and then it's just a matter of adding in new flooring and wallpaper (this house definitely can't just be painted)

And since I started planning out the rooms, a year or two ago, I began to acquire some furniture for this house.
(I didn't have much room for photographing, so all the pics were taken on top of the VB's widow walk)

Remember the antique co-op where I purchased, what is now, The Steampunk House?
Well that changed hands, and subsequently now has a few different vendors. One of the new vendors had some nice miniatures in their section, and so I came home with with this lovely little rustic piece here;

Later in the summer I went on a day trip to Chautauqua with my mother. One of our stops, Chautauqua Miniatures. They gave us these tiny gift bags. Promo items? Sure, but where else would the residents of a dollhouse shop, if not a miniatures store? So hopefully I'll find a useful place for these, even if it's in another house.

Technically I didn't buy anything while I was there (this time). I just sort of helped a certain someone find me the perfect Christmas present, several months in advance. I've been looking for an old style bathroom set for the VB, to either match or replace the old fashioned upstairs toilet that used to be glued to a wall. This Chrysnbon kit is the first set I've seen that wasn't also heavy/breakable ceramic. And since it's a kit, I can build/change it to fit the design of my little house without too much trouble (I hope).
If anyone has experience with these kits-Helpful tips appreciated

Last, but not least, I also acquired this table and chair set. At least, it was sold as a set-The chairs don't quite match, but that's the kind of thing you would find in an old house (or Billy,...Not sure which house this is for yet). This was technically another Christmas present, it was the result of a spontaneous trip to another co-op, that was closing. It was on sale. Good deal, if I may say so.

I wish I had more to show, but this house seems to be more of a summer project and I ended up being pretty busy last summer. (still am)


  1. Hello Kyle,
    Congratulations on your 100th post. I'm glad you were able to get the old floor off and you got some great presents.
    Big hug,

  2. Congrats on 100th post! Over at Glorious Twelfth, she did a whole bunch of posts on using testors model paint to finish Chrysnbon kits. She deals with the bathroom kit in this one:

  3. I'd use those little bags too, they're too cute!

    I've been struggling with getting the old floors in my house out for a LONG time (and damaging the surrounding walls in the process). Undoing things can take so much longer sometimes.

  4. Congratulations on your 100th post!! That's a lot of writing and a lot of knowledge! It's nice to know that you managed to remove the old floor and that is ready now for what you would like to put. Nice gifts you have there too!!