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Fran says: "This is the only dolls house I have. I got it recently. I'm hoping to clean it up and get the lights working, while keeping as much original as possible, but don't have a clue where to start, specially with the electrics. The roof's grey tile paper has a large dark stain I think will never come off..." (Photo copyright: Fran. Uploaded on her behalf by Julie Hardy).
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7:28 AM on December 5, 2015 
Hobbycraft! Thank you Jan. I hadn't thought of going there. The electrics are proving difficult. I can't find any info online or examples to copy on YouTube.
4:41 AM on December 4, 2015 
Hobbycraft have the paints for stained glass windows and lead in a tube which is much finer than the strips, or Freda used silver tape which is very effective. I know nothing about electrics sorry.
2:00 PM on December 3, 2015 
Hi Rebecca. How interesting! Only the yellow bits are metal, the black tops are wooden. It's interesting you think it's home-made. At first I thought with the plastic flowers, which are stuck onto the window sill, it would've been a bought house but now I know the roof tiles are on sideways, I guess it wouldn't have been sold like that, lol. It's so sweet to know it was likely made for a daughter or grandchild, and with 6 of them, I bet she wanted it to have lights :)
Rebecca Green
8:24 AM on December 2, 2015 
That's interesting that the windows are metal, Fran. I think that the house is probably homemade by someone who was used to working with metal, as these are not window frames I've seen elsewhere - they're quite different from the ones sold commercially for hobbyists etc. We have seen a few houses with metal features - even one made to a Hobbies plan entirely from metal! They are much less common than houses showing skilled woodwork, but you can imagine that if someone was a sheet metal worker of some kind, they would use their skills in making a dolls house for their children.
7:42 AM on December 2, 2015 
Hello everyone. First may I say a HUGE thank you to Julie and Rebecca for posting my photos and sending me your comments. I don't know what I'd do without you. And to everyone who's commented thank you. You've given me some good ideas to work with. Rebecca, the window frames are metal, ones bent a bit, I'm hoping that will hammer out f I'm careful. I'd love it to have opening Windows but can't see anyway to fix them. The roof tiles are sideways! so they are, LOL, thank you lallyp, Zoe & Jan for suggestions of what to do about the roof. i thought of possibly darkening it to match the stain but worried I'll make it worse. Maybe a complete re-tile would be the best option (it'd solve the damp issues :) firstly I want to concentrate on inside. I can't wait to fill it with pretty things & thought 1950's era would suit it best, Edel, a cat to go in the window would be lovely but so far I've only seen dogs & puppies :) I thought about painting a stained glass effect on Perspex, or clear plastic, to go behind the hall window and door, then when the lights are working it'd illuminate them from inside, i wondered if that's been done before? Also does anyone know what size battery it needs? Or point me somewhere I could find out about fixing it's electronics?
8:16 AM on December 1, 2015 
I find a wipe over with linseed oil darkens the roof, feeds the wood & should even out the shading!
Zoe H
4:32 AM on December 1, 2015 
Lovely old house, Fran. As Jan says, it depends how original you want to keep it. Personally, I'd live with the stain on the roof paper, age things like that don't bother me. You can buy a very similar grey pantile roof paper on eBay and other sites if you felt you couldn't live with it (and you'd have the opportunity then to put the tiles the right way up - it's wonder there was water ingress with the tiles laid sideways! LOL)
2:54 AM on December 1, 2015 
An interesting house, depends how original you want to keep it, if you apply Homebase matt varnish to the roof the stain won't show as much, trying to remove it might make it worse, or use bri-wax. Other members may be able to help with different suggestions.
1:35 AM on December 1, 2015 
Oh I like this. Those bays have lots of lovely space for cats and plants and pretty bits...
Rebecca Green
12:41 AM on December 1, 2015 
Thanks for showing us your house, Fran! Are the window frames made of metal?

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