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Burygardeners
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Neurotic, moi?
I am writing this on 19 February having been away from this blog and Dalton House since October.  A lot of real life stuff has got in the way and I find if I break for too long it is difficult to get back. Today, I decided, was the day to pick up the reins....

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Wallpapering
Here is how I wallpaper a room - in minutest detail......  Bit of a note first.... MDF is thirsty wood.... I always coat all the surfaces with some ordinary household matt emulsion at the building stage to help seal it a little so that when I come to paint ...

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Chimney and fire finished and in place
Here's a reminder of what real chimney breasts and fireboxes look like.  We don't need to construct the flue because we will never see it but the rest of this diagram gives you a good idea of how the rest fits together. Paint inside the firebox and the back...

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Carboard chimney breast
It has been weeks since I touched the project - this happens to me sometimes.  I don't actually go off it I just seem to reach an impasse and find myself making all kinds of excuses for not moving forward.  This time it was how to deal with the back wall of...

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Some EBay bargains
Google +, which I never wanted but seem to have acquired (????) has messed with my links and photo albums here there and everywhere, including one on this blog.  It is currently 'repaired' (24/07/16) so if you ever want to know where I got something you see...

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Rugs
I always think rugs are one of the hardest things to find for your project.  I know you can buy fuzzy paper and clip photo images from the web and print the rugs yourself but I think you need a pretty good printer to get a decent result.  That's what I am t...

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Lighting - putting in the lights
First test your light using a 9V battery - nothing worse than putting in a broken light or one that needs a new bulb or a bulb tightening.   all systems go Straighten the wires to help them lie nice and flat in the groove.  Just run them firmly between your...

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Lighting - making the grooves
For those of you who follow my blog(s) and have a good memory I proffer my apologies as I am sure I must have blogged this before; but for my record of the build and for any newbies here we go ... I think I have tried everything under the sun to make groove...

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Lights - positioning them
In real life we move into a house and arrange our lives/furniture around lights and sockets wherever they are and I suppose there is no reason not to replicate this in small world.  You can simply do as UK builders do and put a ceiling light (pretty much) i...

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Trims - the sitting room
With the floor in place it was time to tackle the trims. I like to sort out all trims I am going to need and paint them all in one go.  there is much to be said about cutting them ready to fit before painting; that way you aren't wasting time and paint on t...
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