Lordie, not sure why I do this to myself.
You’d think with the following, I’d know better. Cuz you know, I’m a big girl now and should really know better after 30 plus years of existence.
1. Your dining room looks like a craft store threw up on it — and you have the Sedona roombox standing prominently in the center. Pretty much telling you “finish me up you crazy %$#^%$!”
2. The third bedroom closet in your home is already full of unbuilt kits. And storage containers full of your growing collection of minis.
3. You need more rubbermaid containers. For yet another shipment of stuff you bought (more on that later).
4. As of August 25th, you brought home yet another piece. That’s now claiming residence in the living room.
Luckily, I have an ace in my sleeve. In the form of a loving, supportive husband who sees this obsession of mine as a form of amusement. Again, at least BK will know where I’d be if I wasn’t home. <insert angelic expression here>
Okay, since we got my defense (and hopefully it passed your approval), let’s proceed with the lowdown of said photo on right.
Once in awhile, I scope my local Craigslist to see if anyone is selling a kit or perhaps an assembled home. Usually the results come up with duds, but sometimes I find myself being amazed at some of the fantastic posts. And I’m being vague when using the term “fantastic” here folks — because there are alas, some fantastically fugly or often just straight-up crock.
Anyway, so during my random scopes, I saw a posting on a dollhouse that was actually built as a table. Or is it a table built to look like a dollhouse? Bah, semantics.
It was definitely homemade, and the plywood construction is pretty sound (albeit dusty). I ended up sitting on this for a couple of days before finally contacting the seller. As expected, the seller didn’t get any offers, so he was pretty happy to part with it for $20. A short drive later, I arrived at the seller’s house and in 5 minutes, it was happily placed at the back seat of my hatchback.
Had to admit, I was getting a little worried as I pulled up to the house as to what BK would say. He knows I’ve been lagging behind on the Sedona. So I can understand if he’s concerned about my possibly jumping from one project to another.
When I got it inside though, I was in luck — BK had taken the dog out for a walk at the park. So that meant I had maybe 30 minutes to get the Table House ( aka TH. Yeah, I know — creative huh?) inside. Once I had placed the TH in the living room, I pulled out the vacuum and rags and proceed to clean the crap out of it. Granted, it was empty when I bought it, but I had a hunch this was in storage for awhile given the amount of dust and cobwebs I had to clear.
In terms of the house…it’s actually in great shape. The construction’s very sturdy, and whoever built it was definitely a good carpenter. The walls and floors are even and nailed solidly in place. The surface appeared to have been sanded pretty well, though there were a few areas that could use a couple of swipes of sandpaper. Even the window openings were cut to accommodate most standard size miniature windows (huge relief here — was afraid I’d have to build custom windows!). The only downside I could see was that the door opening is HUGE — way bigger than most of the common 1:12 doors available, but small enough to not being able to accommodate the more gigantic versions available. But that’s something to fuss about once I get there, I guess.
I guess I was so engrossed with my checkup that I didn’t notice BK and our dog Sierra coming in. It wasn’t until BK actually sat down next to me to admire the table that I even noticed his presence!
As for my husband’s reaction — I was pleasantly surprised actually. He actually thought this was one the best finds I’ve gotten so far! He even suggested to maybe have it stay in the living room once it’s finished. He said we needed a table to set up our little media center – and he pointed out with our friends’ kids getting older, it might be a nice plaything to distract them during visits to our house.
I guess that’s a good idea — but if this house will be entertaining actual kids (and not my juvenile self), what should I use for the interior..?