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Friday, November 4, 2011

Progress - I think

They say you have to break eggs to make an omelet, so I started tearing down the new Wayfarers Inn.

The shingled roof was the easiest to remove. It was really rotting away. So was the base, which came off easily.

My tools.
The back was the hardest. It didn't want to come off. I removed the rafters, which can be reused.

The two floors lifted out easily and will be used as patterns for the new floors.

It doesn't look like much is left, but the front and two sides are the main parts of the house. HLP will cut new floors, including a new base. The inside will be sanded and painted. We'll figure out how to put the rafters back on. The shingles are in very bad repair and will have to be replaced. The house is currently stored under my porch.

Meanwhile, back at the old Wayfarers Inn, they have some new treasures.

"If only we could sit down, Geoffrey."
We found this lovely little rustic chair at one of the thrift stores.

"At last! A real toilet!" says Bonnie.
Another find was this toilet. The bathroom is almost complete.

What was originally intended to be a bedroom has ended up as a lumber room. There is a desk/cupboard that doesn't really fit anywhere else, a dressmaker form that bears no resemblance to any of these dolls' bodies, a metal thing that looks like it could be a gong, a pirate's chest, and another Avon clock. The clock was to have gone in the Grayson's new house but it's too tall.


  1. You've certainly got a lot of work to do on that house but it is nice to have an ongoing project I think.

    You got some more great finds. I felt sorry for the two that wished they could sit down, it was funny too!

  2. Looks like quite a project, love your dollies ^-^

  3. The project may not happen until spring. And Auntie Berman has almost convinced me that the bookshelf Wayfarers Inn is better than the house. She says there won't be enough room in it and that I can go ahead and restore it and get a new set of dolls for it!