I remember as a child going on a class field trip to Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, VA. Fascinated by how the mill functioned, all of the local history and how it is still functioning to this day; I found a lovely mini project that reminds me of that childhood experience. Having never worked in such a tiny scale, now was the time to attempt my first building in quarter scale. This is the Mill Pond Cottage by Petite Properties. I also purchased the display base to go along with the cottage.
Mill Pond Dimensions: 6 1/2″ W (including bay window) x 3 1/8″ D x 8″ H (excluding water wheel); 8 7/8″ H (including water wheel) with 5 internal rooms and 3 floors
Begin with unpacking your parts and make sure you thoroughly read all the instructions. Group your pieces together so you know what goes where and do a test fit of your pieces. Since, I don’t have an exact game plan on how I plan on finishing the inside. Make a template of all your walls and floors this way you can work in stages as you go along.
Next start on the ground floor and work your way to the top floor. First apply your adhesive, I used 1/2″ wide scor-tape, then press the wood strips on to the adhesive. I constructed a wood floor by cutting 1/8″ – 3/16″ wide floor planks of various lengths and attached them to my floor template.
Once all the flooring was attached, I sanded the floor and then stained it using Minwax Wood Stain in Espresso let it dry then sanded it down again and lightly distressed the boards using a hammer and such to age the floor. Then I applied another light coat of Miniwax Wood Stain in English Chestnut again letting it dry. Next I used a matte varnish to seal the floors. Here is what they look like when all is said and done.
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