I took everything down so that the structure could be made of 1/4" MDF. I also added in an extra window on the back wall which added another 3" to the width of the room... (the good/bad of making a custom dollhouse!) You can see the extra strip on the bottom right. The original didn't include a dining space but I like having the option now.
I used a paper cutter to slice my pieces in 0.5" x 2.5" to get that modern look I was going for. I only had to change the blade once for 300+ pieces! Please beware that oak likes to split with the grain so whereas birch cuts more smoothly and straight.
Below: before staining
After with different mixes of Minwax stains: Natural mixed with either Weathered Oak, Special Walnut and Classic Grey or a combination of all three. The dominant colour was Weathered Oak.
I only finished the edges at the end. I measured again the boarder in the places where the pencil had been covered and used a craft knife to cut one straight edge.
I hope you all have had a great weekend! I've been travelling for a bit and enjoying time with family. and probably won't be able to work on minis for another week or two. I have a long list of mini blogs to catch up on to tide me over in the meantime ;)