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Saturday, February 3

My First Beacon Hill Dollhouse Day 2

I stained the dollhouse floors without incident. I did notice the stain brought out some blotches in the wood grain that weren’t noticeable before. I think these blotches were either glue or paint because I was able to fix them by sanding the affected area and using a colored pencil afterwards. This is a common issue when finishing the dollhouse's original floors.

I applied the wallpaper on the walls where the staircase will be. Delamination of the wood worried me because I wasn't sure how the wallpaper would turn out. Thankfully, the wallpaper is very even and smooth despite the flawed wall. Wallpaper paste is thick and will cover inconsistancies on the woods surface.

Installation of the staircase was the difficult part. It broke the tabs of one wall, separating it. The staircase fits very tightly between the walls. I tried to ease the pressure by cutting off the stubborn staircase tabs which helped. Once the staircase was installed, I was able to fix the seperated wall. Only cut a tab off when you have no other option.

The threads of the first staircase are supposed to overlap the risers by 1/8th", according to the instructions. They do not. This seems to be a kit specific issue, verified by other builders. Staircase assembly is not affected by this fact.

You must wallpaper the opposite wall of the staircase at this point.

The second floor staircase is easier to assemble and install. It does not have a problem with the risers and threads as the first staircase did.

Applying the railings and posts is time consuming because there are so many, but the instructions explain their application well.

After assembling this staircase, you will understand why it was vital to apply finishes to individual parts before completion. Once assembled, there is not much access to it's small areas.

I always like to add a trim to the stairwell that seperates the wallpaper between two floors, as circled in the photo below. This trim piece does not come with the kit but can be easily made using strip wood.

Once the staircases are in, the tower wall can be installed. Remember that this wall must be wallpapered before installation. It will fall between three different floors, so make sure you applied the right wallpaper print to each section. An easy way to know where each section begins is to dry fit the wall first and mark with a pencil where each floor meets the wall.

Once this tower wall is in place, there will be inaccessible areas around the staircase so make sure your staircase is completely finished before installation.

















11 comments:

Kathy said...

Is it ok to leave out the tower wall separating the hallway and the living room? I'd like to have it open, almost like a great room. Will this cause structural damage?

Gina said...

If I am understanding correctly, the wall you want to leave out is the one that separates the foyer from the living room. It is a curved wall with several angles.

This wall comes in three parts. There is the section that has a door, which is really close to the front door. This section has to remain. What you can do is not create the door by leaving it in the opening and wallpapering over it.

Then you can not put in the other two parts of the wall, which create the curve. This would open up the living room and create more dining room space while still retaining the separate foyer.

You can not omit the entire wall because then there would be nothing holding the second floor up in this area and that could cause problem later on. The staircase would also not have an area to rest on.

Kathy said...

Yes, you are understanding me...I just want to open up the living room and the foyer area. The wall with the doorway is already assembled. Thanks for your quick response!

Gina said...

Glad I could be of help. I thought that the idea for the bash was a good one and so I added it to a blog entry so others can try it out as well. You can view it at the bottom of this post.

aubrey said...

Question, can you not install the staircase to the floor and then install the walls around it?

Gina said...

Aubrey, no, that it not possible. The staircase has to be finished completely before installation and you need to have as many walls around it finished as well, before it is installed. You must install it like the instructions tell you to or you can get in a pickle and not be able to install it at all. The only wall that is installed after the staircase is in place, is the front tower wall.

Danny said...

I'm finding the stair railing Post assembly portion to be rather vague - It has me scouring the internet for close up vids or photos of how these post come together. Can you offer any detail regarding this piece of the puzzle :)
The first and second floor stairs are in and now its railing and post that have me stuck mainly the post.

Gina said...

Danny, the posts go over the "post" of the railings, laminated on top so that they appear three dimensional. This lamination of the posts gives them their thickness.

ChillOperaWork+Goods said...

I know that you've been told this a million times, but Thank You again for this blog!!! It has helped, and will help, immeasurably in constructing my Beacon Hill house. I've been obsessing about building my own since I was around 11 years old. I just turned 41 and bought the kit as my birthday present. The staircase is truly challenging, but your constant advice to really read the instructions thoroughly has helped so much.. . It's a little rough that the most complicated, detail-oriented element of the house is almost the first real step!
AG

ChillOperaWork+Goods said...

Thank you!

ChillOperaWork+Goods said...

I know that you've been told this a million times, but Thank You again for this blog!!! It has helped, and will help, immeasurably in constructing my Beacon Hill house. I've been obsessing about building my own since I was around 11 years old. I just turned 41 and bought the kit as my birthday present. The staircase is truly challenging, but your constant advice to really read the instructions thoroughly has helped so much.. . It's a little rough that the most complicated, detail-oriented element of the house is almost the first real step!
AG

 

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