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Custom Rehab Week 01

This upcoming project is a little different from my usual ones. This is a rehab. This custom dollhouse belongs to a neighbor and she was ...

Saturday, April 7

The Orchid Dollhouse Day 6

I finally shingled the dollhouse. I recommend using templates because of all the angles.

I left the shingles their natural color. I didn’t want to stain them darker because I thought that would make the dollhouse look too dark considering that there was a lot of dark blue on the trims. When in doubt about shingle color, leaving them natural is the best solution. I applied a coat of acrylic varnish to them to enhance the color and grain.

I filled in tiny gaps around the shingled joints with wood filler. Minwax Stainable Wood Filler is the exact same color as birch veneer shingles so, covering up little gaps invisibly was not a problem.

I also shingled the bay roof. I used templates as in the large roof. I applied the clear varnish over them to match the other shingles as well.

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Christine said...

Did you varnish the shingles before or after applying them?

Gina said...

I always varnish or stain my shingles after they have been applied. It's just easier for me but there isn't a right or wrong way to do this. You can certainly do it before installation.

Anonymous said...

What size are the furniture may I asked please.. I finish my orchid dollhouse and I'm stuck on the side of the furniture..

Gina said...

Furniture for the Orchid Dollhouse should be 1/12 scale, also referred to as one-inch scale (or 1" scale), means 1 inch = 1 foot.

Denise Strong said...

Could you please list the brand of dollhouse furniture you used and what pieces you are using? I love the whole setup you have going on and want to get it right. Thanks!

Gina said...

Hi Denise,

There is a combination of Town Square Miniatures and Reutter Porcelain. There might be other brands in there but I never bought by brand, just by what I liked. I bought all of the pieces at www.miniatures.com You might be able to find even more selections at different vendors listed in the Links section of this blog. Links is located on the top menu bar of the blog.


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