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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 ...

Sunday, June 1

The Westville Dollhouse Day 4

I began siding today. The very tiny wall between the porch side wall and the door does not have to be sided because it will be mostly covered with the door and corner trim. Just paint it.

Now the windows. The windows for this dollhouse can be confusing because there are no photos of how they go. They aren’t clear in any of the dollhouse photos on the box. I had to basically figure them out with the schematics. The three first floor windows, two on the left wall and the one in the porch on the front right wall, all have hoods that go over their exterior frames. The hoods have a trim that go laminated over them. The second floor windows over the porch do not have hoods and neither do the bay windows. All the windows have bottom sills but the double windows also have a trim on the top that are positioned like “sills”.

I finished the windows on the front right wall. The whole dollhouse is cream, so it’s a little hard to see but noticed how the porch window has a sill on the bottom and a hood on the top with trim on top of the hood. The windows over the porch do not have the hood, just the bottom sills. The trim for these windows is very thin. You might have a little bit of a visible gap that shows the siding between the trim and wall joints on the sides. Spackle that area so its not visible. You can only do this before putting in the window pane. Use a piece of siding to spread the spackle in this gap because it makes it so much easier to get the edges nice and sharp around the window corners.

You're also going to want to spackle the seam between the window hood and the window trim on the top. It's much too pronounced to leave it as is. Spackle it a little because there should only be a slight line separating the two not a gap. I spackled the gap underneath the top two window sills and the porch ceiling.

Fit your shutters in before the glue on the hood dries, in case you have to lift it a little so the shutter fits.

It's so much easier to work on the dollhouse wall by wall. Don’t move on to the next wall until this one is totally finished. That way you know you won't have to come back to it except to apply the corner trims later.

I won't put in the interior trim yet, but I did separate, sand and put it by its corresponding window. That way I can remove more piece from the sheets and be less confused.

On to the front left wall where the bay is. First spackle the gaps between the walls of your bays. don’t use skewers for these bays because they might get in the way of the shutters and the top bay trim which I haven’t put in yet. The bay obviously is not sided so butt your siding up close to the walls so there’s no gaps.

Then begin siding. Make sure your siding matches up on either sides of the bay. Use binder clips to keep the siding flat around window and door openings. You can also use the binder clips when you get ready to glue on the window trims over the siding.

When you side the gable make it as flush to the edge as possible because the roof will butt up against the trim on that edge.

I installed all of the windows, bay trim and shutters on this wall after giving it two coats of paint. I also painted the foundation black and added the bottom bay foundation trim. Even though everything is one color, I have been painting the trims and sills separately from the dollhouse. It helps the paint not clump up on the edges and take away from the detailed effect.

I began putting the corner trim on the finished corners. They make a square edge so glue them together at the same time to keep them flush against each other. Corner trims should be left to dry over night. Notice the door corner trim. This hides that small wall. I used glue sticks to apply the right pressure to clamp the trim down.

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