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Thursday, September 25

The Lily Dollhouse Day 08

The next thing I wanted to work on was the kitchen screen door.

I used the real kitchen door of the dollhouse in the schematic and pulled it off the sheet. I put my screen door over it and saw that my screen door is wider than the original and also shorter. This is actually a good thing. It would have been much more difficult if the door was narrower than the opening.

I positioned the original dollhouse door over my screen door, centered and then marked around it with a pencil so I could have a guide line of where to cut it to make it smaller. I had to use a box cutter/utility knife to cut the door down to size.

These laser cut screen doors are extremely fragile. The wood is birch so it's very delicate and they have been laser cut in order to achieve the fancy design. Sanding them done to size will not work because there is a great risk of damage. Scissors or an Easy Cutter will also be too rough on the door. The best way to cut these doors down, is to lay them flat on a sturdy surface and gently score them with the utility knife along the guide lines. Do this firmly but gently, without pulling. Just let the blade do the work. You will see that the knife goes through them extremely easily.

I gently sanded the sides to make them smooth and straighter. The best way to sand the door is to lay one edge on a flat surface and sand, turn it around and do the same for the other side.

Once the door fit perfectly in the opening, I painted it and installed it. I left the screen mesh to the side for now. Make sure the door fits into the opening without pressure. Also be careful when painting the door. The wood tends to become very soft with the moisture of the paint, making it even more fragile and easily broken with hard brush strokes. Allow it to dry completely before attempting to install it. I suggest an over night drying time, to be on the safe side.

Once the door was in, I used a skinny stick to hide the gap at the bottom of the door. It's actually a perfect fit.

There are several ways of hiding this gap. You could just simply install the door, leaving the gap at the top. Then take your interior and exterior trim, cut off the “legs” to size so that this trim hides the top gap. Since I decided I wanted to put the original door of the dollhouse on the inside, in an opened position, I wasn’t able to do that or it would be noticeable that the door opening is much shorter than the opened door.

After everything is glued in, finished and dry, I glued on the mesh screen to the interior of the door. After some touch ups with spackle and paint, the door is complete.

While that fully dried, I went ahead and put in the porch roof supports.







2 comments:

caitlin said...

That screen door is awesome. It adds the perfect touch. I love old fashioned screen doors on houses...even big ones. I just have a modern type one one from Home depot, and anyway I don't have a house that one of those old fashioned screen doors would look good on.

Susan Hamilton said...

I also purchased the screened door. Mine is not fragile at all. It is plywood and quite strong. I've chosen not to cut it down but instead I am cutting the opening bigger. I'm not a fan of the door that came with the kit so I will be putting a different door in which is the same size as the screened door. For the front double door I find I really hate the faux stained glass they supplied so I will replace that with a different more authentic pattern. I will use a dimensional pen for the lead and alcohol inks for the coloured glass. Wish me luck. I don't know what I would have done without your blog. I am a visual person and I find the fact that there are no pictures is a big no no on the part of Greenleaf. I made a dolls house many years ago from scratch and it was easier than this kit. Thanks.

 

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