Thursday, March 12

The Garfield Dollhouse Day 12

Now that the walls are up, it's time to paint.

I’m painting the dollhouse dark green. The flash of the camera makes the green show up with a slight grassy tint to it but it's not like that in real life. It’s a dark pine green. The photos without the flash show the true hue.

I gave the dollhouse one coat of paint and then sanded it lightly. I then covered all gaps and tabs with spackle. Make sure you don’t accidentally cover slots that are needed for the porch.

I then gave it a second coat of paint.

Any color you paint this very huge dollhouse will be overwhelming until contrast is put on it. Once, doors, windows, balconies, gingerbread and porch railings are in place, the eye can finally settle and all this green will be pushed to the background.

I inserted some windows today. You have to proceed with caution when you do this because you don’t want to close off any access you may need from certain areas by installing all the doors and windows. Give the room another look through to make sure you're really done with it before you install anything that will close it off for good.

I suggest leaving all balconies and bays open until the very end. The guest bedroom balcony is fine if it's closed off. That room has good access from the back.

I wanted to install a screen door over the kitchen door but that couldn’t be done. My screen door was way too wide for the very narrow kitchen door. If I narrowed the screen door to fit, basically the sides would have to come completely off. If I widened the kitchen door opening to make the screen door fit, the kitchen door that came with the dollhouse would be useless. It's all too complicated so I’m using the screen door for the gazebo.

First I had to take the center wall from the interior of the third floor tower. It has a small door. I was going to use that door but since I don’t need it now, I installed it back into the opening.

I’m going to make a faux door for the screen door. It needs an interior door but the attic door is way to small to fit the screen door into it. That’s why I’m leaving it in it's opening and ignoring it. I’m going to make a larger door over it.

On the exterior side of this wall I’m painting a brown square that I measured with the screen door. I painted its surrounding dark green.

On the interior side, I also marked a square with the screen door and stained it brown. I added trim all around the square with basswood strips. I then installed a doorknob.

Back to the front side, I glued the screen door over the brown square to make it seem like there’s a door behind the screen door.

I installed the regular kitchen door that came with the dollhouse in place.


Unknown said...

The instructions say to install windows and trim before putting up the walls. Is this a bad idea in your experience? This is my first dollhouse and would appreciate any feedback.

Gina said...

It is absolutely a bad idea. Remember that the assembly instructions DO NOT take into consideration any finishes you may want to do to your dollhouse. These instructions are great if you want an unfinished, all natural wood dollhouse in the end but I take it you mostly likely want a wallpapered and painted dollhouse when finished. For this reason, you should never add windows or window trim to an unassembled dollhouse. You must assemble your shell first, finish your walls, paint your trim and then install it.

With a dollhouse like the Garfield, you will need to plan ahead and make sure you finish off areas, during the assembly process, that might be inaccessible later after the shell is built. This takes forethought of what the next step is in the assembly instruction and how it will affect the build. Go slowly and dry fit everything before you commit with glue.

lionel2100 said...

Hello, I am at the point where I am adding the french doors and trim for the french doors. But, I am a little confused. Both french doors locations are on the 2nd floor and one is flush with the exterior wall and the other is not. At what point in the directions did it say to make the french door inset into the exterior wall? Looks as if it is about an inch into the exterior wall. Not sure how you do this, to make it inset into the exterior wall. The front door and kitchen door went on just fine, and also the flush french door is good as well. But, the one inset french door is giving me issues. Is this the french doors that come between the two closet doors? Because I have two closet side pieces. Hope you can help. Thanks, Jeff

Gina said...

Hi Jeff,

There are two side pieces for this door and that is what creates the indentation to the door. Basically it goes between the two closets.


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