Wednesday, March 4

The Garfield Dollhouse Day 4

Now that the base of the dollhouse is dry, I can go ahead and decorate the floor. I plan on drawing clapboards on mines. You can score clapboards on your floors as well by using a box cutter or craft knife to make the lines. Do this carefully and gently because you don’t want to go through the wood or weaken the floor from the scoring. Remember this is only 1/8th" thick plywood. It is also very hard plywood so you will need muscle to score it correctly.

I’m drawing my clapboard using a pencil, straight edge ruler and a nail file to measure the widths between planks. I find nail files are great for measuring the lap width of siding and also for measuring plank widths on flooring. They work very well with this scale.

Instead of making all of the lines go in one direction on the L shaped floor, I’m making them go across on both floors by drawing one half the floor first and then the other.

Make sure to keep your lines straight. Now keep in mind that the flooring of your dollhouse will never be as straight as your straight edge so you might see your pattern kind of deviate a little as you reach the opposite wall but don’t worry about it. Once the staircases and partitions go in, this will not be noticeable like it is now. Just try to keep it as straight as possible.

To make the plank joints, I used the nail file as a length guide. I then staggered the joints through out the floor.

I then stained the floor using my faux stain mixture of varnish and acrylic paint. I went with the same light brown I used on the Pierce Dollhouse but since both halves of the first floor were made of different wood grain, they stained differently. The dining room and kitchen are a darker wood than the living room. I love the effect but this might not be the look your aiming for so always keep these things in mind when staining your dollhouses floors and always have an alternative flooring in case your faced with issues.

I painted what will be the porch floor. This is just a rough painting to define the area. Don’t bother using spackle for gaps or for hiding slots because it's to early to know what will be hidden with the lattice and what won't. You will just end up wasting spackle if you try to do it now.








7 comments:

Debbie said...

This all looks very complicated! How big will the House be once its finished, it looks huge..

Kathy Calhoun said...

Now, isn't that the most fun foundation you've ever done??!!! NOT!!! You might want to do whatever you want your flooring to look like right now, especially in the entry area. Garfield is a ton of fun!!

Gina said...

Debbie, it will only get more complicated as time goes on..:)

Kathy, yup a ton of fun all right....lol

Anonymous said...

Your westville is gorgeous. Do you use a special stain for the floor/ stairs? They seem to have a hint of paint in them. Do you use gel medium ( new stuff I've just heard.) - Thanks for showing the steps- I am glad I found this blog- I was going to hinge the closet door! Luanne

robert gomez said...

I am having a real problem with the kitchen steps, can't seem to grasp how this is put together, any one have picture's of how it is done???

Gina said...

Robert, if you need to view more pictures of the assembly, just continue clicking Older Post until you find the step you are looking for. If you are still having trouble, you can see more pictures and get more clarification at the Greenleaf Forum. The link is: http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?act=idx

Maria Luisa Mariscal Rivera said...

Gracias pude con esta parte tuve problema por la traducción pero creo que mejoró

 

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