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Tuesday, January 6

Limited Edition 2015 Creatin' Contest Kit Week 5

We are just about finished with the structure of this dollhouse.

So far, I didn't need to do any painting but I recommend you do paint the parts, for the following steps, before installation. I also began using tacky glue because it dries clear on finished parts. You do not want to use wood glue on finished parts because it does not dry clear.

Sliding Door Frame
The top tabs of the frame go into the slots on the front roof beam. The bottom is flush with the floor.



Front Walls
The walls are installed from the interior of the dollhouse, as the instructions indicate. I recommend you install them now, before the sliding door frame dries. You might need to adjust a little to make leeway for the front walls.



Front Windows
Now comes the hard part. These pre-assembled, working windows are really cool...until you have to finish them. They do not come apart for easy finishing. If you want them painted, you have to paint them as is.

A lot of newbies will paint their windows shut, permanently. In order to avoid doing this, I recommend a fine tip paint brush, a not so good quality paint, patience and plenty of drying time.

The fine tip paint brush will allow you to get into the nooks and crannies of the window, without globbing paint on them. You must apply the paint thinly and evenly. You do not need to paint the outside edges of the windows, only the fronts and backs. The outside edges go against the window opening and will not be visible. Painting them can interfere with the precise fit of the windows.

I usually use Folk Art Wicker White for white paint because its a very good, thick, quality paint but I want to avoid that for these windows. I decided to use an inexpensive, thinner alternative, My Studio White. This paint is sold at AC Moore. I use it for priming interior walls and ceilings because one large bottle can prime several dollhouses. The great thing about this paint is that it is very thin. It will not glob on you, as long as you apply it sparingly.

Open both windows to one side and then paint the open side. Let it dry a little. Afterwards, give the windows a little test slide while the paint is still somewhat tacky. This prevents the paint from drying the windows shut.

Once completely dry, you can apply a second coat to the outside window frame, not the rails. Leave the rails with one coat of paint only. You just want to hide the raw wood but still keep the rails free of a thick coat of paint so it doesn't snag your sashes.

Once one side is done and dry, you can slide the windows so you can paint the other side, the same way. Make sure you turn your windows in every direction to make sure you painted it completely. You will not be able to paint these once installed.

After they are dry and complete, you can install them from the interior of the dollhouse.

To keep your windows sliding smoothly, use beeswax, plain white bar soap or plain lip balm on the rails.







Front And Back Corner Trim
Your corner trims have to be painted before installation, if you want them a different color than your dollhouse walls.
Notice that I have done nothing with my walls up to this point. This is because I am going to use some type of cover on them, which I haven't decided on just yet, so I do not need to finish them in any way right now.

If you were going to wallpaper the interior, then you would need to do that before you install any windows or trim to your dollhouse. Remember that the precise fit of these corner trims may not allow any leeway for wallpaper or other wall coverings to be placed underneath them. Always plan ahead.

I am not going to be using wallpaper on this dollhouse. I plan on finishing the interior walls in the same way as the exterior.




Porch Floor
The porch floor goes flush with the front walls. There is a small slot under the front corner trim to allow for this.


I also went ahead and painted all of the rafters, rafter trim, roof supports and foundation. This will become very difficult to do later, especially when the roof is installed.


Troubleshoot
Everything, for the most part, fit pretty precisely. Remember, that glue and paint interferes with the fit of certain parts. I had to sand a little bit off the top of the left side, front window so it could fit. I also had to use the mallet to tap the porch floor in place, so it would fit under the front corner trim.

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