Why buy it when you can make it! #30: Doll House [Part 3] - Half a house from Once Upon An Alphabet

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 01-16-2015 03:25 AM 1285 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m down to the finish line for this doll house project.

The Back – When it came time to attach the back, I busted out all of my 12” F-style (got to use my Small Business Saturday and Christmas clamp purchases) and a few Quick Grips (SL300s) clamps to glue to back panel on. Once fully clamped up, I asked my daughter if she thought daddy needs more clamps. She said yes.

Painting – The paint scheme turned out to be a multi-part paint job. My wife caved and said to just use the random quart of red paint, and to go with a grey for the “roof”. After the 2nd coat went on, the red proved to be more of a neon red than she had expected. She’s now she’s regretting my cheap decision to “just use it up”. Nevertheless, one more coat of grey and the painting will be done.

Faux flooring – While working through the multiple coats of paint, we (that is, my wife thanks to the overpowering influence of pinterest) settled on a strategy to use vinyl stick on tile for the floors. A trip to Home Depot yielded all the tile we need. Cutting down small strips of vinyl tile sounds just as tiring and frustrating as it sounds, and the shorter strips proved to be very poorly edge jointed. The larger panels on the other hand turned out quite seamless.

Half a house from Once upon an alphabet – With the flooring put in, and one coat of gray paint from completion (before the weekend is through), delivery to my daughter is coming just in the nick of time. She’s been obsessed with a new book of her’s, Once Upon an Alphabet and apparently asked for the dollHouse from the book. That is, Helen’s half a house from the letter H story. Based on the way this doll house is made, I think it’s a fairly good match.

  • The two units side by side
  • Helen’s half a house from the book

This will likely be the last progress blog post. My wife claims that more modifications are to come, including a bathroom setup for the lowest level, wallpaper for the walls, and a roof/attic that I am supposed to make and attach to the top. I think I’ll be happy to get this project wrapped up so I can move on to making excuses about the next project.

-- paxorion

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