dollhouse with "wallpaper" - finish question

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Forum topic by BB1 posted 02-22-2016 12:51 PM 516 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2016 12:51 PM

I’m working on a dollhouse for my niece (Ana White plan that I’m adapting a bit). The “wallpaper” is colored scrapbook paper glued to plywood. I want to put a finish over this and have test runs with shellac and also High Performance from GF. Both seem ok but wanted to see if the LJ community might have any suggestions. Pictures show the walls (which I have now added some walnut edging so want to have finish on that as well)

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 01:52 PM

I would think polyurethane would probably work, i wouldnt think there would be any adhesion issues. I say poly because you can get any type of sheen you want with poly. Ive heard you can even mix baby powder with poly to achieve even less of a sheen than satin. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 02:02 PM

Pre finish any trim you put on. I would just use a spray fixative from an art supply store if you think you need something on there. If you go with anything heavy and wet the paper will probably bubble up on you. In the old days if I didn’t have spray fixative for my charcoal drawings I used hair spray – seriously. But I don’t know why it needs anything really. A finish won’t prevent the paper from fading.

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