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02-18-2011 02:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishes childsafe

I am currently building a dollhouse for my grand-daughter's barbies. I am planning on giving it to her for her 8th birthday. Her siblings range from, at the time of her birthday, 6 to newborn, 5 in all.

I want to give this a finish that will be durable, washable, and SAFE.

I am not familiar with the available finishes out there that fit these requirements. The colors have to be those that would be available for a real home as this house has to look real, just small.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<


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#1 posted 02-18-2011 10:53 PM

This is a fantastic gift and heirloom you are creating, it will remain special long after our time.
I would use regular latex enamel paint. Using the variety of choices of finish will give depth to the house. Gloss on the trim, satin on the siding, etc. It’s easy to clean and easy to repair.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 12:27 AM

Thank you Sam. I hope it turns out as nice as I have envisioned in my head.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 03:17 AM

I use Tried and True danish oil, with shellac over it, then covered in a wax. Works great, no fumes, non-toxic.

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 07:55 AM

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 08:21 AM

Looks like it is going to be a great dollhouse. If you are into it you can make your own paint, I haven’t done it so I am not very familiar. But I am getting more into making my own stains so I figured you can make your own paint. You can do a Google search on it or maybe someone on here has done it before. There is milk, flour, and other paints out there to be bought or made. Not sure how durable they are. Check it out if you are interested.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 09:11 AM

Regardless, as the parent of a child who definitely reacts to toxins, I can tell you that most finishes affect her while they cure. Shellac and BLO do not.

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 09:22 AM

Shellac is a fantastic choice is you are worried about reactions. Once cured Shellac is non-toxic. It has even been used as a coating on some time released medications. To read this story behind Shellac is actually pretty interesting and was recently covered in one of the wood working magazines. ( FWW i think). Shellac is a natural bi-product of some bug in India. The mineral spirits used to ‘cut’ the shellac is what evaporates and allows the finish to cure.

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 09:40 PM

There have been a couple answers on the right track here and I thank you.

As for the rest, this is a doll house, not a crib. It will be painted with colors like a real house would be, not varnished or stained.

Please read my question and not just read the title of my topic and start typing your answers.

thank you….

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 09:56 PM

I’m a big fan of tung oil (actually, “tung oil finish”). It’s easy to use, and it offers me more control than any other simple finish. I haven’t yet found another finish that’s significantly more durable, and once it cures, it’s absolutely non-toxic.
The links below provide a bit of detail.
http://www.refinishfurniture.com/tung_oil_finish.htm
http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesArticle.aspx?id=26893

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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#10 posted 02-19-2011 10:10 PM

Seriously? You ask, we answer and thats what you have to say? Use dye underneath it for color, then.

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#11 posted 02-19-2011 10:45 PM

In fairness, Roger, nowhere in your original post do you say that you’re going to paint it. If you’re not going to paint it, then our answers stand. If you are going to paint it, then you threw us a bit, because when most of us at LJ are talking in terms of a “non-toxic finish”, we’re generally not thinking paint, because anything without lead will do (where paint is appropriate), and we assume that most are aware of that.
If what you’re asking is what finish will be safe beneath a safe topcoat, then I would say that even bomb-grade plutonium is okay, so long as you don’t chew through it. AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaand…...........
Well, never mind….......you’ll figure it out.

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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#12 posted 02-19-2011 10:50 PM

sorry… i didn’t mean to offend anyone.
But seriously, aren’t dollhouses colorful like a real house would be?

and yes i do state in my original question ”The colors have to be those that would be available for a real home as this house has to look real, just small.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#13 posted 02-19-2011 11:00 PM

Well, yeah, but I suppose that a person could be forgiven for not thinking that a real home has to involve paint.
If it’s paint, then I would think that any water-based interior latex or acrylic will do.

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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#14 posted 02-19-2011 11:08 PM

:)

nice looking house, btw

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#15 posted 02-19-2011 11:19 PM

Thanks….....if not for my Woodmaster 725, it would’ve taken me at least a month to build it (by myself, Saturdays only, and at night, of course…..and with a Sam Adams in one hand).

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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