to put your Dollhouse Kit Together:
Before you even choose your kit, you might ask yourself the
following: What am I looking for in regards to style and size
of my Dollhouse. Should you consider rear opening kits, should
you consider a front opening kit or do you even want it to open
at all? You will need to think about the siding you will want,
Smooth Plywood , Milled MDF, Milled Plywood, or even Brick or
Stone. You may want to consider a Milled siding because it is
the easiest way to finish and gives professional looking results
What You will need to buy or have on hand
to make you kit a success:
Dollhouse kits usually come as they appear on the box but
do not include all of the supplies you need to assemble or
finish them. You will normally need to buy glue, paint, wallpaper,
rugs, flooring, lights, roofing material, furniture, electrical
kits, etc. When painting any surface of your Dollhouse Make
sure to prime and then apply a coat or two of good quality
latex paint. When Choosing your paint I found the OOPS! area
at Home Depot a great place to find your selection, Remember
- Your house is limited only to your imagination!
The recommended glue is a good quality carpenters glue, as
well as tacky glue from your craft store. Basic tool requirements
are a carpenters square, sandpaper, rough and smooth, an exacto
knife can be very useful, masking tape, ruler, and with some
of the Real Good Toy Dollhouse kits, you will want tiny finishing
nails and a hammer.
What To Expect when you open your
All pieces are precut, pre-milled on outside walls, the durable
gingerbread trim is in strips and the windows and doors are
pre-assembled. The openings are cut into the walls for the
doors and windows. The precut parts are precision engineered.
They will fit together beautifully. Doll house shingles are
all individual and are hand split pine or cedar. They are
actually glued to the roof of your house, using tacky glue,
one piece at a time. You will also find simple, easy to follow,
step-by-step instructions with expertly drafted illustrations.
A couple of models even include an assembly video.
Our Recommendations Include
Give yourself enough time to complete the job properly, and
without rushing. It is a wonderful project, but depending
on how intricate your design, can be time consuming. Follow
the instructions exactly, as they are in sequence for a purpose.
I have found, that if i prime and paint the trim pieces and
exterior walls, before assembly, it takes a fraction of the
time, that doing the same job after assembly takes. Let the
paint dry well before assembling, and keep paint off of areas
that are to be glued. If you are planning on putting electrical
wiring into the house, it is best done before any decorating
is done, and with the wiretape method, some lines may be laid
even before interior walls are put in.
These houses are designed for collectors
and children alike.
They are sturdy and beautiful. I have suggested to parents
with young children (under 5) that they may want to leave
some of the more fragile exterior trim pieces off of the house
until the children are a bit older. This can always be added
at a later time, the same applies with the shingles. Most
children however, appreciate the delicate intricacies and
adapt their play habits accordingly.
BELOW IS OUR RECOMMENDED SCHEDULE FOR BUILDING
AND COMPLETING THE DOLL HOUSE OF YOUR DREAMS.
1. Read ALL of the instructions before beginning assembly.
2. Assemble shell according to instructions.
3. Install basic wiring if you plan to do so.
4. Apply siding to house. If your house has come with pre-milled
walls or if you decide you prefer a smooth surface, this is
5. Paint siding and porch floors - if you have them.
6. Pain trim, windows, and doors. Some people like to install
the windows and doors at this time for appearance; this may
be done temporarily by using Mini-Holdtm to secure them.
7. Install trim (trim around roof needs to be installed before
8. Shingle roof.
9. Paint and install posts and railings. (if applicable)
10. Stain and varnish plywood floor. You can skip this step
if you're going to cover the floors with carpet, tile, or
11. Paint or paper ceilings (see Wallpapering tips)
12. Paint or paper the walls. If you temporarily installed
windows and doors, remove them to facilitate papering.
13. Install carpeting, hardwood or tile flooring.
14. Install electrical outlets.
15. Paint or stain any interior trim such as baseboards,
chair rails, window and door casings, and crown mouldings.
Paint or stain staircases.
16. Install staircases
17. Install windows and doors and all interior trim and mouldings.
18. Install ceiling fixtures and outlets.
19. Furnish the house and have fun.
Applying Shingles to the Roof of
your Doll house
If you plan to stain your shingles, from the natural color,
do so before you apply them, this way you will not have to
worry about getting stain on the trim pieces. Starting on
the bottom edge, with just a small overlap, measure the spot
on the roof where the top of the shingle will touch. Measure
this across the whole roof line, lay a single bead of white
craft glue just below this line, and lay your first row of
shingles on. Let the glue set up, and then continue in this
manner to the top of the roof. You may have to trim your last
row. A roof cap is applied over the raw edges at the top giving
you a lovely finish. Be careful not to get glue on the shingles
before staining or the stain will not take. Also be careful
not to have too much overlap, or your shingles will build
up way too thick as you go along.
More Words of Wisdom!
Be sure to sand and putty all the pieces. Sanding is not fun,
but it is worth it to take the time to do this step. I sanded
on nice days. I sat on the front porch, sanded, daydreamed,
and watched the neighbors go by. Seal all the pieces of plywood
with a mixture of shellac and denatured alcohol. This will
help prevent the wood from warping at a later date. Don't
apply shellac indoors! It smells really bad. I went into the
garage to seal the wood. Don't use hot-melt glue, which some
instructions suggest. I have heard stories of people having
problems when they use this glue. I use Elmers carpenters
glue. It takes a while for the glue to dry, but there are
plenty of other house parts that I can work on while glue
dries, so the drying time has not slowed me down much.
Enjoy the process. Sometimes people are in a hurry to finish
a project. In my case, I enjoy the creative process as much
as I enjoy the completed project. Take your time. Have fun