Archive for the 'Construction Techniques' Category

New and Improved Lilliput Staircase Kit Now Works with Junior Dollhouse Kits Too!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The NEW & IMPROVED Lilliput® Staircase Kit now works with all 8 1/8″ – 9″ floor-to-ceiling heights! 

This is great news for all who have either a Lilliput® or Junior Series dollhouse kit and want to upgrade your interior stairs.  The kit also features materials to build the landing rail as shown.  The staircase can be built either left or right for your convenience!  The kit comes complete with instructions and detailed drawings. 

Click here to see what a two-story staircase would look like!

We would love to hear what you think about these improvements, so don’t be shy, let us know today!

Mini wishes, Jennifer

LED Lighting in a Miniatures Showcase

Monday, June 7th, 2010
I’ve been answering questions about our new Extrabrite LED striplights and how to use them (and a picture is worth 1000 words!), so here’s the scoop:

LED lights are perfect for lighting up a display.

They are small, easy to install, and easy to keep out of the way; they are bright and use very little power; and they last a long, long time.  But the big advantage in LEDs inside a closed display is that LEDs turn most of their power into light – they make much less heat than incandesent bulbs so there’s no need for venting or fans. (more…)

Finishing the Interior of a Dollhouse, part 1

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Dollhouse Interior Finishing

Victorias Farmhouse interior room

Victoria's Farmhouse interior room

The outside of a Dollhouse is its introduction, but the inside… that’s where the action is – that’s where the doll house is used for play, for decorating, for miniature collecting; it’s the part of the dolls house that’s most alive!

Doll House Interior Finishing involves so many choices! Will it be a child’s play house, or will it be an elegant miniature display? Does it need to be robust and washable, or does it need to be photo-realistic. (more…)

the Dollhouse Builders of Westview Meadows Wire a Bostonian

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

John, Julio, and Pat (the Dollhouse Builders of Westview Meadows) had a plan to build the biggest, fanciest dollhouse they could manage in the tiny workshop they have.  It would be finished inside and out, electrified, and (with the participation of the whole retirement community) decorated everywhere. They have made scores or houses for others, but this one they would keep.  This one would be a focal point for all their neighbors to enjoy, share with visitors, and re-decorate for every holiday.  They chose the Bostonian for its size, sturdiness, and many surfaces for decorating, and they asked me to help with the wiring. (more…)

Building a Dollhouse for the First Time

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Yesterday, I talked with a first-time dollhouse builder who was pre-reading the instructions (super!) and asking about the details.  I am always touched by the excitement of the first-time builder.  It’s filled with the dream of the finished dollhouse and, sometimes, it’s also a dream of the process; the hands-on delight of doing something together with a child or grandchild.  There’s often a story of a doll house “when I was young”… It’s really dazzling!  I usually get involved when they see all the pieces and wonder where to start.  Here’s my 5-step plan for making dollhouse-building easy for the first-time builder: (more…)

Faux-wood flooring finish on MDF

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Top view of a taped together General Store

I’ve been doing a taped assembly of a General Store Kit, just checking the parts to make sure everything fits the way it’s supposed to, and, as luck would have it, a builder emailed me to ask how to do faux-wood finishing on MDF (and here I have an MDF floor right in my hand).  What a good subject for a demo! 
The Faux-wood finish has to be applied before assembly of the General Store.  Here’s the process: (more…)

Boston Lap, what is that?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The Boston Lap ridgecap

A Boston Lap is a way to finish the peak of a shingled Roof.  (more…)

Straightening a part for assembly

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

“The Gable Front for my dollhouse is warped … what should I do”
Almost every front opening Gable Front panel gets springy when it is painted, but I can’t remember the last time I had to replace one for warpage. If it is twisted or if the shape has a kink in it, then it should be replaced – but if it’s a straight curl, it is probably just confused by moisture. Wood is a reactive material and the moisture in paint or the inequality of being on the table with one side aimed to the free air (more…)

Hinges and Screws

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Dollhouse Hinges are tiny, and that old screwdriver in my utility drawer just won’t do the job when it comes to putting in the screws.  Driving screws in MDF makes the size of the hole and the fit of the screwdriver even more important.  Here’s how I do it. (more…)

Dollhouse Color Choices Made EASY !!!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I have no talent for putting colors together. When I look at those tiny little paint chips I just can’t imagine how one color will look next to another in a finished dollhouse. BUT then I discovered the Sherwin William’s web site with a COLOR VISUALIZER where you can experiment with different house exteriors, paint color and trim color right on the screen – kind of like a grown up coloring book, and it’s SO EASY! Just click on an exterior house style most similar to your dollhouse project… then sit back and have FUN!

Enjoy and have a good day! – Chris