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…)