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Old 09-08-2014, 06:55 PM
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Any ideas how I can go about changing the external decorations from painted to textured finish, bearing in mind that I've already built and painted my dolls house....
Had a change of mind and want a more natural finish, eg stone effect
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:19 PM
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Hi you can use the stencil method where you use a plastic stencil and mix brick compound with water

Or you can go for bricking up the walls. There are real bricks which you will be needing grouting but then again there are paper bricks which have a nice finish and you only need to glue them on the wall.

I have used both the stencil and the paper bricks.

The stencil and the compound you get them also from DHE Stencils | Dolls' House Builders' Merchants

The paper ones are the Versi slips that you can purchase from Richard Stacey Finishing Paper

I have used Versi Slips on my Toll House and just used the Stencil on my new Boutique
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:41 PM
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Thanks for that. Will look at the brick slips as I think stencilling will be difficult around windows and doors.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:23 PM
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I used these on my Mountfield and think they look pretty good:
Wallpapers - Exterior Papers - Red Brick - Specialists in Dolls Houses and Miniatures

They are whole sheets of embossed brick. There are two colours available and also sheets of decorative brick for making it even fancier. It is quite soft paper, so after I applied it, I sprayed with a sealant and then gave it a good coat of a water-based matte varnish, making extra sure to seal the edges of the sheets.

Having said that, individual bricks may be easier when the house has been constructed and the windows/doors glued on.
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