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Old 07-02-2012, 10:53 AM
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I have just bought this child's dolls house second hand for my 3 year old daughter that I plan to restore back to it full glory and also decorate and furnish it.

I have some questions below, as there are some chips on the white part which paint am I best using in touching this up?

I also plan to paint the internal doors and stairs white could I just seal them and use standard gloss paint?, also to remove the internal doors its looks like I will have to fully dismantle the dolls house, as I have never done this before is this OK to do so or will it never go back together as strong?

It is also missing the front door but I cant seem to find one of the right dimensions to fit (16cm high and 6.2 cm wide) can anyone recommend where I could find one?

Thanks for all your help in advance.

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Old 07-02-2012, 03:35 PM
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what a lucky little lady she is,lovely house! good luck with the renovation.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:36 PM
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what a lucky little lady she is,lovely house! good luck with the renovation.
Thanks for the Kind words :-)
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:00 PM
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Hello and welcome how is the house put together some houses are just screwed together and you can take them apart and put back very easily as I have just done with one of mine if it is glued it is much more difficult but still possible I do not use gloss paint in my houses satin or emulsion is fine give it 2 or 3 coats and sand in between good luck and have fun with it
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:01 PM
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Welcome to the forum and good luck with your rennovation. Keep the pictures coming!
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That looks like a lovely spacious house. I bet your little girl will love it.

Most people advise using satin finish paint rather than gloss on and inside a dolls house. Emulsion looks ok for a display dolls house, but you need a more durable finish for a child's play house. I use ordinary B & Q or Homebase satin finish paints.

Good luck with the renovation.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:36 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum. That looks like a lovely house, I've just realised that I don't have internal doors in any of my houses so am a bit jealous .
I have quite a few dolls houses that I am working on, you can follow my progress on my blog: or my Facebook page called Diane's Dolls Houses.
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What a lovely house!

I would probably use a sample pot in white to touch up the paint.

I probably wouldn't pull the house apart 'just in case' it gets damaged.

Usually you wouldn't use gloss paint, as it looks harsh in miniature, but it would certainly be more washable. That is personal choice.

If you don't pull the house apart, I would be tempted to use spray paint for the stairs and doors (this a suggestion only - to be thought long and hard about) and obviously do it before you do anything else. I'm not sure if you can get spray sealer so you may have to seal using a brush and could decide then by how fiddly it is. You could mask for spray or just cover any overspray with wallpaper if you are wallpapering.

The closest door I could find is Blue Door Panel | Doors | Dolls' House Builders' Merchants but even this you would have to shave a little off. Minimum world also has a good selection although I am not sure about sizes.

I'm sure you will get lots of other suggestions.

Good luck and don't forget to keep us updated!
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:22 PM
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Welcom to the forum Wilo. I think your daughter will love her dolls house - it could be the start of a life long hobby.

I'd steer clear of gloss paint if I were you - it tends to be a bit too shiny for a dolls house. For the outside chipped paint I think I'd just try a bit of primer over the affected area and then paint it with emulsion or the Humbrol paint (available in small tins from hobby shops etc) depending on the finish that's on the rest of the paintwork. For inside, you can usually go with emulsion for more or less everything. If you want to keep a 'wood' finish you can usually use a normal woodstain but use thin coats and apply a few if needed, making sure to sand gently in between (use the very fine sandpaper - 240 grade or finer is good for this). I would try to avoid taking the house apart if possible as you don't know what has been used to put it together and you could easily damage it so it doesn't go back together properly. It should be possible to paint the doors in situ - it'll be more fiddly but in the long run I think it's the way I'd do it.

Hope this has been of some help and whatever you decide, good luck with the project and I hope your daughter loves it. I'll be doing something very similar soon for my 2 year old grandaughter although at the moment she's fascinated with my georgian house and the cakes in my mini tea rooms!

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Welcome to the forums Wilo, for the chips I would make up some PVA and saw dust and spread it over them shaping the edge as I go, it may take several layers to get it right sanding between each, then paint it. I have only removed one door before , I just put a bit of wood at the top (after I worked out which side it went in) and tapped it with a hammer which released it. Some on here say melt the glue a little with a hair dryer first! I would say paint using a satin finish as that can be cleaned if little fingers get all over it. Good luck with your renovation!
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