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Old 09-10-2012, 11:44 AM
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A complete novice here, I recently bought a wooden doll house second hand to give to my daughters (4 and 2) for Christmas and it's in need of a redo inside and out. The previous owner has varnished it outside and also internal stairs have been varnished. The floors have been 'carpeted' (badly) and I although I've stripped it out I now need to remove all the sticky residue.

As the house is Georgian style I want to paint it accordingly, I know I need to rub it down to get rid of the varnish etc, but it's the next steps that I'm not too sure of, or what type of paint is best.

So my questions are:-

What can I use to safely remove the double sided sticky tape residue and the stickers?

I've been told that I need to prime it, use a vinyl silk paint/emulsion then rub it down again and give it a second coat. Finally finish with a coat of clear varnish to seal it. Does this sound right?

I also want to paint the internal stairs, do I use the same type of paint?

Any advice would be gratefully received

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:09 PM
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Hi,

A complete novice here, I recently bought a wooden doll house second hand to give to my daughters (4 and 2) for Christmas and it's in need of a redo inside and out. The previous owner has varnished it outside and also internal stairs have been varnished. The floors have been 'carpeted' (badly) and I although I've stripped it out I now need to remove all the sticky residue.

As the house is Georgian style I want to paint it accordingly, I know I need to rub it down to get rid of the varnish etc, but it's the next steps that I'm not too sure of, or what type of paint is best.

So my questions are:-

What can I use to safely remove the double sided sticky tape residue and the stickers?

I've been told that I need to prime it, use a vinyl silk paint/emulsion then rub it down again and give it a second coat. Finally finish with a coat of clear varnish to seal it. Does this sound right?

I also want to paint the internal stairs, do I use the same type of paint?

Any advice would be gratefully received

Thanks
Sam
Hi Sam! sounds like a nice project you've got there! To remove the glue residue/stickers you can buy a product called "Sticky Stuff Remover" from Lakeland Ltd which works really well - see link:

Stick Stuff Remover at Lakeland

The walls should be made as smooth as possible (by sanding) then you can use either flat emulsion or satin emulsion - the same for the stairs too. It depends on how bad the walls are/what colour you're using as to whether you prime first or how many coats of paint you use e.g. pale colour paint on a dark existing wall will need to be primed/undercoated first and may well need two coats of paint.

As an alternative to paint you could use coloured card sold in art/craft shops and glued on with either Pritt Stick type glue or PVA glue.

Hope that helps, and good luck!
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:23 PM
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Welcome to the forum Sam
You've certainly thrown yourself in at the deep end!

I'm not sure what to suggest to remove the stcky residue apart from scraping and scraping at it. And rubbing it down......or maybe some kind of odourless thinners? Someone else maybe more helpful there.

As far as priming it is concerned, once it's all rubbed down a coat of matt emulsion will do the trick - no need to varnish or seal it over the top - that's totally unnecessary ....The emulsion base coat will give you a nice surface to wallpaper or paint over. That's all I've ever done in all my houses. Treat the stairs in the same way and all the interior woodwork...

Good luck with it and show us some photos, we love to watch progress!
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:33 PM
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Thanks for the advice so far, nice to know I won't need to prime & varnish inside.

What about the outside?? I need to rub that down as well but do I prime, paint and then varnish it?

Although I like the idea of wall paper etc, as they girls are still quite young and I would like it to last a few years before I have to tackle it again I feel I need to be practical and painting is the best solution for all the internal walls & stairs. I quite like the idea of covering the floors in "wood style" paper and then throwing a few rugs down. Is that Georgian??

My Hubby doesn't want it to be all pink and girlie so have no idea what colour to go for, tester pots here I come. (Practical reasons for if we ever need to resell personally, I think it's so he can play with it without feeling too femine )
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Some sticky stuff - ie from sticky labels - can be removed with furniture polish.
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Some sticky stuff - ie from sticky labels - can be removed with furniture polish.
That's a good tip Irene.....
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WD40 is excellent stuff and very good at getting rid of sticky marks- just test that it doesn't damage the item first.

My other half and I have a saying - "If it moves, and it shouldn't - use gaffa tape. If it doesn't move and it should - then you need the WD40!"
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