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  1. I use acrylic craft paint mostly because it is inexpensive at Walmart, and there are a wide variety of color options available to experiment with.  I have also used latex household paint and/or primer for larger areas like ceilings.  I use a small roller for this and paint it before building the house.

  2. I love the idea.  It turns a simple house into something impressive.

    I am working on a very long-term project combining two Garfields and a Beacon Hill.  I inverted one of the Garfields and removed some of the walls in the Beacon Hill.  I just did all of the necessary pieces "inside out" for the invert.  The challenge is cutting pieces to line up doorways,etc.  I have a Dremel with woodcutting head to cut the pieces because I find it easier than trying to use saws.  I just leave a little extra when I cut so that I can trim it or sand it to get a nice, straight edge.  One thing to take into consideration when removing a whole side wall is making sure the remaining structure floors are still being supported.  The thin wood is not very sturdy so it's probably a good idea to keep some of the existing exterior wall on the side being cut off or put in a pillar or some other support.

    Good Luck!  I look forward to seeing the end product.

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  3. I've built two Garfields (one inverted). 

    Did you put in the Front Wall Right section (Sheet 8)?  It will create an angled corner in the middle room.  Also, you should end up with a narrow "hall" out of the kitchen to the outside door.  Part of the wall for this is the angled wall mentioned above.  This angled wall is not visible at all from the outside of the house as you should end up with 90 degree angles.  This hall is also hard to see in pictures because it is so narrow so it can be a little confusing when building it.

    If this doesn't help, I may be able to help you further if you can attach pictures of the problem that you are having.

    This album may also help you as the person has detailed pictures of every step.

  4. I have a hot knife that I find works well.  If I go to slowly, it sometimes leaves a brown mark, but I don't worry about it because I know I will be covering it up.

  5. 23 hours ago, KellyA said:

    Just saw this. You posted while I was still blathering on, lol. I've used Powerpoint for presentations but didn't know it could do all of that! I'm totally stealing, er, I mean "borrowing" your newspaper wallpaper. How perfect for an attic! I've also "borrowed" designs from Bradbury & Bradbury to create wallpapers and ceiling designs. I printed on acid free paper, sealed the walls, thought I did everything correct and yet I still had bleed-through and staining. I don't know what I did wrong but I had to get rid of all of it. Argh!

    You're very welcome to use it.  As a teacher, I've come to use PowerPoint for everything.  It is a great work space.  As for paper, I have used sturdy card stock and matte paper.  For "linoleum" floors, I have used photo paper.  I find it takes some experimentation to see what paper and print quality a pattern works best with.  I let the ink dry a day before gluing it.  I also use Aileen's Tacky glue to glue it down rather than wallpaper paste or the glues that have a higher liquid content.  The trick is that if you get a bubble, avoid the temptation to push it down (a lesson I've learned more than once).  Instead, let it dry on it's own, and it will usually go away.  I have never had a trouble with bleeding doing this.


  6. Another way to do something similar, if you don't have photo-editing software, is Microsoft Powerpoint.  I use it to create blueprints, mock-ups, and to create repetitive patterns for ceiling and floor designs.  I like that it is has the rulers and grids for making things true to scale.  The old newspaper wall covering below I created my cutting and pasting old newspaper images into Powerpoint.  I did then run it through Paintshop Pro to age all of the images to a similar color.

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  7. I have used Houseworks doors on my Garfield.  They work for most of the interior doorways.  They also sell narrow doors that work for some of the smaller doorways.  I moved my front door to the side where the bay is and filled in around it with foam board.  The only opening I have not been able to fit a door into is the room with the step down because the doorway opening is so close the ceiling.  

  8. I love thinking of my houses as empty shells that I can turn into whatever I want them to be.  None of my houses look like what the manufacturers intended and when I've attempted to make houses look like the pictures on the boxes, I've lost interest.  I think you should do whatever makes you happy while building them since your not in it for the money.  Someone out there will find them interesting and unique.  And, if not, they'll buy them and redecorate them to their own tastes.  And you'll never have to know about it. ;)

  9. In my other hobby life, I run a Facebook page dedicated to photography of a lion family, and I post a lot of other zoo photography.  Stealing other's work is a frequent problem on social media.  One thing that I've learned from photography friends is to put a watermark including a copyright symbol on all my valued photos that I post.  I would suggest to anyone who has editing software to do this.  If you don't have editing software but have Microsoft, you can copy your photo onto a Powerpoint slide and then use the text tool to put a copyright on it.  When you save the photo, there is an option to save it as a .jpg in the "Save at type:" box under where you type the file name.  

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  10. I used stain on the siding on my abandoned cabin and my Old West general store.  The trick is to experiment with different gray stains.  Some of them look great, but others just look like gray paint or barely show up at all.  I found Varathane gray stains worked best.

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  11. I had to deconstruct a partially finished Garfield when I put my condo on the market a few years back and couldn't have it sitting around.  I used a hair dryer and a knife just as Kathie described, and it worked fine.  The key is to get off all of the old glue off so that the pieces fit together correctly when you remake it.


  12. I've used the same wood strips often on floors.  The trick is to put something heavy on them to flatten them as the glue dries.  I haven't tried painting them, but I usually stain after I glue them down which helps them to flatten also.  If I see a glue spot appear when I stain, I sand it, and then apply another coat of stain. 

  13. I like felt because it's cheap and easy to use.  I also like it for stair runners because it is flexible and easy to glue to the stairs.  I cut it on a paper cutter because it can be accidentally stretched when being cut with scissors.

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  14. Thanks everyone for your "sympathy".  Ironically, hot glue probably saved the day in this case.  I had forgotten that I had glued the roof on with hot glue when I was moving to protect it- the goal being that I would later remove the hot glue and replace it with better glue.  The roof broke apart on the hot glue seams probably preventing it from breaking elsewhere.

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  15. One of my favorite dollhouses fell victim to the cold last night.  I woke up at 3:45 this morning to a loud crash in my basement.  The top shelf of my bookcase had collapsed sending all of my heavy photo albums down onto my Tudor kitchen knocking it to the floor and breaking it to pieces.  I think the shelf had contracted due the cold in my basement causing it to fall off the pins.  Fortunately, the house can be repaired after I remove the old glue, but it was quite a mess to clean up and not what I wanted to be doing in the wee hours of the morning.  This picture is after the big cleanup.  Kitty Number Two was inspecting the damage.  I think the kitties were surprised to see such a disaster that was not of their making.


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  16. I know how you feel.  I used to have a personalized card-making operation and make dozens of cards a week until the software stopped working.  Now, I haven't made one in years.

    As for dollhouse prints, I do a lot of resizing and cropping in Powerpoint.  The ruler and grid features make it easy to create one inch scale images.  Then I save it as a jpeg and open it in Paintshop Pro to do editing and to make larger size images by copying and pasting the original image on a larger "canvas" to make floors and ceilings.  I use Paintshop Pro mostly for photo editing in my other hobby of photography, but it works well for dollhouse prints too.  I find it much more user-friendly than Photoshop, and if you buy the previous-year's version it is usually very affordable.

  17. I saw this house on Ebay.  It looks like an inverted Pierce or perhaps Garfield, but yet it is different from both and there are no dimensions listed so hard to know the size.  The post says it's a 1970s dollhouse.  I'm not planning on buying it, but I am curious if anyone knows if this is an early version of either of the houses or just a creative bash.  Thanks