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Repairs to Garfield Mansion
I made a major mistake when I started my Garfield about 3 years ago....the instructions said to use hot glue, so I did. Shortly after I began I decided to do some online research and found out it was a bad idea. I worked up to the top floor and noticed there are gaps between wall and floor sections and the roof tabs won't fit in some of their slots. I think it is because the base isn't straight or the glue was applied too liberally and walls are not square in some places. I imagine the only way to correct this is to take it all apart and start over. Where would you start; should I separate certain sections in a particular order, removing the glue residue with a hair dryer and rebuilding with carpenter's glue? Luckily, I have been dissatisfied with the finishes I put in each room (paint, wallpaper, flooring), so I will be glad to get the opportunity to re-decorate. Any tips and advice on how to begin this demolition will be greatly appreciated!
Hi i just thought i would introduce myself. Im Simon and i live in the UK.
About 10 years ago i bought and started building a Deacon Hill Kit, i had most of the outside frame built, but then things in my personal life went south... My now ex wife left my dollhouse outside in the rain so that it was ruined and that as they say was that. But i never lost interest and my dream was always to have another one. I am finally in a position to start over having just sent my last project (a car) off to the paint shop i can now start thinking about my new kit.
This time i have purchased the Garfield (the house i originally fell in love with) and plan on doing something a little crazy with it. Having built the frame of the Deacon Hill i was a little un impressed with the thin walls so the plan this time round is to use the KIT as a template and make the frame out of MDF of the correct thickness that i can then fit working windows and doors into the frame. It also means that i should be able to either scratch build or buy working windows to fit the kit and adjust the window apertures to fit whatever is available.
Having thicker walls should also make it easier to run wires for lights in a grove but thats still very much in the thinking about stage atm.
I doubt i will actually get started much before the new year but between now and then i want to find out as much as i can from people who have built this kit and how they have finished it. I will also be trawling the internet for ideas for finishes etc so that when it comes to time to start i will hopefully have a large "scrapbook" of ideas to plan my build around.
So last weekend I managed to dry fit my ENTIRE Garfield house (minus the trim and windows/doors). I must say, this thing is quite sturdy even just taped together as I've had to move it around and rotate it on the table quite a few times to get to other areas. Now it's just been sitting, party because I got slapped with a series of headaches this week and partly because I don't know what to do next (so I'm currently organizing my workspace). I think I should probably label my interior walls so I know what room they are when I disassemble but I'm itching to do the stairs because I'm already planning to change them up and know what I want them to look like. Also wanting to make my own windows/doors but definitely need to do lots of research before I tackle that project. I feel like I have ADD when I look at my house!
Already stumped, Garfield kitchen steps
I started the dry fit on my foundation but I'm a little unclear on the kitchen step directions. I searched and saw where someone else asked for an illustration but when I click on the link provided in a response it was no longer working. Anybody have a picture of this part?
Brand new to dollhouses - Erica
My name is Erica and I recently ordered the Greenleaf Willow kit (due to arrive tomorrow), as well as purchased a partially complete Greenleaf Garfield (which is HUGE!!!!). The Garfield has quite a bit of damage and work that needs to be done so it is more of a restoration/build. Super excited to join this group and build my dollhouses. I'm 32 years old and have never had one for myself, and I have two boys so I figured I better make one for me since I probably won't have a daughter. I live in San Diego, CA. I have two boys age 10 and 7... and a small boston terrier named Roxy.