My fiance brought home a doll house the neighbor was trashing. It was badly beaten and abused and had definitely seen better days, but we could fix it. We decided to give it an overhaul and gift it to her best friends daughter.
Step 1: Dis-assembly
Step 2: Clean, Scrape and Sand
The pieces you are replacing do not need to be sanded, just set them aside for now.
A glue scraper works well to get the "extra" stickers from thru-ought the years. after you get the stickers off, wipe it down with a damp, slightly soapy wash cloth. You may be able to skip this step depending on how dirty it is.
Then after they are scraped, wiped and dry, Its time to sand. I went straight to 220 grit. This is to scuff the surface and prep for new paint.
Step 3: Prime the Walls
There isn't much to the instructions here, just paint them and let them dry...
Step 4: Replace the Floor
Then mark the new pieces and find their old counterpart. Lay the old one on top of the new floor and trace the floor-plan as needed.
I used my band-saw for these odd cuts.
I replaced ALL pieces that were 1/8"MDF
Step 5: Time for Paint
Mix your paint (don't forget to save a little for touch-up)
I think what we ended up with looked great.
We added stripes to one of the walls. We first painted a nice layer of yellow. After drying, using a pencil, I made a mark every inch on the top and bottom line. Then using 1" painters tape, I taped off every other line.
Mix another color and paint over that area. after drying peel the tape off and look at your results.
Step 6: Paint the Accessories and Exterior
Step 7: Wallpaper
Step 8: Re-assemble
This is the fun part, as you get to see all your hard work pay off. With a little skill and luck this all assembled pretty easily. I did lose a nut and a bolt in the process, so I had to raid the nut and bolt jar to find one that would work. I also had to widen that groove for the lower level interior wall.
Step 9: Add Chair Rail
Step 10: Finishing Touch
I measured and cut the correct amount and mounted it between centers on my lathe.
Next I roughed the whole thing round and then rough and finish shaped them. as well as finish sand them.
I needed to flatten one side of the column so I put a drop of glue on the center of a piece of plywood and laid the column on the glue spot. Put a tiny drop at the front edge as well. This will allow you to simply lay the plywood against the fence and the table to cut a straight slice off-center. finally, the column was primed painted and glued in place on the interior wall.
We spent about $20.00 for materials to renovate this home and I think This sweet little girl will get a couple of great years of play out of it before it becomes abandoned again.
Thanks for looking