About a year ago, I realized my daughter would need to have a doll house when she turned four. She doesn’t know she needs one, but I do. While on a vacation in Duluth, Minnesota, I happened to come across a small store called Teeny Weeny Miniature Cottage in Canal Park. The owner was nice, and offered numerous tips on building a doll house. She eventually recommended a kit, and I purchased the Bellingham Farm doll house (BL 455) which is no longer being offered.
The doll house is described this way: This beautiful, large farm house kit is the perfect doll house for anyone with an eye for authentic styling. The wrap around porch is just like the real thing. An ox-eye window is characteristic of early American architecture. There is a beautiful fireplace mantle with ornate detail to recall the style of grandma’s house. Comes with working windows and doors, brickwork, stairs, rails, porch posts and shingles. It has 3 stories, 8 rooms, and 1 staircase. It is made from 3/8″ MDF board.
Well, the wood filler worked with mixed results. The filler does not work well around door and window cutouts, but works well to smooth over damaged siding. I’m hoping the window and door trim will cover the bad stamp cutting done at the factory.
I’ll start on the porch and railings while the main house color dries. Now I’m off to the store to pick up a few more tools.
March 1, 2009
The one part I did not enjoy was the window construction. A small piece of transparent film is glued into two pieces of wood to form a window pane. These are then inserted into slots in the window moulding and should allow the owner to open or close each window. In reality, the windows are hard to open and my pre-painting (before assembly) did not cover every exposed surface. If I had this to do over again, I would have spent more time on the window panes and moulding to make sure they fit a little better. Maybe some wax would help them open and close better.