Sunday, November 1, 2015

DIY Barbie Dollhouse: Week#4 Part 1-House Assembly and Moldings


Last week was a busy week with the NEW DIY Barbie Dollhouse. Chicagoland had cold weather and rain from the hurricane. We had intended to get to the lighting, but all the moldings and house assembly came first.

Choosing some composite moldings was an easy decision from Home Depot and Menard's and were perfect in scale and prefinished. They are fairly inexpensive for an 8-foot length, cut clean and easily.


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Some fancy moldings were purchased at Michael's for the roof edge shown here with our hand made straight moldings we used for the window frames.

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Tools we used, were simple and complicated: the square from my tool box, pencil, scissors for cutting the uneven edges of the composite trim, an exacto knife for cleaning up the edges. Composite molding edges clean up nicely with just a scrape from the knife.

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Tools we used, were simple: the square from my tool box, pencil, scissors for cutting the uneven edges of the composite trim, an exacto knife for cleaning up the edges. Composite molding edges clean up nicely with just a scrape from the knife. The mini mitre-box on a wood surface and lots of clamps and PATIENCE.


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My trusty little mitre box and my husband insisted on using glue, (Tite-Bond 3-Ultimate wood glue) which was messy and marked up all the prepainted walls and surfaces, but he is the construction foreman, so I just gritted my teeth and thought of all the touch-up I will have to do.

His wood glue is amazing though, and it holds pieces totally tight. Set-up time is 30 min, and he clamped my cut door moldings.



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My creative second floor landing opening for the stairs proved to be more of a challenge. My husband showed me how to make the complicated angle cuts.


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Here the clamps hold the moldings in place so the angle cuts can be marked.


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After I made the cuts, the molding are glued and clamped. The green side goes to the kitchen side of the second floor.

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Next Hubby installed the inside walls. These were screwed or nailed from below and from the outside walls. My husband and his clamps held the walls straight while the glue (more touch-up) dried.

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I set a few pieces of furniture pieces which need to be flush against the walls, to work around for the floor moldings. I did the measurements and cut all the pieces and set them in. At this time, the entire kitchen will be molding free because of all the cabinets will be built in. Just like a real house.

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The kitchen (green) will be filled with appliances and cabinets, no need for moldings along the walls.
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The bathtub will be up against the wall, the trim placed along the corner walls.

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Floor moldings on the second floor living room. More glue to cover up, LOL.

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Here are the outside edges, showing the shape of the moldings. Whoops-- touch-up needed on the outside window trim.

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 The molding on the second floor opening, with floor molding installed.



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Hubby used shakes for the roof. He said it went quick and gives a nice look to the exterior. The scallop trim finishes off the front edge. He still needs to add pieces on the side.  Another trip to Michael's.

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 You can see the screws holding the floors together, on the outside. This will be covered up with wood putty.

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The shakes are large, but small ones looked so busy, we opted for the large shakes. Hubby glued the shakes and used a nail-gun. The roof cap is still under construction.

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DIY Barbie Dollhouse so far. Now, what's next?


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The stairs, at this point all the planning is out the window, we measure and build as we go. The risers are spotted through the floor. There are actually two being held together, you are seeing the stripes of the 1/2" plywood. Golly, I hope these work. Hubby has been delegated the stairs. More on next post.

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I call this Fall Tablescape #2...LOL. With cookies for Halloween, all the tools and work going on in our kitchen.  Next week is supposed to be nicer weather, so the porch can be utilized. It's amazing I served dinner for 6 in the kitchen the next day with my regular Fall tablescape.


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Thanks for stopping by and I will be sharing at these parties:
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19 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great job you are doing. This is going to be the deluxe model of a Barbie house. I want one!

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    1. Thanks so much, we are having a ball. I may want one myself, too. Thanks for stopping by. Sandi

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  2. I'm really enjoying this Barbie dollhouse, Sandi. It truly gets me inspired to work on my own dollhouse; but unfortunately, there's too many other things to do before I can get to it again...lots of painting and work in the condo.

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    1. Oh, Carol, let it go until the New Year, short of spray paint... you can work on it during crappy weather, lol. We are doing yard work this week, since it is nice...the house will have to wait for a bit, except Hubby is tinkering with the stairs. I will be spraying doll furniture this week, but will be holding those posts until later. Thanks for following along, Sandi and Hubby!

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  3. I'm at a friends house now and she's a true dollhouse aficionado and I'm definitely going to show her this post! You're doing such a great job Sandi.

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    1. Hubby's builder experience is kicking it up a notch from what I'm capable of doing. Thanks for stopping by! Sandi

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  4. Love seeing you doing your work on a doll house in the midst of a kitchen that is still busy with cooking and hosting dinners. That is really how most of America lives, doing what they love even if it means cluttering up their living spaces for awhile. And, your Barbie house is coming along amazingly !

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    1. Thanks Kathy, hope to post one more this week, maybe Sunday. The lights are amazing, thanks to Hubby. Have a great weekend, Sandi

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  5. Sandi, what a wonderful job you're making of the doll house and what a sense of accomplishment you will have when it's finished. It's fun that both you and your hubby are building this together. It's going to be one fabulous house. Thank you for sharing with us at No Place Like Home and have a lovely day.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. We took a day off from each other today, while he worked on the lighting...appreciate your stop by...and yes, it is fun and crazy, too. Have a great weekend, Sandi

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  6. This is great it's so detailed...incredible work. This would be an excellent idea for someone who wants to remodel their home but maybe wants to have a really clear idea of what it'd look like before they do it. I linked up with you at Merry Monday & I'm glad I came to check out your work :D

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    1. Well, meanwhile, my kitchen cabinets are falling apart, LOL. After Christmas we will do the BIG house remodel. Thanks for stopping, Sandi

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  7. This is super impressive. I would have loved something like this as a little girl! Thank you for sharing your hard work at Merry Monday!

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    1. I hope she has as much fun playing as we have had in making it, Thanks and have a great weekend, Sandi

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  8. Sandi, It is turning out so nicely. Love the colors and all of the fun molding. Little girl is going to have so much fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. thanks Jann, love sharing it, next are the lights and more moldings!..have a great weekend. Sandi

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  9. I love your doll house, I can't wait to see it when it's finished!!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by. I should be posting at least once a week from now on. I can't wait to see it done too, Sandi

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  10. Nice work, Sandi--you and your husband are doing such a terrific job. Thanks so much for sharing your Barbie "dream" house with all of us at Vintage Charm!

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Thank you for any and all comments. I will reply to any questions!
And great to meet you, Sandi