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  1. I have built two Garfields- one inverted. While it is the largest, I find it to actually be one of the easier builds that I have done. I agree with what others have said about taping everything first as a dry fit before you glue. I would recommend doing your interior decorating (floors, wallpaper, paint) before assembling as it is a bit difficult to reach the "hall" areas around the steps. I would also leave the doors and window seat areas off until you have decorated so that you can continue to work in these areas. I replaced the French doors with the premade hinged kind and have never glued them in to improve access. One thing I would also recommend is making sure your pieces are flat until you use them. The Garfield pieces are so big that they warp easily. This is especially true of the tower pieces. Once you dry fit the tower and are satisfied, glue them immediately and then wrap them in tape to hold them while they dry. Looking at my directions regarding the foundation, I agree that they want you to fit the pieces together first (tape them with masking tape or painter's tape) and then glue them once you are sure that you have them all correct. One strategy that I use is to treat it like a puzzle. If I'm not sure about how to put pieces, I experiment with them (with tape) until I get it to look like the picture or until it works. One of the great things about the Garfield is that there is some flexibility in design. I have moved the front door location, added walls, etc. It really is my favorite house design. Good luck, and I'll be happy to help if you have future questions. PS: The house in my avatar picture is my Garfield. I turned it into an English country manor house so a very different look than the Victorian design.
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    I love this room box! I hope your cat behaves himself better than mine do around my houses. Good luck in the contest!
  3. 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.
  4. Do you know the name of the dollhouse? People are often willing to share their directions. Some are also online.
  5. 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.
  6. I love the roof and those rafters supporting it. I hope they are salvageable.
  7. I have never attached the steps because mine are bashes, but this post from someone else may help. If you scroll most of the way down, there is a closeup picture of the steps. I hope it will help. http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?s=8c52ca49fbc0f0d490e332b609574b55&app=gallery&album=247
  8. I would try contacting Greenleaf. I had a kit that was missing an entire wood sheet, and they sent me a new one free of cost- no questions asked.
  9. 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. http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?s=8c52ca49fbc0f0d490e332b609574b55&app=gallery&album=247
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    This is such a cool idea! What a great tribute to your mom and grandparents.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Rescue cats are wonderful! I have three of them- each with their own story.
  15. 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.
  16. 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. ;)
  17. I know this scene quite well. Kitties are such good helpers.
  18. 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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    I love the stone walls. I need to learn how to do that.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Very impressive! I can never keep my lines that straight- even with the ruler.
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