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  1. thank you Jo! It is really funny because I didn't think my boys would be into the dollhouse. My 10 year old is interested in the build process and how it looks but my 7 year old (almost 8) fell in love with the house! He plays around with a few of the furniture pieces that came with it, and he has chosen "his" room in the house and how he wants to decorate it. It makes me so happy!! I can't wait to get it all completed so he can play with me. I also offered to build him a super hero house once i get the two i'm working on completed.
  2. Sounds good. Any tips on refinishing the stairs in a house that is already put together? Looks like they stained the stairs but did not put any sealant on them so it is looking a bit faded and "ugly". Not sure if I want to paint the entire staircase, just the banisters, leaving the steps looking wooden. In the Garfield, the upper stairs are more difficult to get into. I'm super scared of pulling them out to fix!
  3. Also, can I call/contact Greenleaf about replacement parts? Most of the windows on the Garfield have spray paint on them, and the wraparound porch is too broken to repair.
  4. If I stain the base floor, can I still use wood glue to glue the sticks to it or is there a better option?
  5. I figured out how to get it into my guest bedroom, I removed the door from the frame! It wasn't easy as I was all alone, but I got this huge dollhouse in the spot I will keep it in. The room is semi shabby chic. I am considering many color schemes at the moment. Once I tackle the siding, I'll have a better idea of what I want it to look like.
  6. I ordered a large lot of them (1000), based off of tutorials I saw. I also picked up a bag of popsicle sticks from the 99 cent store today. I'll play around with the options. I don't mind sanding the edges and or filling in minor gaps.
  7. WOW! that is amazing! I'm going to have to look up this egg carton technique!
  8. Hello! It does feel solid so that's good! For the willow, I'm going to paint the exterior siding white and the shutters black, dark red door. The shingles I would like to stain a dark grey color. The two chimneys I would like to add a brick-like finish to them. Also planning on adding mainly wood flooring with coffee stir sticks, tile (or fake tile) in bathrooms and kitchen. This is how I basically want it to look on the outside.
  9. I had no idea how big this house would really be. It definitely will not fit in any of my bedrooms. It will stay in the living room.
  10. I also easily removed a fireplace inside of the house (which was oddly placed against stairs and was bugging me haha)... that removed very easily.
  11. It looks like wood glue. The only things I am considering pulling apart are the doors and windows (the window inserts got a lot of spray paint on them) and adding my own windows to them... as well as working doors. All of the railing outside needs to be replaced.
  12. Hi, 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.
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