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  1. Thanks again for your super helpful comments, and thanks Sable for reaching out to your cousin. I'd love to be in contact with her if you think she'd be helpful. So here's my UPDATE: - I really want to do the rehabbing myself, but I hope this community and other professionals can help guide me. I also want to honor the original history but fill it with new memories for my family. -I removed my friend's target wallpaper to reveal the old wallpaper in sad shape, but so cool! -I dismantled the old electrical elements. It freaked me out that they could be a fire hazard
  2. Wow the internet is amazing. In less than 24 hours, I've learned that this house was produced in Germany by the Moritz Gottschalk company. Because it has a red roof, it dates somewhere around 1928. I'm in a pickle here, because I genuinely love this house and would love to paint it whatever color I think would be fun and youthful but still do a good job fixing it up, but does that compromise the history? Should I restore it to it's original appearance even though I don't think it's that attractive? I don't want to sell it but maybe I'd be ruining any chance at value by tweaking it? Then again,
  3. Thanks to you both for your quick commenting! Are all of these giant old dollhouses from kits? The Tri-ang style doesn't look compatible to what I have here. Mine has a rounded front porch with columns and the roof line is hipped with a front gable. To me, it looks like cardboard??? covers the outside wood. That can't be, but just the way that the water has damaged it, it looks like cardboard layers peeling back. Plywood definitely makes up the main house. It's got old electric wiring that doesn't work (but SO cool)....wonder if it's outside my talents to get that going again. My friend covere
  4. Don't forget the best time to plant fruit trees is 10 years ago, but the second best time is today! Wish I had mature trees in my yard- that's always the hardest part for me (can't really keep them alive and so sad to lose my investment) good luck!
  5. Wow, I'm a newbie... this is dollhouse dreamy!
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    Wow this is so creative and beautiful!
  7. Thanks to you both for your quick commenting! Are all of these giant old dollhouses from kits? The Tri-ang style doesn't look compatible to what I have here. Mine has a rounded front porch with columns and the roof line is hipped with a front gable. To me, it looks like cardboard??? covers the outside wood. That can't be, but just the way that the water has damaged it, it looks like cardboard layers peeling back. Plywood definitely makes up the main house. It's got old electric wiring that doesn't work (but SO cool)....wonder if it's outside my talents to get that going again. My friend covere
  8. Hi, I'm Melanie. I was given this massive dollhouse from a friend, and I'm so pumped to start working on it. I have two little girls and I'm hoping to have it up and running in a few years (right now they are 2 and 2 mos). Evidently the dollhouse is my friends' great grandmothers and was brought over from Europe. It has water damage, missing pieces, warped roof, lead paint probably, but I'm still super pumped to do what I can and make it functioning (but not a masterpiece) for my kids. Would love to show everyone, but I guess I need to do 5 posts before I can ask for advice?
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