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How to paint your dolls’ house

July 14th, 2008

There are several ways to successfully paint your dolls’ house. You can use a brush, spray can or a sponge brush. It is always advisable to paint doors, windows, stairs etc before fitting, as once they are glued in, it will be almost impossible to get a good finish.

Here’s what to do;

Priming and sealing; always apply an MDF sealant or a 50 / 50 mix of PVA and water to the surfaces of your dolls’ house. The sealant will prevent paint or wallpaper paste being absorbed by the porous surfaces. This is best done before you start gluing your house together.

Types of paint; try to use satin finish oil-based or acrylic paints on your house, this will allow for wiping the surfaces clean of fingerprints and dust. You can clean the house with a slightly damp cloth if you have used these types of paint. You can find suitable paint at any DIY or hobby store. Look out for mini – sized ‘tester’ pots, they’re the perfect size for dolls’ houses.

Choosing your colours; Colour schemes are a really personal choice. Do your research by looking at magazines and websites, talk it over with your friends and family, and don’t forget our ‘Masterclasses‘ we have one dedicated to creating your colour scheme.

Quick Tips;

  • Always seal the panels first with MDF sealant or 50 / 50 PVA and water.
  • Before you begin to paint, sand all areas of raw wood.
  • Use an emery board to sand small areas and components.
  • Take your time choosong your colour scheme, make sure it’s what you really want.
  • Enjoy yourself, this is the fun part!



3 Comments to “How to paint your dolls’ house”

  1. hi
    i was wondering if you could advise me on painting the windows of a dolls house
    these windows are new wood
    do i first undercoat them with primer and them gloss
    or do i use an acrylic paint with no primer
    and also we have casement windows for the upstairs
    what paint should i use so that they slide up and down without sticking
    your advise please would be appreciated
    we will be up to your derbyshire showroom sonn to pick lights and wallpaper soon
    and if it takes my wife as long to decide on a dolls house paper as it does on our house we will be there all day
    many thanks

  2. Hello Robin,

    Have you seen the masterclass on painting and decorating your dolls’ house? http://www.dollshouse.com/dhe/masterclass/master-class-decorating.aspx That should help you but I’d also recommend asking the other dolls’ house enthusiasts in the forum at http://www.dollshouse.com/forum as they will be able to talk you through all the options.

    Hope that helps!

  3. The staircase in my dolls house already came painted white, I want it to look more Victorian so want to paint them a dark brown, am I best painting or staining them, and whats the best thing to use. Thanks

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