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Brand new to this website. I am really brand new to making Halloween item too. But I jumped in head first and I am having a blast creating this stuff. I started a project for my daughter, a haunted dollhouse. Just curious if anyone else has done this and has any advice. My biggest fear is that the paint will just flake off after a short period of time. The first picture is what it looked like in the beginning.
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Thanks. Once I get it completely painted and put it back together, I plan on gluing some moss and vines along the sides of it. It has been super fun doing it. Been looking for more dollhouses to paint.
 

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Looks great! I love the way you creeped it up. :)

As for the paint flaking, I know Krylon makes a spray paint especially for plastic, but I've never used it so can't say how well it works. Maybe a clear matte spray would help protect it, but since it's for your daughter, I don't know how long the smell of the paint would linger.
 

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First of all, that looks fantastic! :)

My daughter has suggested something similar with a VERY large dollhouse that she has, and we're trying to figure out a 'look'. I think we may take some liberal inspiration and ideas (e.g. steal) from Disney's Haunted Mansion.

With that said, the plastic question is a tricky one, especially given how far along your project is. However, I would offer the following comments in general.

- Sanding plastic will likely help with adhesion of paint
- Cleaning with alcohol will likely assist as well
- Using a primer coat prior to painting will improve the final result
- Krylon 'Fusion' is designed to work well with plastic (Mentioned by lizzyborden above, and largely true in my experience)
- A flat matte sealer might help with the long term results (e.g. Testors 'Dull Cote')

Best of luck with the rest of your project!
 

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That looks great! Years ago, I had a dollhouse that I was creating to be my interpretation of The Magic Box, the shop from Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv show. I loved making everything creepy & aged!

I absolutely agree with using the Krylon spray paint in the future, even if only for a base coat - I've used it on an outdoor plastic playhouse before, and then *definitely* seal it when you are done. Using a sealer is going to be key, and since the house will be played with, maybe even a couple of coats of sealer after it dries thoroughly each time.

Another person on the forum was talking recently about doing a Halloween miniature shadowbox. I sent them the link below because I came across it & thought it was fun inspiration for a spooky dollhouse - it's furniture but with a Halloween twist!

http://www.collectionsetc.com/product/collectible-halloween-mini-furniture-set--5-pc.aspx?rvi=1

Hope to see more photos as you finish!

 

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Looks great! It reminds me of a book I had as a kid with a little girl witch who had a haunted dollhouse!
 

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Brand new to this website. I am really brand new to making Halloween item too. But I jumped in head first and I am having a blast creating this stuff. I started a project for my daughter, a haunted dollhouse. Just curious if anyone else has done this and has any advice. My biggest fear is that the paint will just flake off after a short period of time. The first picture is what it looked like in the beginning.
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I'm not a bid doll or dollhouse fan, but this looks Fantastic. Great transformation scarygiant the aging and patina are to nicely detailed.
 

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Thank you everyone. I just got back from vacation and I am getting back into painting this again. Hopefully I can have some more pictures in a few days.
 

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That's looking awesome! I really want to come over & play with it! :D
My favorite part of dolls/dollhouses/barbies has always been setting up the furniture & arranging the rooms. Are you going to make the furniture or buy some? Or both? Do you have a doll family that will live there already?
 

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I have all of the plastic furniture that came with it. I may just paint that. I put a black coat on the table that came with the house and that will be my first piece of furniture once I "scary" it up. Surprisingly, dollhouse furniture is expensive.
 

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Love it! It turned out wonderful! I especially love the touch of the boarded up windows - great detail! This is going to be something fun to do each year for a long, long time! Perhaps something your DD's children will play with someday! :D
 

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Well, your awesome redo totally inspired me to try my hand at one for my kids. My DD4 had a dollhouse already that I didn't want to change, so I redid a Castle playset instead, and we'll pack it up each year & bring it out again at Halloween. There are a bunch of pics in my album called "Projects 2015" , so I'll only post one here to show you what you made me do. Ha ha ha!

Thanks for the inspiration!


 
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