Keep Calm and Build a Dollhouse

I have seen this version of the ubiquitous Keep Calm sign in plenty of places online and in adorable pictures of others’ mini room boxes or houses.  It is proudly displayed on Kilmouski and Me’s blog (coolest blog/cat name by the way!).

Keep Calm and Build a Dollhouse Mini Sign For Sale on Etsy from Katies Clay Corner

Keep Calm and Build a Dollhouse Mini Sign For Sale on Etsy from Katies Clay Corner

You can purchase the sign above from Katie’s Clay Corner on Etsy (this image belongs to the store owner and it is not mine).  I am not associated with this mini seller.  It is present everywhere, but don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security… or anything else calm or serene or peaceful.

I have almost thrown my dear Europa dollhouse (as yet to be named: which is a good thing, as I may very well name it something quite ugly at the moment!) out of the window on a couple of occasions now.

Try as I may putting all the pieces back together after painting and wall papering most of the pieces is not happening.  I have proof that the dry fit worked I even took a photo, but now it does not.  My first attempt ended in tears and a declaration to my brother as I stormed up the stairs that if I ever wanted to build another one he should shoot me (it’s okay here – Australia – to request being shot, nobody has guns really).

The next day hubby took me to the hardware store and I bought a couple of 24inch clamps to assist in this endeavour (after showing him I could not get it to stay  together just to make sure it was not an I’m-a-girl-and-this-is-construction-albeit-on-a-small-scale© thing.)  And then it took me another day before I thought I would try them out.

With clamps there were more loud bangs and crashes and some muttered swearing.

The day after that I tried again, calmly unclamping and taking it all apart.  The bits I had optimistically added glue to on day one of attempting to build it got sanded away and a few of the edges were also sanded where paper or paint or glue was visible on any areas that needed to fit into the rebates and channels where the walls and floors should be fitting.

Artesania Latina Europa Failing to Fit together after Paper and Painting

Artesania Latina Europa Failing to Fit together after Paper and Painting

I am now satisfied with the way the base, back, sides and first floor fit together – with some squishing they look quite flush.

But the top floor (attic floor) still does not fit, after I sanded the edges of the divider wall and significantly filed down the top left side of the rear wall of the house since it seems that the left wall is (still) about 2-3mm shorter than I need it to be.  I am still going to need additional sanding or adjusting of bits and pieces to get it to stay together so that the roof will fit on it and also stay on it but I am not giving up.

I do need some therapy before I attempt anything else though, so just letting you know where we are at, and that right now, I would potentially purchase some of those Keep Calm signs… as fuel for a bonfire (insert maniacal laughter here).

Good Night, Wherever you Are!