Restoration – Below are links to the various Triang Dolls Houses I have restored with a few little tips and lots of pictures. Many of these dolls houses are well past there play by date, some just looking for a lick of paint and a freshen up, others had problems with wood worm and water damage. Each was a challenge and I learnt a few new skills and techniques along the way, like filling a gap made by woodworm with kitchen roll and glue, doing a bit of beam [brass] rubbing with pencil and paper. It was a bit like make it up as I went along, that’s why I thought I would pass these tips on to you.
I restored this Triang Stockbroker House a few years ago, it was a very long job. All the paint had to be stripped off the outside, and the wallpaper removed from the inside [no original paper remained]. While stripping the paint I discovered woodworm on one side, and had to be treated. Some small pieces of wood had also to be replaced, at they had rotted. One good thing was that the roof was in good condition, with just a few corners to be repaired. It was painted brick red. I don’t have any pictures of this house in its original condition, so most of them are the completed house.
My first Triang restoration was a very sorry sight, it had been completely over painted with white emulsion, and beams had been painted in black gloss. The windows only had frames, which had been painted with silver paint, and the opening windows had been replaced with perspex.
This house is a No.62, I was not sure at first as it has window boxes and the fret work on the front is more decorative than the others I have seen. This is my second restoration, and what a sad house it was, only half a roof, all the wallpaper was water damaged. It had been over pained, with rough flowers on. Although the window had curtains on them, most of them were rotten, and the frames rusty. This was to be a job and a half. I think this is my favourite house.
This house had been over painted on the outside, so I stripped off the old paint and repainted it, and gave it a coat of varnish to protect it. I removed the beams and repaired the missing pieces and repainted them brown.The roof needed retaping along the joins of the roof and a coat of paint to tidy it up.It has Triang floor paper, but it is a bit worn. The paper on the walls was quite badly water stained, and could not be saved.The windows needed to be stripped and repainted, as they showed signs of rust.
It is in a bit of a sorry state, but structurally it is sound. The inside was decorated with normal standard house size paper, and carpet, I think it must have had a rabbit living in it, say no more. The outside has been overpainted, and parts of the stickers are missing. It does not show much signs of rust though. The door is also missing.The windows have been overpainted in orange,the house must have been secured with parcel tape at some time, this is the worst thing to use, as if it is left on for any length of time it is very difficult to remove without causing damage to the paintwork.
This is the latest addition to my collection, a bit of a squeeze in the shed, but it will fit. I had originally bought this house to use for spares, but I fell in love with it and as the condition was quite good I have decided to keep it. It even has its door knocker and letter box on the door, also the little window next to the door.
I have started to remove the paint from the metal front, I think it has been treated with a green paint for rust. There is not a lot of the original paint remaining. When I removed the paint I found that on the remaining original paintwork there was painted flowers, which I was surprised to find. I thought that these houses were either plain or decorated with flower decals. I should be able to copy these when I repaint the front.
Here we go again, a new dollshouse to add to my collection. It needs slight renovation but all together in not too bad condition. I bought this at an auction, the first one I have ever been to, so I was glad I had the highest bid. I don’t really have room for another house but it looked so lonely I just had to have it, I will make room somehow, with a little rearranging.The roof has been papered, so this will have to be stripped off, but the roof looks in quite good condition underneath.
Here I go again, I could not resist this dollshouse. A bargain at £15. It has been overpainted outside and the roof, the windows have also been overpainted and are very rusty. It has original wallpaper throughout but is very tatty and has stickers on it and crayon marks. I do not think I will be able to keep the wallpaper, but might be able to save enough to do one wall. One thought I had,was to photograph the paper and copy and print it using my computer. With only one and a half window inserts, they should not be hard to find.
This is a lovely looking house with brick facing and a porch/arch around the door, and a window box under the top window. It has 4 good-sized rooms. Although not all the windows are complete, each window has a frame which is a bonus, as inserts can be sorted out later. The main problem with this house is the woodworm, luckily the front panels have no worm holes. The upstairs windows had shutters on either side of the windows, I had made some of these for one of my other dolls houses, so they will be no problem to replace.
This is my next challenge, quite a big one I think, very basic only a wooden carcass no fittings apart from 4 window frames and garage doors to work with. I have had this house for a while, I bought it from a carboot sale for £10, it has been in my greenhouse providing spiders with a home. I was not sure if I was going to do anything with it, or not it is quite a large house.
It was described as a vintage dollshouse in the auction catalogue, I just could not resist and went along to see what was on offer, could it be a long lost Triang Dollshouse. In amongst old dusty furniture, books and decorative china on a rickety old bookcase sat a little dollshouse. Not the rare Triang Dollshouse I was hoping for, but quite sweet anyway. I’d take a chance and bid, it needed a good home and a little care and attention, I was sure I could make room for it. “£20 for the vintage dollshouse”, my hand shot up “Any more bids?”, and the hammer goes down. I was now the proud owner of ……….
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