THE BIG STRIP
Now the house has been disassembled, it is now the hard and messy job of removing old paint and paper. The outside of the house has the original paint, with light blue gloss layer, topped with white gloss, a bit like a layer cake.
The internal walls does have original wall and floor paper, hidden underneath various colours of gloss paint. I did manage to save quite a large piece of floor paper.
This was a very slow job, I was able to scrape and peel most of the white gloss paint off, the blue layer needed paint stripper. The original paint could not be saved, so needed stripping back to bare wood. Care has to be taken with the removal of the original paint, as it possibly contains lead. I stripped it using paint stripper and a small blade, it did peel away quite easily. On some parts the paint could be removed with just a light spray of water, and a gentle scrape with a blade. I then took it outside to sand.
Many of the old Triang doll houses seemed to lack finish, this can be seen in the picture above showing how rough the wood surface is.
My pile of old stripped wood, one day this will be a doll house