Castle Restoration – 1 in a Series

I have recently uncovered in the attic the dollhouse-size castle made for our son when he was a little boy.

The dollhouse is in 3 sections which can be easily reassembled.
The castle was made in assemblable pieces.

It’s been in the attic for 20 years. Now that I’ve rediscovered it I’m going to try and refurbish it in a series of steps since it is in rough shape.

The castle sits on a grassy base on which has been painted a watery mote.
The castle sits on a grassy base on which has been painted a watery mote.

I started with the plywood base which is painted blue and mostly unseen except for the “water” in the mote and the grassy border.

Edge of the castle's plywood base with the splintered trim removed.
Edge of the castle’s plywood base with the splintered trim removed.

The edge of the base had splintered so I removed it.

The slender strips are castle trim.
The slender strips are castle trim.

I cut (mitered) and painted screen door bead to replace the trim.

I used small nails to attach the trim -- a tacker gun would also work.
I used small nails to attach the trim — a tacker gun would also work.
The edge of the base is trimmed with painted screen door bead.
The edge of the base is trimmed with painted screen door bead.

The trim was painted on all sides then nailed around the entire edge with wire nails.

The castle erected on the dining room table.
The front of the castle erected on the dining room table.

Once the base was cleaned and trimmed I decided to set up the entire castle.

The drawbridge actually lowers over the mote.
The drawbridge actually lowers over the mote.

The water in the mote is just visible at the entrance.

Back of the castle with openings for decorating play.
Back of the castle with openings for decorating play.

I am not sure this is the correct set-up although I don’t know how else it would go together.

The tower have a room lined in gold where the crown jewels are kept.
The tower has a room lined in gold where the crown jewels are kept.

I’m sure I have an old photo in the albums in the attic that would help.

Do you start whimsical projects to keep you from progressing on real work?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Castle Restoration – 1 in a Series”

    1. I hadn’t realized how much detail I put into it the first time around — marble floors, papered walls — it’s fun to revisit it. Jo

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