Friday, May 7, 2010

Renovation: Fading to Brown

this house gets first place, or i should say, 'worst place' winner. 

Just wanted to put up another brown Barbie doll house. As a restorer of these well made homes, I am always fascinated at how far gone they are after cooking 20+ years in an attic that probably gets to be 150+ degrees in the summer. I forget what this one went for, but people sell these things an absolute wreck. Everytime I bathe a new one it always leaves a serious ring around my tub, plus takes several cans of white spray paint to conceal the aged patina. I dont know why the plants are so frequently missing, but at least they are the most easily replaced thanks to your neighborhood petstore aquarium section. The right side picture is a different house, but illustrates the lack of care most evilbay sellers have towards these nearly 35 year old toys, throw it on the floor, get as much money for it as you can, and if you can't get what they want then its trash and not worth their time to pack it up. my last house of course was shipped with NO PACKING material whatsover so it saved the cheap and  lazy seller a couple of bucks (maybe). As a former chemistry student I still have no idea why the fading is so hit and miss, and wether its heat, ultra violet sunlight or both.

white spray paint should fix this. 
Really bad fading, of course the walls and post covers can be repainted white,. for the doors i would recommend yellow tape from the automotive dept at walmart, autozone or even at micheals. just trim around the edges and it will look much better. 

Nothing a few bottles of spray paint cant fix. 

1978 Mattel A Frame Barbie Dream Doll House Red roof yellow floors mod groovy 1970s 1980s custom OOAK

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