A project like this is not for a beginner or for someone who wants a quick result. it takes much more time than indicated but with care and patience you can have a wonderful looking end result. You must also be creative when reading the directions and not be afraid to do what you think might work better. In the end, it will all even out. My husband and I made this beautiful doll house for our granddaughter and I feel certain it will be a family heirloom that will be passed on to future generations.
The Magnolia kit was the one I selected as the first dollhouse I ever attempted.
I found the kit to be almost ideal for a first-timer. The materials quality was good, with perhaps a few flaws. I found the fit to be good.
I found myself fabricating a few pieces (from left-over sections of the cut-outs) that I felt were good add-ons if not "necessary" -- for example, some reinforcement strips for the open edges of the second floor, to strengthen and improve appearance).
I found the detail to be good and the finished result very satisfying. My only compllaint might be that the instructions are sometimes a bit difficult to follow, take careful reading.
I had fun doing it, and best of all, my grand-daughter LOVES it !!
I would recommend it, especially for beginners. In fact, I'm soon ordering another one to built for a raffle fundraiser.
We bought this for our five year old daughter for Christmas. My husband just took it out of the packaging last night to start the dreaded assembly and was pleasantly surprised at how easily it went together. Within only a couple of hours, he had most of the dollhouse put together. Only one drawback was that some of the screws were painted to match the interior but there were no directions on where they should go which lead to a couple times having to go back and replace screws with the correct ones once the right color was found. The house is sturdy so there is no worry of it breaking with heavy play and the quality of the house in general is well worth the price we paid. Very happy with our purchase.
This dollhouse does require full assembly, but the instructions are very well labeled such that my 11 year old did most of it with just a little assistance. The quality of the pieces is very good and we really enjoyed watching the house come to life. I did find two of the pieces that were damaged, not working properly. A simple online chat with Overstock.com arranged for immediate replacement. I'm confident this piece is going to bring several years of joy and where I was originally skeptical about the price point, I'd say the number of accessories along with the construction quality makes it good value for the money.
This dollhouse kit makes a very large, elegant, and sturdy dollhouse that will make any young girl happy for years and made well enough that she can hand it down to her children one day.
First off - this is a kit, much like a model ship, or jigsaw puzzle it will take time (10-18 hrs of work) to put it together. This was my 2nd dollhouse kit from Greentree and I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of every product they make. The 'Orchid" is one of their oldest and best.
As for Overstock- the product arrived very fast and well packaged with no complaints at all. Very well done.
Some advice to those purchasing this wonderful gift for any young girl. Follow the instructions exactly- dont skip ahead. Prime bare wood pieces with any cheap primer before painting, or wood conditioner before staining - finishing.
Some advice- use paper plates to keep parts and pieces organized and seperated, especially while they dry after finishing. I encourage using a glue gun with 'high heat, multipurpose or wood glue sticks', as well as fast tack construction adhesive for large parts. All of this can be found at most any store for a few bucks.
I hope this review helps, and enjoy a very fun project which will give smiles for years to come.
While this is a moderately easy kit, if you have any trouble, goto their website forums (Manufacturers) for help or great advice from miniturerists that post great pics and ideas.
My mentee and I have had a great time working on this doll house. It's a little hard sometimes to follow the instructions. I recommend you label all the pieces and separate them into large envelopes but otherwise this has been nothing but a blast. We did have a replicated sheet and a missing sheet of wood pieces but the Greenleaf people were lightning fast getting us our needed pieces. Do a thorough inventory before you start.
I have an older model, which is plain unpainted wood, and is much enjoyed by girls and boys in my office waiting room. I wanted to buy this toy for my grand-nephew, and I'm disappointed to see that you have added color. This is not bad per se, but the colors are very girlish, and I think would discourage a boy from playing with it, for even at young ages, boys have already usually been taught to avoid pink toys. This is sad, but I would be more inclined to buy this if it was a more neutral color, such as green or yellow. Even blue is acceptable to all genders of children. In my experience, little boys also like pretend play with houses and families, so this is disappointing.
I purchased this castle for my granddaughter's 4th birthday, which is today. I know she'll love it, because I bought the regular fold & go castle for her over 2 years ago at a yard sale. It had been drawn on with crayons, a few of the stairs were broken, and most of the accessories were missing. With all that, it has been her favorite toy! She still plays with it everyday! She's into the whole pink and princess things, so this one is perfect! Thanks for the great quality product!
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My granddaughter loves this dollhouse. She spends hours playing with it.
Making the choice to purchase this dollhouse was one of the best choices I’ve ever made!! It was easy to assemble and great quality!
Perfect gift for my daughter
My daughter loves this mini dollhouse and the wooden family.
Beautiful dollhouse. Sturdy well made. I highly recommend it.
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