Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DIY Dollhouse

Remember when I gave my vintage doll house a makeover for Olive at Christmastime??

Did you have a doll house when you were little??

I had always envisioned giving it to Olive when she got a little older and this past Christmas seemed like the perfect time.   I'm excited to tell you all about the process today.

The doll house was something I got as a little girl from my parents.  We had planned to paint and decorate it, but never got around to finishing the project.  That made it really easy for me to customize it for Olive.  My mom dug it out of their attic and my sister delivered it to me.

My supply list was really easy.  Everything came from Wal-Mart.
Paint brushes
white paint
light and dark pink paint
purple paint
a couple of shades of green paint

Hand painting the whole thing definitely took longer than I expected.  I had to do two coats on the white and light pink.  It was still a fun project.  I'm just glad I started it weeks in advance.

I opted not to put on the front door and porch rails for a more updated look.  I wiped the whole thing down before I started painting.

I ended up doing 4 or 5 late night painting sessions in December.  I'd make sure everyone was sound asleep and then take over our kitchen island to paint.  Let it dry for a bit.  Then cover it up until I got a chance to paint again.

I painted the whole exterior of the house white first.   Then the floors got painted white.

Next, I went room by room to paint the inside.  I picked Olive's favorite colors for the inside.

Once it was all dry, I felt like it needed a little something extra on the outside. 

I'm a HUGE fan of window boxes in real life so I knew window boxes would be a fun addition.  I just started painting flowers of all shapes and sizes until the box looked full.  I'd do the same type of flower on every box and then move on to a new flower.  I went in and added in stems in a variety of greens once the flowers are done.  This part of the project ended up being my favorite. 

Upstairs window boxes:

Downstairs window boxes:

Olive loves it and that makes me so happy!  She plays with her Calico Critters, little dolls and anything else that will fit inside.

I had some vintage dolls and furniture to give her and then we asked for some new wooden doll house furniture for her for Christmas.  It's a fun assortment that she is always rearranging.

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  1. Aw, I love it! It's things like this that make me sometimes wish I had a little girl!


  2. That is darling and I bet she loves playing with it. We love Calico Critters at our house and they also remind me of my childhood :)! xoxo ERIN

  3. You did such a great job! Those window boxes are the perfect final touch. Thanks for giving us a peek inside!

  4. I love it! The paint brings the house to life. We had a Fisher Price house that we got for Christmas one year, and we played with it all the time. Mom kept it, and now the grandkids love getting it out to play with.

  5. This is so adorable! I love the flowers under the windows!

  6. Love this little house❤️❤️..Great job on decorating it...I had a doll house when I was a little girl..Don’t remember much about it except it had electric lights and it was white...It had to be special or I would not remember it..Little girls have to be a lot of fun in their own way just as boys are but not all of us get to experience it...Love my little granddaughters.


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