Dollhouse Makeover

2 Materials
4 Days

Updating a dollhouse that even you will want to play with πŸ˜‰

How I took this water damaged, colorful dollhouse and transformed it into this πŸ‘‡

First step, you will want to take the entire house apart!

I know this is a lot of work, but it is worth it!!!

and yes you will need many different sizes and kinds of drill bits/screwdrivers because no dollhouse can ever seem to use 1 kind of screw πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I thought I was all done sanding and then realized the one in the middle 😫

As for sanding, yes you will want to sand it down so the paint adheres better, but also sand down any rough imperfections.

As you can see here, this house had some ver serious water damage. 😬

I decided to spray paint the railing, elevator, and rooftop black to give it a modern look.

here is what my garage usually looks like during fixing/painting. πŸ˜‚

Once everything is dried completely it is time to assemble, and this is without directions 😬

just remember how fun it is to do it with directions and then imagine without!

As for the furnishings, I try to use what furniture the houses come with by painting, and adding small details, I also make some of the pieces by hand.

The bed was included in this house, so I tore it apart and painted it, then added new fabric for bedding and a comforter, I made the print, and greenery, and found the deer head on the wall in the Christmas section at the store, (I painted it black)

As for the kitchen, I found the stove and fridge at a store called wood connection, they are solid pieces of wood (they don’t open)

I painted the white, added some trinkets to the stovetop and painted the handles gold.

The dresser also came from wood connection, I left it the raw wood and simply painted the knobs black.

This kitchen is made from a graham cracker box, bbq sauce packet, beads and hook.

I found the salt and pepper shaker on eBay and made the little menu.

As for the bathroom, (this is my favorite)

I took the previous kitchen and converted it into the bathroom vanity by painting it black, and the hardware gold, added some towels (aka cut up rags)

took the previous tub and covered it with a marble contact paper.

I also made the prints and mirror to finish off the room.

Here it is in all its glory.

You can check out the entire process on my Instagram highlights under the Tamra

As for the cost of transforming a dollhouse, it just depends on how much you can find the house for, paint, flooring, and furnishings.

So every house is a bit different, but can be costly.

Let me know what you think, and if you would like to see other dollhouse transformations?

Suggested materials:
  • Contact paper   (
  • Paint
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