Have you ever taken on a project you thought would go much faster than it did? That’s what happened with my dollhouse project. I know it’s been a while since I’ve had an update on how to make an old dollhouse new – part 2, but today the wait is over!
If you missed How To Make An Old Dollhouse New – Part 1, make sure to check it!
“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”
― Elbert Hubbard
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Priming & Painting The Dollhouse
Last time we met, the doll house was ready for priming and painting. Do that the fact that we don’t know how old this dollhouse is, we assumed led paint may have been used. Therefore, we used a primer made to seal lead paint before we starting painting with the Black Dog Salvage Paint.
I have loved using their products on this project! The best part..they have given me a code that you can use when ordering paint for yourself and receive a 20% discount! Just use the code COTTAGE20.
Once primed we painted the entire house, inside and out, with Clean Canvas from Black Dog Salvage Paint. We let the house dry overnight and then lightly sanded the outside of the house.
We did use some of the color Baby I’m Amazed, which is a yellow color, to paint the bedroom inside the house.
I wanted to keep the old fashion feel of the dollhouse and using wallpaper was the perfect addition.
I can certainly say this, dollhouse wallpaper is not cheap! If you plan on doing a DIY dollhouse and you are on a budget, wallpaper is not going to be the best route. Painting is much more budget-friendly and you can make the rooms look just as cute. I chose to do both in this house.
Accessories & Furniture
Adding the accessories and furniture was really the fun part for me! You can find dollhouse furniture and accessories at a variety of places. Most of what I bought came from Amazon and Etsy. Places like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and your local hobby stores will have pieces as well. I found that the hobby stores near me were way more expensive than what I could find elsewhere.
Using coupons at chain craft stores is always a good option too.
“The happiest adults are those who never buried old toys or abandoned imaginary friends.” Richelle E. Goodrich
The Last Step – (For Now)
The dollhouse originally had caster wheels on the bottom. We removed them when we first took the house apart. I wanted the dollhouse to have a little height to it, so adding wooden feet was the best option.
They come unfinished, so a little paint was all they needed!
Once dry, we glued them to the bottom of the house.
How To Make An Old Dollhouse New
So many people create and refurbish dollhouses as a hobby. You can really stretch the process out even over years and work on them for fun and relaxation.
The next time we build one, I think it might be from one of the amazing kits they have on the market now.
This dollhouse will continue to be a work in progress. There are always things to add and buy to make them more enjoyable and pretty!
The dollhouse is painted, wallpapered and most of the furnishings have been purchased. Like I said earlier, we still need to get the bathroom in order and I have some lighting and other accessories I would like to add, but for now it is ready to be played with.
Although this was a long process, it was so much fun doing it for our granddaughter! It is such a great joy for us to see her playing with it! Big Al and I pray her and her baby sisters will love it for years to come!