Dolls House Makeover

January 07, 2017

I had lots of fun before Christmas working on a Lidl dolls house makeover. I picked up the house November 2015; N was obviously far too young at that stage so I tucked it away in the back of a cupboard until she could enjoy all the little bits and pieces that come with pretend dolls house living.

The original buy looked like this:

I'm not a lover of red for a start but rather liked the blank canvas of all the natural wood and it was cheap as chips so no worries if it didn't turn out or got bashed about by a two year old. I also liked the idea of no sanding so painted everything with chalk paint,  a soft white with teal for the windows and some of the furniture and then two shades of grey for the interior.

It's quite addictive doing this stuff, I spent two hours one night trying to track down the wood burning stove - it was a must have as Sara and Craig moved before Christmas into a lovely house with 3 wood burning stoves, as you can see from the first photograph N has one in her bedroom so there just had to be one in the bunny abode. To save you hours of time, you can get one here: Ebay, I would directly contact the seller about availability as she was incredibly helpful when I ordered mine. The log basket is some old gardening twine I sewed together to make a basket.

My daughter and her husband are huge fans of Scandi decor so sourcing fabric examples online from Marimekko and other scandi textile shops was the way to go, printing them on to photo fabric I picked up ages ago at Amazon. The cushions and bedding are hand sewn, it just seemed easier to do it this way rather than fiddle about with a sewing machine, the cushion on the base of the sofa is a sample of fabric picked up in a sofa shop, lots of tiny free samples perfect for a dolls house sofa! Mummy rabbit also got a makeover with fabric printed to photo fabric, Sylvanian families are great but what's with the frilly apron and dress! N wouldn't know who this person was supposed to be - this Mummy is channelling Cos Lol! 

The carpets and tiles are also sourced online then printed on to canvas paper for a bit of texture. As it's a bunny house, most of the artwork has a rabbit of some description - family portraits sourced mainly from Etsy, I also knitted a couple of blankets and made a macrame hanging on a tooth pick with some 4 ply wool from my stash. The spider plant in the kitchen is a chopped up artificial leaf bound together with wire and placed in self hardening clay in a wooden plant pot which is actually a Cholula lid.  The copper bowls are from the plumbing department in B&Q - I think they are something to do with radiators but who knows...just go and have a look, there will be a piece of copper that is perfect! Ebay is brilliant for lots of miniature bits and pieces and I'll no doubt add some more but for the moment daughter is concerned about 'choke hazards' so the tiny cups were removed after Christmas day and will return at a later date, it doesn't seem to have impacted on N's enjoyment of the house and Mummy has left the red wine in the kitchen ... I guess that is to reflect lifestyle! 


Esther Andrews said...

Oh, Fiona! I am gobsmacked! What an exquisite labor of love!! I love every little detail.

Maureen Reynolds said...

You have truly outdone yourself. Oh please blog more!

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