40 year old Dollhouse

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Category Other
Style Retro / Vintage on

What materials did you use? This summer I attempted to refurbish my 40 year old, 3 room San Francisco dollhouse, which had been laguishing in the attic. Poor thing was in a sad state of dis-repair. We build it around 1970. The renewal project required several coats of paint, new wallpaper, new wood trim, crown molding & baseboards for the rooms, etc. I used scraps of lace for curtains and the old Dremel tool got a big workout. The project took me about 2 months of daily work to complete. Is a dollhouse ever completed? No, there is always something to change. Next, I am going to put "gingerbread' on the side windows. My dollhouse is going on my enclosed deck/sunroom that I am converting into my sewing and craft space. on

What are you most proud of? I like the way it turned out after so much work. I tried to stay to scale (1" = 12") and used as much detail as I could afford. I bought new molding and baseboard for the rooms and used some of my scrapbook paper for wallpaper. on

What advice would you give someone starting this project? By all means, BUY A KIT! Don't try to do it from scratch. It was a big project just to renew it. Study magazines and books for examples of rooms. Maybe one should start out with just a room and detail it out for a starter project. This can grow quite expensive. on

I am inspired!!!

08/23/2011 Flag

Thank you so much for you comment. The project just grew and grew, as friends made suggestions for improvement.

08/23/2011 Flag

I love it!!! Mine is a victorian with a wraparound porch. It is so big that I cannot afford to furnish the poor thing! Just rehabbed it last year after it had been stored all broken and shabby in the garage. it still has the crappy furniture we put in it in 1982 when my husband built it from a kit for our daughter. I have seven grandsons now and they all are really taken with it. I would love to rewallpaper but I can't imagine how I could reach inside. should I paint primer over the stained wallpaper first? I am so inspired! Beautiful job.

09/02/2011 Flag

Thank you for you comment. I used to have a large 8 room Cape Cod doll house but I gave it to my daughter to refinish. I bought an old coffee table and refinished itI to put the doll house on. I furnished it with furniture made from kits.

09/23/2011 Flag

love it

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