My dollhouse project is coming along! I started my build just three weeks ago, and the house is fully assembled and the majority is now painted.
Putting together the actual wood frame together was easier than I thought, and now most time consuming part is painting the details and *deep breath* the shingles.
Some things I’ve learned as a dollhouse building beginner that I wanted to share in case anybody else is thinking of taking the dive into the mini world:
- PLAN before you build! There are so many different options for dollhouses and an entire internet full of inspiration. Think about the end product as it’s going to be a feature of your big home If Victorian decor isn’t your thing, why not go ultra modern?! If you’re limited in space, a room box (think your grade 6 diorama) may be better for you!
- Build in a BIG place. You’d think miniature house, miniature construction zone, right? Well that’s absolutely wrong! My building area takes up every inch of my bedroom floor and part (as I needed somewhere to lock out the fur children!), and I could have used twice as much space.
- GO SLOW. Enjoy the process. I regret rushing the construction and the painting and think I could have done a better job. Your house is going to be with you forever after all!
- Use GOOD QUALITY paint. While technically you could use anything (ie. dollar store craft paint), paint quality really does matter and show. I have a lot of paint left from painting my house (Behr interior paint) and it covers easily (I used two coats) and looks beautiful.
- This is not a cheap project. While the kits themselves aren’t terribly expensive (I got my kit for $70 CAD) You will need to shell out some extra money for this build, as you will need: sanding paper, wood filler (for gouges in the wood), wood glue, tacky glue, scissors, masking tape, and paint (should you want to paint). Then of course the dollhouse furniture will cost you almost as much as the furniture in your real house (I kid – sort of…)!
- It IS possible for anyone to build a dollhouse! Even YOU! I was a bit put off by the idea of doing hard construction and being overwhelmed by memories of my middle school wood shop class! However, if it was enjoyable for a ruffly dress wearing cat lady, it’s enjoyable for everyone!
Can’t wait until it’s all done so I can show you around! <3
Some other resources I found helpful:
- My Pinterest board which may give you a ~small~ amount of inspiration!
- Official Greenleaf Arthur Dollhouse Kit Construction Blog
- How to paint a dollhouse