Dollhouse Project Part 2

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.

I used my leftover house paint, and I’m in love with the colours! It just pops!

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

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New project: building my VERY first dollhouse!

I just bought a house! Well a tiny house. A dollhouse kit that is!

I had a whole bunch of miniature spaces and places that created a mismatched world as a kid: think of Polly Pockets hanging out with Barbie’s, Little People, and Lego houses! Hey, they made it work! Then growing up, the PC game The Sims came along and brought dollhouses to the digital world (with extra drama!) I loved creating lives I could never have for my tiny people and I credit those imaginative times with who I am today!

But I never had a dollhouse of my own. Now an adult, I’ve been gawking at pretty dollhouses for years and have been itching to fulfill my childhood dream and build one and fill it with tiny colourful furniture, adoreable re-ment items, and watch the equally tiny people go about their cute everyday lives. My real house was even inspired by my visions of cute pink dollhouses! Mind you, I didn’t think it would be SUCH a process (decorating my real house might just be easier!)

Just a tiny little four room house – quaint and cozy indeed!

I finally came across the Arthur by Greenleaf, which is considered a very good project for absolute beginners. Everything is included in the box except for the glue and the paint. The actual frame of the house can be thrown together in just a few hours, but the painting, details, and oh goodness – THE SHINGLES (!) are going to take a while.

Eventually it’s going to be painted… PINK (shocking, I know!) I’m going to share my building adventures here.

The inspectpurr checking it out 😉 It’s currently a “dry build” – meaning I’m putting the pieces together with tape instead of glue to make sure everything fits. But seems pretty sturdy!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite dollhouses and miniaturists for inspiration!:

  • Pinkinparadise808 on Instagram is SUPER talented and decorates her massive Garfield (my ultimate dreamhouse!) in meticulous shabby chic decor! Her pics frequently pop up on Pinterest and they look SO legit that they are often mistaken for “real” decor!
  • I came across Beargarden on Flickr a few years ago which ignited my dreams for a cute pink dollhouse! It’s a home populated by bears and bunnies and filled with re-ment and adorable homemade furniture.
  • Robin Carey is one of the most “well known” dollhouse maker on the internet. They are so darn pretty and inspirational.
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reading threads on The Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum. So many ideas, so little time!
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