November 10, 2009

Doll House Rescue Mission!

I haven't quite finished my latest projects that I was going to post, so I thought I would share something that I worked on a while ago for my daughter. (if you're my friend on FB you've already seen this, so sorry if I'm boring you!)

I was on a desperate mission to find a wooden doll house several months ago, and I found this fixer-upper house in a thrift store, and I thought I would rescue it!
So I got out some acrylic paints and a toothpick, and (a day later!) ta-da! New life!

I made all the little furnishings myself, out of household things mostly, and some things from the $1 section at the craft store!
Wooden spools, sprigs of tiny flowers, a tiny beveled mirror from JoAnn's, and a fabric scrap rug for the entry way...
Wooden blocks and peanut butter lid table and chairs. And half a cardboard box for the fridge!
(And there I am in the kitchen, reading my to-do list!)
Two cardboard boxes with their lids glued to them for sofas, and a wooden block ottoman.
Scrap booking letters and half a cardboard treasure chest (from the craft store) for the nursery.
More boxes, and part of a shelf hanging thingy (it looked like a toilet to me...), and a flower I cut from my favorite fabric for the bathroom!
I seem to be missing the picture of the master bedroom, but I used tiny circle mirrors for the walls, and half of the box that my thumb tacks came in for the bed.


Happy little pumpkin! Her favorite part is the "people" which I made from little wooden spools from the craft store.
I remember doing this with my mom when I was little. We would use her cake stands as Barbie tables and things like that. I love teaching my daughter the same kind of creativity!

42 comments:

  1. You did awesome on this house! I can't wait to fix my old dollhouse for our daughter. You have some creative ideas!

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  2. This is by far the most creative and unique crafting idea I have seen in a long time. The original creativity and the ability to recycle objects and use them for a more meaningful project...OUTSTANDING!

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  3. Oh my gosh, this is ADORABLE!! Ummm...please sell these on your blog! (You could seriously ask $100 or more!)

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  4. I love this! It reminds me of the book "The Borrowers". I had a slight obsession with gathering household "trash" and using it in my doll house as a kid because of that book. Make sure you read it to your daughter in a few years :)

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  5. This doll house is adorable! I'm amazed to see how you made some of the furnishings....reminds me of my dollhouse growing up!! Thanks for the sweet memory.

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  6. We used to use the white little round things with legs that they used to hold up pizza boxes in the 80s for Barbie chairs :)

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  7. That's super cute! Love the ideas of all the simple things you can use around the house for furniture!

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  8. Get out, that is too cute. I would love to do something like that someday. You have some serious talent chica.

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  9. Maybe if I had a doll house as cute as this one, I'd leave my real house alone (and stop moving large life-size furniture).

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  10. I just got this same doll house from the Goodwill! I have been planning a renovation/decoration project, and you've given me inspiration! I can't wait to do this with my daughter! Great job!

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  11. That is SOOO cute! And I love that big pink rug in your daughter's room!

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  12. I just found your blog - you are so wonderfully amazing!

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  13. Oh! Oh! Oh!

    What a gorgeous job you've done! And your daughter obviously LOOOOOOOOVES it, I mean, who wouldn't? It's stylish & cute & crafty.... ahhhhhh. Everything one needs in the perfect doll house...

    BRAVO!

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  14. Oh - thank you for inspiring me! How fun!!

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  15. this makes me want a little girl!!

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  16. There is nothing better than a dollhouse for little girls to play with. I remember playing with the one my dad built for me for hours on end...

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  17. OH MY GOSH! The doll house is way too cute! Your daughter's smiling face says it all! Great Job!

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  18. I love it. I was just telling my husband today about the doll house I had growing up and how much effort my mom and dad put in to it. I know she will appreciate it and already does. Now, I need to find one to fix up.

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  19. Oh I LOVE it, I'm going to search our local thrift stores for a doll house to do this with. I've been looking for one for my 3 year old for Christmas and haven't been happy with what I've seen in the stores, all either plastic junky stuff or just too expensive with teeny tiny bits for her to break and swallow. You did an AMAZING job!!!!

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  20. ohhhh what a great job! this makes me want to be a little girl again and play dollhouse! :)

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  21. SOOOOO cute! I love it. You did an amazing job!!

    Emily
    http://projecticansurvive.blogspot.com

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  22. Disney, you did a wonderful job on this house. Your daughter looks so happy with it. I'm sure she is having hours of fun with it. You're a great mommy.

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  23. Absolutely precious! What a wonderful thing you did for your little girl.

    Just dropping by from the SITS roll call. Have a great day!

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  24. Great job! You never cease to WOW me.

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  25. What a fabulous amount of creativity! This is so beautifully and lovingly done, wonderful job!

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  26. Aww, it looks like your daughter is already loving it!

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  27. I love playing in my daughter's dollhouse! We decorate it for the holidays and I throw a surprise birthday party for her every year in her dollhouse. (I decorate one of the rooms for a mini-party.) Here are some pies you can make for your dollhouse out of bottle caps: http://katydiddys.blogspot.com/2008/10/baking.html

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  28. Just found your blog via your guest post at 30 days--and am so glad I did! You have such great ideas--this doll house is amazing. I love it! Looking forward to keeping up with you!

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  29. I am so in love with Paige's dollhouse! If only we could find more fixer-upper dollhouses.

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  30. I have that same dollhouse (Walmart special a few years ago) and was thinking of ditching it, but now that I see how pretty it can be made over, I'm rethinking that idea! :)

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  31. that's really a beautiful doll house!

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  32. Very cute! I also love the little pink piano. Where did you find that? So fun!

    (I LOVE your site! You are so creative!)

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  33. LOVE LOVE IT! That' looks like something I would do. I would use our pool table and turn it into barbie land, I'd have the bank in one pocket, and salon in the other, and an icecrem bucket for the swimming pool etc etc.
    My MOTTO...THERE's ALWAYS A SOLUTION!

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  34. Hi Disney, you have inspired me. I have my childhood dollshouse that my dad made for me over 40 years ago. It is in need of some tlc but your ideas are great and I will give them a go.

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  35. Doll houses are so versatile. I'm 19 and still use the one my mum and I made together. Now it stores my Venetian masks, magazines and the like. So much lovelier for storage then a set of cupboards or plastic containers.

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  36. Absolutely adorable!!! I love that you are teaching your daughter this "green" creativity and that you dont need to spend gobs of money in order to have a really neat toy. This toy is priceless!!

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