Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dollhouse Renovations

Yesterday, the kids and I turned DIY into DIT (Do It Together). Our daughter was given a dollhouse from my sister for her birthday. Years ago, our dad had made the house for her. Being her younger sister, I got to play with it too and I have many fond memories of it. After 25 years of sitting in our parents attic it became a little fixer upper.
It seemed like the perfect mother daughter project to me. And it was. I found out that my daughter has opinions about color and skills for painting. She likes to create and has great ideas. It let me focus on her and get to know another side of the little person that she is.

We put a fresh coat of paint on the exterior. She had a blast painting and it was a good exercise in giving up control for me. We also went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some supplies including shutters. Thank goodness she picked green and not hot pink...the thing does "live" in my living room after all.

We peeled off the old contact paper/wallpaper. Then, we used house paint to paint ceilings and walls white. They're not perfect but that wasn't the point. I know this because I had to remind myself about 50 times yesterday

I did talk her into using my living room paint color to paint the walls. I wanted to use paint that we already owned and it made me all the happier that she picked the living room paint since I know it will end up there.

Hobby Lobby had hard wood and tile floors for doll houses. I could really get into this! We went to the fabric section and found some faux fur to use as carpet. The other side of the fur is leopard print which is a little over the top for me but...hey, it's a doll house.

Now, we just need some furniture...

This post is a part of Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries.


Kristin said...

Ok you just gave me some great inspiration! I have a dollhouse that's been sitting in my attic for about 20 years. My brother made it for my mom (and me) when I was little. I'm going to have the man get it down for me this weekend. Thanks for sharing this!!! I'd love to see what you do with furniture and dolls, as every time I've looked it get s expensive!

Laurie said...

Way to go Super Mom! I am ordering your cape now.

Oh, and I totally have to remind myself to let my kids do stuff and not care if it's perfect. 'Cause I'm not perfect so why make them try to attain perfection? ;)

Country Gal said...

Love it! What a fun memory to make together!

Kayla Sue said...

What a fun project!! I was obsessed with doll houses when I was little, so I still get excited when I see them:)

I'm new to your blog and so excited to get to know you better!