Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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.