Vintage Doll House Restoration


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When you know it’s meant to be
Last year, I was given an old doll house by a neighbour to renovate for Mika.
Naturally, I’d ear-marked a few searches on TradeMe around dollhouse furniture, when one day, I stumbled across this gorgeous  pre-loved dollhouse on TradeMe, originally by Crabtree & Evelyn. I put in an auto-bid and forgot about it, believing it was a pipe-dream that this could ever be mine (I mean Mika’s) BUT by pure luck, I scored this for an absolute steal – with dolls and furniture included! I decided it would be the perfect Christmas gift for my little girl.


The LONG space between ‘Before’ and ‘After’
When I brought this baby home, it was in quite a bit of disrepair, complete with sticker-bomb art, but you could see it had been well-loved.
So, I set to work sanding back…Every. Single. Surface. There are a LOT of surfaces!
(And, admittedly, it was at this point that I went and bought Mika a back-up present to open on Christmas Day, just in case). I used these dry sanding sheets and a fine grit sanding sponge, both from Mitre10.

Decisions, decisions…
Once the sanding was (finally) done, I had to choose the new colours for the doll house. Sounds simple enough right?
It took me DAYS (and about 10 Resene testpots) before I settled on the final combination.
And THEN, I had to choose the woodgrain vinyl…poor Katja, bet she’s hoping I don’t have another project in the pipeline LOL she got to watch me juggle lil miss trying to destroy the place, while I pulled out every roll of woodgrain to compare against my paint swatches.

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The colours
In the end, the exterior walls were painted in Resene Atmosphere, and all the trims were done in Resene White.
For the interior walls and ceilings, I used the same ultra cover paint+prime spray paint that I used for the Kmart Kitchen Hack.
For the floors, I used the Sheffield Oak Pearl Grey from Vinyl Home.

The verdict
I’ve learned a lot about myself through my last 2 mini-renovation projects…that I am 10x more impatient than I realised, and that it’s impossible to hide reno projects from the kids. I’m also pretty certain that buying another renovation-home was a bad idea…but we’re in love! I can’t wait for Mika to officially “unwrap” it on Christmas Day (hopefully with all the furniture done). I’ve spent a lot of time playing already, and trying to decide on the colours for the furniture.

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