So here is the before shot...
and this is what it looked like after I removed the divider wall, the wall paper and the carpet...
So here is a photo of that step...
Close up of wall paper, window trim and the lace curtains. I made the little curtain rods using a little dowel rod and I slid the rod through little bitty eye hook screws that I screwed into the trim and then I glued gold beads on each end of the rod to keep the rod from sliding out of the eye screws.
And once that was done, it was time to fill her up!! And boy did I have fun doing that! I have to admit I got a little carried away. Actually A LOT carried away!
I made LOTS of trips to Hobby Lobby, each time using a 40% off coupon. The pieces I got there were the fireplace/mantle (I painted it white to look sort of like marble), the cherry pattern tea set, the cherry cheesecake and the pumpkins.
At a local antiques mall I got the wood color cabinet/sideboard, lamp, dresser tray and frame.
The little perfume bottle on the tray came from a dollhouse miniature shop called Treasure Hill, I also got the wallpaper and window trim there.
And the wood plant stand, clock in a dome, gilded cherub mirror and that wonderful tiny needlepoint footstool came from a shop near St. Louis called Suzanne's Dollhouse and Miniatures. Both of the shops are wonderful places to buy from and both ladies are super nice and helpful.
Oh, and the little cookie tray and oval galvanized tub came from Michael's Arts and Crafts in their Christmas crafts aisle.
I found that by browsing through Hobby Lobby and Michael's with an open mind and a little imagination that there are lots of things you can make work for a dollhouse. For example, at Michael's I found a hot pink picture frame and by painting it gold and adding a mirror I had an over the mantle mirror! And only for $2.99!
I wanted a bird dome, so I got the yellow and red birds at Treasure Hill, the orange bird and the glass dome (was on the pink lady piece but I took it off to use for the bird dome) from Suzanne's shop. I made the little branch with a twisty tie and glued green glass beads to the base and there's my bird dome complete.
Also from Suzanne's I got the idea to make my own shadow box pieces. I bought the oval pieces in the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby, removed the contents and added a little piece of my hair for a hair wreath (even though it looks like scissors!) and added some tiny seashells to the other one for an ocean/seashell shadow box. I was happy with the way they turned out.
Also in the jewelry department at Hobby Lobby I bought the little bottle for the kitchen (to look like flour or sugar) and then for the kids room I got the horse and buggy, carousel and the books.
I got the below items at both Hobby Lobby and Michael's in the Christmas crafts section. The gingerbread men were actually little bitty buttons and I razored off the loop part on the back to make them lay flat and then I glued them onto a tray, and I have a few loose one's to add to plates and I even got the little cutters from a bag of little bitty buttons! I thought they were so cute! See, I told you I got carried away!!
Before I reveal the interior let me show you the outside of this old place. It needs some making over of its own, don't you think? New paint job for sure.
The front door did get some door knobs put on and now the house has it's own number. I gave it the number of what year I'm pretending it was built. Which is 1867.
So let's open those doors and see what she looks like now, shall we?
Below is the Dining Room, looks about the same except for different rug, new cabinet and cherub mirror. Keep in mind, I will still be looking for pieces to add to it.
The kitchen has a work table now (for more stuff!), the Cuckoo Clock is a Hobby Lobby purchase and then the other new items I showed you in an earlier photo. The pie safe and icebox are full of stuff too.
Below is a shelving unit I assembled and use as the pantry. More shelves mean MORE stuff! And I've got empty spaces there! :-)
Moving on up to the 2nd floor is the newly remodeled parlor, shown first is the left side...
and then the right side...
and another right side shot with all of the over the mantle mirror showing and the new wall sconces I added.
Moving on up to the 3rd floor, on the right side is the master bedroom. Nothing too different here, I did add a ceiling light to both bedrooms. Some day I would like to have a Victorian bed in here instead of this 4 poster bed.
And finally, on the right side, is the children's bedroom. I sold the bunk bed and dresser that I used to have in there to put something a little older looking in there. Like the sleigh bed. And I added that lady picture.
So there you have it, my dollhouse makeover. It will never really be done because I will constantly be adding to it I'm sure. I hope you enjoyed my dollhouse and thank you for visiting! Have a great week!
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