So dollhouses- while I am seriously impressed with the Barbie dollhouse out there today (I’m talking about built in lifts and water sprinklers) they are a horrible bright pink and plastic. I don’t know why but plastic dollhouses just aren’t my thing- they look cheap and cheery- I much prefer a wood dollhouse!
Dollhouses weren’t really on my radar for Ava considering her age and the fact that she had never really showed an interest in them- that was until we were in the States last year. My In-laws had a huge Barbie dollhouse with a farm, car etc you name it they had it! Ava was in love!
If you remember a few years ago- I bought a Big W Kids Garment Rack. It’s still available for purchase for $39.
Well with Ava getting a little bigger and re-arranging her room to try and give her more space it just wasn’t feasible to have the garment rack in her room. I didn’t want to get rid of it because apparently it’s a coveted Big W item (ha) and it’s super cute (the reason I bought it in the first place). I moved it to the playroom initially but again it was taking up too much room. I thought of using it as a superhero/princess changing station with costumes etc but again the room and I couldn’t handle mismatched colourful outfits being out on display (that my friends is the real reason I’m sure.. my OCD wouldn’t allow it)
After a few days of musing over what to do the thought of changing it into a dollhouse came to mind! We wanted to get Ava a dollhouse anyways and with some woodwork from my dad I could probably get the bare bones of a dollhouse to paint and decorate!
I dropped the dollhouse into dad one day and within a few weeks I had the bare bones of a dollhouse! Big W eat your heart out!
After some paint, dollhouse furniture from Amazon/Kmart and inspiration from Pinterest we’ve partially finished creating a beautiful doll house! I’ll link everything below! I still have a little ways to go regarding decorating walls etc but we’re well on our way!
Ava loves playing with it and we’ve named her two dolls Ava and Sophia and the baby’s name is “baby.” The girls have baths and eat dinner, they cook and play in the babies room- it’s quite adorable to watch!
Doll House Furniture
Bathroom Furniture (Kmart) | Bedroom Furniture (Kmart) | Lounge Furniture (Kmart) | Kitchen Furniture (Kmart) | Main Dolls (Kmart) | Baby Doll (Kmart) | Dining Room Table & Chairs (Amazon) | Lounge Room Plant (Amazon) | Kid’s Room Furniture (Mighty Ape/Amazon) | Pets (Mighty Ape/Amazon) | Small plant in Kitchen (Amazon) | Turkish Rug in Dining Room (Amazon) | Window Box Flowers (Amazon)
Grass off cut – was leftover from when we re-did our backyard with artificila turf.
Paint- these are from Spotlight (our local craft store).
Floors- the “floor boarded” floors are cut up paddle pop sticks, glued down with a hot glue gun.
Wallpaper- Scrap booking paper from our local craft store hot glue gunned to the walls.
I’m still working on ideas for the walls- i.e. framed pictures, macrame etc send me your ideas if you have any!