Dollhouse DIY

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Wall Decorating (without a lifetime of regret)

So sorry for the radio silence you guys- life has been so busy! I’m finally sitting down and catching up on blogging while Ava is napping.. let’s see how long I actually get to “work!”

I wanted to do a quick post about some ideas I had for people renting or people who are not wanting to put permanent “things” on their walls (bedrooms, nurseries even living areas). In our home we decided to use renters wall hanging hooks and removable stickers for pretty much everything so we wouldn’t have to commit to a lifetime of something (or holes everywhere) or have the need to re-paint a wall or room (because seriously who has the time). We rented for about 2.5-3 years so everything was “temporary” and that has very much translated into now- even though we own our home.

While I’m not game enough to do the wallpaper thing (I have many friends who do and they do it well!) I wanted to share some ideas for those who are okay with wallpaper or painting- there are so many amazing ideas out there- I couldn’t help myself.

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ONE- Anewall  Spring Floral Mural  |  TWO- Anewall Roke Ombre Mural  |  THREE- Oh Oh Blog Polka Dot Wall DIY  |  FOUR- Photowall Tropical Wallpaper (source of image)  |  FIVE- Little Hands Wallpaper  |  SIX- Chalkboard Wall (source of image)

Now that I’ve got that out of my system and I’ve reassured myself that:

  1. I would completely botch putting wallpaper up because I lack a lot of patience
  2. Greg would kill me for putting wallpaper up
  3. I can’t justify spending money on something that I will probably botch and told off for..

Here are some great ideas for temporary wall decor!

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ONE- Kilim Hanging Rug (source of image)   |  TWO- Clipboards of your kids’ drawings (source of image)  |  THREE- Hanging a Gathre Mat (source of image)  |  FOUR- Bunting! (source of image)  |  FIVE- Hanging Fun Items like a kite (source of image)  |  SIX- Haptic Lab Sailing Ship (source of image)

Kids Decor Pillows

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For a number of years I have pinned and saved pictures of pillow DIY’s- from mountains to houses, numbers, letters- you name it. There’s something about an over sized piece of fruit or number that yells “I am fun!! Your baby will love me!” There are so many companies out there that make absolutely adorable decorative pillows for kids- I’ve linked some of my favourite below. I’ve also found a few tutorials that will help you make your own! This DIY is definitely being added to my “to do” list for Ava’s room and playroom!

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From Left to Right

Adairs Grey Rocket Ship  |  Bedroom  |  Adairs StegosaurusAdairs Lama  |  Little Village House  |  Adairs Pink Hedgehog   |  Zara Home Strong Man  |  Big and Little Pear

DIY’s

Cloud Pillow  |  Mountain Pillow  |  House Pillow Kit  |  Alphabet Pillow 

Ikea Favourites

Have you seen the new Ikea catalogue? They have some new great items! I’ve put together a little roundup of my favourites below!

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One- Stockholm 2017 Couch | Two- 24 piece black cutlery set |Three- Fejka Artificial Potted Fiddle-Leaf Fig| Four- Leather Handles | Five- Lisamari Throw Light Grey | Six- Hammock | Seven- 20 piece train set | Eight- Pudda Basket | Nine- Light Pink Napkins | Ten- Garland Flags | Eleven- House wall lamp | Twelve- Hourglass | Thirteen- Adum Rug Pale Pink |