My daughter’s doll house happened to be mine when I was growing up. It’s a wooden farmhouse with so much charm. But it had a dated interior and even though my mother slaved to do the interior decor for me when I was little, I found it necessary to update it’s look for my child. It became something we did together over-and-over again because I might have started her a little early. She didn’t understand that breaking its elements was actually disappointing. At least we had many good life lessons while we worked!
But I still cherish memories of upholstering a chair and taking it in to add to the doll house while she was playing. She would light up and be utterly thrilled with the items as I gave them to her. It was a great joy of mine to fashion something special to add character and color, lots of color to her world.
I enjoyed monogramming one of the bedrooms to make it Willow’s room, Willow’s doll house. I also love the letter W. So we painted a wooden letter from Michael’s craft bright pink. Most nurseries and children’s rooms have a monogram these days and so I really wanted to add elements that were on trend to her doll house.
I encourage you to start a doll house project with your children. If you have a boy, I’ve seen Batman and superhero versions. Trust me boys want to play in a doll house too. It’s a very real aspect of their life so this kind of pretend play is wonderful for them to relate to.
I got my daughter involved in all aspects of the process, let her play with the trims and ribbons as I draped a curtain, let her push on the wall paper as we attached it, let her paint the furniture and then I would finish. I think it has made it that much more special and then we played in it for countless hours. I recently found a doll house at a local thrift store, a tutor style and will be working on that as our spring project. So stay-tuned.
But as a side note, I got it for $15. It was handmade and is beautiful. So, if you’re looking for one I recommend making a diligent effort to visit thrift stores early in the morning on a regular basis until you find one. They will turn up but you have to be ready to strike early and hunting regularly. My landlord actually knew I was trying to find doll houses and shopped for me, texting me everyday until the tutor house worked out. I got there too late for some. So I stress the early morning finds and if you happen to have a friend who’s an avid shopper, enlist them in the search! Craig’s list is a good option and antique stores. Happy hunting!