Elsie’s Dollhouse Reveal
WOOHOO! Today is the reveal day for our DIY dollhouse! My favorite DIY project of all time. I am so excited to take you on a little tour!!
In case you missed it, part one (where we teach you to build it) is here. In this post, I will share some details for how we DIY’d the rooms and links to the little bits and pieces we purchased online. I am saying *we* a lot because Collin and I worked on this project together. If you listen to the podcast, you now know him by his official nickname, “some-guy-named-Collin” haha!
I will confess to you upfront that this dollhouse is just as much a gift to me as it is to Nova and Marigold, because the joy I’ve had making it has been so magical! And I cannot wait to spend hours playing with them … and eventually, when they are ready, help them to make their own DIY dollhouse renovations.
Life does not get better than this.
We decided to do the rooms at 1/12 scale. This is the most common size for dollhouses and I really recommend sticking to it unless you are trying to make a house specifically for Barbie or Blythe (or any bigger dolls). This house perfectly fits dolls like this, but they’re not my favorite so I decided to make our home for Calico Critters. It’s our only ongoing toy collection and we play with them quite a bit, so it just makes sense. A few of my favorite critters are the rabbit family, elephant family, panda family and hedgehog family.
For Christmas this year, she is getting the alpaca and monkey family. See!! There are way too many for us to collect.
** SPARKS JOY **
We used this bedroom set (some pieces are painted green). The tiny cuckoo clock is so cute, right?!
Please note Collin’s DIY shiplap wall. It’s made of balsa wood (which is really thin wood you can cut with scissors or an exacto knife—perfect for this type of crafting).
Also, please note, from day one I knew I wanted to add working lights to the rooms … it just seemed SO magical to me. I ended using a couple packs of these. The tiny chandelier is my favorite.
Here’s the second bedroom. I hand painted the flower mural. For this room, I used this bunk bed and this set. I also hand painted the rug (I’ll share more about that below!).
The dining room makes me SO happy! Again, the mural is hand painted.The china cabinet is this one, this is the dining room table (we painted it yellow), and I got these teeny lucite chairs from Etsy … I love them so much!
This sweet little china set makes my heart so happy. I spent way too much time comparing all the different options. :))
Now to the best room … the kitchen!!!! I’m so obsessed with it! I’ll link to all the stuff we purchased. Then Collin filled in the design with “custom” cabinets, an island, shelves and the adorable vent hood. Here are the links to the fridge, sink, subway tile (we used three sheets), bubble tea, copper pot set, toaster and pink KitchenAid mixer (it really tilts and is so detailed—I can’t handle it!).
The living room! Sofa, chair set (we painted and reupholstered these) and fireplace (similar). The mural is hand-painted.
Last, but not least, our dollhouse wouldn’t be complete without a piano!
I made a few little DIY rugs. I tried my best to channel inspiration from my favorite rugs, which are vintage Turkish rugs. It was a TON of fun and very relaxing.
Here’s a few photos of the exterior and you can see here how the doors open and close (inspired by Mary Poppins!).
Oops, I forgot to show you—there’s a little bathroom hidden in the roof! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!!! I cannot wait until Christmas morning! And I am excited for years of making memories together playing with this dollhouse.
If you’re interested in making a dollhouse, I highly recommend it. It’s such a dream DIY. If you have any questions, let’s chat in the comments. xx- Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.