Vintage Doll House Makeover: Part I

Update: Please visit my updates to this series here:

Vintage Dollhouse Makeover Part II ExteriorPart III Boy’s Room, Part IV Girl’s RoomPart V Laundry / BathroomPart VI Living Room

This summer I picked up this vintage doll house from the thrift store for a few dollars. I can’t explain why I picked it up, but I was thrilled with the find. So, what to do with a 1940’s era doll house in disrepair? I originally had delusions of restoring it, because it certainly had charm. However, once I started trying to do some touch ups I was faced with the reality that this baby needed a complete overhaul.

Here’s how it looked when I brought it home.

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Vintage Doll House Makeover Before | Five Marigolds

Covered in some serious grunge and dust.  Vintage Doll House Makeover Before | Five Marigolds

Here it is after I’d started a few touch-ups with white paint. Vintage Doll House Makeover Before | Five Marigolds

You can see some splashes of what appears to be haphazard paint and nail polish applications here and there…perhaps a little “sprucing up” courtesy of it’s former child owners?

Vintage Doll House Makeover Before | Five Marigolds Vintage Doll House Makeover Before | Five Marigolds

I have big plans for this little doll house, but I’ve put some strict parameters on myself. In order to make this project worthwhile at all, I want to spend less than $50 total to update and furnish it – the price point at which I figure I might as well have bought a new doll house, despite whatever charm we might argue comes from a solid-built vintage doll house. That means I plan to use a lot of creativity and resources I have on hand. I’m realistic – this isn’t going to be a show piece, but I hope it’s an adorable and sturdy play house that my 2 and 5 year olds will enjoy playing with.

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Vintage Dollhouse Makeover Part II ExteriorPart III Boy’s RoomPart IV Girl’s RoomPart V Laundry / BathroomPart VI Living Room

Sources (clockwise, from top left): Practically Functional, Paracosm, Mandy Lynne, Amy Butler paper.Vintage Doll House Makeover Mood Board | Five Marigolds

This blog shows a room-by-room vintage dollhouse remodel on a budget! | Five Marigolds

7 thoughts on “Vintage Doll House Makeover: Part I

  1. Kristina & Millie says:

    how funny! we found a doll house (not vintage and not completed) at the thrift store the other day and brought it home too. I see a flaw though in our plans – we did not set a budget! Thanks for the tips and I can’t wait to see how you redo yours!

  2. Wendy says:

    I love all of your posts pertaining to this doll house! You are doing a fantastic job! The photos show your creativity and the love you are putting into this fixer upper! Definitely brought a smile to my face this morning.

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