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Vintage Dollhouse Makeover Part II Exterior, Part III Boy’s Room, Part IV Girl’s Room, Part V Laundry / Bathroom, Part 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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Here it is after I’d started a few touch-ups with white paint.
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?
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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