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Decorating a Dolls House - Tips Please.

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SpaghettiMeatballs · 23/08/2015 20:37

DD has been given a beautiful wooden dolls house with bags of wooden furniture. It has never been decorated and we have decided we would like to decorate it together but don't know where to start.

It is in DD's room and her furniture is white so we thought we'd begin by painting the outside white but I've realised I don't even know what type of paint to use. Is emulsion ok?

I've had a look online and see you can buy little bits on stick on carpet and I thought we could wallpaper the walls.

Does anyone have any tips for us or ideas we can use?

DD is 3 but fairly patient with crafting so I think she will want to help with most of the decorating.

I would be grateful if anyone can recommend a website for buying some people as we don't have anyone living in it at the moment despite having 4 beds and a crib to fill!

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FeelingSmurfy · 23/08/2015 20:46

Go to b&q etc to get samples of wallpaper Wink

Floggingmolly · 23/08/2015 20:53

One of my uncles built a dolls house for my cousin when we were kids; and he decorated it exactly like their own house. Same wallpaper / flooring in all the rooms, and the furniture arranged in the same order.
It'd be difficult to do unless you were currently decorating, I suppose, but it looked absolutely fab!
I was as jealous as a rat Grin

lavendersun · 23/08/2015 20:58

There is a site where you can download all sorts of sized down wallpaper, flooring patterns, let me search my bookmarks. It has been on my list for about two years Blush.

lavendersun · 23/08/2015 20:59
lavendersun · 23/08/2015 21:31

Oh, as for emulsion, I wouldn't, I used satin wood on a wooden castle. Had the smallest pot available mixed at a Dulux counter in the colour of DD's choice, will do the same again if I ever get time to paint the dolls house.

I don't think that emulsion would wear very well at all and you might have to sand the whole thing carefully if it has any sort of oil based finish (which DD's has).

SpaghettiMeatballs · 23/08/2015 22:16

Thank you! The link looks ace. I'd thought of getting some wallpaper samples but presumably you have to be careful to steer your child towards small pattern repeats?

Satin is a good idea Lavendersun. Trip to B&Q coming up!

I need to source a TV. DD has arranged all the furniture we've been given and is shocked there isn't a TV Blush

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RevealTheHiddenBeach · 23/08/2015 22:46

sheets of felt from craft shops for carpet - plain and patterned and it can be cut to size. so that wallpaper patterns are more 'minature', use patterned craft paper (you can get books of it in lidl and hobby craft!) for the walls. pva is fine for wallpaper, or if your dcs are likely to want frequent decorating changes then just stick it up with lots of very small bits of blue tack. For turning the decoration into a play activity, provide the felt rolled up and the paper in strips to hang...

lucysmam · 24/08/2015 09:20

Ignore me, I'm commenting so it pops up on TIO. My dad's bringing my dollshouse round when I make space so I will need ideas Grin

Hornydilemma · 24/08/2015 09:23

Check out Pinterest - there will be lots of projection how to make miniature things for the house.

Is your DD crafty? Get her some Fimo (the air dry clay) to make things.

SpaghettiMeatballs · 24/08/2015 11:48

We've been to ELC this morning and DD chose a mummy with a baby, a toddler, a dog, a cat and a rabbit. I really sympathise with the poor woman. I intend to improve her life when it's DD's birthday by at least buying her a car and some other adult company.

Great idea hornydilemma. We can start with carrots for the rabbit!

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stepsharp · 31/08/2015 09:58

Doll's House Emporium, online.

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