My Fixer Upper Dollhouse Makeover



today I'm sharing with you my fixer-upper style dollhouse makeover I'm channeling my inner Joanna Gaines with his projects and I hope you like it it was a hand-me-down doghouse that had seen better days until I got my hands on it Oh a bleats a modern farmhouse look with the renovations and I'm really happy with how it turned out I went in a little naive with the transformation of the doghouse and that work done anything like that before I didn't realize how badly it was going to be and how much more work it is than just painting a wall in a house I had to get out little paint brushes I had to cut in flooring it was just extremely fiddly but I think end result was a name I really do enjoy transforming this dollhouse it felt like my mom and little fixer on behalf and as I said I was channeling my inner Joanna Gaines and I think I succeeded he came to see the transformation I really hope so let's get into it this is the dollhouse before it was just a run-of-the-mill toy store dollhouse we write furniture bright interior but we wanted to change that into something muted toning and give it more of a farmhouse style while the colors went to our taste the adult house definitely had great bones and I couldn't wait to get my hands up do it the first step was to give it a completely goodbye favour using sugar so this included the inside and the outside of the doll's house as we would be painting it and any dirt or dust would ruin the paint job and the paint wouldn't stick properly I also removed any loose stickers so on the roof as this would stop the paint from sticking I then proceeded to give all the wood areas on the balustrading and around the edges of the dollhouse a good stand with 120 grit sandpaper I then used ESP on the outside on the inside of the dollhouse in preparation for painting update on the UM dolls house so I've put it down in my spray booth down in the shed because the next step was to put the undercoat and top coat on it I've also started painting the fretwork with a dark charcoal gray I'll just show you why where I'm up to with it and just so you can get an idea so this is what the dolls house currently looks like I've done three coats of vivid white by Dulux using my a spray gun here as you can see I pop it in to this spray gun and it just sprays it out really evenly over the walls and the floor and it just gives it a really nice finish I prefer it over brushing or roller ring started painting the trim in I think it's called Domino by British paints so I'm just doing the edging and the fretwork down here just to create an outline in the doll's house and I think it'll look really good doing it that way so I've just got a little bit more to go here as you can see so I think yeah I said I've done three coats of the vivid white on here and then I'll start I think I'll put some different colors in the different rooms I create you know a fear of what each room's gonna be like I'll add the flooring in which I'll show you later huh and then I can start maybe adding some little curtains I may even add some wainscoting in here as well but I'll keep you updated with the process before I forget I also show you I've lightly sprayed all the furniture with the same vivid white and using the airless spray gun as well I will probably add some different colors to these and and then just paint them a little bit better but this was just the first coat on the pieces of furniture and then I'll start adding the detail back on them we'll do a little bit of painting I've already done one coat of this on one section I just need to do a second coat I'm painting the rooms at the moment in varying colors and I just thought I'd show you the process in which I go through to paint one of the little rooms to get the best result that you can what I'm using he's a a beveled edge paint brush I just got this from Bunnings it's a 25 5 mil beveled edge paint brush and I find that's really good for cutting in around the edges of the room so I've been painting in all the corners and bottom with this beveled edge brush before I used the roller to roll the flat surfaces and I find that gives a really good result and it's something that you would do in a normal room anyway by cutting in first and then rolling and instead of using a paintbrush on the walls I'm rolling a foam roller that gives a really good result on the walls it doesn't leave brush marks and it's really I mean so just thought I'd show you that go through the process of how I go and paint a wall laying the flooring in the dolls house and I'm up to the second floor it's been reasonably simple to play I'll show you the process that I go through to lay it and what I'm using on the flooring so I'm using a vinyl floor tile it's a 300 by 300 millimeter floor tile that I've just got from my local hardware store and what I do is I've measured up the room that I need piece for and using a metal ruler in a Stanley knife I've measured up where I need to cut in this Stanley knife and the ruler as a guide I make a score on the back of it and then I turn it over and score it again on the front and then it just comes away like that I had to do a little cut out here and that's for the doorway that was probably the hardest bit that I've had to do so far is just cutting in in the doorways thankfully this dolls house is a fairly straightforward to do as it's just rectangular shapes I would hate to have to do something with a lot more fiddly areas I would also recommend to measure well when you're doing this because in one of the rooms I was a couple of millimeters short at the end while you can't see it it just my OTD nature I'm a bit annoyed that it's only as you can see here's just a couple of meals short but yeah it's really easy to lay as it's just got a sticky backing on it that you just pull off when you're ready to go yes when you're on that at the end the edge that you're meeting against and pushing quite hard and firm so that the line that's meeting together that you're not going to have a gap and then you just push it in as you go and then lay it at the end and then I just got the ruler in in the corners and just firmly press them down so they laid snug but there you go that's the process that I'm going through in doing that I've got a top floor to do and then what you'd call the attic space to do so I'll give you an update once I've completed those I've completed the flooring in the dolls house got all three layers done including the little attic there in here I'm really happy with how it turned out it was a little bit trickier than I thought especially doing these little cut in areas inside the door a step that I'm doing is creating some wainscoting for the walls down in the land room so I've just found these thin sheets of quark I don't know kind of like a paper quite thin as you can see here what I've done is I've cut it to fit the wall and then I've created the battens along the bottom and along the top and then here with some more of the quark and then I'll paint it white and then that will get glued into place here so that creates like a wainscoting along the bottom of the wall and then I'll complete it around the entire wall surface here and then I'm going to do a door out of the same material or don't give you a bit of a tutorial as to how I'm making my wainscoting in the docs house so what I did I've started with some a4 cork sheets that I got from Kmart this is in Australia so if you're in another country you may have to look online for this as you can see they're one millimeter thickness sheets and a white right then so then next step is I cut them in half but you just need to cut it to the height you want on your doll's house wall I need to go smaller depending on the ratio of your dolls house so once I've cut that piece out then I've cut strips out I've cut the probably about a 1/2 centimeter strips and then I've glued them on with wood glue along the top in the bottom then the next step is to put in the art and pieces which is either end and then I put one here and one here or depending on the length of your wall that they're evenly spaced and I apply wood glue onto those as well and then I let that dry before proceeding to paint them but this is my painted version of the wainscoting it does Bend a little bit as you stick it on to the doll's house wall and that should even out any like bends that you can see in there I've also created a doorway G same method as the wainscoting got to layers and the top layer these sections have been cut out with scissors and then I've trimmed each little insert here a couple of meals so that there's unbent in and then you just stick it all down and paint it so it's that's pretty straightforward and easy to do adding the tiles to the top of the roof of the doll's house now and what I've done is I've cut out size of the tiles that I want add ups pieces of square vinyl I've done all of that now so I've done all my prep now so I don't have to keep going back to cut it up and then I'm just using wood glue on the back of the vinyl it's already sticky but I just added wood glue for a bit of extra strength because I know the stickiness can wear off sometimes and just fall off so that it would glue to the tiles and then what I'm doing is adding them along the roof so I've done the first layer here and then the second layer overlaps the first one so I'm just adding this one in so you're just lining it up over the top sealer and then just pressing down and then so there'll be three layers overlapping each as you can see I'll just show you the front here that I've already completed and it's got overlapping tiles which has been staggered so each of the joins are staggered so they're not on top of each I'm now to updating the dolls house furniture I've spread out this day-old plastic tablecloth so I can paint everything on it without having to worry about dirtying anything so what I've done is I've painted everything in the vivid white that I was using by deluxe and then I've gone and just hand painted everything the paintbrush I've done about three or four coats over everything and now I'm just adding the details such as coloring in the notes using a gold sharpie I've done that on most of the furniture here and also marble contact on some of them give it a nice point of difference and here are some of the other pieces that have added a bit more detail this is the kitchen cabinet so I've painted the front and the top and the rangehood in a silver sharpie and added the marble contact on the back foot back for the splash back use tiles as I've used here and use it like a bench top I've painted the knobs on this one with the gold Charpy as well and added the marbles or added some just little stick horn strips of ribbon onto these lamps to give that a nice neutral shade and then I've used the gold Sharpie again color the bases and I've done the same thing with that I've just used the black sharpie for the I think that's a dishwasher maybe or the dryer I think actually sorry but the table and chairs I've added the vinyl on here again just using wood glue to glue it on so it stays on quite well and I've done that for the tabletop and for these pieces I've actually used a stain because these were just plain woods so they were easy to you do I just put some wood stain on the top and then use some furniture wax just this dark furniture wax here to pull up and give it some shine and protection and then I just painted the base of this one to give it wrench country look so that's our basic overview of the full of furniture and it's just really up to your imagination as to what you use to create the little details on these as I was going for the French Country look I've just kept with neutral tones with the wood and the marble and added accents of God so oh hopefully pop these all in the dolls house and give you our look very soon back to the doll's house but this time instead of painting I am creating some linen for the whole house so the bed I'm doing will cover here that I've just doubled some fabric over and created a little case out of turned it inside out and then just top stitched around the edge oh it's like a little quick cover so um this was just some leftover material had some cushions that I've made previously after I have finished that I'm onto creating a little over here I thought that might be quite cute so I've just filled it with Hobby feeling so I've created a little pillow case filled it with Hobby feeling and now to close that little gap I'm just going to top stitch around the top of it and that will close the gap up in and we have a little pillow there I'm gonna create some little cushions for the lounge chairs as well as maybe a little map for the living room this little mattress that goes in the cot which I'll recover as well with some cute fabric completed my quilt cover and pillow for the main bed here I've top stitched around the edge and that closes that little hole so you will not know that it was even there and so I've then started on the little cot mattress that I showed you before so I covered that in this cute material and made a little bag you can say that covered it up and then sewed it in so you can't take it out and this was to match in with I bought some bunting from my local craft store so I thought that would go really well with that and I will glue that in the nursery room I put it all together but there we are at the moment up I'm being called talk to you soon I'm all done so I've done my little cushions for the lounge chairs here I found an old like 12 fabric in my collection of fabric I've cut so that's for the land's chairs I finished my cute little car and the main bed so guess what guys it's moving in time let's get to it we've got our goodies here so we will move in the cot first which I've already decorated that one into place it might actually fit that rule yeah not the nursery done I got I found some cute bunting at my local craft store as you can see here so pop that in and it just looks like an adorable tree next on the agenda is let's move in the bed into the master bedroom and there you go that's the master done or thinking of trying to find some little piece of art there I still might do that because I just feel like I need something there meanwhile let's move in the cushions into the lounge area over here have some art now I just printed a black and white picture off the net I didn't have color any on my printer at the moment so and I've just attached it to a piece of vinyl that I've used on the house that I had leftover and I've just got some double-sided tape there stick it right there and then I put some down nicely so let's get started on the room tour then so starting from the top we've got attic space which I haven't really done much with I just thought I'd leave it blank and then we come back down to the bathroom so it's nice and bright and airy I put our ball vinyl floor tile down here and then I put on tape inside the shower we've got the little dryer here so everything's nice bright white and neutral going into the master bedroom here we've got a gorgeous wooden floor tile that I've use it's a vinyl one again and bad and that I've used a little dressing table and I've put contact on that a little side table here and just painted everything gold in the gold sharpie as you can see but I'm really happy with this room it's turned out really nicely and then going on to go to the nursery so the nursery is got the beautiful green on it on the walls a little duvet cover that I've made little cushion I've just painted this white and out of the gold knobs with the sharpie again and as I said before the little bunting and I just got from a craft store and we've got the kitchen the kitchens nice and bright and neutral again I've just added the would look floor tile to the top of the chair the chairs and the table to give it a more of a French Provincial look which is what my friend was after this is this to hold dolls houses for my friend actually she's asked me to do it up I didn't say already before and things nice and bright and and I thought could add if she wanted anything else on the walls or anything like that bottom floor this is the room of added wainscoting and around the entire room and I've added a nice gray door with some trim on it as well we've got our couches with my cushions on it I will really love to have these pieces of furniture turned out that I stained on the top and then painted the base they really look French Provincial area kind of didn't do a lot with I've just added the cupboard here and in the cane chairs as you can see I probably could have added floor rugs in and I had a go at making some but I just didn't think they looked any good so I just I just left it out you guys that's my fixer-upper style dull house makeover if you haven't already make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel below and give this video a thumbs up make sure you leave a comment below I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you think the transformation look like and what your favorite room in the meantime I hope you have a great day see you later you

23 Comments

  • Yvonne Bell

    April 13, 2019

    Wow! Beautiful doll house!

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  • Slave to the Lathe

    April 13, 2019

    Amazing

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  • DamiAnimated

    April 13, 2019

    Ooh you’ve given me a cool idea. I want to make to make over an old dollhouse into a mid century modern or retro 1960s or 70s style.

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  • Diana Davis

    April 13, 2019

    Really lovely in the color scheme.

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  • Valentina G

    April 13, 2019

    It’s like when your only have base game and then you finally get custom content (Sims 4)

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  • fruitcake

    April 13, 2019

    OMG I HAD THAT SAME DOLL HOUSE WHEN I WAS LITTLE!!!!!

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  • CJ Sweet

    April 13, 2019

    oh gosh, we had that goose tablecloth when i was a kid. the amount of nostalgia i felt when i saw it was intense!

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  • Gizelle

    April 13, 2019

    I wish I had this dollhouse 🙁

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  • Kim’s Dolls

    April 13, 2019

    I’m just about to do this myself so thank you for this video ???

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  • Shirley Haberle

    April 13, 2019

    Oh my goodness, I have the same dollhouse. I can't wait to show my granddaughter. We just talked about redoing it. Love it.

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  • Topeka Gregory

    April 13, 2019

    In your next one can you actually show you putting down the floors

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  • Abbigail H

    April 13, 2019

    Love you accent!

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  • IXxPastel UnicornxXI

    April 13, 2019

    Adopt me music ?

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  • Since 1960

    April 13, 2019

    Depressing & Cold it needs some greenery and pop of color?

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  • turtle_ lover123

    April 13, 2019

    Splash back?

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  • Brittneylee Zilempe

    April 13, 2019

    this is so weird

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  • Ceri Msp

    April 13, 2019

    You need for subscribers

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  • Somiyah Chester

    April 13, 2019

    I wish I could do stuff like that ❤️❤️

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  • Person With a Pen

    April 13, 2019

    I watched this whole thing, then went to your channel and you ONLY HAVE 461 SUBS?!
    you deserve so much more for the skills and effort put into this!

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  • Angelina Hart

    April 13, 2019

    How much is rent?

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  • Zoe.X

    April 13, 2019

    I had this dollhouse when I was 7 or 8 and shared with my younger sister it is so nostalgic to see it be made into something more 2019 style. I looks amazing!

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  • Mermaid Maryssa

    April 13, 2019

    Well is soo much better after the makeover????

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  • Vicki Jacklin

    April 13, 2019

    For any one trying this These type of doll house can easily be taken apart Much easier for doing floors

    Reply

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