This is a post I have been meaning to write for a while. I wanted to buy my daughters a Georgian dolls house, but I couldn’t find any that I liked. Most dolls houses were too small, too pink, too plastic, too expensive and aimed at collectors (rather than enthusiastic children).
So, I ordered this MDF flat packed house from eBay (£47) and built the dolls house that I wanted:
The colour scheme I had in mind was this:
It took hours, and was quite fiddly (I’m not gifted at DIY or craft). However, I am delighted with the result, and its a big, open dolls house that the girls play with a lot. Here are the photos showing how it turned out:
Those damned ponies – when will it end?! Anyway, after some trial and error, the paints that I used were:
Exterior roof: Dulux Urban Obsession
Exterior yellow: Dulux Soft Vanilla (I think!) The first yellow I used was Ivory from Little Greene and was far too dark. I kept it for the attic, and chose a paler primrose for the exterior.
Exterior white trim and interior ceilings and hall ways: Dulux Timeless
Yellow room (attic): Little Greene Ivory
Pink room: Little Greene Pink Slip
Blue room: Little Greene Drizzle
Green room: Little Greene Eau de Nil
For the floors, I used a pale wood sticky backed plastic. The furniture you see is Melissa & Doug doll house 1/12th furniture.
Overall, I aimed to keep the dolls house as light and open as possible, and I didn’t decorate or trim it any more than necessary. The girls can freely play with it, without reminders not to touch bits etc, and I painted it in colours I wouldn’t cringe at, so we are all happy. Especially the ponies.