Renovating a Dolls House

Renovating a Dolls House

I absolutely love renovating old dolls houses and bringing them back to life. Sometimes just a lick of paint can make all the difference. Roof tiles can be found online in A4 size, which can be printed off and cut to size and  roses were added from a pretty paper napkin.

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For the inside, there is a massive selection of scaled down wallpapers and tiling online.

Simply choose, print off , cut to size and stick with acrylic glue. Carpets can be made from a thin layer of felt.

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Old, boring or just tired looking furniture can also be transformed with leftover emulsion paint  and can be picked up in second-hand shops or car boot sales.

Furniture can also be found in bulk collections which works out, even more, cost effective. Don’t worry about minor scratches because they can be painted over.


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Beds look charming and inviting by adding handknitted patchwork quilts or hand sewing some pretty pillows and duvet sets. Lace was added to give the bed a cottagey feel and rugs made from odd balls of wool.

Obviously, the items must be made to 1/12 scale and conversion tables are readily available.

It can be great fun making accessories and once you start your imagination really does run wild. .

Towels, napkins and table linen can be made easily from scraps of material folded and glued on to card to give them structure or tied with a pretty ribbon to make a towel bale.

renovating a dolls house

renovating a dolls house

So it’s not as expensive as you think to renovate and furnish an old dolls house and bring it back to its former glory, it really is great fun and the possibilities are endless.

renovating a dolls house

Feature rooms are really fun to make, like this sewing room. Many of the items have been made from scraps of fabric and wool.

The following posts from this blog show how you can make all types of food, books and accessories for your dolls house

Additional Reading

Making Food Accessories For Your Dolls House

Making Dolls House Accessories

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  1. Thanks for following my blog. Your renovations are wonderful. I love the detail. I have a doll house my dad made for me that I am hanging onto for future generations.

  2. I used to make tiny shoes for my dolls house, went nutty trying to get them all perfect that it was on mind so much I once yelled out in my sleep.

    1. I’ve done that too. It makes you see the whole world in miniature! I can’t make things now, my eyes aren’t good enough but it was fun. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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