My Childhood Dollhouse Makeover for the One Room Challenge
It is hard for me to tell you how excited I am about this project. I make a lot of stuff and decorate a lot of rooms, but this makeover is so near and dear to my heart. I have never participated in the One Room Challenge and in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a decorating challenge hosted by the blog Calling It Home. You have six weeks to transform a space in your house and once a week everyone participating shares the progress of their space along with tips and sources for the products they are using. I will be participating as a guest in the One Room Challenge and I am adding my own twist to the challenge by making over the bottom story of my childhood dollhouse. I sincerely hope you’ll follow along on this makeover journey. I am thrilled to tell you I’m partnering with Miniatures.com on this makeover and they are sponsoring the transformation of my childhood dollhouse! Today I am sharing my thoughts and goals on this space, but we have to look back before we move forward. This project is so important to me because this dollhouse was a gift to me as a young 5 year old girl from my grandmother. My Neena, as I call her, is my mom’s mom and she has always been a joyful light in my life. Unfortunately, my Neena suffers from Alzheimer’s and though her body is still strong at age 93 she doesn’t recognize my mom or her sisters, much less me or my children and hasn’t really for years.
Every child in our family that came along after me played in the dollhouse Neena built. My nieces AND nephews, my daughter AND my boys. Every child that entered my parent’s house has spent time moving furniture, walking little people up the stairs and making believe in a way kids hardly do anymore.
The years and the play have been rough on the house and while it has had one or more makeovers it’s time for a complete overhaul. The house has been moved from my mom’s house to mine and I hope the joy will continue for the children that enter our doors. My vision for the dollhouse is to make it into a mix of style I dream about and a reflection of our home now. You are looking at the dollhouse all set up like my kids have played with it in recent years, the “before” pictures!
Over the next five weeks you will see DIY done on a small scale in the kitchen and living room as I build these rooms from the ground up! I am hoping to show you real life options in case you want to incorporate any ideas you like into your real life home or maybe you will be encouraged to build a family heirloom like my grandmother did! It’s going to be so fun to decorate an entire house, completely fresh…when was the last time you go to do that!? The One Room Challenge will only highlight the bottom floor and then over the next few months I will finish out one room at a time.
I have this beauty plopped in the middle of my living room next to the boxes of broken stuff my mom passed along and a whole head full of ideas. I’ve already been shopping on Minatures.com for furnishings, finishes and accents…it has been a complete blast, they have THE CUTEST stinkin’ stuff! Like this couch…all the googley heart eyes!!
For the living room I will be transforming the floors into wood planked floors, you may or may not see some shiplap, an Ikea style couch and a few furniture flips, just like I would do in my own home. New curtains, pillows and wall décor, plus a staircase update!
The kitchen is being gutted, luckily the demo on a dollhouse is way easier than real life demo! My husband doesn’t even have to wield a sledgehammer here! I was able to rip to “the studs” in about five minutes! You can see the wallpaper of my childhood hanging under the layers I removed. It’s just like a real fixer upper! The kitchen will get fresh new appliances, open shelving and some special touches I would love to have in my own home. I welcome your input and ideas on this special dollhouse makeover! Can’t wait to see it finished, if only my Neena could know how much this dollhouse is loved, just like her! Thanks for letting me share my life with you guys, it’s a true treasure to me.You can follow along other participants in the One Room Challenge here, they are likely making over real houses. 🙂