NANA'S DOLLHOUSE FOR AUDREY
Spindle Life Blog | Fixer Upper Mini Remodel | October 2017
My mother-in-love (Beth) and husband's grandmother (Nana) found a cute little dollhouse at a thrift shop for a steal! $21.97 to be exact! I saw the dollhouse sitting in Beth's garage for awhile when we would come to visit. They had purchased it with little miss Audrey in mind (my only niece, Beth's only granddaughter) and had plans to fix it up for her. I've always secretly wanted a dollhouse, being a boy mom I saw this as my one and only opportunity to design and decorate one myself. I asked if I could take it off their hands for a remodel for precious Audrey, to return it when it is ready. They said YES! Our inspiration was, of course, Chip and Jo and their Fixer Upper style. ( I hope if you two ever see this you are not too offended, we tried our best!)
Audrey, we can't wait for you to imagine and play in this dollhouse, we hope YOU love it!
B E F O R E - we have a lot of remodeling to do. I think most of these walls need to go and we should paint a lot of things WHITE.
Objective: Open up the room to the rest of the home, update the kitchen with new appliances and make it a more functional space for Audrey's dolls to create gourmet meals and yummy southern food.
Scroll through the photos below to see the kitchen remodel! This part was fun, we opened up the space by removing the wall separating the kitchen and the living area, adding cedar beams, and painting the kitchen a lighter color. Preston made a farmhouse table for our dollhouse family. We added hints of copper lighting and other copper details around the room. The greenery adds a refreshing touch to the kitchen. Custom chalk board for the dollhouse family to write notes or the week's menu. Cabinets custom designed and crafted by Preston, added a fresh coat of pain and sealant to make the counters shine. Knobs made from beads. Moss balls are a must-have for any Texas dining room table.
Objective: Create space with soft pinks and coral hues, a perfect space for a doll to play and dream
The floral accents ansd soft coral hues give this room a fun and peaceful feel. Refurbished furniture and lamp made from a bead, ribbon, and toothpick.
Scroll through the photos above to see the before and after remodel of the little girl's room. We removed the 70's style floral wallpaper revealing walls ready to be painted a soft pink. Paper floral accents add a soft touch and the furniture was painted white to freshen up the space. New white trim was placed around the windows.
Objective: Open up the closed in space so dollhouse bathroom can be easier to play in. Liven up the space with bright colors and white SHIPLAP.
Scroll through the photos below to view bathroom details, cabinet made by my crafty man Preston. We removed the extra doorway so the bathroom would be larger. Details include; lights made from beads, coaster for a rug, towels out of ribbon, bottle topper for a towel holder, nails for faucet, and small wooden tree limb table with nails for legs. Don't forget the SHIPLAP on the walls!
Objective: Create an inviting space free of spiderwebs and paneling, where doll guests and family can retreat, relax, and read a good book of Audrey's choosing.
Scroll through below for the before and after photos of the living room reveal. We removed the out dated wooden paneling and replaced it with smooth painted walls and white trim. Preston and I wanted to open up the space between the living and dining areas (naturally) so we removed the wall next to the stairs to open up the area and replaced the support with cedar beams. We painted the stairs white to brighten up this space. Deep blue floral pillows were added for a touch of color to the sofa set AND don't forget the GIANT clock on the wall (because what is a fixer upper redo without a giant clock?). Cedar table handcrafted by my handy carpenter, Preston Spindle using a cedar wedge and nails for legs.
Objective: Create a relaxing environment for the dollhouse mom and dad to rest. If their children are anything like ours they need a quiet place to retreat. We added simple and stylish details to make this space comfortable and refreshing.
Bedside tables made from napkin holders, small watch facing as our alarm clock. New trim around floor, ceiling, and windows.
Scroll through the photos above to see the before and after photos of Audrey's Fixer Upper Dollhouse Master Suite remodel. We removed the floral wallpaper and chose soft gray for the walls of the master suite accented with the white trim and floral bedding.
We set aside and outdoor dining space for the dollhouse family to sit and enjoy their beautiful backyard or gather for an informal dining experience.
Thanks to these sweet designers/builders who gave their opinion every step of the way...and even drove their monster trucks through the house to make sure it was "truck approved". The trucks approved and loved knocking all the cookware off of the counters.
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