Dollhouse Makeover- VIDEO


Dollhouse Makeover-TheBusyBudgetingMama
I was so excited when Santa… found this dollhouse on craigslist for $25(including the furniture) MAKEOVER TIME! Because of the incredible amount of interest via social media,
I made a video showing details on the dollhouse! I had a blast fixing up this cute house for our girls’ christmas present. They LOVE it.. and so does micah. In his defense, it does makes sense to be IN the kitchen when pouring tea…Luckily the house is pretty sturdy. haha.
Love how they all play with it and I can’t wait to add more details to it with the girls.
Sophia and I are already planning! ;) Enjoy the video below!
Took a few nights of “carry it up the steps while the kids sleep, work on it, carry it back down.” We are loving it’s modern + fresh makeover!Dollhouse Makeover2-TheBusyBudgetingMamaPROJECT SUPPLIES:
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-Dollhouse (We had this model- KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse)
-Furniture came with dollhouse (The Christmas Tree was from target on clearance!)
-Two Pieces of Sandpaper
-We R Memory Keepers – Albums Made East – Journaling Cards – Chalkboard
(same one different store. I found mine at Walmart for $5)
-Felt/Ribbon to cover furniture with Hot glue gun
-Paint Brushes
-Craft Paint! (JoAnns has great sales. I stock up my craft box
when they have buy one get one free sales! Listing the colors I used on this project. I also mixed colors to make some of the shades.)
Ceramcoat: Green Tea(family room), White, Peony, Think Pink,
(and another pink I already threw out…sorry!(for bedroom)
Americana: Sea Breeze (kitchen mixed with white)
Apple Barrel: Black, Gloss White
Folk Art: Parchment

Dollhouse Makeover3-TheBusyBudgetingMama

Tag me on instagram if you share your dollhouse makeover!
If you have been wanting to get a dollhouse, be sure to check out craigslist in your area and see if you can find a used one with good bones that you can make over. It was so fun!


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  • Michelle
    January 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wow looks great. Good job!

  • karli
    February 4, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I’m trying to makeover a similar kidkraft dollhouse. Did you just sand the decals that make up the house decor or did you remove that first and then sand?

    • natalie
      February 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      The decals are actually smooth and printed directly on the paper. So I just gently sanded the walls a bit before painting but it was mainly just sanding the floor. Have fun!

  • Chels
    September 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I am making over the same house in a diff wall design. My question is whether the craft paint you used was specific for any surface? I’m nervous that the craft paint isn’t specific to a wood laminite type surface even when sanded. Thanks

    • natalie
      September 12, 2015 at 10:42 am

      The only surface that gave me trouble was the stairs! they are plastic so chipped easier. I’ve done one touch up since. Next time I’m going to do a coat to protect and seal it in. hope that helps!

      • melissa
        December 21, 2015 at 10:33 am

        What would you use to seal it?

        • natalie
          January 2, 2016 at 11:20 am

          Some sort of spray sealant…a mod podge product or one of those spray paints that is a clear coat. I haven’t made that happen yet so don’t have a specific product to share. I will post it when that happens! ;)

  • Debby
    November 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I am so excited to find your project,my daughter has the same dollhouse and your idea is perfect to do a remodeling on it. I will post pictures of it when I’m done. Thank you for sharing

  • Susanne Oliver
    February 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Great makeover ! My husband recently purchased a pink and black version of this dollhouse (it’s very gothic looking for toddler) and I’m hoping to paint it too . Does the paint really cover the vinyl background ? Did it bubble or anything during process ? He’s totally sceptical and said it will ruin it , help ! We have hobbycraft shop here so am I to just ask for craft paint ?