Ella and I have walked through Pottery Barn Kids and admired the beautiful $179 painted doll houses that they have displayed, but I have been able to justify the cost! So when I found this unpainted wooden doll house at Michaels for $5… I knew that we had a project on our hands.
Here’s what you need:
- Unfinished wooden doll house
- Acrylic paint (we used a dark grey, pale pink, lavender, and white)
- Masking tape
- Paint brushes
- Adhesive spray
- Patterned paper (we used origami paper)
Ella had a lovely and satisfying time painting the roof and making sure all the grooves were filled in with this nice ballet slipper pink paint that we had chosen. The front door was also painted a matching pink.
The main body of the house was painted a dark charcoal grey and Ella covered the inside of the house with pale pink walls! I helped her tape around all the windows, and then she painted all the window trims white. Everything needed a good two coats to cover the wood well.
Finally, we chose four patterns of our origami paper (you can you any kind of paper here or felt) and cut the paper to fit each room. With a little adhesive spray in each section, we stuck the paper down and let the whole thing dry!
The next morning, Ella pulled off all the masking tape and showed Kellan her new painted doll house! They rounded up their mini figurines, car, and anything that fit in the rooms to act out little puppet shows for me. Soon, all the mini Hello Kitties, Spidermen, and that koala from Ni Hao Kai Lan were all sleeping in their new house under Kleenex tissue blankets.