Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mini Renovations of the VINTAGE variety....!!

Monday's post was lost to cyberspace unfortunately, but I wanted to show you one of the projects I had written about....!!

This little 1950's doll house was a Hard Rubbish find from LAST August....I was chuffed to find it with it's PERFECT green & red chippy paint....Of course the ICKY wall paper, contact, carpet & interior paint work HAD TO GO....!!  When I unloaded the van at the end of the day it came STRAIGHT inside where I pulled it apart & sat it on a bench in the dining area....And that's where it SAT until Saturday of last week....I know what you're thinking but there are some things (** read many many MANY **) you just CAN'T rush hahahahaha....!!!

So this is how it looks now.....I can see it in the bathroom filled with soaps & sponges or perhaps the laundry room with washing powder, cleaning rags & a dish for spare change & it would look lovely in a babies room filled with nappies & lotions.....!!

And so it begins....

Is it ANY wonder it sat around for 8 months waiting for me to take up the challenge...??!

Scraping, scraping....LOTS of scraping....!

After all the gunk was gone & I had a smooth surface to work with, I applied a coat of penetrol  followed by two coats of Chalk White satin finish in enamel.

The wall paper is from the 50's & was HARVESTED right out of the Hard Rubbish....!!!  I was SO EXCITED to be at the tail end of this project, I actually measured SHORT & had to match a 1.5cm gap (about 1/2 inch) at
 the bottom....I don't think it looks too obvious do you....?? 

Wherever you are, I hope you're having a GREAT week....!!

Tamarah :o)


  1. i think it looks pretty good! I admit that this is where I would give up in despair... I don't think I could ever buy something in that condition!!! BUT look what you managed to do!!! WELL DONE!!

  2. You are one motivated gal. It is such a cute little hosue though and well worth the effort. \Are you keeping it?

  3. Oh that looks so pretty now!!!

    Have great day!

  4. Hi Tamarah,
    Your skills at rebuilding doll houses is impressive! I don't know that I wold have had the patience to undertake such a task.

    I have some cute doll house furniture in my shop! I'll try to post some photos so you can check it out.

    Second Hand Chicks

  5. Firstly, great news on the extravaganza, look forward to hearing lots more about that!! Rats on losing your blog post, doesnt blogger do an auto save (or you can set one up?) Great work with the dolls house. That blue contact that was on it originally I am sure lined some drawers at my parents house at one stage. Funny how things bring back memorys eh?
    alicia :0)

  6. I say HURRAH for your fabulous accomplishment! I am new to your blog but you are a girl after my own heart - and junk-tastic to boot! Check out our shop in Salt Lake City Utah and our blog

  7. That's one very gorgeous dolls house. Love the wallpaper. I've been waiting all week for this blog and it finally arrived and my computer crashed. We're up and running again thank heavens. Can't wait to see next Mondays blog. Love from Bonnie Doon.

  8. That dollhouse looks spectacular! You're right--it is perfect for storage in a little girl's room or bath. Good job on the renovations!
    Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk