dollhouse diy

I haven't been posting much lately on One More Mushroom and I apologize for this.  Things have been a bit hectic lately, sending off shipments of the Henrik bed and other exciting projects in the works (more on the projects later!). As a child I remember receiving a custom made dollhouse for Christmas and I was in heaven.  I loved playing with it and spent many hours re-arranging the furniture, and adding special little touches to the dollhouse (I think this may have sparked my love of interior design).

doll-house-diySeveral months ago I found this vintage dollhouse at a thrift store for $6 and I couldn't pass it up.  I was so excited to customize a doll (or mouse) house for my little Henrik and Maja to play with.  I loved that it was a simple A-frame house and had a built in kitchen.  At first I wanted to keep the house in the original natural wood, but there were a lot of dents and dings in the wood and some really ugly carpets glued into the dollhouse that left marks and glue all over, so I decided to paint the entire thing white.  I had to paint a few coats to get the paint to cover evenly and look nice.  I used a straight white paint with a satin finish.   I then covered the walls and floor with scrapbook paper and wrapping paper.  I decided not to use too many papers and colors so that the mice would stand out.

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I like using mice for the dollhouse instead of dolls and am obsessed with these Maileg Mice, I cannot get over them and their amazing outfits, I want what they are wearing!

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I enlisted the help of Henrik to paint the mouse portrait above and I love how it turned out.  He enjoyed painting it so much that he made several more portraits (I may have to rotate them).

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Henrik really can't wait to have some of his claymation guys move into the house...it may get crowded very soon.

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Having children of my own has given me the opportunity to relive some of my favorite parts about my own childhood.  I love to watch my children interact with each other and play and be creative.  I hope that they will enjoy playing with their doll (mouse) house as much as I loved playing with mine.

The beautiful mice illustrations above the dollhouse are from Radish Moon.