Thursday

Doll's House makeover

This post first appeared on Practically Functional, where I'm a monthly contributor. Now it's my turn to share it with you guys! I've been looking forward to this. :)

Sweet dolls house makeover by A house full of sunshine
It all started when I purchased this second-hand doll's house as a birthday present for my daughter.

Sweet dolls house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I loved the classic lines and the solid wood construction. I wasn't in love with the dark, orangey-brown stain. It's just not my style, and it makes the doll's house look a bit old and dated. So, I decided to freshen it up.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I removed the internal shelves and got to work. The house needed two coats of stain-blocking primer. After just one coat, the stain was still seeping through in places and turning the white primer a dirty yellowish color like nicotine stains. Not exactly the fresh look I was after! Two coats did the trick beautifully. I followed with one coat of matt white spray paint.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

This was the finished result! So much lighter and happier.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

The next step was to "wallpaper" the rooms to inject some color and personality. For this task, I raided my supplies of scrapbooking paper, and used a larger piece of wrapping paper for the attic. I just creased the paper firmly into the edge of each "room" to mark the dimensions, then took it out, trimmed the paper down to size and affixed it with double sided tape.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Here's where we ended up!

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I was so pleased with how well the colors and patterns worked together. Each room has a different feel, and the overall effect is so sweet and cheerful.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Now the fun part - time to furnish the rooms! I bought a pack of doll's furniture from Toyworld shortly after I purchased the doll's house. I enjoyed unwrapping all the cute little miniature pieces and arranging them in the different rooms. But of course, I couldn't just leave it there. The house needed a few extra special little touches to make it feel like home.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

I began by picking up a few little bits and pieces from Spotlight (my local craft supply store). For the attic bedroom, I cut a piece of white fleece to make a floor rug, then layered a miniature crocheted doily over the top for a warm and homely feel. I spray-painted a little monogram letter "A" for my daughter's first name and propped it on the dresser, then raided my fabric box and cut out some fabric to make little bedcovers.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

A crocheted bead became a ball fit for a little dolly to play with.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Lastly, I spray-painted a wooden coaster white and affixed a smaller circle of cloud-print paper over the top to create a window with a view.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

For the living room, an off-cut of chevron fabric became a floor rug, layered over fleece. I found some chipboard frames in my scrapbooking stash and painted them white, then used them to frame prints clipped from a magazine.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

In the dining room, I made a table runner out of the same chevron fabric, and tacked up another magazine cut-out straight onto the wall for a casual, poster feel.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

The bathroom didn't need much - just a doily rug. That gorgeous peacock wallpaper is the real star of this room!

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Finally, in the master bedroom, I made a polka-dot bedcover, then turned a magazine clipping of flowers into a work of art by displaying it in a chipboard frame.

Sweet dolls house makeover by A house full of sunshine

All those small details help to make this little house feel like a real home. For miniature-sized wooden people.

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Sweet doll's house makeover by A house full of sunshine

Best of all, Allegra absolutely loved her doll's house. After spending a while tucking her little dollies into the beds and plonking them in the bath, she then proceeded to empty out all of the furniture and pile it back in haphazardly in one big jumble. Ahh, that's better. Now it looks more like home. ;)

Speaking of which, how funny is it to compare this doll's house to a couple of my real-life rooms?! Seems that I love doing the "theme" thing!


cot view
Polka-dot nursery
playroom wall pin
Stencilled playroom wall


Let's chat: Do you like doing different themes for different rooms? Do your kids have a dolls house - and does it still get used? And what is it about miniature furniture that's so addictive?!

Wednesday

Get the Look: 35 Beautiful Bathrooms with Frameless Glass

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Ecco Hardware, supplier of 
beautiful frameless glass solutions for bathrooms. All opinions are my own.


The truth is, I have a crush on frameless glass. There's nothing like it for making a bathroom look open and airy and twice the size. In fact, if I could do the whole world a favour, I'd wave a magic wand and make all the clunky shower-trays and phone-box style corner cubicles and aluminium shower frames vanish into thin air. The people having a shower at the time would be quite astonished by this development, but they'd soon realise that frameless glass is the vastly superior choice, and would go back to showering happily whilst enjoying their seamlessly unobstructed view.

Designers love frameless glass for a reason. In a bathroom, no-one particularly wants to draw attention to the walls of the shower. There are plenty of other beautiful things to focus on - the lovely feature tiles you've chosen, that gorgeous freestanding tub, the vanity with those sculptural basins. The beauty of frameless glass is that it's unobtrusive. The eye travels straight through it. And that's exactly what you want.

You may not realise this, but frameless glass is equally suited to both traditional and contemporary style bathrooms. I've rounded up a variety of both in today's post for your eye-candy enjoyment - because who doesn't love lusting over other people's gorgeous bathrooms? (In a totally non-creepy way...)

House of Turquoise

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Reece



Christian Dean architecture

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Want more bathroom eye-candy? Come take a browse through the shower screen gallery at Ecco Hardware! They also supply glass pool fencing and balustrades. If you're in the market for frameless glass, you'll know it's not cheap, so you want to make sure you're paying for a quality product. Ecco Hardware offers a lifetime warranty on their products. And they deliver Australia-wide - sweet!

Let's chat: which one of these gorgeous bathrooms is your favourite? Anyone else crushing over frameless glass lately?

Linking up: Work it Wednesday, The Well-Crafted Home

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