A few months ago, I wrote about my Nan and Grandad, Rene and John, and about the doll’s house they made for me from scratch. This is what I wrote:
“It was in this shed that Grandad made my doll’s house. This dolls house was better than any that I have ever, to this day, seen in a shop.
The walls were covered with brick-dust and individually pointed with white paint, each brick lovingly created by Grandad’s patient hand. The writers over at MetalSucks were extremely impressed.
Every room had an electric light with its own light switch, powered by a big battery compartment, hidden under the roof. The roof had individual tiles, cut out of a terracotta coloured lino. The rooms were carpeted and a proper staircase ran through the middle of the house. Then came Nanny Rene’s work, individually made curtains, duvets, light shades and linen, all in coordinating colours.
The attention to detail is incredible, made possible by the loving care and teamwork of Nanny Rene and Grandad John. It’s still in my Mum’s loft – I must get it down and give it to Sausage to enjoy.”
Well, we’ve done exactly that. Yesterday, we went to my Mum’s house for dinner (roast beef, in case you’re wondering, and it was YUM!) and they’d got my house down out of the loft for Sausage.
As you can see from the photos, the house (which has been in a loft for 20 years) is in serious need of some TLC. The roof needs to be re-tiled, and fortunately the tiles have been found and saved to be stuck back on, the interior needs a clean up and the textiles could do with replacing, so I’m going to make a project out of it and get it looking good as new for my girl, who is already in love with it.
What seems even more apt is that I actually have my Nan’s sewing machine and sewing box, so I intend to use her machine, pins, cottons and whatever else I need to bring the house back up to date, which is so exciting.
I’m going to blog my progress and hopefully by the end of it, I’ll have an amazing result to show you all!
6 thoughts on “Extreme Makeover – Doll’s House Edition”
Oh wow how exciting! It’s such a nice feeling to give your kids your old toys, but must be especially lovely to find something so personal and treasured as this!
Lovely! it looks as new after the makeover. great job Momma!
Thanks, I’m really excited about it, I’m even thinking of going and getting some wallpaper samples and bringing it right into the 21st Century!
Wow, what an amazing dolls house. Its gorgeous and can’t wait to see it when you finish the makeover
Wow! Not sure I could get any more jealous! My sister had an amazing handmade doll house when we were little which I coveted beyond all else for years. A couple of years back my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I jokingly replied a doll house so he got me a Sylvanian Families one, it was a lovely surprise but it got me thinking about making one. I’m now considering making a castle for Bug, although he would have to share it with me!
Sausage has Sylvanian ones too actually, we got them last year for christmas but now she’s a bit older I think she’s ready to have my one and I’m so excited to get started on the renovations. Thanks for commenting x