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Old 30-07-2009, 07:21 PM
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Hi Vicky,
I expect you will have the most fun decorating the house for your daughter,only 2 bless her ! I restored, decorated and furnished a house for my granddaughter when she was 4yrs old
and made a house for my grandson last year for his 5th birthday. My granddaughter is nearly 8 now and into dollshousing just like grandma. Iv'e decorated a 2nd dollshouse for her that she wants to furnish herself.
A tip for the floors: I bought some fablon in the 1 shop looks just like wooden flooring, also you can buy felt and thin foam from the hobby shop in lots of bright colours, having just used this myself for carpet, sticks down with all purpose clear glue or double sided tape. Also makes good rugs. Look out for Sulvanian Families furniture and accessories at carboots or charity shops (quite expensive to buy in shops) but solidly made.
Sorry can't see your photos, don't think it worked.
Have a look at my albums to see my grandchildrens houses and more tips.
Happy dollshousing, Carol
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Old 27-08-2009, 02:20 PM
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Hi there. I love the house & it's furniture, really practical. I would agree about investing in some sylvanian family furniture as your daughter gets older. That stuff is really tough and will withstand most things - also it has lovely details. I sometimes use samples of papers from B&Q etc to paper houses. For one it's free, and for another you can some decent small prints and textures. Also its cheap to replace as and when it's drawn on...

I've done up several houses for young kids over the years, the latest for my cousins daughter - not so posh as yours. My god-daughters house was a joy to do over. She knew what she wanted and where she wanted it... (I think her mother thinks it's hers) Its a beauty from early learning centre. When I did it over it was in a sorry state having been decorated by my god-daughter using a variety of pens and stickers!!! Now it's the pride of the neighbourhood.

I love getting the kids envolved in doing up/over houses. Their ideas for decoration are wonderful if sometimes impractical. Usually pink/lilac themed, or disney in my experience.

Sounds as if you are having as much fun with the house as your daughter.

I hope all goes well with the rest xxx
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Old 13-09-2009, 02:02 PM
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Thanks for all your replies suggestions. After looking at your pictures of kids houses I've decided that I was taking the wrong direction with the house. It was all too grown up. So I've had lots of fun designing my own papers. I think my daughter has enjoyed it too. Lots of printing, slicing with a one of those paper slicer thingies and trying the paper in the house. I even found her cutting up and putting some of the bits in the house and saying 'dat looks brilliant' one day.

Anyway, its all come to a bit of a grinding halt as we decided to move house so we had to keep it looking tidy while people looked round. Now its only a matter of weeks before we move so I don't want to get carried away with anything.

My daughter is surprisingly undestructive for a 2 year old (I get a shock when we have other kids round actually) so so far the paper which is just stuck on with doublesided sticky tape has survived.

I've attached some more pics for you to see. Thanks for the inspiration

I'll have to get on to decorating it properly and all the furniture etc. once we move!




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Old 14-09-2009, 04:04 PM
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The wallpapering is really pretty. Glad your daughter likes the house.
LC x
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Old 14-09-2009, 05:27 PM
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Looks great, wonderful patterns, and bright and colourful!
Pictures of Dolls House "THINGs" in albums in profile if anyone interested.
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Old 15-09-2009, 10:34 PM
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Your design of wallpaper for your daughter's house looks really good.
If she likes helping to decorate, maybe with your help, she could draw a picture or cut out some small television pictures from children's programmes (often found in tv guides)to make pictures for the walls. You could mount them on coloured card adding a frame round the edge with wooden coffee stirers cut to size and glued.
I have just done this with my grandchildren. I'm in the process of restoring a 2nd house for them bought at a charity shop. They chose the wallpaper, flooring and curtains and are saving their pocket money to buy some furniture and accessories. They are a little older than your daughter 7 and 5 years but are really excited at the prospect of creating their own dollshouse. I'll put some photos in my album later.
If you don't want to paint the furniture you can buy small stickers i.e. teddy bears,princesses,flowers; from Wilkinsons or Hobby Shop, stick to furniture and paint over with clear varnish.
Hope this helps and your move goes well. Happy dollshousing, Carol
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Old 30-06-2010, 10:22 AM
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Default jennifer's printables

Hi Folks
Wondered if you could give me some advice. I'm about to start to decorate my granddaughter's dollshouse and thought I'd use Jennifer's printables site for the wallpaper. I saved the paper I wanted to my computer and printed it out but the design has printed out huge! anyone else had this problem and can anyone advise on what I'm doing wrong
Many thanks
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:05 PM
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Default Decorating ceilings


Can anybody give me advice on papering a ceiling. It looks quite tricky.

many thanks

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Old 06-08-2010, 10:38 AM
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Hiya Cazzy,

This appears harder than it is actually, I use ordinary ceiling paper from the DIY lol, just cut the paper out the size needed (can be a bit smaller as coving will cover the edges) and glue it up. It is as simple as that, I do paste the paper and not the ceiling, that give you move-ability and always work from the front edge back as that is the important open edge.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:24 PM
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Hi Tanalou

I stick my wallpaper onto card with double-sided sellotape and the use Pritt-stick to stick it to the ceiling. Hope that helps

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