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Old 22-07-2009, 05:14 PM
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I've just bought a dolls house for my daughter from toysrus in their sale. It's not as grand as the houses on the dolls house emporium but it came with all the furniture so its a bit of a bargain and is nice and small. Here's a pic (I hope this works)


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Anyway, its unpainted and so is all the furniture. I'd like to decorate it and this is what I'd like some advise on really.

What is the best paint to use to paint the outside and the roof.

Also inside I think I'll wallpaper. I've got some samples from Homebase and B&Q and this is what I've come up with so far but I'm not sure if its a bit fuddy duddy and not really suitable for kids. Let me know what you think: (They are for lounge, master bedroom, dining room and bathroom).

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For the nursery I've seen quite a nice beatrix potter dolls house paper and for the kitchen I quite like the delft tiles you can get from dolls house emporium. I thought I'd do wooden floors throughout.

Anyway I'd appreciate your thoughts and I hope the pictures come up okay.
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Old 23-07-2009, 01:21 PM
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Normal emulsion paint works well for the exterior, try to avoid gloss as it doesn't look right on large areas.
The wallpaper looks fine, you may have to replace it as it is a childrens house, it won't last long.
Wooden floors are probably the best to avoid ware and tear, but they may still get damaged.
To be honest i wouldn't spend out a lot on wallpapers and tiles as children really won't appreciate the expense, wallpaper samples from DIY shops are better.
How old is your daughter?
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Old 23-07-2009, 04:28 PM
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Hi VickyM The house looks great is it wooden or MDF ?
The wallpaper looks nice too. Can you tell what scale it is cos the tiled wallpaper that you show maybe a little on the large size that is just my opinion mind. I got some too and I felt the pattern was a little to large but it really depends on what scale the house is.
You do not say what age your daughter is if she is young why not put some fablon onto a card ( floor size) and slip that into the rooms. It maybe a little more hardwearing than wooden strips for a child, and it can be changed easily.
The above is as I say my thoughts look foward to seeing pics of how you progress.
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Old 23-07-2009, 06:47 PM
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I love the third one... very classy.

If you have a printer you could also have a look at printing some.

Try the web site below.

If nothing else...it may give you some ideas


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Wow thanks for all your replies. That's all really helpful.

My daughter, Amy, is only 2 (on saturday bless her) so as some of you said she won't appreciate the decor! She's already managed to dismantle the mattresses and pillows that came with the beds! Generally she's pretty careful with her toys mind you (not all her friends are though!) and I would like it to be a bit more colourful for her though. Really though I think I'm doing it for me

I agree that the tiles for the bathroom are a little on the large size but as it was a free sample I decided it would probably do. I'm going to check out that printable website though and see if they have anything better.

What is fablon? I can see that not having fixed floors would make it easier to replace them. I'm not sure if my daughter would spend the whole time taking them out though (she's been taking the stairs out a lot). I don't suppose it matters too much.

I also think I like the third paper (of the ones above that it) the best but I'm struggling to think what colour I'd paint the furniture to go with it. I think it may be a bit grown up. Perhaps I'll have to get my own house once I've decorated Amy's!

I've decided to take some of the walls out temporarily on 2 of the floors as I think it'll make it easier for Amy to access the furniture and stairs (one of the rooms on each floor is quite small for her to reach into). So anyway this means there will be a big open plan kitchen diner downstairs, and lounge and bathroom on the first floor, the children's bedroom will take up the whole 2nd floor and a double bedroom in the attic.

All the furniture is going to end up in various different rooms I think (having watched my daughter play with it). What type of paint would you recommend for furniture. I used satinwood to do the nursery furniture and its a bit fiddley but looks okay. I think I'll just use the white I have and add acrylic paint to it to get different colours.

sorry the pic of the house is so small by the way it seems to have shrunk on attaching it to the post.

Thanks again and any more tips would be appreciated.
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Hi there,

Thought I'd put on some more pics (including one of the front as I didn't realise the one I used before was so tiny).

I've shown some of the rooms with wallpaper (not attached properly yet) that I've printed (what a fab idea!). I love the delft tiles in the kitchen although not sure whether I should print them on photo paper to give them a more glossy look. I'm not sure about the beatrix potter now I've seen it in the house. It's possibly because its not high enough resolution though. Amy quite like it (although she had more fun playing with the paper cutter than anything else! I quite like the bedroom but I'm not sure. There are so many papers to choose from that's the problem. All the ones I've used seem a little too white.

I'll do new bed covers etc. for both rooms so that's not an issue.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
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Old 29-07-2009, 09:20 PM
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sorry can't seem to attach those pics. Not sure how I managed it last time!

Well the photos are in my attachments but I'm sure I did something else aswell last time. Hopefully it'll work!
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Your daughter is only 2! To be honest i wouldn't spend much on anyhting for the house, as it will get wrecked.
I have a 2 year old in the family and know the destruction they can cause at that age.
I would stick to simple, cheap and easily replaceable furniture/decoration.
If you get a house for yourself, we would love to see it.
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Hi VickyM

Welcome to the forum.

Your choice of house for your daughter looks great... it looks quite grown up so will be a good investment and can be changed as she gets older. Unfortunately I can't see any of your recent pics. Your probably right about thinking that your choice of papers are perhaps too grown up and plain for a 2 year old he he

After getting into this hobby for myself, a few years ago I bought a cheap kit from ebay and decorated it myself for my friends daughter... she was about 6 or 7 at the time.... I painted the outside using ordinary emulsion in her favorite colour - pink with lilac trim.... I used wood effect flooring paper (not wooden floors) or you could use fablon (sticky back plastic) which would probably work out cheaper and more hardwearing for your large house.... I managed to buy a Early Learning Centre decoration pack that included some papers, felt, fabric, stencils and stickers etc..... for papering the walls though free printie papers are great too (though perhaps a bit more grown up). I also stuck some flower stickers along the outside walls to make it more cottagey looking.... I also varnished the outside walls and floors with satin clear varnish to avoid grubby marks from sticky fingers and crayons etc he he
Sorry I've managed to babble on alot ....here is a pic of the inside of Mels house for you to nosey at he he
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I printed mine onto photo paper... but remember the glue will smear it...t he other option is print and then cover with clear fablon or laminate.

The reason why your pictures are not showing is they are waiting for approval. I think its because of this is the childrens forum.


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Hi there,

Thought I'd put on some more pics (including one of the front as I didn't realise the one I used before was so tiny).

I've shown some of the rooms with wallpaper (not attached properly yet) that I've printed (what a fab idea!). I love the delft tiles in the kitchen although not sure whether I should print them on photo paper to give them a more glossy look. I'm not sure about the beatrix potter now I've seen it in the house. It's possibly because its not high enough resolution though. Amy quite like it (although she had more fun playing with the paper cutter than anything else! I quite like the bedroom but I'm not sure. There are so many papers to choose from that's the problem. All the ones I've used seem a little too white.

I'll do new bed covers etc. for both rooms so that's not an issue.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
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