Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Dollhouses: My Shabby Chic Cottage

Remember when I said that I'd found two dollhouses recently? I told you about the 1970s dollhouse that I'm planning to refurbish and possibly sell. Now here's the dollhouse that I plan to turn into a shabby chic cottage-like house:



My husband and I were heading out of our neighborhood a few weeks ago, when I saw an "estate sale" sign. When we got there, my husband headed to the lower level of the house, while I stayed in the first room I walked into, on the upper level.

Within a couple of minutes, my husband came back upstairs and waved to me to follow him. He said that he had something to show me. I followed, and when I got to the bottom of the stairs, there was this dollhouse and a box of furniture, all included, for $50. I was thrilled and mouthed the words "Thank you!" to my husband. In the end, my husband negotiated the price down to $43, so it was really a bargain! Here's the lowdown on this house:

Minuses:

1) It was filthy dirty inside and out. Insects, mice, and something bigger had all lived in it. Yikes! (I have cleaned it thoroughly, by the way. :-))
2) It is covered with wallpaper that will need to be removed.
3) I'll need to wallpaper it and finish it with moldings.

Pluses:

1) It is made from wood, not particle board.
2) It is 1/12 scale.
3) It has a front door (not currently attached), windows, a stairway, and hardwood floors!
4) The outside is covered with siding and a shake roof.
5) Lots of nice furniture and accessories were included.
6) The price was very reasonable! Yay!


I plan to turn it into a shabby chic cottage-like house. It will be fun to "distress" the floors and some of the furniture. Right now it kind of looks like a haunted house, with the torn wallpaper, but that's not really my style, so shabby chic it is!


Downstairs, in what would be the livingroom, I will turn it into a shop, either a book shop or a ladies' hat shop--I haven't decided. Tea will be served in the shop as well, so the kitchen next door will have the accoutrements for serving tea and pastries to the customers. The upstairs I plan on being living quarters for the shopkeeper--fun! All in shabby chic--yay!



Look at all that furniture, including a brass bed--woohoo! Check out the groovy 1970s family I got with this house too! The father is wearing bellbottom pants and a nylon shirt. The mom is wearing an Indian skirt. I love it!

So that's my second "new-to-me" dollhouse. I am really looking forward to finishing the 1970s house so that I can get to work on this shabby chic house. Until next time.... xoxo Jennifer

53 comments:

  1. THat's a bagain and the house is so cute. Looking forward to what you'll do of it.Rosanna

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  2. I'm really looking forward to watching you work on this one! :) I'd love a shabby cottage (not sure I can manage the chic part!) when the building part of my current house is done.

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  3. muy buena compra, te felicito, te esperan horas de diversión

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  4. The house is very nice and the furniture is interesting.
    Bye Faby

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  5. Ahora a restaurarla y volverás a darle vida.

    Besos, Narán

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  6. What a great find. You'll have a wonderful time making it over. I'll be visiting from time to time. Maybe even try the restaurant's service.... good luck and a hug

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  7. WOW! What a find! looks real nice. Can't wait to see how it turns out (^ ^)

    MiniHugs; Irina

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  8. ¡Qué alegria, Jennifer! Es fantástico cuando encontramos cosas así. Me encanta esa familia que has encontrado :-) Ahora a modificar todo y a disfrutar del shabby :-) Un beso y felicidades por las compras.

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  9. Lovely house! I'm curious to see it all tidy. :D
    Hugs.

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  10. You can be two times glad... glad because of the bargain and glad because you have a husband to spot something like this for you. Have fun decorating it... ;O)

    Greetings
    Birgit

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  11. Seguro que vas a disfrutar muchisimo renovandola, me encantan tus compras.
    Feliz fin de semana
    besitos ascension

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  12. Hi Rosanna! How was your vacation? The picture looked so lovely. You are right--the house was really a bargain. I will try to learn as much as I can from more experienced miniaturists like you, so I can do some fun things with this house. Thank you for your lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  13. Hi Christine! I know what you mean. Shabby is easy, chic may be more difficult! ;-) I will try to show my work step-by-step on this one, and I'll be asking a lot of questions so I can learn as I go. Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  14. Hola Carmen! Thank you for your congratulations on my good buy. I hope you are right about the hours of fun! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
    Jennifer

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  15. Thank you, Faby. It is so nice to hear from you!
    Jennifer

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  16. Hola Naran! Nice choice of words--restore it and give it life--yes! I love that! Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment!
    Jennifer

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  17. Thank you Drora! I look forward to your visits. You will receive the best service--I will serve you myself! ;-) Thank you for your fun comment!
    Jennifer

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  18. Thank you, Irina! I got a big WOW from you--so sweet! It looks nice now that I cleaned it! ;-) Before it didn't look so good. Thank you for your lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  19. Hola Maru! Great to hear from you. Yes, it is so fun to find a good bargain, isn't it? Fun family, huh?! I remember my father wearing nylon shirts like this with bellbottom jeans when I was a girl!
    Shabby fun! Thank you for your lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  20. Hello Eliana! Yes, tidy will be good. It is clean, but with all of the wallpaper torn, it still needs some tidying. Thank you for your visit and for leaving a comment!
    Jennifer

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  21. Hallo Birgit! Thank you for recognizing my husband. He is so sweet to think of me. You are right. I am very fortunate. Fortunate, as well, for all of my lovely friends, like you, in blogland. Thank you for your lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  22. Hola Ascension! It's always nice to hear from you--so supportive! Thank you for your lovely comment and visit.
    Jennifer

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  23. ¡Que día de suerte tuviste!. No importa el estado en el que esté la casa, lo importante es reformarla a tu gusto. Un saludo, Eva

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  24. Hi Jennifer,
    I can't wait to see the house turned into a shabby chic cottage! Shabby chic is my absolute favourite style!
    Im still on the lookout for any miniature dollhouse furniture, if I see any I'd love to post it over to you :)
    Kate

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  25. Hola Eva! Yes, it was really a lucky day--you are so right. I will make it over, and it's going to be a lot of fun! Thank you for your visit and lovely comment.
    Jennifer

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  26. Hi Kate! So good to hear from you! Yes, shabby chic is fun, isn't it?That is sooooooo very kind of you! You're a doll! :-) Many thanks for your visit, your comment, and your kindness.
    Jennifer

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  27. Can't wait to see how it turns out, I'm a sucker for shabby chic. I plan on making my dollhouse a shabby chic/cottage store (which I've always wanted to own).

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  28. ¡Hola Jennifer!!!!
    Que bien se siente cuando hace uno tan buenas compras ( = Todo es tan bonito y lo mejor que disfrutaras muchísimo dándole vida y tu toque personal a esa casita tan linda ( =
    Un abrazo
    Flor

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  29. That is soooo great!!!
    Congratulations on this gorgeous house!! Lucky girl you are :-)

    Can't wait to see how you will refurbish it...

    Warm hugs, Jollie

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  30. What an interesting dollhouse with the dolls and all the accessories. It will be fun to see what you do with it. What fun you are having. It is great.

    xo Bev

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  31. Jennifer! This is GREAT news! I think you are fast becoming an all around doll house DIY gal!
    Looking forward to your "home improvements" on this one!!
    Jeni

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  32. Hi Caroline! Great to hear from you! We'll have to compare notes as we both move forward with our shabby chic cottage/store ideas. Fun! Thanks for leaving a comment!
    Jennifer

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  33. Thank you Flor! It is always so good to hear from you--so positive and wise.
    Jennifer

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  34. Hi Jollie! So good to hear from you! I will watch what you are doing in your Shabby Black Cat Boutique for ideas! Thank you for your lovely comment.
    Jennifer

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  35. Hi Bev! Yes, it was an interesting find with so many things included. I AM having fun. Thanks for your support! :-)
    Jennifer

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  36. Hi Jeni, I might have to follow your New Pioneer blog in more detail, so I can learn home improvements from the master! :-) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Jennifer

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  37. Looking forward to see the renovated house. Great house!
    Ina

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  38. Hi Ina! Oh, thank you very much. I'm glad you like it! I am really excited about it. :-)
    Jennifer

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  39. Lovely dollhouse!
    love, jaana

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  40. Wonderful find! and great projects!
    Geneviève

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  41. This house has good bones!
    hugs,
    Caroline

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  42. Thank you, Jaana! How sweet of you to say! Thanks for your visit and comment!
    Jennifer

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  43. Hi Genevieve! Thank you so much! Yes, I have some projects ahead of me, don't I? ;-) Thank you for your visit and comment!
    Jennifer

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  44. Thank you, Caroline! That means a lot coming from you. You know good houses because you build such nice houses! :-)
    Jennifer

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  45. Hi PAKY! Thank you, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Jennifer

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  46. What an awesome find! Great deal and how fun! Can't wait to see what you make of it! Have fun!!!

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  47. Hi Miranda! Yeah, I'm psyched about this house. It'll be a project but a very satisfying one. Thanks for taking the time to write a comment.
    Jennifer

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  48. Hi Jennifer. I hope you are fine :o) I'm back from my holidays. Thank you for your visit. Wow I'm reading about your project. It is very interesting. The price is really amazing for a dollhouse and your husband is a good businessman ;o) It is in real good conditions.
    Baci

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  49. Hi Mari@! Glad you had a good holiday! Yes, he bargained for me--what a man, eh? ;-) Wallpaper needs to be removed, and of course I cleaned it, but yes, it is a good solid house. I can't wait to start working on it! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  50. I will grab that house in a heartbeat for this price. I may also keep the flooring ;)

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  51. Hi Sans! A good deal, huh?! And I DO plan on keeping the flooring. Why bother doing it all over again when I want to make it shabby chic anyway, eh?! ;-) Thanks for popping by and leaving a nice comment. I really appreciate it!
    Jennifer

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  52. Hallo from Zimbabwe, this house is gorgeous, would be very interested if you decide to sell it. Have fun doing it up!

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