Bright and Colorful DIY Dollhouse Makeover

I am sooo excited to finally be sharing this post- It’s a long one, but I promise it’s worth it! First take a tour inside my DIY dollhouse’s bright and colorful makeover and then check out my guides below for a collection of the very best houses, families, furniture, and accessories to create your own!

Bright and Colorful DIY Hearth and Hand Dollhouse Makeover; tour, decor source list, and tips for renovating a dollhouse!

Renovating a dollhouse is definitely a labor of love, but I really enjoyed it as a late night project! Now I just wish I could move in 😉 It’s kind of like making your dream house at 1/1000th of the cost- BUT I will say that’s what gives this project the potential to be quite expensive. You start falling in love and buying all the cute itty bitty things and they surprisingly add up quickly! And if that’s your thing, more power to you, I bet it will look amazing! At the same time, that route wasn’t for me given that I didn’t even know if Harper would be into playing with it and I had mega sticker shock when I started looking at all the exceptional dollhouse small shops and talented Etsy creators. I wanted to mix a little bit of that, a little Big Box store, and a little DIY to create a fun but budget friendly house for my daughter for Christmas. I will say that through the process of trying to DIY certain things I wish I had just purchased an already complete set (especially the furniture!) and saved more of my time for DIYs like painting/papering the walls and floors.

Hearth and Hand Dollhouse Makeover; come see my tips, sources, and a tour! DIY Chrsitmas gift

For reference, this is the interior “before”, it’s the Hearth and Hand Wooden Dollhouse (it goes in and out of stock pretty frequently; if it’s gone, just keep an eye on it or sign up for a restock notification).

Come on in for a tour!

Hearth and Hand Dollhouse ; come see how I turned a plain dollhouse into a bright and colorful one of a kind piece!
How to wallpaper your dollhouse; tips, tricks and source lists for a fun and colorful dollhouse makeover!
Miniature dollhouse living room inspiration. Dollhouse decor in the Hearth and Hand dollhouse
DIY a dollhouse rug using wrapping paper, mod-podge, and a sharpie! See more dollhouse renovation tips
DIY Bright and Colorful dollhouse bathroom with flamingo wallpaper, double sink, and clawfoot tub
DIY dollhouse brushstroke wall paint. Dollhouse master bedroom with vintage brass bed
Fun and Colorful Dollhouse kitchen makeover
Dollhouse polka dot and rainbow nursery. Cute dollhouse dolls
Such a cute dollhouse family! Check out this post for more cute and diverse dollhouse family finds!

Click to shop this adorable Dollhouse Family: Boy | Girl | Dad | Mom

Wallpaper & Flooring

Most of the wall coverings and flooring in the house were found the scrapbooking aisle of the craft store! It was a cheap way to add a lot of pattern and color to the house. The attic polka dots, bathroom flamingos, kitchen marble & sprinkle walls are all just cheapo 50 cent scrapbook paper. The hex kitchen tiles and bathroom tile floor is from the scrapbook aisle as well but a little more expensive (liiiike $1.50 🤣)! Another option for wallpaper is gift wrap; there are always a lot of fun options around the holidays! I particularly love the Sugar Paper collection at Target! I used peach and gold polka dot for the living room wall and a Rifle Paper Co. floral print as an accent wall. The living room rug is also wrapping paper (I used a permanent marker to draw on the fringe details). And if you can’t find anything you like, you can free-hand paint a fun pattern like I did in the bedroom!

For the wall and floor coverings, I used a ruler to measure and cut my paper using a detail knife for precision before adhering it using a foam brush and mod-podge. Another coat of mod-podge over top helps seal it from peeling or getting nicked. I tried to do as much as I could before putting the house together, but it got kind of tough to see where the rooms were going to line up. If you’re doing the Hearth & Hand house, I highly recommend as least doing the “attic” space before assembling!

Furniture & Accessories

My furniture and accessories source lists can be found below along with some other options that I love! For dollhouses like mine that fit 4″ dolls, you’re going to want to look for 1/12 scale furniture and miniatures. This is where it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole because miniature stuff is so freaking cute and if you can dream it up, you can probably find it in miniature form. I almost had an all-out playroom, science center, and arts & crafts room for this dollhouse before I pumped the brakes and realized my 5 and 3 year olds would lose all of those tiny pieces in .05 seconds. But it is a fun option to really personalize it if your kids have specific interests! I also recommend checking places like facebook marketplace, eBay, Etsy, and believe it or not- the Dollar Store! The “master” brass bed was found on eBay (for $8!). Almost all of the accessories like the sinks, bowls, crib, food, and fireplace were from this seller on eBay (and it was much cheaper to buy them all in one place and only have to pay shipping once). The wooden bathroom vanity and dressers were found at the dollar store!

I added a few little details with scrap fabric/felt I had- like the blankets, bathroom rug, and towels. The “bubbles” in the bathtub are a sheet bubble wrap!! I made floating shelves using itty bitty wooden square dowels from the hardware store trim section.

Another tip I have is to purchase a set and stretch it across the house. I bought this kids bunk room set because I saw the opportunity to add furnishings to 3+ rooms. I moved the rug and rocking horse to the nursery, the round table to the bedroom, and combined the slide that came with the bed to a miniature ladder to make a pikler-inspired play piece. I swapped the bunk room pillows to the couch and put the couch pillows on the bed to create a more cohesive space throughout. Using the same idea for the living room set, I moved the end table to the bedroom and one arm chair to the nursery.

Don’t be afraid to buy (ugly 😆) pieces or use what comes with the dollhouse and paint them (I recommend acrylic paint and seal with poly or mod-podge) if you see potential. The Hearth & Hand toilet got a fresh new look just by painting the lid pink. I painted the bunk beds, rocking horse, kitchen table, kitchen cabinets and appliances. That said, I regretted it when some of them needed 10 coats and chipped as soon as the doors were opened and closed (I didn’t seal them the first time and needed to repaint after almost immediately after the kids played with them- ugh. But they did hold up to play better when they were sealed properly). I really wished I had just spent the money on buying a set I loved (see my furniture recommendations below!) that would be more play-resistant and not take hours to paint!

FAQ

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Cutest Dollhouse Family

Looking for the cute dollhouse families? Check this out!! Cute and diverse dollhouse people for your dollhouse family. Check out these DIY tips for renovating your dollhouse

1 MOM, GIRL, BOY, DAD / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

My number one ALWAYS asked question is where I found our dollhouse family because, well, do one search for dollhouse people and you’ll be mortified by the results ! I tracked down these cute and diverse families to make part of your home!

Click the Images below to shop Dollhouse People!

Best Dollhouses:

Updated 2021! A collection of the best dollhouses! Perfect for Christmas lists or a DIY dollhouse! Check out these DIY tips for renovating your dollhouse and collections of the best furniture, accessories, and people!

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These picks are so subjective based on budget, how much work you want to do and how much space you have! Also keep an eye out on facebook marketplace; you can oftentimes score great deals on dollhouses, especially if you’re planning on renovating! A lot of these fly off the shelves around Christmastime, so make sure you buy early and set restock notifications!

Click the Images below to shop Dollhouses!

Dollhouse Furniture:

Adorable list of dollhouse furniture for refinishing a DIY dollhouse makeover; find the cutest dollhouse furniture sets!

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7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

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Dollhouse Accessories:

Add accessories to a DIY dollhouse for extra fun!

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Adding accessories is SO fun and a chance to really add personality to the house! Whether it’s decor, activities, food, or stocking the kitchen, I feel like these items are what really brings the house to life! I linked a few fun finds from stores like Amazon and Target, but be sure to check out Etsy; there are so many talented dollhouse accessory makers!

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Have fun Creating!

If you need more holiday gift ideas, check out my gift guides below!

Little Girl Gift Guide!

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4 Comments
  • Jessica
    December 6, 2020

    Hi! I just bought this dollhouse today! I was wondering if you had dimensions for all the wallpaper you cut. Thank you! 🙂

    • jess
      December 7, 2020

      Hi ! I don’t have the dimensions, so sorry ! I went between measuring to cut and towards the end I just pushed the paper in the space to make a crease and followed that with a straight-edge and craft knife and found that to go a little faster 😉

  • Georgia W.
    August 12, 2021

    The dollhouse is adorable! I have 6 granddaughters and of course they all want a dollhouse, so we decided we would make a big one at Grandmas house! (Wish me ouch). You did an amazing job and all the g-girls want theirs to look just like yours…❤️❤️

    • GAW
      August 12, 2021

      That should say wish me LUCK!!! But ouch might be a better word to use!!

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