The Littlest Vintage Cottage - Dollhouse Exterior Makeover

Recently I shared with my subscribers that I bought a house... a sweet little dollhouse! (If you aren't on the list and you want to be among the first to know about things like this you can sign up right here! You'll also get the free ebook mentioned!)
I had a dollhouse when I was young. My mom built it and a lot of the furniture from kits. It hung on the wall and was a Victorian style, kind of a mustard yellow color, and I think it was 3 stories! We just got rid of it a few years ago.

I found this cute little house at Goodwill and it was only $6.99 so I could hardly leave it behind! 😉 I like the size too.

But, it is in desperate need of a complete makeover though... inside and out which is why I decided to rescue it. We all love a good room reveal even in miniature form, don't we?

I have some exciting things planned for this little house. I'll be working on this throughout the year and I'll be DIYing most everything... even some of the furniture and of course I'll share along the way!

Let me introduce you to The Littlest Vintage Cottage!

Dollhouse exterior makeover with a new sandpaper roof!!

And here is the interior (obviously nothing has happened in here yet.

But to get the full appreciation of how far this has come already you must see the before!

This was a little kit house that someone lovingly assembled and decorated but obviously, it was either played with a LOT or it just wasn't very well cared for, maybe both.

I mean, look at how dirty!!! The front steps are missing and window boxes are broken.

And those hearts... they gotta go!

There are four rooms... I'm thinking living room and kitchen on the main level and bedroom and bathroom upstairs... speaking of stairs... there aren't any... yet!

Some trim is missing on the side.

The first thing I did was remove all the hearts, those hideous flowers, and broken trim pieces and clean!


Then I used wood filler to patch it up.

I found a little sample pot of paint at Lowe's for just .50 cents! Perfect!

I mixed in a little white paint to lighten it up a bit.

I made new trim pieces to replace the broken areas from wood left over from my kitchen backsplash.

And I used the one remaining window box to create new fronts for the others.

The shutters and window boxes are painted light grey.

It looks much better already don't you think?!

But then there's that roof... they tried to imprint what is supposed to look like shingles into the wood but I just think it's kind of sad.

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I decided to make shingles from sandpaper. I found this package of black drywall sandpaper.

I marked lines on the back every inch.

Cut each strip and then marked those strips with a line down the center and vertical lines every inch along the strip.

Cut up to the halfway line on every inch mark to create the look of shingles.

And then start roofing the house! I used wood glue to adhere the strips to the roof of the house.

By the time I was finished I felt like it took about as long as it would have to roof a normal size house!! 😜

And you use what you have to weigh down the shingles while they dry... even a can of spam!

Doesn't it look nice though!!??

I'm excited to get started on the interior! I've ordered a staircase already.


What do you think of the exterior now?

Did you have a dollhouse when you were young?