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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Decorating a Doll House (part 1)


Hello Again from The French Hen's Nest,





  Since Christmas I have been so busy painting the house, making bedspreads, bed skirts, chandeliers, decorating.  I've hardly had time for anything else. 



You see, when I went home for Christmas,
I went to my storage unit, and went through the furniture and boxes that I've had stored for the past 10 years.  One of the things was a doll house that I bought about 11 years ago at an antique store.   I have been wanting to get it for the longest time, but there was never room in my car. 

A work in progress 


A peek through the window

  It was love at first sight, a big old doll house that a father had lovingly made for his little daughter, with wood siding on the outside, dental moldings on the windows and a nice front porch. 
When I first bought it


   It needed some work, so I bought it hoping to restore it and thinking that my granddaughter would enjoy it one day. It is rather large, 42 inches wide, and 37 inches to the roof.
   I had bought nice furniture from Bombay Company when I first got the house, and was excited to see it again. 


Table set for two
                 



Matalasse bedspread

                 
Another four poster bed and armoire

Breakfast room furniture

Music Room furniture




Now painted pale blue with white trim, tin roof
and a heart on the door for Valentine's Day


   I've had so much fun working on the house.   It is so time consuming, I still need to fix the windows, add door trim, paint the inside, hang chandeliers, polish the floors, hang curtains, and being so small it is very tedious.  But I'm really enjoying it.
  My granddaughter came over the other day and played with it for an hour.  Can't wait for her to see it finished, which will be a while.

  Hope you enjoyed seeing my doll house.  I'll show it to you again as I progress.   If you have a doll house, I'd love to see it.

Till Nest Time,


Jeannie

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41 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I want one for my daughter (who is currently screaming from her crib at 11 pm and I've been trying to get her down for an hour and a half. SIGH).

    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Good Morning Meredith, I have a daughter who use to do the same thing, tip, don't take her to your bed, you'll never get her out. Thank you for your comment, hope you have a nice day.

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  2. Happy Pink Saturday. I am so glad you joined us in making Pink Saturday special.

    I love your doll house, and it will be so much fun watching it evolve.

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  3. Your doll house post caught my eye because I am about to decorate a doll house I have neglected for several years. My Aunt and Uncle helped me build it many years ago. I love what you have shared and am now inspired to get mine going.

    xo, Jeanne (without the i) Smile.

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    1. Good Morning Jeanne, How special that your family helped you build your doll house. I'm happy that I've inspired you to work on yours. I'm really enjoying this project, and my grandchildren are too, even the boys. Thank you so much for your comments. Have a lovely day.
      Jeannie

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  4. Wow, what a beautiful project!I am so glad that I found your blog! I am now following you!

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  5. Hello Christy, So happy you are following us. Thank you so much for commenting on my doll house. It's a fun project, but there is so much to do. Think I'll see what you are up to today.
    Jeannie

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    1. Hi Diana, it is so much fun, my grandchildren are loving it.
      Thank you for visiting.
      Jeannie

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  7. Oh I looove your dollhouse. I have two waiting on me to work on them. Wish I had a GRANDdaughter to give me that little nudge.
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    1. Hello Francie, Thank you so much. The truth is I love this house, it has been in storage so long, I'm just so happy to have it. Go take a look at those houses, you may be inspired again.
      Jeannie

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  8. This is a really lovely dollhouse. Love the furnishings too. What a delight for your granddaughter to play with. We have a dollhouse that Grandpa made for our daughter when she was little. I'll bet I could "doll" it up and display it - no granddaughters here to play with it, though (not yet anyway). Lovely post!
    xo Beth

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  9. Hi Lovely, I'm your new follower from Linky Party.
    Love your awesome blog. Feel free to check out & follow my blog @ www.revampspunkyrena.com
    xoxo
    Rena

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  10. What a pretty doll house! Love all the little furniture! Very cute!

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    1. Hello Maria, Thank you so much, I have so much to do yet. Thank you for the visit.
      Have a great evening.
      Jeannie

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  11. What a wonderful doll house! I have always wanted one but never did get one. The miniature furniture is so cute. And I love the shade of blue you painted it. What fun your granddaughter will have playing with it! Thank you so much for sharing this at my HOME and enjoy the rest of your week, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Hi Sandi, Thank you so much for your sweet comments. You should get one, it's never to late. Thank you for letting me share this with you. Blessings to you,
      Jeannie

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  12. Hi Jeannie, I have been to two doll house shows recently, and now yours is really making me want one too! I still have work to do on my real house, but it seems like more fun to do a little house :) You will have so much fun getting this ready for your grand daughter, or maybe for you! Linda

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    1. Hi Linda, I would love to go the a doll house show, always looking for new ideas. Even though it's little, it is still a lot of work. Hope you get one, they are so much fun, and I love it as much as my granddaughter does.
      Jeannie

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  13. I've always wanted a doll's house. I think they are so beautiful, and fun. Yours is gorgeous! May I come over and play?
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti, thank you so much, you are always welcome, just bring your imagination, and we will definitely have fun.
      Jeannie
      The French Hen's Nest

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  14. Oh, how I love dollhouses! Mine is in storage now, but this makes me want to go get it out and start decorating!

    Found you through Coastal Charm!

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  15. Good Morning, I love them too, I always wanted one as a child, so when I found this one, I fell in love, I'm so happy to have it back. Oh, do get your house out, and enjoy it. I would love to see it when you do. Thank you for visiting The French Hen's Nest.
    Jeannie

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  16. Oh wow love your Doll's house I used to have one when I was little and I spent hours playing with it. Can't wait to see more of it.

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  17. Hello Donna, Thank you so much, when I make some progress, I'll post it. Thank you so much for visiting The French Hen's Nest.
    Jeannie

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  18. Very fun project! Nice site. Glad I found you via sew many ways. I'll visit often!

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  19. Thank you, I'm so glad you found us too. Please do visit again, think I'll pay you a visit now.
    Jeannie
    The French Hen's Nest.

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  20. Lovely to discover your blog and how gorgeous your dolls house is going to be.
    Look forward to coming back to visit.

    Enjoy the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Good Morning Carolyn, Thank you so much for your comments, and your visit. Please do visit again. I'm going to check out Draffin Bears right now. Have a great day.
      Jeannie
      The French Hen's Nest

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  21. Your dollhouse is adorable! I love the tin roof and heart on the door. Thanks for stopping by my blog so that i could find yours!

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  22. Thank you Pam, I'm having fun with the doll house. Please visit again.
    Jeannie

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  23. Such a beautiful dollhouse--I don't know what it is about miniatures, but I've always been captivated by them! Thank you so much for sharing your work in progress!

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    1. Thank you Leisa, I feel the same way, I don't know why a doll house is so captivating, it just is. Thank you so much for the visit, think I'll visit you this morning. Have a great day.
      Jeannie
      The French Hen's Nest

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  24. Oh my goodness, brings back memories seeing your doll house. I bought a house to fix up for my daughter (now 30 yrs old) but never did anything to it. Sold it in a garage sale and saw it in a Christmas Decorator's House tour later that year. Could have kicked myself, lol.

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    1. Sorry you let your house go, bet it looked great decorated for Christmas, right? Maybe you will find another, I absolutely love mine, even though it needs a lot of work. Thank you so much for your visit. Have a great day.
      Jeannie
      The French Hen's Nest

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  25. I've had a doll house for 20 years now and love decorating it for the holidays! Our kids, now are in college and still love looking at it! Thanks for the inspiration! I love yours! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  26. Hi Jeannie,
    I am featuring your wonderful doll house at my HOME party today. Have a lovely day, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  27. Hi Sandi, We are so excited to be featured by the Rose Chintz Cottage. I'm so happy that you like my doll house. Thank you so very much. Hope that you have a lovely day as well.
    Blessings to you.
    Your friends,
    Jeannie and Linda

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  28. OOohhh I love your dollhouse and it is going to be sp awesome when finished!

    I have several- one done and two not done - the houses are but ran out of steam and energy, time and money to furnish them...have the vision but, well, we
    l;'ll see. I should post about them one day, keep thinking I might and then don't.

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  29. Hi Michele, thank you. You should write a post, I would love to see them. You are so right, they are so time consuming, and tedious. Mine is so heavy, that I have to get on the floor to work on it. Kind of hard to paint when you are on the floor. Just do a little here, a little there, that is my plan. Thank you so much for stopping by. Think I'll see whats going on at The Nest at Finch Rest.
    Jeannie

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  30. Hello Jeannie,
    I am in awe of your tiny little touches in your doll house. It's amazing and how I love the soft blues. I'm so glad you shared!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xo

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