A friend of mine posted on Facebook that a local tutoring company was going out of business, and the owner just set everything out on the curb for free! I drove over thinking that we might score some used books or educational toys, and was shocked to see their little library out for grabs. It was super dirty with advertising decals on it, but I saw so much potential to create something really special.
First, I got it really clean and then gave it 2 coats of satin white paint. I went back and fourth on what color(s) I wanted to paint it, and then I remembered an awesome tip Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY gave us on the Home School’d podcast. She mentioned finding art that you really love and then letting that create your color palette. (You can listen to the entire episode HERE). No art came to mind, but one of my favorite children’s books did- and this is what I used to choose the paint.
I taped off the exterior of the house (no real plan, just played around) and then used the 3 samples I bought to fill in the shapes I created. This amount of paint was MORE than enough!
I was soooo excited when I pulled off the tape! I really had no idea how it was going to turn out. I love the stark white inside with the party on the outside.
Although I love the idea of a dollhouse filled with Etsy furniture, my kids are 3 and 4- and that is not realistic. I wanted to cater to them- so I filled the house with chunky furniture from Ikea!
I also added some peg dolls I found on Amazon. In the bottom baskets I have a collection of little figurines, and any little pieces from around our playroom that I thought might spark imaginative play.
It’s so rewarding to give a piece of furniture new life, and I’m so grateful I stumbled upon this sweet piece.
Paint Colors (all Behr); Melon Sorbet, Taffy Twist, Seaglass
Peg dolls: Agirlgle Toddler Wooden Toys