Introducing Our Little Flip House
If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, 4 years to be exact, you might recall that Emmy and I once made over a vintage dollhouse I found. At the time, Emmy was 9 so I was a little more OCD about the projects it involved and let her help, but I did most of the work. We still have that beautiful dollhouse sitting in our attic. The movers damaged the porch a bit, and I couldn’t fix it easily, so it’s turned into a “one day” project. In the mean time, Emmy and I have both felt the calling to work on a new one. Every time I saw a dollhouse pop up on facebook marketplace, I’d dream about all of the things we could do to it, but we just didn’t have the space in this house. This past December, just before Christmas, I came across a vintage dollhouse that was a little taller and narrower and seemed that it would actually fit in her room. I made plans to pick it up, and when I arrived I saw that the sellers had not accounted for the porch when they measured the depth… I hemmed and hawed, and eventually decided just to take it home anyhow because it would be such a fun project. And yes, I said December and I am just telling you about it in May. Life was trucking along at a fast pace, but now we find ourselves at home with time on our hands. Emmy has been painting canvases, wooden boxes, and more to keep herself busy and she’s actually quite good. We decided that now was the perfect time for us to tackle that dollhouse, and I am so excited to introduce our little flip house to you today.
Just like our last one, this house came with SO much potential! When I brought it home, Chris gave me that “you actually paid money for that dirty old thing” look, but he knows not to say anything. If there’s one badge I’ve earned over the years, it’s the diamond in the rough finder. This house is structurally sound, but as you can see some of the shutters are broken, and it’s just dated and a little ugly. What I love about this one is that it faces front, and then opens out. That seam down the center of the house is where it opens. It also has a really cool and unique shape as you can see below.
The interior will give you an idea as to the last time it was updated… Looks to me like it was the late 70s and that they were using leftover contact paper and flooring from a regular house.
In fact, that mushroom contact paper is similar to what was hiding in our old cabinets in our 1979 Maryland house:
This past week, I worked on preparing the house for Emmy, removing all of the old flooring and paper, and helping get the exterior cleaned up a bit.
Scraping this flooring out was no easy task, but luckily an instagram follower told me to try using a blow dryer to apply heat. I did that, and everything peeled right off. We now have a blank slate on the inside, and Emmy’s brain is swirling with ideas!
Meanwhile, I am doing my best to help her and guide her, but let her take control of this one. I say “doing my best,” because I definitely struggle with passing over the creative reins, but I am trying. I can’t help it- my brain is also swirling with ideas! 🙂
Just like with our last house, we plan to take this one room by room, and we’ll share each room as we finish it. We are planning to reuse some of the furniture from that house, fabricate more, and do our best to keep our spending on the very minimal side. Our last house was filled with black, white, and mints, and this one is going to be very different I think. Emmy seems to be into greens as well as pastel rainbow colors, so who knows! We will both have to wait and see.
In the mean time, if you’d like to fall down a rabbit hole of miniature projects, be sure to check out all of my dollhouse archives here.
Do you love tiny things as much as we do? What is it about them that just captivates us?