One of the very first blog posts to ever make it on the Blake & Taylor website was of a custom painted doll’s house for a customer. It was such a treat to bring new life to an item that was made with quality in mind. Similar to our own homes, the foundation may have been built to last generations but the decorating needs a spruce up every few years. On today’s blog post, we walk you through how we freshened up a recent doll’s house that was brought into the shop by a customer who was inspired to give their doll’s home a more modern look after seeing the original blog post on our website.
Painted by Liz
Materials for the Doll House Makeover
- Methylated spirit and rags for cleaning
- Shelley’s Spakfiller
- Zinsser Stain Block
- 50mm Flat Brush
- 25mm Flat Brush
- Small, artists paint brush
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Steel Grey
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in French Linen
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Sage
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Kettle Green
- Red, acrylic paint
- Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Clear Top Coat
You want to start your project with a clean surface and a nice white base.
To remove grease and dirt, clean the surfaces you will be painting with methylated spirit. Next, give the doll’s house a gentle sanding and fill any holes with Selley’s Spakfiller. Once the filler is dry, sand the areas smooth and then cover with Zinsser stain block applied using a 50mm flat brush.
Select your roof colour and begin to paint.
I painted the roof of this doll’s house with our Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Steel Grey using a 25mm flat brush. Once the paint dries, apply a second coat of Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Steel Grey to create a wonderful solid colour.
Paint the rest of the doll’s house.
The inside and outside of the doll’s house are painted with Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White using a 25mm round brush. Once the paint dries, apply another coat and allow to dry. Then, apply one final coat of paint. It took me three coats of paint to reach a gorgeous solid white.
Paint the shutters.
Once the body and the roof are painted it is time to start on the window shutters. First, draw a rough guide using a pencil. You will be able to paint over your pencil marks and you can erase any pencil you do not end up covering. Since I was already using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Steel Grey on the roof, I decided to use the same colour of paint for the shutters. I used a small, artists paint brush to paint these intricate details.
Add in the details.
To add a more realistic look to the shutters, I painted a slight shadow. To achieve this look I simply watered down a small amount of the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Steel Grey in a small dish, then painted as normal with a small, artists paint brush.
A touch of floral.
I used a small, artists paint brush to paint a creeping vine on the outside of the house. I started at the bottom of the doll’s house and moved my way up the sides, creeping close to the windows and on the front roof detail of the doll’s house. I used Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in French Linen for the creeping vine. The first set of leaves were done using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Sage. To create the leaves, I simply used the shape of the brush to make the dashes and marks to give it a painterly effect.
Adding a second layer of leaves and the dainty flowers really brought this doll’s house look together. I added a second layer of leaves using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in Kettle Green. To create the pink for the flowers, I mixed Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White with a tiny amount of acrylic red paint. The beauty of mixing your own paint is that you can simply add more of one colour to create a whole new shade, adding depth and interest to your painting.
Seal and finish.
The final step is to seal and finish the doll’s house. Once all the paint has dried, apply one coat of Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Clear Top Coat. Allow the top coat to dry completely before adding in furniture and your dolls.
Once the doll’s house was finished, I could not help myself styling the home with some of the lovely offerings in the Blake & Taylor shop. I used vintage china, Ruby Red Shoes books by Kate Knapp and soft toys from Alimrose. I am so pleased with how this doll’s house looks now, the fresh coat of paint will give the home many more years of use.