Milla’s Little House : Girl’s Bedroom & Playroom


After the Superhero House, I needed to get stuck into some seriously girly decorating. Pink, feathers, fur and more pink. Oh yeah! So the little girls attic bedroom in my new house was where I went.

This is the house before I started working on it and then with 3 coats of primer. Yuck! Wht a horrid job. But it was $35 on Gumtree so a pretty good bargain really. It’s totally solid and handmade so has heaps of character.


I forgot to take a photo of the finished painted house because I was just so excited that I’d done the boring part and could now do something fun. But if you’re wondering, the walls are Dulux Coastal White, the roof is Dulux Oolong and the pink in the bedroom I’m not sure because the label’s come off but I think it’s Dulux Pink Gin. Very handy having built a real house a few years ago so I have LOADS of paint sample pots to work with.

Right so, here we go…..

The little bed and bedside table I made (tip : do NOT use hot glue to stick balsa wood together. It looks dreadful – bedside table case in point). The feathery headboard is one of those feather hacklepad thingys that I had lying around from Milla’s birthday party. The gold dot quilt and pillow are just made from fabric scraps I had. The flowery cushions are felt and some of those flower things that I found in my craft stash. The gorgeous knitted pillow is from the very talented WhimsyWoods. The lamp is just a painted wooden bead, cotton bud and gold felt wrapped around a foam marshmallow. The little books and rabbit came from eBay (although the rabbit was in a second hand lot so not sure where he’s from). Teddy and cuckoo clock are also from eBay. The ‘artwork’ is just balsa wood painted with gold paint, a wooden chipboard from Typo and a little scrapbooking rose.

You might notice the roses up on the roof. Being handmade, the house had what we might call ‘character’. So I had to use the roses to hide a great big gap between the wall and ceiling. Turned out alright though I think.

The other side of the room presented a real challenge because of the extreme slope of the ceiling. Thanks to googling ‘attic bedrooms’ I came up with this solution – a ‘custom made’ cabinet (makes it sound so posh but really it’s just balsa wood) that fit neatly into the space. Oh and while I’m here, the floor is just scrapbooking paper.

The little toys are mostly from eBay (some new, some secondhand) but the unicorn and cat are from a gorgeous little shop in New Zealand that I stumbled upon. You can get the same ones from Ryan’s Realm (if you happen to live in Wellington, the store was ikoiko).

Some other random things are this little plant. It’s just gold felt that I stitched into a bag shape and then filled with artificial plant. The little hat rack was another eBay second hand find. The little handbag I just made from felt scraps and embroidery thread. And the little toy was from eBay and looks lovely against the lush fur mat from WhimsyWoods.

As an added bonus, here is the playroom. This was a poky little room that really couldn’t fit much in it at all. It was a nightmare to paint, photograph and basically do anything with because it’s so small.


The little horse was just in the furniture set leftover from the Superhero House. I painted it pink with gold trim, cut off its red tail and replaced it with pink embroidery thread. The felt ball garland was just balls that I strung together with embroidery thread and the pictures are from Typo.


So there’s the pretty little girl’s bedroom and playroom in my new house. Not sure which room is next….maybe the kitchen.

The Superhero House

After completing the dollhouse for my daughter, my son decided he needed a house too. He wasn’t keen on a house for dolls so we decided to do a house for superheroes. I used an old bookshelf that we had in the playroom – those put together ones from The Reject Shop-type places. A girly sort of house really wouldn’t have suited at all! Here it is in all its glory.



So let’s go through the levels.


The top floor is the bedroom and bathroom. Because this house is for a boy to play with, he wanted really bold, strong colours. I chose red, yellow and navy because they’re pretty superheroey type colours.

The bunk bed was just two beds that I stuck together with balsa wood dowel and then painted. The double bed was a white bed that I just painted black. The walls are scrapbooking paper and the floor was a gift from the supremely talented littlelinzi (thank you so much!). The bedside table was actually a rabbit hutch that came in a stack of second hand furniture I got with one of the dollhouses I purchased. I just painted it. The lamp is a bead, cotton bud and scrapbooking paper – with one of those foam marshmallows inside (tutorial is here). The wall art and comic books are just pictures printed and then ModPodged onto balsa wood. All the linen I made myself with scraps from my ridiculously massive fabric collection.

I’m not so secretly in love with the bathroom. I am so pleased with how it turned out. The shower, vanity and toilet were just from one of those furniture packs on eBay that I painted. The little cupboard was from the second hand furniture I got with another dollhouse, again just painted. The little plants are just beads with artificial plants inside. The hanging one is just hanging with embroidery thread and a bead. I can’t macrame so I went with a simpler option. Wall art is a little pic that I designed using a quote that was all over Google in many shapes and forms. And the little toothbrush and toothpaste as well as mug and saucepan just came from eBay (man I love eBay!).



My vision for this room came from a Domayne catalogue – and the fact that I always wanted a vertical garden in my old house but my hubby never let me. I wanted it to be warehousey and masculine – after all, the majority of superheroes are blokes aren’t they (what’s up with that anyway?). I loved the idea of exposed brick and greenery, so this is how it turned out.

The trouble with using a bookcase and scrapbooking paper is that the paper wasn’t big enough to go the full length of the back wall. Urgh! So it took me about a month to figure out what I was going to do to fill this gap. I tried a wrap-around window with a view (dismal failure), a big wall art (hideous) – until one night I realised I could do a dark wall with floating shelves. That would look pretty cool. I tried painting the black but got lazy with primer so of course that didn’t work – the paint just came right off. So I just printed a black rectangle and ModPodged it on. Sweet! The little shelves are just balsa wood (I’m becoming addicted to that stuff, it’s so versatile). The kitchen table/bench is again just balsa wood painted black, with balsa dowel legs. The decorations are a combo of eBay finds, painted bits of balsa wood, and my first ever attempt at Sculpey sculpting (is that how you’d say it?).

All the kitchen furniture (and the chairs) are second hand that I painted. The toaster, jam, saucepans, utensils and water cooler came from eBay. The birdcage was a second hand eBay win and the wall art is a magnet from Typo. The window frame was also from eBay and I just put my own photograph behind it (if you’re wondering, it’s Brisbane taken from South Bank. The other one is also Brisbane, taken from a CityCat – I liked it because I could see my workplace in it).



Okay I really love how this room turned out too. The gym ended up going in the living room because I figured the superheroes could do their weights while they watched TV. All the furniture is second hand that I painted. The plant is just artificial plant from Spotlight and the vase is from eBay.

I made the felt ball rug using a whole stack of pom poms I found in the kids’ craft box. The cushions I made from felt, fabric scraps and embroidery thread. The weights are made from foam marshmallows and cotton buds (I’ll be honest, I thought I was pretty clever coming up with that one). The chin up bar is balsa wood. The big black ‘go hard or go home’ I just designed in PicMonkey and the colourful wallart is from Freepik. The other quote I just did myself and stuck it onto balsa wood. The Batman/Joker pic is a magnet from Typo. The ‘yoga mat’ is just foam from an Easter sticker set from Spotlight that the kids had in their craft box. Oh and flooring and wallpaper are just scrapbooking paper.


Control Room

I’m calling this the Control Room but it’s kind of the garage as well. I left heaps of floor space to park the Batmobile. The desk, chairs, shelves, washing machine, ironing board and vacuum (my son insisted on having that) are all second handies that came with a dollhouse I bought off Gumtree. The little filing cabinet was an eBay win and the typerwriter, laptop, iPad and tools (they’re in a pot on the shelves) came from eBay. The computer monitors are just those name place chalkboard peg things that you can get from the $2 shop – I just painted the outsides silver. The hanging thing is balsa wood and I made all the capes with fabric and felt scraps (with the exception of the spiderweb – that’s a feltie from Etsy that I use in my eye patch business). The flooring and wallpaper are again scrapbooking paper (and you see the join in the floor where I had to put 2 pieces together? Hopefully not, it was painstaking to try to get that right). I was kind of over it by this point so didn’t bother using my last 2 pieces of white brickwork paper on the back wall. I’ll keep them for something else.


So there you have it – one superhero house. The whole thing started with this one pic on Pinterest that the little man found (BIGGEST mistake of my life showing my kids the wonders of Pinterest). And we just built on from there. I had plenty of input from the little guy and he’s super happy that all the Lego superheroes can hang out there.

I should also mention that there is a helipad on top. I had visions of fake grass, an outdoor BBQ and setting to go with the helipad but I was over it and he was getting impatient so this is how it turned out. Blurk! But he was thrilled with it, so that’s all that matters.


A nice girly house is up next. Phew!

My Dollhouse Project

So my daughter’s dollhouse was destroyed while it was in storage. I’ve been promising her for about 3 years that I would get a new one for her. Imagine my thrill when I stumbled upon an old one at a boot sale – it only cost $10 – yay! Then came the fun part, refurbishing and decorating.


This was how it looked after a sand and a paint. Nice and clean. Then came the floors and walls. The flooring is just scrapbooking paper – just like the colourful wallpaper too.


Then I decided it needed a bathroom, so I added in an internal wall (and a bit more wallpaper).


Let’s break it down a bit.

The Living Room & Kitchen

All the basic furniture came from eBay. I painted the stove splashback, elements and sink with silver paint. The little tree and fishbowl also came from eBay. The ‘Good Times’ sign is scrapbooking chipboard and so is the ‘artwork’ on the living room wall. The super cute little scales and clock came from eBay as well (can you tell how much I love eBay?!).

The Bathroom

The bathroom didn’t get a lot of love unfortunately as it is really quite pokey – a bit long and narrow and hard to get into. But the little towels are just fabric scraps. The accessories came from a miniatures store in Australia.

The Master Bedroom

This is my favourite room in the house. I love the floral wallpaper, and the pictures and especially the inspirational quote on the wall. The little lamps I made using this tutorial here – but those little foam marshmallows I couldn’t find anywhere in Australia so I just used more of the timber bobbins (from Spotlight) and wrapped them in a bit of quilting batting I had lying around, and then added the paper.
The rug is just scrapbooking paper that I Mod Podged to the floor (oh yeah, did I mention that’s how I put the upstairs flooring down?). And the bedspread and pillow I just sewed up with some fabric scraps I had lying around.

The Kids’ Bedroom

I also love this super cute room. The rug is just scrapbooking paper Modge Podged to the floor. The toys, books and clock came from a dollhouse store in Australia. The doonas and pillow I sewed up with fabric scraps. The butterflies on the wall are scrapbooking chipboard. The light fitting didn’t work out at all like I wanted it to but it looks okay.

So that’s my first dollhouse make over. It took about 3 months to complete (frustratingly slow!) and was a lot of fun.

I’ve got two more second hand dollhouses in the garage, ready for refurbishment. Can’t wait to get stuck into them.