I had a dollhouse as a little girl that I thought was beyond amazing. My daddy made it in our basement secretly for Christmas over several months when I was about 9. It was a two story Victorian style with a big porch and even the tiny mailbox had tiny lettering that he carefully hand painted our address on- 227 (and 1/2) Stone St. I spent so many hours at the table playing with my dollhouse, stocking the attic with marshmallow pumpkins pretending it was Laura Ingalls and family storing up for the big winter, rearranging furniture, and of course planning out my future home. After I had my own little girl something in me just cried out that a dollhouse was a necessary part of childhood so I set out to find a used one that I could fix up for
myself us, I was lucky enough to find a solid and structurally sound one on a local sell site for $30 and all it needed was a little TLC. I really wanted a “Fixer Upper” look for the dollhouse but on a budget, miniatures can be very expensive so I wanted to save where I could. I started with the floors on the bottom level with this DIY Dollhouse Popsicle Stick Floor.
Here is what you will need to make your own…
sturdy scissors or this craft cutter
Stain or walnut ink
sanding block or sand paper
The first thing you want to do is cut off each of the rounded ends of your Popsicle sticks, just before where the curve begins.You can use scissors like I did but 1. your hands will be sore by the time you are done and 2. you will go through 2 pair of perfectly good scissors cutting the Popsicle sticks. I wasn't sure how many I was going to need so I did about 25 at a time until I had an idea of how many I would need.
Cut several of your “boards” in half, as you lay your floor you want to stagger every other board where it starts against one wall with a full length and then a half size board.
Squeeze a line of wood glue down the floor in the first couple rows beginning in the furthest corner. Press a full length popsicle stick into the corner, lay several more down the row then move to the next row, starting with a half piece. Push the first row against the wall as you lay the second row. When you get to the end of each row simply measure and cut the size you need. Continue working a couple rows at a time until you are at the end of the flooring. Wipe away excess glue as you go with a damp rag.
At the doorway use a straight edge blade to cut a bit of your trim away so the boards slide up underneath it if you are trying to salvage the trim, otherwise cut it away first.
Place heavy books or other objects on your floor all the way across to keep boards from curling up and allow to dry for several hours.
To create molding around the floor I trimmed small flat dowels to size and glued them in place. Tape off edges with painters tape so that you can stain without getting it on the walls.
Run a sanding block or fine sand paper over your flooring to smooth and help remove any glue residue that is left.
You can apply your stain with a rag or a paint brush, I gave it a heavy coat with the paintbrush a small section at a time…
Then quickly wiped it away because I wanted a lighter, worn and aged look.
Run the sanding block over the surface again.
The final step is to seal your floor, use a gloss or flat modge podge depending on the finish you want. I did mine with a flat because it's what I had on hand but I think I will go back later with a gloss. Brush a coat across the flooring, once dry repeat with a second coat.
Here is an overall look at the finished product, I was a little impatient and started hanging things on the walls already. I used kraft paper to make a mock up of how I wanted the photos on the wall to hang.
After your floor is completely dry you can begin to move in your furniture, start with permanent fixtures like cabinets, refrigerator, etc… I used double sided foam tape to hold the cabinets and stove in place.
I am still working on gathering and making furniture for our dollhouse and will have more to show you each Monday in what my daughter and I are calling “Miniature Mondays”. Each week we will show you a different tutorial as we work on our fixer upper dollhouse.