Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Renovation rescue - way behind schedule!

I can't believe it's 25 January already! - and I still haven't finished the dollhouse renovation that I'd planned to complete by Christmas!

When I found out that the little girls who will be the new owners of this house would be out of town for Christmas, and several weeks afterwards, there was no pressure to finish it so quickly.   This also meant that I could take more time and make it look better than if I had to hurry. 

Click here to read how I found this house and rescued it from the garbage truck.

Progress so far...









The bathroom will be inaccessible when the front bathroom wall and the roof go on, but it will be able to be seen well enough through the doorway.  I bought the little table in a discount store for $2, painted it and added the basin, tap, etc.  The basin is a bit of packaging from a box of chocolates, the faucet is made of covered wire.  The toilet bowl is made from a laundry powder scoop.  The shower head is made from covered wire and a couple of buttons.  The shower screen is plastic sheeting with the blue plastic covering left on one side so that it looks like coloured glass.  The shiny white wall and floor surface is high gloss photo print paper.

The basic furniture for the other  rooms is all ready to go in when the renovation is complete - which it nearly is.  More on the completion of this project later.

Giveaway coming soon!! - please wait for details!!

I haven't forgotten I promised a giveaway in January - please wait a few days for me to post the details and then you can enter :)   Thanks for your patience!


33 comments:

Virginia Isabel CoMa said...

me encanta la transformacion.
besujis!!!

cockerina said...

Ooooooh! As was to be reduced, as it is now .... I see an amazing job! very good, the girls will be really happy!
I like the wall of blue glass in the bathroom!
kisses, Caterina

Léa said...

It's great for saving the house and restore it to life.
It has lots of charm, and I think it will have really a lot of character when it will be completed.
In addition, it will make the happiness of a little girl, it's an extraordinary destiny that has been fortunate to be on your way. ;)

Plushpussycat said...

Very creative, Norma! I'm really enjoying watching the step-by-step progress! :-) Jennifer

Irene said...

What an improvement - it's a lovely makeover and I like the "budget" bathroom. I'd never have guessed it was made up from all those other items.

Lucille said...

Wow, Norma! You've done a lot of work on this house. Those girls are going to be so happy. I love your counter in the kitchen with the curtain and what you have done to the bathroom. So ingenious how you have created the toilet bowl, the sink and the taps, and the blue glass wall!

Linda Carswell said...

What little girl isn't going to LOVE this!!!

Linda x

minwks said...

Very clever girl Norma! The bathroom is very appealing - so glad you told us how it was done..... into my memory banks for future reference.
All the best.
Janine
minworks.blogspot.com

beachcomber said...

looking good norma! love the bathroom : )
take care
cheryl x

Rosethé said...

jolie transformation. J'aime beaucoup la SdB.

lamina @ do a bit said...

It looks fantastic... Love the bathroom... so cute :)

Monika said...

Das Häuschen sieht schon richtig frisch nach Frühling aus. Bin gespannt wie es weiter geht.

Schicke liebe Grüße an Dich mit Norma

PuNo / Monika

Marie-Laure said...

So far so good !
The bathroom is stunning.

Alexandra said...

What nice home!
They will be pleased.
The shower is very lovely with The Bleu wall.

Greetings, Alexandra

Piikko said...

Norma, this house is going to be so great! And don't you worry about delay! I can't believe it's TWO years ago when I got my first house! I still haven't started it!!!:DDDD
Hugs, piikko

debbie's mini thoughts and creations said...

hi norma, glad to see you, this house will be great when its finished, I enjoy looking at your work, x

Anonymous said...

very cool!! Doris

SaMiRa73 said...

Hello Norma! What a BIG progress on the house, the new owners will be very, very happy! And I am happy, too as you´ve so kindly told us what you´ve used on the bathroom. very clever!!! Hugs, Sandra

Judith said...

I love the colours you've chosen for this project. It's certainly cheered up a tired looking old house. Well done! Judith x

Zuzu said...

It's adorable! These little girls will have so much fun! :)
I especially love how you re-purposed so many things to create this sweet little house.
Happy day to you,
Zuzu

miniacollection said...

It's amazing what you've done with this house. I love it and the bathroom is fantastic, I love blue.
Geneviève

Fabiola said...

The new look of the house is beautiful. i like the color of the bathroom.

Steinworks said...

Hello!

Im a new follower and Im so happy that I found your blog, your bathroom looks wonderful you're so creative

Mini Hugs
Marisa :)

Monica Roberts said...

Hi Norma ... just wanted to stop by and see how you're doing. I am so sorry you got me addicted to pinterest ... now I think I may need intervention. What say you! :D

Troy said...

great project and you have good ideas. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of the house!

Becky said...

What a lovely bathroom, first thought you had bought expensive contemporary miniatures for it....great to hear what you have made it from! Now why can't I ever find such useful shaped lids amongst my household rubbish?! Lovely to see it all coming together, what lucky girls!

Jazzi said...

Love your simple ideas using household stuff! Bathroom looks very trendy.

Sans! said...

Fabulous, just fabulous, Norma! Bravo!!

I will love bashing something like this . I too would have saved it from the dump. :)

Claudia said...

I love the creative way you came up with the items in the bathroom! Those little girls are going to love it!

xo
Claudia

Ilona said...

Beautiful "garbage"-house ;! You've made it really nice and the bright colors are chosen well! I like it. Great job!
Greetings,Ilona

Chris P's Minis and More said...

beautiful remodeling job on this poor house now it's getting truely beautiful!

Sirkku said...

Your bathroom is beautiful and fresh!

Sandra from Sydney said...

Norma, the transformation is very clever - and what an excellent thing to do, saving a house from being destroyed. Good on you! Hugs, Sandie