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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Perfume Doll's House

My Perfume Doll's House is the subject for today. Lovely, don't you think?  I had a lot of joy in upcycling a well-loved yet unwanted toy and I now have a useful piece of furniture.

It is an unusual craft choice with a fabulous end result. This is one of my favourite projects and, if you like what you see, I am sure you will enjoy hunting out a perfect example to make yours with.

Lella Loves... Perfume Doll's House

The idea behind this storage concept was because I wanted to keep all my perfumes in one place. I had thought about buying a bathroom cupboard but that was too obvious a choice and far too boring!

Lella Loves... Perfume Doll's House

Most people own and wear perfume yet many do not realise that perfume should be kept in the dark as sunlight can affect the contents of the bottles.

Lella Loves... Perfume Doll's House

*Tip: Keep the box! Retain all the expensive packaging your perfumes are sold in as a box does serve a purpose - it keeps your perfume in a dark environment and in perfect condition.

The doll's house was bought off eBay by searching only items by location and selecting 'Nearest' in the drop-down search options. The doll's house you see was a sky blue with pen scribbles all over it. There is a broken window and the furniture was damaged. However, I knew I was going to strip it internally of any furniture, carpets, lighting etc. The only thing which remains is the wallpaper.

I cleaned the outside with a sponge and the water-based graffiti and crayon marks came off with no problems. Never worry about the outer condition as you are able to completely changed the look with a 99p sample tin of emulsion paint. Buy a sturdy house and all will be fine.

Lella Loves... Perfume Doll's House

The condition of the roof didn't both me as I think it adds to the overall charm. If your chimneys are missing, paint two cotton reels chocolate brown and glue on either side. The baskets were bought in Dunelm for the bargain-hunter price of £1.99 each and they fit perfectly.

You will need:

A doll's house
Storage containers - useful for tubes
Painting items
Perfume and scented body lotions
A reason to treat yourself to a new perfume :)

If you cannot find a slightly tatty, second-hand doll's house (with a broken window), you could buy a new flat-packed kit doll's house. Your best hunting grounds for a used doll's house will be an antiques and collectables fair.

I paid £25 for mine and I collected in person but have fun, enjoy the hunt and look around. You might even see a doll's house at a car boot. After all, you never know what you might find on a Sunday morning in a farmer's field!

The wicker storage units - the Perfume Doll's House is sitting on - were bought off the internet about 2 years ago but there are similar units available from The Cotswold Company. If you click on the link, search for drawers and look at their 'Farmhouse' range.

Have fun and do message me if you take up this challenge and make your own. I would love to see your photos. If you enjoyed today's project, please pop back soon.

Lella  xx


  1. Where do you get your Inspiration from, Love this xxx

  2. Aww, doll houses are incredibly charming and this is a great way to use it as an adult. Such a cute idea!!

  3. SUper super charming!! I love it and how you are using it now too!! Stopping by from ATPF- would love for you to share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime too! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Hi there! Found your blog and lead me to your perfume dollhouse! I love it! What a creative way to transform an old dollhouse! Very impressed.


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