I couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to my new project…. Frankie’s Dollhouse.
A little while ago we received the most incredible gift from Ben’s parents. This incredible dollhouse! I guess it wasn’t really a gift per say, it was actually made by Ben’s grandfather for Ben. So I guess it’s Ben’s gift to give to Frankie? But Ben’s parents have been very kindly holding on to it while we gallivanted around the world, and recently dropped it off for Frankie. Ben’s grandfather was a master craftsman, and made one of these for each of his grandchildren, complete with swinging doors, staircases and lights that actually TURN ON! It’s truly a work of art, and Frankie has fallen in love with it.
Naturally as soon as I saw this dollhouse I knew I wanted to do a little update to it, as you can see the interior is quite plain. But don’t worry, I’m not going to make any major overhauls, just freshen it up and fit out the inside! And also repair anything that’s broken, and maybe paint the outside! To kick off this project, I wanted to share some before photos with you.
I’ve been doing a huge amount of research about how I will do this, finding the tips and tricks and working out things like how to make furniture. I decided to add a Dremel to my toolkit, because they have lots of functions and are great for small projects like this. Stay tuned for all the fun that’s coming, I’ll be sharing my inspiration for this project later in the week!
As you can see, the inside is quite bare, and also a little bit dated so I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working on it!
We got the dollhouse and opened it to find this gorgeous inscribed note, but hilariously it was made out to Ben’s brother Dan and not to Ben! Turns out that Dan had given the one he thought was his (that was actually Ben’s) to a friend, so we in turn got his. Musical dollhouses!