Dolls House Refurb Hack
I first started seeing refurbs of this $39 Kmart Wooden Treehouse on a Kmart Hacks page at the start of the year. So I bought one many months ago with the intention of turning it into a Bluey house for Ted’s bday.. but I got a bit carried away 😳 Before I knew it, I was meticulously labouring over the floor plan and neurotically styling the miniature decor like a deranged contestant on The Block. While many people spent lockdown this year refurbishing their actual homes, I spent my time obsessing over a miniature house that will likely be destroyed by my two boys within 15 minutes in some type of dinosaur/Monster Truck apocalypse. Which is why I’m gifting this house to my friend for her little girl instead 😅
The real beauty of this house is that you can make it your own. At the $39 price tag it already comes with a selection of furniture, but you can also buy multiple room configurations separately from Kmart for just $9 a set (eg bedroom set, bathroom set, kitchen set and living room furniture). I used several of these for my refurbs.
Many of these things I had leftover from previous projects or things I had in my craft stash. I’ve listed the full price of these items, though often only a small amount is used. If I haven’t listed the price I've tried to find an alternative for you.
- Wooden Treehouse $39 from Kmart
- Wooden Doll House Living Room Furniture Set $9 from Kmart
- Wooden Doll House Bedroom Furniture Set $9 from Kmart
- Dollhouse Bathroom Furniture Set $9 from Kmart
- Dollhouse Nursery Furniture Set $9 from Kmart
- Dollhouse Kitchen Furniture Set $9 from Kmart
- Wooden Baby Nursery Playset $9 from Kmart**
- Terracotta paint $12.58 from Bunnings
- White, black and brown acrylic paint. You can these for $2 a bottle at Kmart.
- Wooden skewers $2.50 from Coles
- Wooden toothpicks $2 from Coles
- Hessian Ribbon for the “rattan” panels and lampshade. This is almost identical to the burlap ribbon below - however I had some already in my craft collection a little lighter in colour than the burlap. I don't know where I got it originally, so either use the burlap ribbon for these parts or for a lighter shade try something like this from Spotlight.
- Burlap Ribbon $3 from Kmart for the rugs
- Faux Leather material at Spotlight (by the metre)
- Tropical print fabric at Spotlight. I can't find the exact one but here's something similar.
- White Flat Fats $4 fabric at Spotlight
- Rust colour muslin at Spotlight ($10 per metre)
- Hobby Fill Stuffing $7 at Spotlight for the pillows, quilts and cushions
- Wooden beads (in tube) $11 at Spotlight
- White card stock from Officeworks
- Brown card stock from Officeworks
- Oven Bake Clay $3 from Kmart
- Crayola Air Dry Clay $16 at Spotlight
- Eucalyptus Spray 2 kinds - light and darker. The darker one is no longer available but this one or this one could be used. $12 each at Spotlight.
- Brown wool
- Plywood 2mm Sheet $5.50 at Spotlight
- Hot glue gun
- Wood glue
- Paint brushes
*Note that supplier prices listed may differ from the time this article was published.
Here is the original house:
Watch this video for a full tour:
S T E P S T O F O L L O W :
Click/swipe through the reel for the how-to: