July 30, 2012

Feeding my dollhouse addiction...

When Chris and I went away for our 20th wedding anniversary, we hit several antique stores.  Yes. I realize that I'm lucky that my husband doesn't mind exploring antique stores with me. Hidden on the floor, under a large table, was a rather large bag of  1930s Strombecker dollhouse furniture


I've had this empty wooden dollhouse in my craft room just waiting to be filled. 

With it's green/red graphics, this dollhouse frequently makes an appearance at Christmas on my sunroom shelf. 

I decided over the weekend to remove the roof and give the interior a clean-up and light coat of new paint. 
Before pic

The roof also got a fresh coat of stain. 
Before pic

For now, I'll show you the finished living room. 

I'm currently on the hunt for the missing Strombecker bathroom pieces, as well as a few lamps and a floor radio.   I figure its only fair that I have my own wooden dollhouse after giving both Josie and Emma several dollhouses of their own.  Heck, I could have worse addictions than dollhouse furniture!! For more pictures of the girls dollhouse collections, see this album.   I promise to share more pictures as the rest of my special house comes together. 

Lee - Thank you for that wonderful box of dollhouse accessories.  They will be coming in handy! 
Happy playing, friends!
 

24 comments:

Tiff said...

Oh my goodness, I love all that furniture and your house is too cute! And thank you for the link to the furniture, you solved a very old question for me. I was given a red wooden dollhouse couch by one of my aunts over 30 years ago for my little Holly Hobbie dolls. I loved that thing so much and still have it. The paint is faded, but I love it all the more for that. I always wondered if it was homemade or part of a set. Now I know!! Thank you so much. And I will now be on the hunt for more. My youngest daughter got a big dollhouse for Christmas and we are slowly decorating it.

vintage grey said...

Oh, I love the sweet furniture!! It doesn't get any cuter!! These dollhouses are really growing on me!! They are just so sweet and fun! xo Heather

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

What a furniture find! That is a beautiful dollhouse and you are lucky Chris enjoys antique adventures ! you are soul mates!

vivian said...

how lucky you were to find that bag! perfect for you dollhouse . cant wait to see the rest. I have two small dollhouses that are in need of redos! I want one to be a halloween house.. maybe this year I'll finally get to that! who knows!
have a great day
xoxo
vivian

Jboo said...

Wow -- you hit the jackpot -- how adorable!! Yes, you definitely should have your very own dollhouse! :) Happy Tuesday!

Corey Moortgat said...

I just love that house, and you really scored on your furniture! So, so sweet! Before I got involved with all of this madness, I only knew of the standard modern dollhouse furniture, which didn't do a whole lot for me. But upon discovering the older vintage stuff, I've just fallen in love! There's such a sweetness to it, isn't there?
I'm glad you emailed me about this post-I've been so behind on checking in on blogs, etc. lately-I probably wouldn't have come across this post for a few more days!

Barbara said...

A whole bag full? That's terrific ... oh, the fun you're going to have!

My Vintage Mending said...

Stop now. I am just checking in on the drive and this is so cute. I do hope I left enough room in the car for some great goodies. One of the kids can walk home right? This is gorgeous...Love Emma's pics yesterday, That hat is darling...smiles..Renee

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh my goodness, I love the sweet dollhouse furniture you rescued from the bag under the table. And the dollhouse itself couldn't be any cuter either! I can't wait to see the post spruce-up photos. You've put a big smile on my face this morning.

Lee said...

Lucky find~Glad you are having fun with miniatures!
I am finally planning to go to Allegan at the end of August. Looking forward to all sorts of fun!
Enjoy your week~we are heading to Petosky today.

craftyles said...

That is such a cute dollhouse. The furniture is really nice too. It's hard to find pieces in antique stores anymore so you are a lucky girl!

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

This is so exciting to read, I am just about to refinish the dollhouse my grandfather made for me when I was little, that my daughter plays with now.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Heather said...

I can't think of a cuter addiction! Have fun! :)

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Score on that bag of dollhouse furniture! This is not a bad addiction.....

Tammy's in Love said...

Our anniversary is this Sunday, I think I shall tell my beloved that one of my blogging pals got 'new furniture' for her anniversary! Tee hee! I have grown tired of my 15 year old living room furniture but sadly, I think it's gonna be around a long while yet!

Cheryl G. said...

What a great find!
I LOVE that dollhouse and that furniture is so perfect!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Kim!

What a great find! Hubby and I love to go antiquing together! Happy Anniversary! What day is it? We will be married 33 yrs on Saturday the 4th! Hope all is well with you and the girls. Have fun playing with your dollhouse.

Hugs,Debbie

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Kim!

What a great find! Hubby and I love to go antiquing together! Happy Anniversary! What day is it? We will be married 33 yrs on Saturday the 4th! Hope all is well with you and the girls. Have fun playing with your dollhouse.

Hugs,Debbie

Thoroughly Modern Me said...

What a great little collection of furniture. The colors all work so well together and particularly well with that fabulous doll house. Enjoy your find!

NanaDiana said...

Soooo soooo cute, Kim! I have one that is sitting in the garage waiting on me to "get at it". I am afraid to start because I know I will be addicted in no time- xo Diana

Janet said...

How lucky to find all that dollhouse furniture! I'm trying to work on one in my spare time, but am not getting very much done! Yours looks so nice already and will look forward to seeing more of it!

ImagiMeri said...

Way too cute! Sandy and I saw a similar dollhouse at an antique store today. We had a fun day of shopping! Never worry about your addiction sweetie, it's healthy!!!! ;o)

Hugs,
Meri

Karin said...

That is SO cute!!! Adorable! It makes me remember my little dollhouse that I had--and wrecked--when I was little. :)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kim,
I am playing catch up..

So sorry to hear about your Aunt Jean. You and your family including Aunt Jean are in my thoughts and prayers.

I love your doll house and the furniture. After all, us big girls can still play with doll houses, right?

Hugs.
Deb