Colonial Dollhouse

I made this dollhouse with help from my Dad assembling the shell. This house started out as an MDF kit. It included no windows or doors. It only had four rooms and hallways on both floors. I wanted to add a large kitchen, so I asked my Dad if he would cut out one for me. To join it to the rest of the building, he had to cut a whole new bottom for the original house and the new kitchen. It was his idea to raise the roof over the kitchen addition for a better view. He cut out a doorway between the kitchen and the dining room, and a new exterior one into the kitchen.

After assembling the shell, I installed lap siding on the outside, painted the ceilings, and the kitchen, living room, and attic walls with white enamel, and wired the house, hiding the wires under the flooring and in corners. The wiring all comes together behind the false slatted attic ceiling wall. I ran the transformer cord on the outside of the house under the lap siding. This type of transformer plugs directly into a wall outlet.

The roofing is heavy paper scalloped shingles with several coats of paint and a sealer.

After installing all the flooring, I papered most of the rooms and hallways. It was then time for trim and doors. I purchased the doors and finished them to match the flooring. All the windows were made individually by me. They all have 12 panes to fit the colonial period.

I made the staircases, and fit them by using landings. The curtains were next. I made the folds in them by pinning the material to foam core board, and setting them with hairspray. I then glued them to the window frames. I made the curtain cornice valances in the dining and living rooms from mat board.

I added beams to the kitchen, and stenciling. The kitchen fireplace was purchased. The other fireplace was made from a kit. In fact, almost all the furniture is made from House of Miniature kits, which are no longer produced. I assembled, stained and finished every piece of furniture in the house. All the kitchen furniture is made from scratch by me.

The husband and wife and maid dolls are from England and are no longer made. The baby in the wife’s arms was a gift from my mother-in-law.

I needlepointed or embroidered all the chair seats and all the rugs. I made samplers on 40 stitches to the inch silk canvas. I did receive an award for all the needlework in the house. The quilt on the bed in the attic is cross-stitched. My mother crocheted the bedcover in the master bedroom and the pillows on the bed. She also made the doilies on the dining room table and the bedroom dresser. The blue braided rug in the attic was made by me.

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Finished front of the house Back of the house Back of the house with the lights on Kitchen addition Sampler Dining room Master of the house Sitting room Needlework Study and game room Gaming table Hallway Master bedroom Servant's quarters Attic Storage Room Magazine cover Magazine article
Finished front of the house

Finished front of the house.

Back of the house

Back of the house.

Back of the house with the lights on

Back of the house with the lights on.

Kitchen addition

Kitchen addition with the servant preparing tea for the mistress of the house.


Sampler on the wall above the fireplace in the kitchen reads, “These do I love: old things, old places, remembered times, familiar faces.”

Dining room

Dining room with pewter collection on side buffet. One of the housecats is in the room.

Master of the house

The master of the house descending staircase from the second floor to first floor entryway.

Sitting room

The sitting room. A violin and music stand are in the room, along with a silver tea service, and a needlework stand with a work in progress.


The needle work and the seat of the chair are finished in 40 stitches to the inch silk canvas.

Study and game room

The upper floor study and game room. There is a card game in progress on the table by the windows. The cat design fireplace screen was also done on 40 count silk canvas. The book on the chair by the fireplace is real. The pages are printed with ghost stories.

Gaming table

The gaming table and two chairs. The tabletop is worked on 40 stitches to the inch silk canvas.


The second-floor hall and the staircase that leads to the attic.

Master bedroom

The master bedroom with the mistress of the house and her baby. The wool patterned pillows on the bed and the crocheted coverlet were made by my mother. The baby is a present from my mother-in-law.

Servant's quarters

The attic where the servant’s quarters are. There is a spinning wheel for her use. A kitten is near the bed wanting its mother who is taking a break, out of reach.

Attic storage room

The attic storage room, where all the wiring for the lighting comes together behind the back wall and under the false floor. Extra household items are stored here. The cherrywood sled was made by Tom Warner of Kansas City, who has passed away. A miniature of this dollhouse is in the corner.

Magazine cover

Magazine article