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The Lundby DIY doll’s house experience

by Leanne

Sponsored post Lundby kitchen photo shootYou may remember my last two posts about the amazing Lundby doll house that my daughter received for Christmas, but what you don't know is how we've officially become obsessed with all things Lundby.Lundby Before house shot


When the Lundby Smaland dollhouse first arrived, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I had done my research on the Lundby site and I knew I was going to love the Smaland doll’s house, but nothing prepared me for seeing it in person.  Every little detail was accounted for in exquisite miniature detail just waiting for a doll family to call it home.  Lundby Family portrait The kids were thrilled when this family moved in and we began to set it up for them to play. Hearing them exclaim about each little piece and delight in the fact that the house was “just like a real home” made me so happy. Lundby Uhaul move in dayAs they excitedly referenced the Lundby catalog and set the house up accordingly, something special happened: They began to use their imaginations. Can we put this here instead of there? Do we have a garbage can that the Lundbys could use? Does this have to be the kitchen? Where do the kids sleep?

The perfectionist in me wanted to set the house up just-so and not stray from the glossy Lundby catalog, but I just couldn’t squash their imaginative play. So, instead of setting it up as I had been picturing, we imagined an elaborate scenario in which Mr. Lundby was a fire fighter, Mrs. Lundby was expecting a brand new bundle of joy, and the Lundby children lived in a playroom loft. Lundby firefighterTheir squeals of laughter as they excitedly added to the story convinced me that I was correct: they didn’t need a collectible, they needed an outlet for designing a home entirely of their own making… with a little help from hubby and I. 

I will admit that it took a bit of convincing before I would do anything permanent. Scared that I would regret altering the house, I would only do minor alterations. No glue, no cutting, and no painting allowed, just things that I could undo when we were done playing. But, slowly I came around to the idea of truly customizing when I started to see the potential in each new piece that we added.

The Lundby site gave me all the inspiration I needed with step-by-step how-tos for DIY wallpaper and creating art for the walls. But, once I committed to customizing, I took it a few steps further. I could have printed wallpaper off the Lundby site in a pattern of my choosing and framed a picture of the kids for the walls, but I really wanted to do something different for the house. Something where I could imagine myself living and where the Lundby family could truly call home. Lundby wallpaperingIt started with a trip to the local hobby store where the kids picked out scrapbook paper for the walls and some fun little supplies that I could repurpose for wall hangings, décor, and more. This led to us deciding that we wanted to lay out our dollhouse slightly different than the Lundby model home.

Specifically, we wanted to turn the new extension floor into the main floor and bring the kitchen down to the spare room so we could turn the bonus room into a great room with dining and living room combined. Did you follow all that?

Here's the kitchen before the remodel: Lundby Kitchen wallpaper beforeTo be fair, that is only half of the Lundby kitchen mixed in with some vintage Lundby pieces we scored on ebay {and ended up repurposing in our completed doll house}, but we had to make it look like a true fixer-upper.

And here's the after shot of the new kitchen {former spare bedroom on extension floor} with its new, more modern wallpaper: Lundby wallpaper in the kitchenThat drastic change got us really excited about the Lundby DIY project, which led to an impromptu trip to Tacoma to raid Tinkertopia, an artists supply store, and visit the Lundby display at Learning Sprout toys. A few huge shopping bags later and we were on our way home with enough little accessories to complete a few doll houses.

I will be featured on Dolls Get Crafty over the next few weeks showing many how-tos and DIY projects that you can create in your own Lundby house, but for now, I'm going to give you a sneak peek into the Lundby universe we have created.

Here's the bonus room before and after it was converted to a great room: Lundby Bonus Room Before
Lundby Great Room AfterIn the next few weeks I will show you how you can convert the white Lundby fireplace to this little beauty, share some tips for wallpapering, and show the completed great room after all the accessories are in place {if you like this re-do, the completed room will BLOW YOUR MIND}.

Here's a few more sneak peeks of our Lundby doll house: Sitting roomUsing the extension floor as a great room/dining room has freed up the space traditionally used as the dining room, so we made our family a little craft space and office area. This is part-way through the process so we've made some huge changes to this room, but this gives you a good idea of where we're going with the space.
Lundby craft room officeI can't even tell you how fun this project has been for the whole family. We've spent our days crafting little pieces for the dollhouse, searching our junk drawers and toy boxes, and taking all those pictures you see in the dollhouse of the Lundby family, and we've had so much fun. Lundby After shotMy daughter and I are the visionaries who can imagine amazing things from arguably worthless junk, and my husband is the one with the power tools who keeps us grounded by suggesting more realistic ways of solving our miniature problems. All in all, we're a pretty awesome team.

See more DIY and inspiration at Lundby.com/en as well as on their Pinterest page and Instagram or by searching #lundbydiy

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Leanne SignatureA big thank you to Lundby for providing me with a dollhouse and accessories as well as offering one to our fabulous readers. As always, all opinions are 100% ours.

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80 comments

Maria Malaveci May 16, 2014 - 9:11 am

With the SMÅLAND BRASS BED!

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Sylvia White May 16, 2014 - 9:23 am

I would get the baby set for a nursery

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Kimberly May 16, 2014 - 9:29 am

My daughter loves everything pink, so I’m sure she’d like the bedroom with white furniture and pink and white striped wallpaper and the living room with the pink sitting room furniture. She also loves animals, so she’d probably want me to get her the aquarium and rabbit hutch sets to add on.

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Melissa S May 16, 2014 - 9:57 am

Oh, there are so many cute ideas there. I would definitely plant cress in pots in every room, maybe even some hanging pots. I would also print off the lavender striped wallpaper for the master bedroom.

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tracie brown May 16, 2014 - 1:40 pm

we would add some flower pots with cute flowers 🙂

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Amy May 16, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Oh my goodness, I love this so much! I would definitely add some art to the walls (not as cool as yours, but I would try)

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Andrea May 16, 2014 - 3:01 pm

I love the living room set

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Maile May 16, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I would do new wallpaper in the kitchen – maybe something bold and fun?

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Janet F. May 16, 2014 - 3:10 pm

I would let my daughter do art for the walls that I could frame with the DIY frames

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Amanda Stauffer May 16, 2014 - 7:00 pm

We would have to get a pet for our house and a nice outdoor area. Everything is so cute!

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Kim May 17, 2014 - 8:03 am

ooo I’d go for the loft bed!

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Sarah Osborne May 17, 2014 - 11:48 pm

I like the striped rug under the decorating tips tab 🙂

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Kimberly Schotz May 18, 2014 - 1:29 pm

This would be a dream come true! I don’t know where I would start but I know I love the aquarium set.

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Jessica May 18, 2014 - 2:51 pm

I would personalize it with the loft bed set, sandbox set, bubble pool & shower, stolkholm kitchen set, cat family and nursery set. Their accessories are all so cute and there is such a big selection. I could see my daughter asking for them for every birthday and Christmas!

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Richard Hicks May 18, 2014 - 11:44 pm

I would use SMÅLAND 2 CEILING LAMPS, SMÅLAND AQUARIUM SET, SMÅLAND DINING ROOM SET, SMÅLAND STOVE+FRIDGE SET, SMÅLAND KITCHEN FURNITURE SET and more to décorate the doll house!

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Helena May 19, 2014 - 7:37 pm

This is adorable, Leanne!! I love the BBQ set the best

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Mary Beth Elderton May 20, 2014 - 8:50 am

I would add the SMÅLAND GARDEN!

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Sarah Hayes May 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

i would have a nursery set and a pet

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McKim May 20, 2014 - 11:07 am

I would get the loft bed set.

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Tamar May 20, 2014 - 11:11 am

I really love the SMÅLAND GARDEN.

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carol May 20, 2014 - 2:01 pm

there is so much that I would do for this dollhouse. I would change all the wallpapers, add a nice garden and playground area.
I bought this dollhouse for my daughter and added some furniture, she bought it for her older daughter and now she would love it for her younger daughter.

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Mary Jenkins May 21, 2014 - 5:08 am

I would get so obsessed with this house. I’d get the teenage furniture set. My daughter is 6 and already fantasizing about being a teen!

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Kerri (TheMaven) May 21, 2014 - 11:53 am

I love the outdoor sets, I might have to go for a vintage/retro feel. Ebay here I come LOL

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Stacey B May 21, 2014 - 2:26 pm

I’d personalize it with the neat garden set, for outside their house!

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Rebecca Parsons May 21, 2014 - 8:53 pm

I like the STOCKHOLM FLOWER SET.

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Deb K May 21, 2014 - 9:38 pm

I would start with the SMÅLAND DINING ROOM SET,SMÅLAND SOFA BED SET,SMÅLAND RICE + 2 WALL LAMPS and the STOCKHOLM TERRACE FURNITURE.

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Susan Chester May 22, 2014 - 8:30 pm

This is the first I have heard of the Lundbys! I would like to personalize my Lundby house with the cute book case and make tiny books.

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Laurajj Jacobson May 22, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Oh wow! That is so beautiful! Oh I would love to personalize with the make your own picture frames! So neat all the things you can do! Would be a wonderful project and great quality time spent together!

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christine jessamine May 23, 2014 - 7:07 pm

I think my daughters favorite part would be having the SMÅLAND AQUARIUM SET

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Cassandra Eastman May 25, 2014 - 8:09 pm

I’d do bright walls, I love the Småland
Livingroom wallpaper printable! I’m sure we’d add alot of pink too since it’s my daughters favorite!

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nickie May 26, 2014 - 5:14 pm

I would also get the loft bed set.

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Terry Maigi May 26, 2014 - 7:12 pm

This is so neat! I would pick fun, bright wallpaper colors! And add framed pictures in the living room!

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Annemarie May 27, 2014 - 10:14 am

This is amazing! I love the pullout sofa so it could be a guest bed, too

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Josie May 27, 2014 - 10:15 am

My daughter really wants to kids bedroom set, but I love the kitchen accessories the best

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Andrea May 27, 2014 - 10:15 am

The loft set is amazing, and I think I would add another bed underneath for the second kid in their bedroom

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Rose May 27, 2014 - 10:34 am

I love the kitchen set and can’t decide between the two styles

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Aleksandra May 27, 2014 - 10:45 am

Hmmmmm hard to decide between the dinning room set or the living room set

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Reggie May 27, 2014 - 11:28 am

The living room set for sure and I would add pillows to the set to make it even more colorful and fun

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Lynn May 27, 2014 - 11:31 am

The claw foot bath tub is amazing and I would add bubbles!

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Ashlee May 27, 2014 - 11:43 am

I would do the bead egg wreath project!

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Aerin May 27, 2014 - 1:23 pm

I love the baby stuff – that pram is adorable!

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Jessica H. May 27, 2014 - 6:50 pm

I love the STOCKHOLM KITCHEN SET with the STOCKHOLM BARSET. I also love the outdoor sets like the trampoline. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

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Taylor Closet May 28, 2014 - 6:15 am

I would personalized it by using different fabrics with cushions, rugs, tablecloths and curtains. I would include
SMÅLAND 2 CEILING LAMPS, SMÅLAND DINING ROOM SET,SMÅLAND BATHROOM FURNITURE SET,SMÅLAND LOFT BED SET and SMÅLAND ARMCHAIR+FOOTSTOOL.

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Angela S. May 30, 2014 - 8:40 am

My girls LOVE pets!!! So the Stockholm Pet Set would be PERFECT for them!!!

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Daphne K. May 30, 2014 - 9:56 am

I’d personalize the house with the Stockholm kitchen set, and bathroom (love the double sink), and pair them with some vintage Lundby pieces I found at a garage sale (it was these pieces that got me intrigued with Lundby!).
But man, whoever wins the house — hopefully will share pics of the spoils! 😀

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Amy B May 31, 2014 - 9:19 am

Love this concept – used to do it when I was little with our homemade dollhouses. Love the idea of framing your own pictures and hanging them up in the house.

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Rochel Sid June 2, 2014 - 6:31 pm

So many CUTE things! I would definitely choose the SMÅLAND BRASS BED and the Nursery!

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Lesley F June 2, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I love the lighting for the house. The chandeliers are cute and of course my niece would love pink!

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Saver Sara June 3, 2014 - 7:09 am

I’d add the SMÅLAND DINNER SERVICE

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Virginia Rowell June 3, 2014 - 3:40 pm

This is such a great project. Among the wallpaper and such, I think I would add a waterfall in the garden.

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Robin Wilson June 3, 2014 - 7:58 pm

This would be for my niece so it would be up to her, but she loves flowers so anything with flowers! Oh and pink!

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Leela June 9, 2014 - 8:45 am

My daughter would probably have all blue walls and lots of furniture.

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clynsg June 10, 2014 - 7:17 am

I would use flowers in the rooms.

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Kathy Luman June 11, 2014 - 7:17 am

I would put some decals on the wall and some plants in each room and get some nice furniture for it.

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Paula Michele Hafner June 13, 2014 - 10:12 am

I would add the Christmas Tree set and make it be Christmas year round. I would also make some of my own miniatures for the house like some pets. I used to love making doll house miniatures.

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Lori Clark June 14, 2014 - 3:31 pm

We would have to get a pet for sure! gotta have that!

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Erica C. June 15, 2014 - 10:52 am

I would make art for the walls.

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Jessica Ruggiero June 15, 2014 - 8:12 pm

There are so many neat things I would do but I would start with letting my daughter choose wallpaper for each of the rooms!

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Jill Myrick June 15, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I would customize the bathroom with the pink swirl wallpaper and the Smaland Shower and Bath Set.
jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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amanda whitley June 16, 2014 - 5:42 am

i would put the SMÅLAND LOFT BED SET in one of the bedrooms.

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Karen Drake June 16, 2014 - 6:23 am

I would add the SMÅLAND GARDEN to my dollhouse.

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Mihaela Day June 16, 2014 - 1:54 pm

I would definitely add some art to the walls 🙂

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Robyn S June 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

I would personalize my Lundby Dollhouse by landscaping the outside like Mija did.

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Laurie Emerson June 16, 2014 - 6:10 pm

I would personalize it by adding a Nursery Set, Christmas Tree Set (for the holidays), dog family and some house curtains.

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Rebecca Lock June 16, 2014 - 7:33 pm

I would choose different wallpapers for each of the rooms.

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Jennifer Reed June 17, 2014 - 4:29 am

I would print off the wallpaper to add special touches in each room. I also love the Christmas Tree set you can add.

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Taryn T. June 17, 2014 - 5:44 am

My daughter has started to create a garden, with some sunflowers and fresh veggies. She would love to personalize her house with the Smaland garden!

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Carrie M June 17, 2014 - 10:07 am

My daughter would add the SMÅLAND HORSE+GIRL, I like the SMÅLAND GARDEN

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tina reynolds June 17, 2014 - 10:40 am

I love the
SMÅLAND GARDEN and the
STOCKHOLM SITTING ROOM seriously just so much cute stops and endless possibilities to spark my daughters imagination. She would be so thrilled thank you so much for the chance to win

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susan smoaks June 17, 2014 - 11:56 am

i would personalize my house with a nice house plant in the living room

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Angela Cisco June 17, 2014 - 12:00 pm

I would frame my own pictures to personalize the rooms , and make a fun outdoor area for entetaining

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[email protected] June 17, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Different colors…

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Stephanie Galbraith June 17, 2014 - 3:29 pm

We would get the SMÅLAND AQUARIUM SET.

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Tracy Pryor June 17, 2014 - 6:59 pm

I would get the STOCKHOLM POOL SET

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Beverly Metcalf June 17, 2014 - 7:15 pm

That is the cutest dollhouse I’ve ever seen. Since my little granddaughter likes to “cook”, I would add the stove and refrigerator and the set of dishes. Thanks for having this contest.

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Candie L June 17, 2014 - 7:51 pm

i like the corner fireplace set. Thank you

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Melanie Comello June 17, 2014 - 7:56 pm

I would personalize it by letting my little girl pick anything that she would want for wallpaper and then printing that out and changing the walls to something she’d like 😀

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Amy June 25, 2014 - 9:12 am

Love your customization of your Smaland. I want to do something similar for my daughters dollhouse.

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