Wednesday, January 9, 2013

our fairy door, the installation.

ok, i just couldn't wait to share this with you! i am still waiting for a little outside flower sconce to come and we're on the hunt for the perfect ladder or way to make some tiny stairs but the girls are as gaga over this new piece of our home and i am too! ps, i totally have tim talked into letting me paint a faint brick facade behind the door - we're planning on painting here soon anyway so might as well have some fun with it!

materials:
doll house door $11.00
knob $4.00
paint (already had)
total: $15.00

while stella was taking a nap the fairy door installers arrived and finished up installing our new door. i waited to really introduce it until rowan got home from her dads and noticed it - then told them how it came to be...

we have talked with the girls about its many uses - the tooth fairy, santa's elves, tinkerbell, and other other tiny magical creature that would like to visit us can use this door. they aren't allowed to bother anyone on the other side unless it is via tiny notes left outside the door and they are aware that it only opens from the inside otherwise it ruins the magic.

i let tim pick out the door from hobby lobby, they were out of the one i had originally in mind but was ok with this one too, he even did a great job picking out a simple door knob! i also, ordered a knocker and mail slot to add later. the only draw back with this particular door is it is framed weird so it pops off the wall - we're currently brainstorming how to add trim around it. i was a little worried about the tiny plastic window, if they could see through it the girls wouldn't buy into it, so i added a piece of yellow paper and some parchment paper to add the look of a faint glow in the window like you would see in a real house from the street at night. i have also found some fun dollhouse sites and love bookmarking 12:1 scale etsy shops for fun little props to go along with our fairy door. i am dying over tiny patio furniture and gardening tools.

when i started out with this idea i knew exactly how i wanted my door to look. some tutorials i peeked at mentioned painting it the color of your wall and trim so it blends but i wanted it to pop and initiate conversation - that is also why we chose to place it at the mid landing on the stairs. it is visible from the main downstairs hallway. i painted it a fun turquoise with white trim and then mildly distressed it with some sandpaper when it had fully dried.

tim is going to hate this part...but when the tooth fairy starts visiting, she will be leaving a trail of large glitter from the door to the kids pillows. i would have just put the door in their room, but with the toddler on the loose it may have lasted a day and half.

if your not up for making your own, etsy had some really awesome tooth fairy portals, gorgeous statement doors, magical ones, or fun ones made for little gardens!

i will try and post when we update our door or do fun things to surprise the girls after a fairy visits. so follow along on our magical adventure with our fairy door.
this is such a fun activity with kids! by placing an inexpensive door on the wall you open up a million possibilities of magic and imagination - can't wait to hear if you try it!

11 comments:

melissa rohr said...

I have never seen this! How cool :) It would be awesome if it actually opened!!

melissa rohr said...

oh my gosh, I am dieing from cuteness! great idea! {love the color too}

amelie522 said...

THIS IS AMAZING!!!! I'm so doing this!

melissa rohr said...

This is neat! I have never seen this little idea and I am really wanting to do it now! HAHA!

melissa rohr said...

This is so awesome!!!

melissa rohr said...

thanks! i think i am going to have more fun with it then them ;)

melissa rohr said...

i thought about that! but i am not sure i could make it look real enough for them to buy it more then only fairies can open so they just have to accept it is real :)

melissa rohr said...

do it!

melissa rohr said...

thanks girl! xoxo!

melissa rohr said...

This is awesome!!!

melissa rohr said...

thanks!!