Introduction: How to Make a DIY Haunted/Gothic Castle From an Old Plastic Dollhouse

I recently saw a post on Facebook where a lady had taken an old dollhouse, spray painted it black, and turned it into a Haunted House. I fell in love with the idea and had to make one of my own. I went for more of a gothic/steam punk version for mine.




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Step 1: Take the Dollhouse Apart and Clean It

Take the dollhouse apart as much as possible by removing screws and popping out tabs.

Clean each piece thoroughly and let them dry overnight.

They must be fully dry before you apply paint.

Step 2: Spray Paint All the Pieces

Come up with a color scheme and paint the pieces accordingly.

In this case I decided that I wanted the walls black, the roof bronze and all the leftover pieces for the interior copper.

Do not try to spray 1 heavy coat of paint onto everything as it will take forever to dry. They should all get 3 to 4 lights coats of paint with at least an hour wait time between each coat.

Patience is your friend and you will be rewarded for it.

Step 3: Paint in the Fine Details

This is the fun part. Once again, come up with a color scheme and paint in all the fine details to your hearts content.

I chose to paint all the roses a metallic red and with light metallic green leaves. The clock tower received silver highlights. I tied the walls and roof together by using the same light silver to highlight the bricks. I used re and blue to paint the birds. I used red and silver on the handrails inside the front doors. The front doors got bronze hinges and silver handles. I used a little of all the colors on the stove.

Step 4: Re-assemble the Dollhouse and Enjoy

Put the dollhouse back together by pushing all the tabs back into place and driving in all the screws. Take your time as you do not want to chip off any of the paint.

You can find more pictures of this castle on my website at: and a full video at:

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