My Triang Restoration


Restoration – Below are links to the various Triang Dolls Houses I have restored with a few little tips and lots of pictures. Many of these dolls houses are well past there play by date, some just looking for a lick of paint and a freshen up, others had problems with wood worm and water damage. Each was a challenge and I learnt a few new skills and techniques along the way, like filling a gap made by woodworm with kitchen roll and glue, doing a bit of beam [brass] rubbing with pencil and paper. It was a bit like make it up as I went along, that’s why I thought I would pass these tips on to you.

Triang No.24

Triang No.24

This is a lovely looking house with brick facing and a porch/arch around the door, and a window box under the top window. It has 4 good-sized rooms. Although not all the windows are complete, each window has a frame which is a bonus, as inserts can be sorted out later. The main problem with this house is the woodworm, luckily the front panels have no worm holes. The upstairs windows had shutters on either side of the windows, I had made some of these for one of my other dolls houses, so they will be no problem to replace.

Triang No.42

Triang No.42

Here I go again, I could not resist this dollshouse. A bargain at £15. It has been overpainted outside and the roof, the windows have also been overpainted and are very rusty. It has original wallpaper throughout but is very tatty and has stickers on it and crayon marks. I do not think I will be able to keep the wallpaper, but might be able to save enough to do one wall. One thought I had,was to photograph the paper and copy and print it using my computer. With only one and a half window inserts, they should not be hard to find.

Triang No.50

Triang No50

I have started to remove the paint from the metal front, I think it has been treated with a green paint for rust. There is not a lot of the original paint remaining. When I removed the paint I found that on the remaining original paintwork there was painted flowers, which I was surprised to find. I thought that these houses were either plain or decorated with flower decals. I should be able to copy these when I repaint the front.

Triang No.61

Triang NO61

My first Triang restoration was a very sorry sight, it had been completely over painted with white emulsion, and beams had been painted in black gloss. The windows only had frames, which had been painted with silver paint, and the opening windows had been replaced with perspex.

Triang No.61 with window box

Triang No61

Here we go again, a new dollshouse to add to my collection. It needs slight renovation but all together in not too bad condition. I bought this at an auction, the first one I have ever been to, so I was glad I had the highest bid. I don’t really have room for another house but it looked so lonely I just had to have it, I will make room somehow, with a little rearranging.The roof has been papered, so this will have to be stripped off, but the roof looks in quite good condition underneath.

Triang No.62

Triang No.62

This is the latest addition to my collection, a bit of a squeeze in the shed, but it will fit. I had originally bought this house to use for spares, but I fell in love with it and as the condition was quite good I have decided to keep it. It even has its door knocker and letter box on the door, also the little window next to the door.

Triang No.62 with Window Boxes

Triang No62

This house is a No.62, I was not sure at first as it has window boxes and the fret work on the front is more decorative than the others I have seen. This is my second restoration, and what a sad house it was, only half a roof, all the wallpaper was water damaged. It had been over pained, with rough flowers on. Although the window had curtains on them, most of them were rotten, and the frames rusty. This was to be a job and a half. I think this is my favourite house.

Triang No.65

Triang no.65

It is in a bit of a sorry state, but structurally it is sound. The inside was decorated with normal standard house size paper, and carpet, I think it must have had a rabbit living in it, say no more. The outside has been overpainted, and parts of the stickers are missing. It does not show much signs of rust though. The door is also missing.The windows have been overpainted in orange,the house must have been secured with parcel tape at some time, this is the worst thing to use, as if it is left on for any length of time it is very difficult to remove without causing damage to the paintwork.

Triang No.76

Triang No76

This house had been over painted on the outside, so I stripped off the old paint and repainted it, and gave it a coat of varnish to protect it. I removed the beams and repaired the missing pieces and repainted them brown.The roof needed retaping along the joins of the roof and a coat of paint to tidy it up.It has Triang floor paper, but it is a bit worn. The paper on the walls was quite badly water stained, and could not be saved.The windows needed to be stripped and repainted, as they showed signs of rust.

Triang No.77

Triang No.77

This is my next challenge, quite a big one I think, very basic only a wooden carcass no fittings apart from 4 window frames and garage doors to work with. I have had this house for a while, I bought it from a carboot sale for £10, it has been in my greenhouse providing spiders with a home. I was not sure if I was going to do anything with it, or not it is quite a large house.


Triang Stockbroker

I restored this Triang Stockbroker House a few years ago, it was a very long job. All the paint had to be stripped off the outside, and the wallpaper removed from the inside [no original paper remained]. While stripping the paint I discovered woodworm on one side, and had to be treated. Some small pieces of wood had also to be replaced, at they had rotted. One good thing was that the roof was in good condition, with just a few corners to be repaired. It was painted brick red. I don’t have any pictures of this house in its original condition, so most of them are the completed house.


This house has all original floor paper, the walls have been over painted, but not on the walls where the fireplaces are, so the original paint colour can be seen.  The Princess 2 had some original features which would have been fitted to the house when it was produced. Three of the rooms had fireplaces, the kitchen came with a sink and dresser. The bathroom came with a bath and sink, all these items were made of wood and painted white.

No.61 Conversion

Triang No.61 con

It was described as a vintage dollshouse in the auction catalogue, I just could not resist and went along to see what was on offer, could it be a long-lost Triang Dollshouse. In amongst old dusty furniture, books and decorative china on a rickety old bookcase sat a little dollshouse. Not the rare Triang Dollshouse I was hoping for, but quite sweet anyway. I’d take a chance and bid, it needed a good home and a little care and attention, I was sure I could make room for it. “£20 for the vintage dollshouse”, my hand shot up “Any more bids?”, and the hammer goes down. I was now the proud owner of ……….


Triang Bungalow A

This bungalow is open plan, with one wall of glass [perspex] doors. There are two doors, which open, on each side wall with ribbed obscure plastic glass.  Each panel fits into the base, and is fixed in place with nuts and bolts. The windows have plastic frames.


I have just bought another Triang Stockbroker, even though I don’t have any more room for a big house. Once I see a Triang House, it like seeing a puppy that needs a new home. So I thought I would buy it for spares. It was sold to me as needing a little restoration, as much of it had been done already …..


A visit to the  DOLL’S HOUSE PAST AND PRESENT web site is well worth a visit.  It is a useful resource for information on various makes of Vintage Doll’s Houses and Miniatures.  There is a great Photo Gallery where members post pictures and a Forum where members discuss various topics.  I use this site a lot would recommend anyone with an interest in Vintage Doll’s Houses to visit.  I look forward to the online magazine they issue four times a year, [March.June, September and December] containing articles written by members, on various subjects.  This site is FREE to join

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz Honey says:

    Hi , I have a triang dolls house which was bought for me in the very early 1950s. I played with it as a child and kept it for my own daughter to have in the 1980s. My father renovated it a little for my daughter but it is now in need of some t.l.c. ! My house is the same as No. 61 but mine doesn’t have a window box. I do hope you will be able to do something with my house. Thank you,

  2. Julie Burgin says:

    Hi, i love your Triang houses . I have just luckily acquired a vintage dollshouse from a charity shop for £25 but not sure if its a Triang- it has two cute tin plate fireplaces (which “sold” it for me!), tinplate door with leaded “glass” and a letterbox, tinplate windows (two missing) which open and can be “locked” All these items look like some that are on your Triang houses.
    Going by the style of the fireplaces etc I’m dating it at 1930s / 40s? It also has electric lights (bakelite toggle switch and bulb holders) but I can’t see where the batteries fit – presumably in the roof?
    I’m looking forward to very sympathetically restoring my little treasure but I need to find out where to acquire original windows etc and how to go about it — any ideas will be gratefully received

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      It sounds as if the fireplaces, doors and windows could have been made by Romside. [Check Rebecca’s Collections – Romside Metal Dolls House Components It could be that these windows and doors have been put into a Triang House as in my Triang Conversion. These windows and Triang windows come up on Ebay quite often.

  3. Susan Martin says:

    Love all your houses have just got a triang broom house very good condition £25 but want more now especially the one i had as a child

  4. Nice work, have shared your site on my page, 🙂

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      Thank you ….

  5. Pat says:

    I’m a real beginner at this, I’ve just acquired a triang 45 which has been really over painted , so many of your tips will be really handy.
    I can see that. I shall have to watch out , or. I will be the owner of many more .

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      Good Luck with your restoration. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of help. I am not an expert by any means, but I may be able to point you in the right direction.

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