Cairns Men’s Shed restores antiquie doll house for Special Baby Care Unit at Cairns Hospital 

From time to time (and not nearly as often as I’d like) I volunteer or am approached to be involved in community projects.

Recently I volunteered to help an organiser of the Cairns Pregnancy and Baby Expo who is raffling an antique doll house that has been restored by The Carins Men’s Shed.

Two members of the Cairns Men’s Shed,  Jim and Mike have spent approximately 6 months working on this restoration project.

Jim and Mike, both painters by trade, painted the doll house internally  and externally.

“This is the first internal paint job I’ve done where I was on the outside of the house,” jokes Mike.

Interior decorating can be added to the list of skills for these men who painted and decorated each room in the doll house.

Jim chose and installed the wall paper and floor coverings for each of the 12 rooms.  He also hand painted the feature stone veranda.

The fire places presented a challenge as “They were just holes in the walls.  I had to design the fireplaces and the stones are pebbles from my garden.” says Mike.

All the furniture was custom made by the men at the Cairns men shed using a laser cutter.



The balustrading and stair case required considerable restoration work.

The Cairns Men’s Shed has kindly donated this amazing antique doll house; and is now being raffled at the Cairns Pregnancy and Baby Expo on Sunday 25th March 2018, with the funds going to the Special  Baby Care Unit at the Cairns Hospital.

The dolls house is exquisite and estimated to be worth $3000.  It is currently on display at Cupcake Creations, located in the Civic Shopping Centre.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at  Cupcake Creations, Hello Miss Poppyseed in Oceanic Walk, Steven King Dental, 146 Anderson Street and Special Care Nursery at Cairns Hospital.


Other prizes I the raffle include Accommodation (including breakfast) at the Pullman International and a voucher at the Float Studio.

The Cairns Men’s Shed are now working on decorations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games events being held in Cairns later this year and a number of other exciting projects. If you are interested in learning more about the Cairns Men’s Shed, click here.

The Cairns Pregnancy and Baby Expo is being held on Sunday 25th March 2018.  For more information about the Expo visit the Facebook page.

It was an absolute pleasure being involved in the tail end of this project and meeting everyone that had a hand in bring this project to life.