The Dollhouse

So this year, Christmas came early at our house. We're headed back to Utah for a few days, and knew we couldn't take everything we were giving the girls with us (especially not as a secret from Santa). We also knew that Cory would be working every day up until we left, so we just decided to celebrate this last Sunday. It was pretty great, though now I feel like I'm in this weird lull between fake Christmas and real Christmas, but with no Santa for real Christmas... it's weird. Anyway. This year, I was super excited about the girls' present. I bought a dollhouse for Breanne a couple years ago on an after Christmas sale for some 90% off. This one, actually (again, note the 90% off. Awesome). I didn't give it to her at the time because Janey was in crazy baby stage (1.5 years old), and I was about to have another baby. This year, though, with Breanne and Janey being in the delightfully responsible-ish enough stages that they are, and Cailin in a somewhat calm (for her) stage, I decided it would work.

And boy howdy do they love it. They've been playing with it for the last 4 days almost constantly. It always makes the hours worth it when the kids like what I've worked on like crazy. :) I stayed up many late nights painting and wall-papering and painting and material-ing the floors and painting... did I mention all the painting? It might not have been so bad if I hadn't had to paint the majority of the furniture too... but it ended up great. I love the way it came together, and the girls have really enjoyed playing with it thus far. Because we moved Christmas up a week (it was kind of a last minute decision) I didn't have time to finish the front of the house, so the porch and front wall are yet to be finished, but someday it'll all be done. Besides, this way=no pinched fingers, right?

Want a tour?  Ok.  We'll start at the top, in the attic (it's around on the back side).

Yes, that is a sewing machine.  And a vacuum.  I kind of fell in love with this pack of dollhouse furniture when I saw the sewing machine.  Couldn't resist it.  

Other side of the room, with the laundry, mop and bucket and ironing board.  I love these pieces.  The floor is corduroy (actually the same stuff I used for my diaper bag waaaay back here).  

Then there's the bathroom.  The pieces that came with the dollhouse for the bathroom were really lame.  Super squarish pieces, with drawn on faucets, and no toilet.  So I found this little set to replace it, after searching for nearly a month.  I'm glad the greens match well enough to pull it all together.  The floor is a sheet of 1 inch tiles from Home Depot I found on clearance.  It's my personal favorite part of the room.

This is the bedroom.  Couldn't resist the pinks (the floral on the walls is even sparkly...), and the floor is a furry white fabric.  The bed is not complete, still needs a mattress, pillow, and a finished edges blanket, but it's coming.  And yes, that's a light on the ceiling... you just click it on by pushing it.  It is adhered to the ceiling, but twists off to replace the batteries.  There's also one in the attic, and one in the family room.  The girls love them.  Let's be honest, so do I.  :)

The kitchen.  It came with a fridge, and the table and chairs weren't that scratched before, but... well... children.  And a few days.  You know the rest.  My favorite part of this room is a tie between the flooring, and the faux paneling on the walls.  It's the small things, sometimes.

And the front/family room.  Complete with Christmas tree and lights.  I am a sucker for the details.  I have plans to upholster the couch, but haven't had time yet.  I love the cabinet, though, and the furry carpet. You can tell that I bought this set a few years ago, though, by the tv.  I'm sure the tv's in newer sets are flat screens.  The girls asked me what it was.  :)

So there you have it.  I really love me a good project.  Yes, still plenty to do on this one, but I love it so far. And more importantly... so do the girls.  :)


Christiansen's said...

Way to go Jess, it looks great!

just corby said...

Wow! Looks awesome!! I want to play on it.

just corby said...

In...not on

Katie said...

It looks AMAZING!! And I love that they asked you what the tv was. Hilarious. So excited to see you guys!

*Aliese* said...

So beautiful! It turned out amazing.

BECKY said...


gilian said...

I have insider knowledge of how much time you spent on it and it turned out adorable. I thought the girls would love it.

Amanda said...

I love everything about this dollhouse!! A mop and bucket? No way. Love the tile in the bathroom, love the color choices in each room. Just so great! Good job!!

Tannie Datwyler said...

This is adorable Jessie. I'm sending Richard this link to your blog so he can see the furniture. He's making Claire a house, but the furniture is the tricky part.

Meredith said...

Super adorable! I love it.

Katherine said...

I had a doll house when I was little that I just adored. Doll houses make me want to have a daughter.

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

What an awesome dollhouse, Jessie! I love all the details, and the sewing machine is perfect!

kendascrafts said...

That's amazing!!! I would have loved a doll house like that when I was a girl. I love all the little details. The sewing machine and tile in the bathroom are my favorite. And I'm glad your girls like it. Its always a good feeling when your kids enjoy something you've made.

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pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I seriously need to look around for a dollhouse. Creamie would love it. And lets be honest, I would love decorating it just as much as she loved playing in it. It's awesome!

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