For Sale: Handcrafted Doll House and Accessories

Need that perfect gift for your little doll mommy? Built for all 18″ dolls including American Girl, Today Girl, Journey Girl, Madame Alexander, My Twinn, Our Generation, KidKraft Sadie, Gotz and Disney Princess and more. After many months of planning, shopping, designing, building and furnishing, I am offering this one of a kind dollhouse for $3000.00.

DSCN1929Designed, built, handcrafted and lovingly assembled for your princess just in time for Christmas. Give your little girl a place to play and store all of her American Girl treasures!!

Two pieces, designed for delivery, assembled stands 80″ tall. But that doesn’t include the rooftop garden! Overall dimensions: 80″h x 25″d x 48″w. This was hand built by my son and I in our home and has many extras you won’t find in any other house.

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Three levels boasts a bedroom with adjoining bathroom, living room with fireplace and a state of the art kitchen with built in cabinets and turquoise appliances. Everything pictured is included with the exception of the doll. The doll is not included.

The pink bedroom with handcrafted bed and handmade linens sewn in awesome shades of pink. Includes a pillow with pillow case. Matching dresser in shades of pink (also called ombré style of painting) with four functional drawers. To round out the bedroom, we have a deep red wood stained armoire with a bar for hanging and three small drawers.

DSCN1912Enter the bathroom through the door in the bedroom to find a clawfoot bathtub, toilet and sink. Pink towel set – bath towel, hand towel and washcloth and a small basket with shampoo, conditioner and bath soap. The room is complete with actual white square tiles and baseboards.

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DSCN1911The kitchen is like no other you will ever see! Taking up the entire second floor, it boasts built in glass door cupboards above and below. Stainless steel sink with extendable sink sprayer sits on top of a glass tile countertop in beautiful shades of turquoise. The cupboard next to the store has a solid wood surface perfect for chopping vegetables, and houses a mixer and baking pans. Microwave above the over (sorry, door doesn’t open) but the range has an opening door with two wire shelves and plastic door to see when those pastries are browned. Refrigerator comes stocked with vegetables and food for hosting that perfect holiday party. Pantry next to the ‘fridge also boasts soup and assorted canned vegetables.

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DSCN1924The kitchen floor is a beautiful hardwood floor, three coats of varnish and three coats of polyurethane. This will look beautiful for years of play.  Same floor on the third floor, and has a hand hooked rug in between upholstered sofas. Put your feet up and relax in front of the fireplace (extra firewood in the wood box). A small table with a sewing box is near for mending socks on a late night. Plenty of room to include a Christmas tree for your dolls!

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On top, we have one more relaxing space… three piece wicker set with heart motif is surrounded by pots of colorful flowers. A wonderful place to enjoy the sunshine with a glass of tea!

DSCN1927Please keep in mind that I am simply someone who likes to tinker and collect, I am not a master carpenter so this is unique albeit not perfect.  The small imperfections make it a one of a kind but built and furnished with love and laughter!

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DSCN1902Keep in mind that although lots of little extras have been provided, there is still plenty of room to add your own special touches. Pictures, posters, doll clothes, food, dishes, jewelry… all those things that will make this dollhouse your daughter’s own.

Dollhouse will be available for local pick up in Kansas City MO once payment is received. Feel free to email me with ANY questions.

With regards to shipping: I want to work with you to make this your little girl’s perfect Christmas. I can deliver locally in and around Kansas City area for $50. That includes delivery and set up in your home. I will work with you on getting it to you, inquire about delivery outside the area, please send me an email.  Of course you are always welcome to swing through town and pick it up!

Please remember: The doll is not included. Everything else is.

I would love to hear your comments, questions, your own experiences. See previous posts for more in depth instructions and photos. I’ve truly enjoyed this process, but am ready to move on to something new and challenging.

Thanks for stopping by!

julie

The Kid’s Room is Done, An Unveiling

After spending a few extra hours over the past couple of days to complete artwork, the Kid’s room is declared done. He is very happy with the results, and in the end, that is all that matters.

If you want to refresh your memory of the way the room had been for the first eight and a half years, you can see the “before” pictures here. I also have some photos that I shared with some of the transformation that you can see here.

The best way is to just jump in and show you photos of the room. When you enter the room, to your right is his bed. This is a custom built bed, designed to be a bit of a combination of a day bed and a platform bed. Meant to be comfortable enough to sit upon and play games or watch television. We wrapped the head and left side of the bed board with a leather-look vinyl. Using leather wrapped buttons, I attempted to tuft the boards, but it didn’t turn out exactly how I had pictured it. The frame, however, turned out better than I had hoped. The legs are actually fencing post tops, turned upside down following being painted black.

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The room’s overall theme is a combination of technology and industrial; blacks, grays and a accent color of red. New silver/gray microfiber sheets are topped with a very red comforter and sham. Sitting next to it, is a “leather” wrapped night stand. Sitting on top is his pipe lamp:

DSCN1535Continuing around the room, we have his leather easy chair, kind of a unique design that I found on Craigslist. Immensely comfortable!

DSCN1541It is on this wall, above the chair, is the first of the two pieces of art. Recently having stumbled across a very unique animated movie titled “Angels and Idiots”, both the Kid and I have fallen in love with the artwork. Together, we chose two large digital image from the movie and had them printed out in “industrial size” and then mounted with glue onto stretched canvases. It took a couple of tries to get it to the correct size and clarity of the print. I also used watercolors to add just a hint of the color that was part of the original print/movie. Just a very watered down ‘color wash’. I then painted the sides of the canvases gray on the three part print.

DSCN1540I neglected to mention that the room is painted in shades of gray; three walls in a lighter shade than the fourth wall (the wall on which the desk sits).

It is the desk that we come to next. It stretches the width of the wall, built around the large window. More details exist on an earlier post, which you can see here. He uses the desk often and provides much storage for extra computer pieces. He has set up all of his computers and servers on the right, taller desk top.

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DSCN1542Over each desktop, lighting has been installed to provide specific lighting. I managed to pick these up at a large retailer for 90% off as they were the floor models. Can’t beat that!

DSCN1532As we turn to the fourth wall, we have the piece that started it all; the buffet that was painted black. Perfect for storing his gaming systems and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. Has enough surface that he can have a television for his new gaming systems and a second one for his ever-expanding collection of older gaming systems.

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On this wall displays the other print that was made, this time on a single large framed canvas (note the color wash of his jacket and smoke):

DSCN1539This pretty much concludes the details of the room makeover. We did keep the rug that I hand hooked from his “camo” room, the colors mostly match and it is so very soft (made for 100% wool yarn). I will just throw a few more photos for your pleasure:

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Piping used throughout the room adds to the industrial look:

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The addition of a very modern/industrial ceiling fan and light fixture:

DSCN1526And so this concludes the work done to makeover the Kid’s room. He turns 18 in about six weeks and I hope that having a hip and comfortable space to call his own will keep him from spreading his wings and leaving the nest. :-) I suppose most parents are anxious to have their kids grow up and leave home, but not me. As far as I am concerned, he is my best friend and I hope to remain as invested in his life as I have been for the first 18 years.

Thanks for dropping by. Leave a comment if you’ve seen anything you like or have questions. And as always, keep making beautiful things, just for the sake of beauty.

julie

 

 

PS… I almost forgot to include a panorama photo that the Kid snapped with his iPhone. Pretty cool, huh?IMG_4846

 

 

 

 

 

Three More Projects Completed!

Took a few days off from writing, had some productive days and some interesting things happen. Waiting to hear back on some news, but I am a firm believer in jinxes, so I won’t say anything more. I am sure that I will share with this blog the minute I hear anything.

Finished another couple of projects and started a few more. I’ll start with the finished ones. :-)

I was contacted by a woman through Craigslist. I have an ad that asks for old, broken or unwanted dressers. Another ad looking for a headboard (maybe a footboard) for my ‘client’ Mason. Anyway, she was taking care of a house rental for her son and the previous tenants had moved out and left a couple of pieces of furniture. Some she kept, but called me about two of the pieces. The first was this amazingly ugly dresser/armoire combination. Decked out with grass wallpaper on the doors and this heavy duty baluster-type decoration running up the sides. I think that it was so ugly that I needed to get it changed quickly… so as usual, I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture. But this looks a little like what it looked like, so I will use this as a jumping off point:

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The headboard, if it was possible, was even uglier! It had this three-d configuration and it displayed these large wooden balusters (for lack of a better word) separating the two pieces. I’ve removed them and am storing them in the garage… they are just so ugly they are intriguing… I am sure that they will become something in the future!

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To top it off, the one piece that wasn’t wood, had water-swelled apparently each place that a glass had been placed. The entire thing was wood with the exception of this one piece, so, as I looked at it, I could see that there was a way for it to be reconfigured into something beautiful. But the headboard is another post.

So, this woman offered us these pieces just for pickup and removing them… I think she didn’t actually have a way to cart them to Goodwill or a dumpster, and I figured this was a way to get usable pieces for repairs down the road. As the dresser thing stood, it was so ugly, that I had a tough time seeing anything else in it! So, I took off the doors and saved the four drawers in the upper cabinet. Then using a jig saw, I cut the armoire top off, a few inches above the drawer section. Then, with the help of the Kid, we cut a new top and I routed the edges. I had found this awesome trim wandering the aisles of Home Depot and I knew that it was perfect to use here.

Of course, I had to use my favorite black – Deep Space black. I replaced the ‘chippendale’ style handles with my favorite slim black handles. Looks so much more sophisticated. I suppose there is a place for those old handles, but I have seen so many pieces of furniture with those, I couldn’t stand to see any on the pieces that I do. So, here is the finished piece:

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I figure that it would make an excellent television console, with drawers useful for storing movies or remotes or whatever. It isn’t a bad piece of furniture, but it isn’t a great piece either, so I will price it pretty low and hope it goes quickly. I like the idea of just getting it done and it being a success.

The next piece is one of those ‘stumble-upon’ pieces. I had gone to pick up an old walnut armoire from a gentlemen and underestimated its size, but he also had this piece. It actually was headed for a burn pile (his words) as it had some damage and the mirror that went with it was missing part of its frame. I offered him twenty dollars for it and he jumped at it. Looking back, I think I could probably have gotten it free if I had just suggested it or maybe five or ten dollars, but overall it was a beautiful piece that just need some TLC. Again, I forgot the before picture. :-(

But this was a pretty quick turnover, I used the broken back piece as a template and cut a new board, sanded and primed the piece and re-attached it. Then everything needed glue and nailing to make it all as good as new again. Then a few coats of blush pink (following priming) and some beautiful flower shaped off-white handles and viola!, it’s ready to make some little girl’s room special. It is so easy to bring back the beauty of furniture like this, back in this time, the furniture was all wood, cut and shaped by hand and the attention to detail is obvious.

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The mirror that originally accompanied it did seem a bit large to me and I still have it, cannot for the life of me figure out how I am going to recreate a frame for such an oddly shaped mirror. For now it rests safely in my room, waiting on a solution. If you know how I should approach this, I would love your help!

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Another simple paint restoration project. I just needed to sand down the top, prime it and paint it. This was one of the pink ombré finishes, was in a real pink mood this week. I found these wonderful ceramic knobs on clearance at Pier 1, but the original finish was seriously ugly. Probably explains why they were still in stock and on sale for a mere forty-nine cents! I brought them home and spray painted them high gloss white and when they were dry, I used one of my Elmer’s paint pens to place random pink dots on each of them. Turned out fantastic! Even if I have to say so myself.

Dresser with Legs Before&After

Ton of stuff still to do, always seems like when I finish one project, I pick up two new ones. I have been working on another doll bed (this one in yellow) with a matching dresser or nightstand. I also have that giant walnut wardrobe in the garage just beckoning me to start work on it. It and the antique sofa and chair sitting in the basement waiting on being able to purchase the $500 worth of upholstery fabric that I need to complete it.

So, happy that you’ve stopped in. And stuck around long enough to get all the way through!

So Happy Crafting Y’All and come back soon!

julie

The Kid’s Room Re-do, Nearing the Finish Line

Wow, this has been a very productive day. I not only sold three of my dresser make-overs yesterday, but sold three more pieces today. And one person who bought yesterday, emailed about having another piece done for her!

On top of this, we worked on the Kid’s bedroom today, or to be more exact, on his bed. I had a specific look in mind and missing just the ‘perfect’ bedding, I think we got it done today. First, let me apologize that, again, I didn’t get enough pictures. I did better than usual, though… I’m trying!

The bed is essentially three parts: the narrow headboard, the wider side (right) board and then the L shaped frame on the left and bottom of the bed. We started by placing the head board against the wall and then placed the L-shape right up to it to give us the necessary height. It was then screwed into place.

The Kid’s room is fairly shy of electrical outlets and I knew the bed would go across one, so I put in a flat-head extension cord so that we could still use at least on outlet. I plugged it in and then just set it aside.

I almost forgot to tell you about the feet on the L-Shaped unit… I had been looking for something that would give me a relatively short rise, but everything I was seeing was either too feminine (like round or frilly) or too short or just way too expensive. Some were as high as $30 a piece, and I needed 3!

As the Kid and I were walking through Home Depot brainstorming, I caught out of the corner of my eye these lovely pieces. They are the newell posts for outdoor fencing and there were just three – enough for the project. And when I found the price, I couldn’t believe my eyes! They were only $2.99, so I got all three for less than a ten spot! Painted them black and they were ready to go.

Next we put up the long padded/tufted piece against the back wall. We struggled with this a little more, but in the end, we got it to work. Then it was just a matter of attaching the L-shaped piece to bed and the wall. Thankfully this wasn’t the prettiest installation, but most of it will be hidden by the mattress and/or the bedding.

Here it is after we screwed into place the cross pieces to support the mattress. We could have done without putting down a full sized board just resting the box spring on the boards or even just using slats, but I didn’t want to chance it. Luckily I had a full sheet of pressboard in the garage, which cut down nicely. That was screwed into place. This makes the bed more stable and less likely to push the the L-shape away from the headboards.

Here is the Kid finishing the job tacking the support board. What a great help! (Never complained once!)

From here it was just a matter of dropping the box spring and mattress into the frame.

And here we are with the bed made using his old linens. With everything that I have been doing, I haven’t had a chance to shop for new linens and a comforter. That is going to have to be something pretty spectacular considering how the room is turning out.

We moved his nightstand into place and added his lamp. I need to do posts with instructions on both of these pieces. I love how they turned out. Actually, I need to do a long post about how I did the leather covering and the tufting. Everything was done by me, spending countless hours with a staple gun and glue!

A little vacuuming, picking up and putting away tools and we started to move some of his computers & monitors back into the room and then we called it a good day done. I was actually able to get the trundle and mattress he has been sleeping on back in its place and straightened up the guest room.

A couple of quick shots of the desks, since it was already dark, I thought I would give it a try with taking better photos without the sunlight overexposing everything.

Excuse the mess, but as you can see, the room is still a ‘work in progress’, but at least I feel like we are making progress. The Kid gets to sleep in his own bed tonight – which is great – and I’ve got my sewing room (where I built his night stand) and guest bedroom (which housed everything while we were working on the room) cleared and back to useful states!

But mostly, I love that this is coming together for my son. He is such a joy and really likes to spend time with his Mom. I am enjoying ever minute together while he is still willing, but even better that at age 17, he is still the happy, well-adjusted boy that he is. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such a great Kid come into my life.

We also had help in the form of our dog, Ashla. The feather mattress that used to be on the Kid’s bed was a queen sized that I cut down to fit on a twin. But with the new bed, he got a new feather mattress. And once the old one was dropped on the floor downstairs, the dog has laid claim to it! I may have to figure out how to create a soft cover for it for her.

Sorry about the quality of the photo, but I still had the memory card in the computer (and out of the camera), so I used my iPhone to snap this in very low light. I dragged the feather mattress into the office and just had to show you a picture of the world’s most pampered pup!

Well, thanks for dropping by. And Happy Crafting Y’All!

The Pink Ombre Tradition continues…

I can’t help it! There is a big part of me that wished I had had a little girl (although I wouldn’t give up a minute of my son!) so that I could go over board with pink (and maybe purple) for her. As a compromise, I get to provide the most adorable pieces to other little girls (or their moms!) as I continue to hunt down quality pieces of furniture and do my transformation magic.

The last pink ombre set turned out amazing and sold within minutes (I swear, it seemed like minutes) of posting the ad on Craigslist. And for full asking price! So, when I ran across the ad for this little headboard and foot board set, I knew it was destined to become a matching set as well.

I am always on the scout for dressers, end tables, bed side tables and lately new pieces to use in finishing the Kid’s room. In the same ad, this little cabinet was being offered up, so since I was driving way across Kansas City (and don’t let the Midwest fool you, that was a drive!), I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone.

On a side note, one of these days, I am going to write a blog post about the origins of quirky little saying like that… why would I want to kill two birds? And an added benefit of using only one stone? But I digress. :-)

I had also picked up a couple of dressers in a furniture run a few days before that, one perfect for the transformation of the pink ombre. It required a fair amount of repair and love, but it is always a labor of love.

So, in all it’s pink awesomeness, here it is the latest results:

Work continues on the Kid’s room, in fact, we’re supposed to be painting walls today, but our heating pump stopped working and we’ve sequestered ourselves in our home office where we have a space heater. If it warms up a bit tomorrow, maybe we’ll be able to paint.

So, there is today’s quick update. At that same time, I picked up this wonderful little piece of history:

I can envision this with a dark turquoise or chocolate finish (for my master bedroom makeover) somewhere down the road. This is one gorgeous piece of furniture, although it too, will require some work.

Well, that’s today’s update. I am happy to have you stop by! Keep on crafting!

And Ombre Continues… More Pink and Now Green!

Quick update with what I’ve been up to.

The furniture painting continues. The ombre style of painting has been very popular and very successful, so I am thinking, why not keep doing something that works really well?

My new daily ritual now starts with Craigslist.org. I’ve been pretty lucky about finding quality pieces to restore. And it is a real labor of love when I start sanding and filling in the holes and cracks and then start with priming. The real fun comes with the first coat of paint, when the beauty of the transformation starts to shine.

This is one of my new favorite results, two night stands and a matching headboard. The night stands were pretty standard, run-of-the-mill piece of furniture cranked out by the thousands in the seventies and eighties. The only saving grace was that they were all wood and some pretty decent construction… dovetail drawer fronts and wood drawer runners. Makes them easier to restore and to give them a second life.

In addition to the night stands, I stumbled across a headboard in a corner collection one night. You know, where the ad reads “you must take all” and I was out for something pretty specific, that I don’t even remember now. In the mess was this headboard with the worst plastic curlicue decoration highlighted in gold paint. My first thought was to just drop this thing in the nearest garbage dumpster I could find. But I opted to bring it home and store it in the garage. For months now, I have been moving that thing out of my way and knocking my elbow into it.

Well, I finally brought it out and took a good look at it. I thought I might be able to use the back of it and just paint the ugly gold decorations a solid color and face it against the wall. But once I hit it with the scraper, I could see that the first piece of curlicue wasn’t securely attached and a little prying with a screwdriver and it came out easily. This left years of dirt and grime, but a blank canvas perfect for my shades of pink!

I am proud to show you the end result of once almost became firewood:

The insets are painted in the same shades of pink as that of the dresser drawers. I think that this set is just adorable! I listed it on Craigslist this evening and almost before it actually appeared in the list, I had several contacts and it has been sold. For full price. And this is the highest listing yet. Sometimes I think that if it continues like this, I could actually begin to really subsidize the household income and maybe I could really think about making this a full time gig.

So, I will quickly show you the second set I worked on. I make it a habit to always check the “oops” paint shelf whenever I hit my favorite hardware stores. On a recent trip, I found a $30 can of paint marked down to $6 and was a pretty nice shade of green. I wanted to try something other than pink and blue and purple and here was the perfect opportunity. So, I matched it to a paint chip card and bought three additional shades and brought it home.

In a rushed Craigslist transaction, I ended up with a dresser bought for twenty dollars. Turned out what initially looked like a quality piece, turned out not to be. But not knowing what to do with the dresser, I thought I’d use it as a “guinea pig” for the green ombre paint style. I thought if it didn’t turn out well, then I would donate it or relist it on the free page of Craigslist. And a few days later, I repeated the error and picked up a headboard not realizing it too, was pressboard with a laminate finish. I thought it would work for a test run of a new primer that I heard would work well for painting laminate. I won’t mention the brand name here, as it wasn’t a very good experience, but suffice it to say, I will not make the mistake of trying to paint over laminate again. Primer or not.

So, here is the end result. I have listed it on Craigslist with a full disclaimer and really just asking for the basic cash that I put into it. Actually not even that much. If handled with kid gloves, it might be a decent set for someone, even maybe a guest room that didn’t get constant use.

I do love the colors and I do have enough for another project. I promise, I will be doing this color combination again.

Well, that is the update for today. Glad to see y’all stop by and hope that you are enjoying the projects. I have some more in the works and can’t wait to share. One big one is that we’ve been starting to clear my son’s (referred to as “the Kid”) room that we decorated when he was eight and loved camouflage. It’s getting a whole new ‘grown up’ and sophisticated remodel, and of course, some of my handiwork is featured. (Haha… who am I kidding? It is ALL my handiwork!) We’ve been working on it for the last couple of weeks and right now, he is down to sleeping on a mattress and has a small table for his computer! But it will be worth it, and he knows it! :-)
Thanks for dropping by! And happy crafting y’all!

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