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

Sliding into home base… we’re this close!

Okay, I know, I’ve been chanting this for a few weeks now, but short of a couple of minor details and finishing the play microwave, we are so close. Nothing like a long four day holiday to really get things done.

In the meantime, I thought I’d show you the wrap up of a couple of the smaller projects. One is the pair of sofas. I showed you earlier the start of the project. You can see the beginning here.

Once I cut it in half and ended up with two smaller sofas, I have wavered on whether to include one or both. But once I took the pieces upstairs to upholster them, I knew what I wanted to do. I found two pieces of fabric that I picked out earlier for the basis of my master bedroom makeover: pale turquoise and chocolate brown.

By virtue of trial and error, I figured out how to get the fabric in place. I started with the pattern that resembles paisley and it turned out pretty good. I made a couple of mistakes with the other one (the one with stripes) ending up with a seam in the front and the side stripes being a little wavy. I guess that is the difference between no noticeable nap in a fabric to one with obvious nap!

DSCN1878I set them in the dollhouse and realized that they seemed just a little ‘unfinished’. So I decided to add legs to both pieces and a skirt. Now I had enough fabric for the ‘paisley-ish’ fabric, but I really cut it close with the striped fabric, so I decided to do them both the same. Found a nice fringe that matched both fabrics but they had exactly what I needed… it always makes me nervous when I cannot buy a ‘little extra’ for that ‘just in case’.

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I also found these little candle holders that when cut down and spray painted black, turned into the perfect legs. A little Elmer’s glue and it was good to go.

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DSCN1887Then, using a glue gun, I wrapped the fringe trim around the bottom. Viola!, I have the perfect little sofas.DSCN1919That pretty much wraps up the projects needed to complete the dollhouse. Later this afternoon, once I have all the photos taken, the dollhouse will officially go on sale on eBay, Etsy and my local Craigslist. I am hoping to sell this quickly and then work out the details with delivery.

It has been a fun project, but I am so ready to be done and move this out of my entry way and into the home of some little girl and her dolls.

From Done To Sold In Two Hours

An idea that stemmed from the desire to avoid repetition in painting and decorating the dressers that I have been working on lately, resulted in the quickest sale to date. Dare I say that the paint was barely dry before we were loading it into the back of the new owners’ truck.

I knew that the pink ombré style was successful, and was looking for something similar to do and still sell easily. While browsing Pinterest looking for ideas, I stumbled onto a great idea: dots.

So, without spending a lot of time writing, I will just show you in pictures. Started with one cute but pretty rough little dresser and performed the usual work.

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The drawers were in pretty sad shape and all of them required gluing and/or nailing to make them stronger. You can see in this photo, the back of this drawer was completely missing!

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Removed all the hardware (oh how I have come to dislike that style ubiquitous to the seventies’ furniture) and did a quick sanding of all the surfaces. Moved inside and applied two coats of a primer followed by two coats of a new shade of pink – “Be Mine”. I had been using as a base a lighter shade of pink called “Barely Pink” (how apropos!) but had come to feel that it was too light. And it photographed as white. I didn’t want the base to be overpowering, so I only stepped up one shade. I think it was a good call.

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Also, because the interiors of the drawers had been so dirty and had tape residue, I opted to line them in a cute pink and white fabric. Pretty simple process, but the glue saturated the fabric and left some discolored areas. In the end, it turned out okay, but I don’t think I will do that again. Or will use a less porous type of material, like a cotton duck or light vinyl.

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Then, it was onto the dots. This is the photo that inspired the whole idea. You can see more of it here.

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It looks like she used the same sized circles but I wanted to do something a little more lively. I rummaged through my cabinets until I found four sized round objects to use… goes to show that you should never overlook the obvious nor do you have to use a “tool” like a stencil. Sometimes anything will do.

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I find that placing things randomly usually provides a more pleasing effect than an organized placement. So, I simply laid down the cups/bowls and started drawing ovals. I liked that most of the dots were restricted to the right side with one random dot that strayed to the other side. Each specific size was assigned a color, the darker compliments of the pinks above:

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It was just a matter of painting them in. I mulled over a couple of options, but in the end, just opted to paint them in by hand with a paint brush. It was actually relaxing.

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I was able to lay the dresser on its back on my ottoman in front of my sofa and watch a movie and paint them in. Quite enjoyable. Once I was done, I simply left it there to dry overnight. The next morning, only the darkest pink required a second coat and it was just a matter of minutes to complete it. Then added my trademark white ceramic knobs and the masterpiece was complete.

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Once done, a quick couple of minutes to take some pictures, write a description and post it to Craigslist. It wasn’t but a matter of a couple of hours and I had two parties calling interested. And, like I said, later that afternoon, the Kid and I were loading it into the back of a SUV on its way to a new home. Barely had time to admire it! Actually had several more calls about it, of course convincing me that I must paint a couple of more in the same style. :-)

So, a quick before and after:

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I’ve got a couple of similar styled dressers already repaired, primed and have their first coats of paint. I was thinking of repeating this style, but not exactly, maybe larger circles or even stars or hearts. I might even try it with a blue cabinet and shades of blue dots or maybe something more ‘boyish’ like squares or stars. Maybe more neutral like green or yellow? Or perhaps a white base with more basic colors like red, yellow, orange, blue and green? Maybe try them all!

Thanks for dropping by and remember to keep creating beautiful things for the sake of beauty. The world is a little nicer to look at all decorated… :-)

julie

And The Final Touches Have Been Added!

So the hardware went onto the special project dresser and I am calling this complete and a success! I will let the pictures do the talking:

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And let me just say that I think that it has turned out pretty awesome. :-) I hope that Danielle is as pleased, but more importantly, I hope that Danielle’s daughter is pleased not only with the dresser, but the whole theme of the room. I’d say that this is one lucky little girl! Perhaps when the room is completed, I can convince Danielle to share a few photos of the whole room with us.

I also managed to finish another little project, one in my all time favorite color:

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Of course, you all know my fondness for red! This little black and red number just pops! I love the transformation of a tired little piece to something that will take center stage in whatever room it ends up.

I have a number of pieces that I’ve been working on over the past week in my tried and true black & gray ombré theme. I’ve actually had people on Craigslist contact me and request pieces. As long as it continues to sell, I will continue to paint it! The Kid helped me tonight redrill holes for handles, seems that between mid-century and now, the handle distance has widened, from two and a half inches to three and a half. So much of the new hardware I order requires new hole configurations. Just one more step to fill old ones and drill new ones. Once I have those installed, I will throw a quick photo up here on a post.

I also managed to snag a beautiful all-wood dresser in a Goodwill! I think it was just chance or good luck. I was told that they had just put the dresser on the floor minutes before I walked in (and I wasn’t even looking for a dresser there) and that they never last long. This one had ‘good bones’ but Lord it was beat up and rode hard. Someone had wrapped clear tape around it which looked like it had been there for years and it required nearly sanding it to the raw wood to remove the residue. It also got beautiful ‘new’ old hardware and will show it off tomorrow as well.

Been a long, cold day and I am tired, so I will say goodnight early. Something about really cold weather and snow that just wears me out!

Thanks for dropping by! As always… Happy Crafting Y’all!

julie

I Rounded Third Base and Heading Towards Home!

Okay, baseball metaphors aside, I am seeing the light at the end of tunnel on the special project dresser. I think the perfectionist in me is getting the upper hand lately. (Which isn’t all bad!)

Hopefully, this might clear things up a little:

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And if that didn’t help, I’ll explain. Using Photoshop, I copied the flower from the sheets that will soon be on the young lady’s bed. I deleted everything but the flower and the stem and then deleted all the color from the flower. That was the design for the dresser and I used it as a pattern. I drew it on using chalk and then painted the ‘Watery’ blue color around it, leaving the flower in its primer white. Then using several paintbrushes, I carefully repainted the white using the same satin finish. We are so close to the finish line! I just did the last touch ups, now to let the paint cure a day or so. This is a relatively long process as I have to let each color of paint cure in between coats in order for me to really touch it. You cannot be in a hurry!

Tomorrow, I believe I will be ready to put the ‘jewelry’ on the dresser and we’re seriously almost done! I am so excited!! What do you think? Did it turn out okay?

On top of things, we had a little snowstorm this morning and it is seriously impeding my ability to acquire new pieces of furniture! Who wants to be out in the mess? LOL. We did sell the first two batches of doll hangers on eBay (yay!) and I have listed the bed and bedding on Craigslist, want to double list it with eBay as well and see which one might have the best response. I haven’t figured out how to ship the bed as of yet, but it isn’t too heavy but kind of bulky.

Okay, this is headache day number four and I’ve come to the point where I am going to have to give in and go lie down in a dark room. No smelling paint and glue fumes for a day or so. It is getting serious!

Thanks for dropping by! Happy Crafting Y’all!

julie

Quick Update on the Special Project

The third coat of blue went on the cabinet and drawers of the special project dresser and finally the color is really coming out! I think that this does it for the blue. Now onto completing the painting of the flower on the front and I should be approaching the finish line. Then it can cure for a bit until Danielle is ready for it. I can’t wait to show it off! I really love the contrast of the blue and the pink, I think, because they are not the standard blue and pink that seems to be used most often.

I went this morning early to pick up an antique armoire that was advertised on Craigslist. Unfortunately, it was too large to fit into the back of my little Tribute, so I will have to return later with our pickup truck. While I was there, though, he had another piece, a very sweet little dressing table with a mirror that was going to need some serious repair and love. I bargained him down to $20! This did fit nicely into the back of ‘Joe’ (the name of my Mazda Tribute). And while we were looking for all of the pieces of the mirror frame, I uncovered in the “trash” pile an awesome little pedestal table base, not for a dining table, but perhaps a side table. I asked if I could take that and he produced the table top and handed them to me! It really is true, one man’s trash in another’s treasure!

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Everything I picked up today (along with this grand armoire) is solid wood and solid construction. It was simply years of neglect that has caused seams to come loose and the finish to degrade. I am anxious to get started on this as well.

It seems that I have plenty to keep me busy for a while. If only the weather were to cooperate for more than a day or two so I could work in the garage. Yesterday the high was around 17 degrees, yet tomorrow it supposed to be in the 60′s! But imagine that a day or two later that it will return to cold and maybe snow, as I heard a large cold storm front is supposed to hit the midwest. Sigh.

I was able to get the first set of doll hangers completed and listed for sale. We’re doing a little experiment to see what works best, as I have them listed on Craigslist, eBay and Dollabee.com. Hopefully, this will be successful for us, as this is really the Kid’s project – he keeps the profits! Check them out here!

So, this will be a quick post, as I have so much to get done today! Thanks for stopping by!

And as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

julie

Work Continues on the Special Project

Once again, the temperatures in this part of the country have dipped below freezing. On Saturday, we enjoyed temps in the high 60′s, nice enough to work out in the garage with the door open! But as it is popular to say in this region, if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change! Well, I guess that works in reverse as well, so when the weather is good, you really have to take advantage of it.

I completed work on another beautiful dresser and there is quite a story behind this one. I was contacted via Craigslist by a guy who had been left high and dry by his girlfriend (and her five children) and left nearly everything behind in their shared rented house. But not before nearly destroying the house. Anyway, he was looking to try to recoup some of the money he was going to lose in deposits and damages and wanted to sell off whatever furniture had been left behind. So me and the Kid trooped off to take a look.

Most of it wasn’t of very good quality, but there were some salvageable pieces. The only problem was that he had caught me in a tight spot with money, I didn’t have much cash on me and wouldn’t have any until I made a sale. I told him I could come back in a couple of days, he even offered to trust me to take some pieces and come back with cash. There are some good guys still left in the world.

We had shown up with my little truck though, and to get everything that I was considering, we’d not only need the pickup, but maybe a big truck. I told him that I had a ten spot in my pocket he offered the big dresser from one of the bedrooms. I had a photo from our correspondence, but once again, I didn’t keep it or take a ‘before’ picture before jumping into its restoration. Just trust me that this piece had gone through some abuse before I was able to rescue it. (He had arranged for someone else to take the rest of it, when me and the Kid returned a few days later.)

I was really happy how I was able to replace missing trim that I saved from the other dresser that I rescued (you can see it here) which although not exactly the same, was the same style. I had removed the trim from around one drawer as it had disappeared from the top and one side of the top drawer, and it proved to be very helpful in restoring the trim on the top drawer. The finish had just been beat and scratched and dented and it took no less than 6 coats of primer to cover the marker or paint that had been used to draw on the top of it. I actually used the same antique white paint that I did on the other dresser and it, again, didn’t fail to impress.

So, without further ado:

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Didn’t it turn out gorgeous? I swear, most of these I really want to just keep! I would totally do this for my own room, if and when I get ready to redecorate.

Worked a little more on the special project dresser, fully primed:

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…chalked in the outline for the flower:

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…and the took out the top drawer and taped off to paint the top of the dresser. Using the ‘Begonia’ pink paint for the top and I think that the base cabinet is going to be the ‘Watery’ blue and flower shape in white. (See the color scheme here.) I will provide more detail as I get closer to reveal about the work with the flower and getting the shape onto the dresser.

I also primed and started work on two more dressers – one to be in yellow ombré and the other in a soft pink with a darker shade of pink on top. Seems I can’t keep any inventory these days and but trust me, I am not complaining!

The Kid had the day off for MLK Day, so last night and this morning we spent working on the doll furniture that we started a few nights ago. We’ve completed one bed and dresser – sized for 18″ dolls – and all I have to do is to make bedding (mattress, sheets, quilt and a pillow or two.

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And here is a shot of the bed I am working on:

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We actually hauled out the big tools – a band saw and a belt sander – and it was well worth the effort. I enjoy having good tools to work with. I just wished I had a real workshop to work in, so I wouldn’t have to always be putting things away and then having to drag them out each time I want to work.

Okay, need to spend some time in my sewing/craft room working to complete the linens for the completed bed. We’re going to be doing some investigation as to the best way to market these pieces; we’re considering Craigslist, eBay and Etsy. Actually, I might also list on dollabee.com (billed as “Like Craigslist, but for dolls”). Hopefully this will be a successful venture in addition to the furniture. All I know is that I am keeping busy, busy, busy!

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look! Happy Crafting Y’All!

julie

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