Tuesday, February 1, 2011

a dream dollhouse, just for her.



Another fun week, another fun project. This one was a doozy for me.  As I was out exploring the thrift stores last week, I ran smack dab into this little beauty...and knew it would be a perfect doll house for my little 2 year old to use now and later..as it is almost 6 feet tall! However..it did not quite look like the above picture, nor this:



Here are the before/after shots!  Can you believe it is the same house!!


It literally took me 2 full days just to get this thing prepped and painted in order for it to be able to be decoupaged!  I got a little nervous in the end with time..but it all worked out, and I couldn't be happier with the results!

Enjoy a few of the details:

Yes, I decoupaged every single one of those shingles on..thank heavens for a helpful husband who brushed all the glue on while I placed and glued the pieces on.  There were a lot of pieces!:)

This was by far my favorite wall. It was the first one I did...and yes, each of those little gray designs is a little piece..each stuck on and placed by hand.  LOVE how it turned out.
The chevron design is 3 inch x 1/2 inch pieces of paper that were matched up and made into the pattern...and yes, I even sewed little curtains on there!




I made our family into a little cartoon..just a fun little detail that my little girl already loves looking at and pointing to everyone's faces..and of course a little fabric rug to warm up that wood floor!


I love the little butterfly corner..and the flowers add a bit more whimsy!

and I will leave you with a parting shot of the roof!
I'm so glad I took the time to try a new medium for me out on this hidden treasure. It really was so much fun..and certainly has MANY hours of play in its future!
Thank you so much for voting for my project!  Cannot wait until next week!
pictures by Sweet As Honey Photography.

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74 comments:

Jill said...

I just have to say wow! I was already impressed by your project, by now I'm blown away knowing how HUGE it is!!! Well done. You deserved first!

Tammi said...

What an amazing transformation....it looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!

kerstin said...

SO CUTE! I love it!

Brandi said...

Love it! you did an amazing job!

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

You totally rocked this week! I'll fully admit to voting for you (and my partner, of course).

ryan and berni said...

I had no idea the house was that big! You should have put a before and after shot in your entry, it would have shown how much work you did, the transformation is amazing.

By the way, way to kill it this week!You blew everyone out of the water!

Anna said...

Great job Kiki, as always. Love the detail. It is amazing! Try not to stay up till 3am on your next project though. :) You sure did great!

Natalie Catherine said...

wow...WOW WOW WOW. I am so impressed!!! i have to feature you and your fabulous job on my blog sometime soon. this is gorgeous!!

destiny said...

Oh, my goodness....how cute!! Can I live there? I love the colors and the inside decor! Great job! And, beautifully photographed!!
Found you at Blue Cricket!
~destiny

Tam @ Sew Dang Cute said...

BRILLIANT! I was completely impressed before I knew how much went into it. Now I'm utterly AMAZED!!! You did a great job!!

Heather said...

Wow. You make it easy to vote for. It doesn't matter that we don't technically know which project is yours. Just look for the best one, and you've found Kiki's!!

Congrats - this dollhouse is phenomenal!

Kristen Duke Photography said...

LOVE the family pictures on the wall of the dollhouse!!!

Emily said...

I had a dollhouse growing up and I love re-wallpapering it. You have done a great job and its just adorable. Your daughter will LOVE it now and forever :o)

SarainAkko said...

The after shots are beautiful, before kind of gives me the creeps (haunted dollhouse?) Beautiful remodeling.

The Smiling Frog said...

This makes me want a dollhouse and I was never much for playing with girlie things. It's so beautiful!

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

Wow! This is amazing! There is a lot of time and detail put into this. I love the gray designed wall, the family photos, the roof... Beautiful!

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

Wow! That is incredible, and I cannot imagine how you managed all the little details. Especially getting it done in time! Good job, I love it.

Sarahie said...

I just found your blog through this contest. I just have to say I am so, so impressed with this! It is beautiful. I would have voted for it 3 times if I could have.

I've wanted to do a dollhouse for years and years (since I was a little girl) and this makes me want to go out and find one to pretty up! Beautiful job!

feelincrafty said...

This is fantastic. I can't believe it only took you two days to do it. That would have taken me wayyyyy longer to do all that amazing decorating!

jodi said...

absolutely amazing!!

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

Hi! I've featured you on my Friday Finds this week! Go take a peek! And thanks for the amazing project idea!

http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-finds-decoupage-projects.html

Ann Marie | white house, black shutters said...

This is so amazing and I'm glad I found your blog. Your house looks like it was such a labor of love and I'm sure your daughter will treasure it. Congrats on first place! I featured you on my blog's fb page. :)

Kelly said...

all the little details are so special! well done!
Kelly (visiting from TT&J)

Tanya said...

So cute. It reminds me of the movie UP. Love it!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

This is a little girl's dream come true! Great blog - I'm a new follower!
Jo-Anna

Theresa said...

Such a beauty! The decor you created could never be purchased in a store-bought house!
Found you over at the Weekend Wrap-Up Party.
Cheers!
Theresa

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

Wow, what a find and you did an amazing job!

Kimberly from "bugaboo" said...

This little dollhouse is AMAZING. I voted for you - you were my top pick. :)

M* {Daydream Believers} said...

Wow! What a fabulous doll house! GREAT job! This is so fantastic! :)

Chris said...

Holy cow. There is a lot of love and decoupage on that house. Well done.

Let's take a coffee break said...

Awww, you did a great job with that doll house!!!!

I awarded you with the Stylish blogger award =)

http://simplecoffeebreak.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

Take care,
Angelica

andrea said...

this is incredible!!! i love each and every little detail. awesome job.

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

Another one that I voted for... of course! Who wouldn't? You are amazing!!

Sarita said...

This is ADORABLE! Your little girl is going to love this! I had a doll house growing up and loved it too! I want to live in your doll house! So cute :-)

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

I wanted to let you know we featured you on WhipperBerry today! You can check it out here . Come grab a featured button if you'd like.

Jamie said...

wow- i'm sure she'll love it for years!!!
amazing!

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Morgan said...

Just coming over from Ohdeedoh! What an amazing project - I cannot believe it is so big too! Wish I could find that chevron wallpaper for real somewhere :)

I will be posting about this soon (and linking back of course!)

Amnah said...

This is incredible! I absolutely adore everything about this.

Kelly said...

Amazing! How did you do the butterfly corner?

Tricia said...

Wow Kiki, you are so creative! I love to see all of the amazing projects you are brave enough to tackle. You really can do anything. Thanks for sharing.

Mommy G said...

Lovely! Just lovely! :)

Coffee@3 said...

This is so precious, I love the detail...you did a fantastic job!

Mod Podge Amy said...

One of the most amazing things I've ever seen!

Tess said...

Oh my gosh, around here something like what you've created finished would cost well over 500.00 at the antique stores. IF I could find one. It is all so beautiful. IS that rook paper bags? I love the butterfly corner too. and those little curtains are so pretty. Well done and thanks so much for sharing. Aren't art projects with hubby's so much fun. What a great memory you two have created for yoursleves and your little girl.

thriftyfinn said...

I spotted this on Mod Porge Rocks and I love it! Since I don't have kids myself I've been thinking about doing something like this for my cousins to play with when they visit our grandparents. Good work and thanks for the inspiration

Denise said...

This brought back great memories of the Barbie doll house my parents built for me and my sis. Your doll house turned out wonderful. I hope your daughter has lots of fun with it.
Denise at sparechangechic.com

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Rossyl said...

wow ...the details are amazing...luv it :)

Jill said...

Wow! just found your dollhouse via "Mod Podge Rocks." I love all of the wonderful details and can't BELIEVE that each of those grey pieces are individual! seamless! and the roof squares! you have more patience than I, and it's paid off! what a lucky girl your daughter is! Would love to see more pics as you furnish it. I'm now a new follower and fb fan, and am going to share with our fb fans: http://facebook/com/thingswithwings because we are mod podge fanatics, and literally buy it by the gallon because we use so much in our mixed media artwork. keep up the great work, and come visit us if you get a chance! http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com

janimal said...

FANTASTIC! You really did an amazing job. Lucky young lady!

Ann said...

Very cool! Love the pictures!

Anji* said...

LOVE it! Amazing decorating job - bright, fun, pretty and unconventional! Lucky girl!

Emma said...

Wow what a fabulous job you have done. Your daughter is a lucky girl!

*reyanna klein* said...

Looks awesome! I'm SOOOO going to do this if I have a daughter some day. :-) Thank you for the inspiration!

Kathi said...

What a darling transformation! You really should do MORE dollhouses!
Love all of your creative ideas. I'm sure you and your daughter will love playing with this! :D

marenmat said...

Your dollshouse caught my eye since i am thinking about how to redo my old dollhouse, that my grandfather made for me. This is a wonderfull inspiration. Totally LOVE the house. Amazing colors, your little girl will have lots of fun with this!!
Thank you so much for sharing, you have made me very happy seeing this beautiful house!

Marlies Roosenburg

Dawn_Homemade said...

Fantastic! I love the details, especially the butterfly wall and portraits. They give it such personality.

onangelwings said...

That is beyond incredible. Wow! That is just amazing. Your daughter is a very lucky girl.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Beautiful! I was given a (smaller) very old dollhouse from a neighbor, and have been planning to mod podge it up. I found yours by searching online for ideas!

Michelle said...

This is stunning, excellent job.

Cerise said...

Oh my goodness! It turned out SO beautiful! What a lucky little girl you have. :o)

Lotte Lu and Brother Too said...

Absolutely STUNNING. I have a much smaller doll house that I am getting ready to under take. The roof had me stumped but now I'm going to try your technique. What did you use for the flooring, especially the wood grain?

Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to tackle my little one's doll house!

Lotte Lu and Brother Too said...

Oh and one other thing...the siding...I can't tell in the before picture, but did it already have the "wood panels"? I've been trying to come up with an inexpensive and fairly easy way to create wood siding on my plan exterior walls.

Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

umm, that totally rocks!!! way to go!! thumbs up!
happy crafting!
Linda

Beth said...

I am your 2008th follow.......this is amazing!!!!
Beth

Hi, I'm Hannah. said...

Just saw this on Pinterest and it led me back to you! :)
Beautiful job. What a find in the first place and then to see what you did with it?! Amazing!

ashley said...

I LOVE this house and am trying to decorate a doll house for my little girl right now. I keep coming back here for inspiration. My house is huge, so when I saw your roof idea, I knew I had to do it. Shingles would have been so expensive. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

I'd also love to recreate your "Families are Forever" wall with all the family portraits. Any interest in sharing the art?? Thanks so much!

Giraffens kaos said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW I LOVE IT :-)
Have a fab 2012

Tracy said...

Love your doll house. I just started refurbishing my doll house that Santa brought me thirty plus years ago for my little girl. I love the decoupage...my question is that if you tire of it...will it come off? I want to keep this so it can be passed down and thought of just painting a few details and letting the furniture be the fun part of it. But I love the color that you have used.

Walewska said...

Gosh!!!!!!!!!! That's AMAZING! I love UP, and this dollhouse is a dream! Congratulations! you're an artist!

Walewska said...

GOSH! That's AMAZING! I love "Up", and your dollhouse is a dream! Congratulations