Friday, February 10, 2012

Dollhouse Unveiled

Hopefully, you have enjoyed following the progress of the dollhouse made out of an old entertainment center. In case you are visiting my blog for the first time and want to see how the various pieces of the house were made, feel free to click on the embedded links that I have provided within the key words and it will take you to that specific blog entry in a new window.  Happy Reading!



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After seeing some amazing Entertaiment Center Upcycles on Pinterest via Better After Blog, I was inspired to try my own upcycle.  Hard to believe how quickly the time has passed with this project.  I feel like I have been busy nearly every night.  A little over 8 weeks ago, an outdated oak entertainment center sat parked in my garage waiting to be revitalized.




It took some time to build the roof and make the perfect shingles.  My finds at Michaels in the wood working section were the perfect fit for the peak.  I had difficulty chosing my colors but after finding some perfectly sized storage containers at Target the color pallet began to take shape.


After a couple of coats of boysenberry, this 1980's beast of oak turned into a real beauty.  All of those blogs about what a coat of paint could do for a tired piece of furniture weren't lying.  I painted an outdoor scene on the sliding wood panels.  I utlized an old keyboard drawer for a slide out yard that doubles as a front living room when the doors are open.



I began to tackle the "great room"... the kitchen, dining, family room combo space.  I am too excited to share the nearly finished dollhouse to have the kitchen all the way done.  I'll update this when I finally finish the kitchen sink, stove and fridge that I have planned (so stay tuned).  The kitchen furniture, drapes, art, table and couch really came together with the color scheme.  I have lived a little vicariously through this dollhouse and have enjoyed putting together fun color combos that would be awesome to have in a home.






I am so happy with the way the bedroom turned out.  I was a little disappointed at first about the sizing of this space.  It would have been great if the side console area was 20-24" instead of 19".  The prison beds have been a fun joke and their size has grown on me.  Apparently, Molly's Parker doesn't mind the size either.  I have enjoyed my pinterest inspired projects such as the bedroom valance.  The bedroom, living room and loft lights have been a great addition to the dollhouse and make the kiddos feel like it is a real-working house!

 

The bathroom was one of the most challenging rooms.  Funny enough it was easily furnished with an Our Generation tub set from Target.  I found making the bathroom sink frustrating and a test of patience.  The rug was another Pinterest inspired project that turned out so cute that I may break out some t-shirts and make a larger version for a room.  


After completing the bathroom, I set my eyes on finishing the loft.  I repurposed some old shirts into pillows and a bean bag.  I used a pattern by Liberty Jane to make a couch.  I created an ottoman from the remaining scrap shirt material and it acts as a third potential sitting place for when friends of Julie and Molly visit.  The hanging light is battery operated and changes colors.    The walls were once again "Pinterified" with a Pinterest-Pinned inspiration.  


The end result is two happy little girls with a cute playhouse for their miniature best friends and an entertainment center that has once again found itself the center of attention.





Thinking about tackling a project like this?  I would love to hear about it and see your final outcome.  Please leave a link in the comment's section and I'll be sure to view it and link to it!

As you begin to search for your perfect entertainment center... look on freecycle, craigslist and your local goodwill store.  Be sure to measure the various spaces.  Ideally, you would want an entertainment center that is 20-24" deep.  This baby is 16" of which only allows for furniture that the dolls will lay on to go in one direction along the back wall.  Once again, the bedroom and bathroom area is only 19" wide so it created a little bit of a squeeze - in an ideal world that side console would be 20-24" wide.  


This post attended the parties to the left


My doll house was featured on the following blogs:





Beyond The Picket Fence

Strictly Homemade Tuesday

62 comments:

  1. Wow! What a fantastic transformation! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. thanks for the opportunity to link up and stopping by to take a peek at the doll house! It was a lot of fun to create!

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  2. What a great transformation! So fun! You did a really great job with it!
    Melissa
    www.lovebugliving.com

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    1. Thanks for popping by! It took awhile but I finally got there... I need to finish creating a kitchen sink/stove area!

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  3. What an amazing job you did on this dollhouse!! I love all the little details. I'm sure your girls love it. I know my girls would.
    I'd love for you to share this at my new link party.
    Rachel
    http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesday-2-and-features.html

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    1. Thanks for popping by! They really like it and were excited to finally see it moved into their play room! At goodwill I saw a larger one, similar style for $25 and was tempted to give it a go again !!

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  4. Wow! That's a great idea! Awesome job!

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  5. That is great! I love the transformation. Your kids must be thrilled with their one of a kind dollhouse. I am a new follower visiting from Reasons to Skip the Housework. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    1. Thanks for taking a bigger peek Vicky! It was so much fun! I was half tempted to keep it myself! Now I have bits and pieces of the mess to still clean up in my craft room! LOL

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  6. Oh this was so much fun! Loved looking at all the photos and taking notice of all the little details. Thanks so much for sharing on Kammy's Korner!

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    1. The bathroom was some work but finally came together. The bedroom (prison beds and all) is probably my favorite but I like how the bathroom colors came together. Thanks for stopping by and allowing the opportunity to share on your blog link party!

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  7. fantastic work!
    I really love the bedroom and the bathroom, they are my favorites!
    I saw you on homework's linky party!

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    1. thanks for stopping by and taking a looksie!

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  8. AMAZING! WOWERS! Love this!!!! How creative you are. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. awh... thanks! It was fun to make and now I have the post-creation withdrawals... I am looking around the housing wondering what I can paint!

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  9. This is absolutely amazing! You did an amazing job and I bet it is so appreciated too! :)

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

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    1. Kim - thanks for popping over. The girls are having a lot of fun playing with it this week and are happy to have it moved into their room! it was fun having them ask me every morning "what did you do to the house last night" and seeing them peek in to discover a small change, painted room, furniture, etc. It has truly been a lot of fun!

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  10. That dollhouse is so big and adorable. Thanks for linking to cowgirl up and I hope you come back again next week.

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    1. Thanks for coming over and taking a peek and for hosting a great link-up event.

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  11. This is absolutely AMAZING! WOW! Great job! I'm sure your girls are delighted! :)

    -www.sister-dipity.blogspot.com

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  12. How can that be the same thing?? That's an amazing transformation! Great job.

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    1. Thanks! It definitely got a nose job as my dad would say... LOL.. I found a beauty of a beast at goodwill and wanted to do a re-do this week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Wow! Best entertainment center makeover yet! My daughter would've loved this when she was younger! I'd sure love for you to come link this project up to my "Get Creative" party, it's too cool not to share :)
    http://justalittlecreativity.blogspot.com/2012/02/get-creative-linky-party-week-one.html
    Hope to see you there
    -Molly
    Just a Little Creativity

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    1. Thanks for coming over and taking a looksie and for the invite to your link party! I shared the creation there.

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  14. Oh my gosh, how adorable is that! I love it :)

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  15. WOW!! That is awesome. I make a lot of doll clothes but tackling a doll house that is AMAZING. Great job and your girls look so super happy!!!

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    1. funny that I have been sitting on a doll clothes pattern since October because of tackling it fears and wanting to do it right the first time - btw - I took a peak at some of your patterns that you have created - so pretty!

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    2. I am featuring this over at Strictly Homemade Tuesday on Thursday features. Thanks so much for linking up!!!

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  16. This is amazing :) I can't even imagine how many hours of fun your girls will have with this doll house.

    I've started a craft linky party over at my blog and would love to have you share this doll house. There's also a give away ... so I hope you'll stop by and enter.
    http://bit.ly/xYopYr

    Thank you :)
    Paula at Welcoming Spirit

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    1. Paula - thanks for the invite. I linked up to it. thanks for taking a moment to stop by and get a better look at my project. The girls have been quiet this past week! So they must be enjoying it!

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  17. this is fabulous, my sister in law and I are about to tackle a dollhouse makeover - its a blank canvas and we are both super excited about the idea - I love the little details you included - especially the art work on the walls!

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    1. Thanks for coming over and taking a look! What size doll ---doll house are you doing? when you are finished, please look me up and provide me a link! Right now Michaels has a bunch of their wood working stuff on clearance. You may want to check it out and see if there is anything you can utilize there. It was a lot of fun and I have missed working on it the past week!

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  18. Stopping by from the Friday Favorites Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  19. This is fabulous! Very clever, with the whole sliding doors to go from front yard to 'great room'. Found you at Inspire Me Fridays (Joyful Stamper)

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    1. Thanks for taking a peek and taking a moment to leave a note. I really like the front yard feature! I want to make some aderondack (how is that spelled?) chairs for the front area~ Thanks again for stopping by!

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  20. Very clever and it turned out so very cute! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

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    1. I'll take a look at your site tomorrow and link up for your party and post a button. Thanks for stopping by and the invite!

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  21. This is just so great. How creative are you? Very. Thank you for linking this up to Motivated Monday. I will be featuring your doll house tonight on BeColorful
    pam

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    1. Pam - thanks for stopping by and the compliment. It certainly was a fun project and it is awesome news that you are willing to feature it. If you need any other info, please let me know. Thanks again for taking a bigger peek!

      - Jennifer

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  22. Great job and looks like a hit with the girls! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday -looking forward to seeing what you link up next:)

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  23. You are awesome!! My daughter would love this!!Thank you for joining my Blog Hop Social last week! This weeks is up and running! I also nave a craft linky party on Thursdays I would love it if you would link this up too! (if you didn't last week already, I haven't checked them yet)I am your newest follower.
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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  24. Great transformation! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.

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  26. I love it.. Your cute girl will be so happy and fascinated.. :)
    thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party.
    Hani
    craftionary.net

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  27. Fabulous!!! brilliant re-purposing!
    I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays!
    Thanks so much for linking up!

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  28. I shared this on my FB page. I think my customers are going to love it.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emily-Rose-at-Home-by-Shari-Griffen/106158119430957

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    1. Shari - thanks for sharing this on your FB page. So kind of you! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek as well!

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    1. And it went crazy! I pinned it an hour ago and there must have been 20+ repins and 30+ likes!!!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by and pinning it. I am glad that folks have enjoyed this project and find it inspiring enough to try hopefully!

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  30. Thanks so much for linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Fantastic project! I am also pinning the completed project and several of the individual projects to my What a Doll Board. Very clever and creative. Can't wait to see what you bring to this week's party!

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  31. What an incredible transformation!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17! This week’s party is already in full swing. Hope you’ll join us!
    Your friend,
    Jenn

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  32. What a fantastic project! This will provide hours and hours of fun for the little ones. Thanks so much for linking up!
    igottacreate.blogspot.com
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party now open

    by the way...you have word verification on. Sometimes folks don't realize that. It often can take a commenter several tries to get their comment to post. If you need help knowing how to turn it off, you can check out this post for directions: http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2011/12/bloggy-tips-101.html

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  33. You are a STAR at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up. You can grab a feature button and see your project shining here: http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/03/kiss-me-im-irish-features-week-3-and.html

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  34. Wow, can I move in??? Looks great. You can tell you paid attention to ALL the details. Lovely!

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  35. great house, I love it!! thanks for all the details, it is very clever.
    Altadena
    http://habillemapoupee.blogspot.com/

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  36. Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

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