I bought something over the weekend:
Any ideas what this is going to be?????
If you guessed a doll “house”, you guessed right! I’ve been researching a lot of different options. Of course, there is the obvious actual doll house. Only problem is that most of them were huge or didn’t have a layout that I liked. Then I looked at several different layouts using bookcases which were really nice, my favorite being the one that utilitizes the PAX Wardrobe sold by IKEA. Also huge though, so not a great option. I wanted something easy to assemble, easy to move if necessary and not so tall that I had to stand on a step ladder to get to the top! Then I came across a pin on Pinterest, then another, where they used these shelves-loved it! It was just the size I wanted with the ability to move it easily if necessary.
I also purchased 12 pieces of PVC pipe, 1 1/4 inch size by 24 inches long to put in place of the pipe that came with it, not enough space between shelves for the dolls to stand or to accommodate some of the larger furniture pieces with the existing ones. Here it is assembled:
The shelving unit was just around $54 and the pipes were just a little over $3 each, my total bill at Home Depot with tax was around $97 (give or take a little). I then went back the next day to pick up vinyl floor tile, I spent around $14. Here’s the pile waiting for me:
I think is going to work out really well. Right now the whole thing is in my spare bedroom until I get it finished AND decide where it’s going to go. I didn’t think that far ahead just yet. 😉 Considering when I started all of this I was just wanting to do a bedroom diorama, we’re way past that now. I am excited about refinishing all of those furniture pieces I picked up at thrift stores and yard sales for in it, along with some unfinished pieces I picked up at a couple of craft stores.
Second floor bedrooms:
The girls were so excited about having all this space, they insisted on sleeping in it that night, even though there were no floors and two of the beds aren’t even finished. Rebecca drug out an old AG sleeping bag I had:
I had them all pose for me to signal the start of “construction”.
The biggest thing I have to decide is how I want to handle the outer walls. I have several ideas, I just need to figure out which is going to work the best. I want the ability to disassemble the whole thing if necessary for storage, so I have to decide carefully. The rest I have pretty much figured out already, I just need the weather to cooperate so I can spray paint, still waiting! I hate having all these ideas for the furniture and not be able to move forward with it.
I was going to work on the flooring today, but not with the headache I have, ugh! I will be sure to take photos when it’s all “installed”, each room is going to have a different tile pattern in it.
Since I had someone ask after I posted this, here is a link to the shelving on the Home Depot website: