Searching for a Barbie House became quite funny as Christmas got closer and closer. We had looked periodically throughout the month, but I was waiting for my hubby’s paycheck (gotta love it). So, by the time this mula hit the bank, EVERY single Barbie House in St. George was sold out. No kidding. We searched everywhere. I looked at Costco where I had seen a darling Barbie House the week before…nope. We searched Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Sears, Big Lots, Kid to Kid…and the list goes on and on. I found a few that were still on the shelves, but they were all “doll” houses, not tall enough for Barbies. Nope, that wouldn’t work since my girls have a be-dillion Barbies and zero small dolls. We searched online with the intent of paying extra for expedited shipping to get it here in time and most online sites were sold out too. Most of the Barbie Houses we were looking at were at least $100.00. Most were closer to $200.00. It made me sick because I just don’t spend that kind of cash on toys. But, I knew that my girls would LOVE a Barbie House. I was in a pickle.
So, as always I start to scramble, and wonder WHY do I ALWAYS procrastinate!?!? Honestly….someone slap my face and somehow convince me to break this habit!
I didn’t want to ask Dan to build the Barbie House. He had been working long hours at work, and I felt bad. So, when he offered, I was so excited. I knew that I wouldn’t be much help. My belly is ginormous since Baby #4 is coming so soon, and leaning over to paint is just not possible without strain. At this point it was Tuesday Dec. 21st. We had three days. I vowed to help him as much as I could, and we went to work.
Dan found some GREAT, FREE Barbie House plans on www.rodswoodworking.com, and since we had almost all the tools we needed, all we had to buy for this bad boy was two 1/2 inch sheets of MDF. We even have 1/2 a sheet left over.
Overall Cost: (two sheets of mdf at $24.00 each) $48.00 – $12.00 (half the sheet left over)= $36.00! We had all the paint on hand so we didn’t have to pay anything extra for that.
To find the Free Dollhouse Plans that we used from rodswoodworking go HERE.
We wanted the Barbie House to be BIG. I wanted my girls to both be able to play with it at the same time. So, it sits right around 4 feet tall and is about 3 1/2 feet wide.
Dan had the boys at Lowes cut the sheets to the widths he needed, and got to work. The only difference that we did compared to the plans was that we used a finish nailer instead of screws to put the bad boy together.
We couldn’t work on it until the kids were fast asleep, so the nights began at about 9:30 pm, and we worked until at least 1:00am for several nights in a row.
What a hunk he is.
I was driving him NUTS because as it started to take shape, I kept putting the furniture in to see what it was going to look like! Sidenote: we didn’t find a great selection of furniture, so we need to acquire more. The furniture we did have was either built by me with scraps or was bought at All a Dollar (which surprisingly had a pretty good selection).
We had a scrap of carpet that Dan cut to fit a few of the rooms, and I added a rug too. Dan even built a small railing out of MDF for the stairs.
By night two of the project, Dan started painting. I opted out to avoid the fumes in our garage (since I’m preggers). If we could have painted outside I wouldn’t have been concerned, but since it was cold, he had to do the painting in the garage.
At this point we needed a band saw to cut the stairs. Luckily a friend had one. Thanks Aaron and Bri!
We painted the bad boy and Dan glued down the carpet.
The girl’s faces on Christmas morning were priceless. It was worth every minute!
Now I just need to acquire more furniture and decorations for the walls! I think it turned out GREAT, and the girls LOVE it!
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