Thursday, July 12, 2012

The great dollhouse reveal...FINALLY

After many, many posts about the late nights we invested in building Grace her dollhouse, I realize, I left many of you hanging.  So, as if you haven't waited long enough, today, I'll share the outside of the finished dollhouse and tomorrow the inside.

In the end, we finished the dollhouse in time to give it to Grace for her 4th birthday. And, by in time, I mean with minutes to spare :)


I couldn't have asked for a better reaction from Grace upon seeing her dollhouse.  The look on her face was pure delight.  She also wasted no time exploring, playing and redecorating.


But, back to the outside...

Each shingle on this dollhouse, was lovingly and painstakingly glue into place by my husband.


The stained glass window, created by my father in-law, is the same color stained glass as the butterflies he made for Grace's room.


I attached a Polly Pocket bird to one of the decorative moldings.  I liked the idea of this sweet bird watching over Grace as she plays with her dollhouse.


Each of these details, constructed by my husband, came from this box.


Each piece of siding needed to be glued on separately.  Some pieces even required coping in order to fit it perfectly around the curves of the windows and door frames.


The front porch has a a working porch light, house numbers, welcome mat and a miniature Riley. 

Just like the mat, I'd like to welcome you inside


....but that will have to wait until tomorrow.  Click here to come on in.

35 comments:

  1. Honest to goodness, you put us all to shame! I love the shingles. I know silly, but they add so much character. The stain glass window is amazing too!

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  2. This is wonderful! Amazing dollhouse, and parents! Lucky Grace!

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  3. It's beautiful. What a lovely gift. I wish I had one as a child or even now. :)

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  4. amazing, seriously my jaw is still on the ground!

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  5. That is amazing! I am sooo pleased to see it came froma kit because I'm going to be searching the internet for that kit later! But it's the little touches that make it really special. Sounds like a real family team effort. Well done!

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    1. Try looking on Overstock. They have the best prices and cheapest shipping. Our version is the Beacon Hill. Thank you so much for your sweet comments.

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  6. WOW. What a dollhouse! You and your husband did an amazing job putting that together! Her excitement's makes it all worth it!

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  7. How exciting! Now that you guys are done with that one you can start working on one for me ;)

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  8. This is INCREDIBLE!!! I am a grown woman and I want one just like it. Can I just have a life size version of that house?? Please?? Amazing job!!

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    1. You are so sweet. Thank you so much. I think, if my husband can build this in miniature form, he *should* be able to build it in life size form, right?

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  9. WOW! Ok, I love every single inch of this post! I am a sucker for details and I thought the stained glass window & the bird were the sweetest touches! What a great husband you have - and what an incredible Dad little Grace has - and you are such an awesome Mommy!!!

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  10. Oh I love it! I have always wanted to make a doll house! It's just beautiful. She will treasure it always! Aren't you two just the sweetest parents!

    Holly

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  11. WOW! What a love infused project. She will cherish this for years and years. I hope Grace saves it for her own children, many, many years from now.

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  12. How amazing! You and Dave clearly spared no detail. The house number, the Riley doggy, the little bird and wow that stained glass window! I could just stare at these pictures for hours and enjoy them.

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  13. Oh my goodness this is so beautiful. My father made me a dollhouse when I was young. I still have it and sometimes I put it under my Christmas three as part of my decorating.

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  14. What a gorgeous treasure.. so beautiful and something she'll be able to hand down to her daughter some day... Just an amazing job.. GORGEOUS!!!


    Carri

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  15. oh this is wonderful! the attention to detail is amazing. It is every little girls dream xo

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  16. I love her little chevron dress!!!!!!!!!! The dollhouse is great too!!!

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  17. WHAT a TREAT!!! You guys can adopt me too! LOL. I know I am grown but I want a gorgeous pink palace too! It reminds me of a house in my FAV movie, Coraline! (: Cant wait to see the inside Amy, this is just amazing & sentimental since it was made by hand with love! so sweet!(:

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    1. I'd love to adopt you :). Believe me, this dollhouse brings out the kid in me too. Thank you so much for your very sweet feedback.

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  18. That is just amazing! What a treasure for her to play with and pass on to her own family someday!

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  19. What an amazing doll house! It sure looks like Grace was in love with it at first sight. I'm sure she will have many found memories playing with this as she grows.

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  20. I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it! I wanted to just say WOW at this dollhouse! I had purchased a kit like this one. It wasn't as big but I can really appreciate all the details. I didn't make it thru putting up the walls. Yours looks amazing!

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    1. Tara, thank you so much. I feel humbled when I see a comment from someone new, especially one so nice. If you need any tips, during your building process, drop me an email. Best of luck and thank you again.

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  21. This is so beautiful! i love the birdie and the little dog! Grace can pass that on to her grandchildren one day...
    hugs

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  22. This is so totally awesome! We have one in the works for our youngest - she got it for a gift for Christmas not this past Christmas but the one before. I so wish it were finished. I really wish I hadn't said yes when my mom called and asked if we wanted that one. i had no idea it was so involved. it's not the exact same dollhouse as yours but it is just as involved.

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  23. I was wondering when we were going to get to see the final outcome of the doll house:D You guys did an awesome job!! LOVE all the little details like the little bird, dog, and stain glass windows! I want to come over and play;)

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  24. Oh, I just adore Grace's reaction and that you caught it on film! Kudos to your husband!

    :)

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  25. Precious. Made placing every shingle by hand very worth it.

    ~Bliss~

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  26. It's amazing! The little bird & doggie are adorable!

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  27. It's amazing! The little bird & doggie are adorable!

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  28. It's amazing! The little bird & doggie are adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much Amy. Thank goodness we never have to make another one!

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