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Super Awesome Barbie Houses!

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I don’t know about your girls, but mine love Barbie!  And man, do they have a lot of Barbie paraphernalia!!  A while back I organized it all into containers by type of Barbie stuff…doctor set, clothes, shoes, etc.  But it still kept ending up in a jumbled mess on the floor!!!  I couldn’t take it much longer!  I understood they wanted to play with many different categories of Barbie stuff at once, but MY OH MY the mess!!

My girls also swoon over the doll houses at Hobby Lobby.  Very expensive dollhouses!  So, a Christmas gift idea was forming…  Let me tell you, my husband loves when I come up with these ideas…no, no, not really!  But he is always a good sport and willing to give it a go!  Thank goodness!!

So, he found plans for a Barbie house, built it, painted it, and walah!!  My husband, sister, and I spent an afternoon decorating the houses.  Oh yeah, did I mention he made two?!  My grand idea was to have two so we could close them together and hide keep all the Barbie stuff in the house.  (Which has worked out wonderfully by the way!)

We used scrapbook paper, fleece, felt, ribbon, and lots of glue to decorate the walls and floors.  (I am embarrassed to admit I had enough pink scrapbook paper in my stash to decorate all the rooms without buying more!  Yikes!)  We were covered in glue by the time we were done, but it was so fun!  I mean really, when else would you get to decorate 12 rooms in pink and sparkle!!

I have to tell you…I was planning on making all the furniture and linens homemade, buuutttt…December snuck up on me!  We had quite a bit of furniture already and then Target had an awesome sale on a 4-pack of room furniture which made it super cheap…so, we cheated!

My sister and I stayed up super late Christmas Eve and arranged all the rooms.  We had a ton of fun arranging everything, so we knew the girls would love it!  Christmas morning the big reveal!  They loved them!  The Barbie houses live in our living room *gasp*, but we enjoy watching the girls play with them!

So, if you are up for a bit of a challenge and hours of fun for your girls…be inspired to make a Barbie house!  (Online I saw tons of great ideas using cardboard boxes to make a house as well.)

*To find the free Barbie house plans go here – they were fantastic!  (By the way–these are big!  Each one is about 49.5 inches tall and 34 inches wide!)  We did opt to leave out the stairs just to give more room.

*A word to the wise–when you start gluing paper to the walls & floor…I thought just your normal crafting spray adhesive would work, but I was WRONG!!!  We switched and started using 3M automotive spray adhesive after two rooms.  It worked awesome!  (We have had to re-glue the two rooms we used ordinary craft spray adhesive on.)  We used my favorite fabric glue for the fabrics and ribbon — fabri-tac by beacon adhesives– it is quick dry—works wonderfully for rosettes!! 😉

*I plan on the girls and I working on more decorations, etc. as time goes on…

Jaimi

Painting Marathon!!

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Phewww!  What a week!  We have been home improving this week!  My very awesome hubby has been mudding and sanding new walls in our extremely improved bathroom.  Bleck.  (Only blecking the mudding and sanding!  Yay happy dance to the extremely improved bathroom!)  Then my sister and I spent two days painting – we painted 4 areas…quite impressive if you ask me!  And we live in an old farmhouse mind you, so painting isn’t such an easy chore!  First off – plaster and lathe *shudder*, weird slick wall board covering ceiling and walls in bathroom *super shudder*, and ridiculous paneling in my girls’ room *make me want to never paint again shudder*.

Want to hear about our amazing changes??!!

We painted our seriously in need of updating bathroom white with one wall deep red.  It spent about ten years being white and rubber duck blinding yellow.  TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!  (Why did I ever think that was a neat color?)  So bye bye duckies, hello way better!  Because all of the bathroom stuff is now all over the living room I am excited to re-organize the bathroom!  I do love to organize!!  And this room is in dire need of help!  3 girls and 1 mom who all love “accessories” equals a ton of stuff in the bathroom!!  The only thing possible to make me more excited than organizing this room is tearing down the walls and starting from scratch!

We painted the only walls in our entire house which have not been painted since we moved in.  A hallway was instantly transformed from boring white to a rich welcoming beige/tan.  My daughter likes to call it “boring beige” and gets tired of me always painting things “boring beige”.  But, I do like boring beige!  (Trust me we have enough color going on the walls NEED to be beige!)

We literally spent an entire day in the girls’ bedroom trying to change the walls from nursery green and yellow to bubble gum pink and k-state purple.  Amazing transformation…exhausting day!  Paneling.  That says it all!  When we finished we were a bit bummed because the seemingly bright beautiful pink dried to a not so cute coral pink.  Seriously, 7 hours for not so cute coral pink…  And a beautiful purple accent color which ended up not matching the pink so much…  Guess what??  Not changing the color now!  We will live with this until I forget again how much work it takes to paint the dreaded paneling!  (Took about 7 years to forget the pain of painting it nursery colors…How long do you think it will take this time??!!)

Drum roll please…the most exciting painting of all took place in our “new” and improved laundry room/bathroom!  About four years ago, before my dad was diagnosed with cancer, he helped us move our washer and dryer and expand a bathroom only big enough for a teeny tiny shower and toilet-with one step between the two.  (My dad made custom cabinet doors for a living, but had been a contractor for many years.  He was our resident handyman!)  We were relying on him heavily.  We tore down plaster and lathe, pulled up the floor, built some new walls…then our work came to an instant halt.  Well after working on it not much since then my hubby and I finally put on our big girl panties (Sorry Ryan) and decided we could do it!  We can finish this project!!  (I’m the resident cheerleader!)  So finally the new walls are finished and I am headed to put the last coat of paint on before I go to bed tonight this morning.  Tomorrow we embark on the laying tile adventure!! Oh, can you guess what color??  You got it!  Boring beige!  (A little different shade though!)

(I didn’t intend to get so windy – just stopped in to write a quick paragraph…  So if you made it all the way through this – THANK YOU!!)

Happy Painting!

Jaimi