I have wanted to build a dollhouse since I was a teenager. I don’t know if you are aware, but dollhouse kits are not cheap. Then, you have to buy every single item to decorate the dollhouse; wallpaper, flooring, curtains, furniture. Needless to say, I never pursued the passion in my younger years but the thought of doing it in the future was always in the back of my mind
Fast forward to 2015 when I became pregnant with my sweet baby girl. I couldn’t help but think about creating a beautiful dollhouse for her to play with throughout her childhood. I imagined her taking this dollhouse when she moved out as an adult, and passing it on to her own children.
I followed the local Facebook marketplace sites over the years, searching for a prebuilt dollhouse that I could makeover. Because let’s face it, there is not time to build a dollhouse from scratch while raising kids, working 40 hours a week, commuting 10 hours a week, running kids to dance, soccer, karate, play practice, and still finding time to workout. Many options weren’t worth it, were too expensive, or sold very quickly.
Last Monday night I was searching Facebook marketplace and saw the most beautiful dollhouse for $100. The woman selling it was named Alana. I immediately messaged her asking if the dollhouse was still available. In the morning, I messaged her again, like a crazy person. I let her know that I could come to pick it up right away if it were still available. (Again, I know how fast these go and I wanted her to know my inquiry was serious.) She responded and we made arrangements for me to pick the house up on my lunch break that day. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, I have been working from home for a month. I have so much more time without having to commute to and from work everyday! This is the best time to start a new project!
When I pulled into Alana’s driveway, my jaw dropped. This dollhouse was HUGE. I yelled to Alana out my car window (social distancing) that I didn’t think it was going to fit in the trunk of my Nissan Rogue. I was right. I told her my husband could come to get it with his pickup truck as he’s a self-employed contractor and not currently working due to Covid-19. At this point, I seriously considered backing out. Where the heck would I put this monster?! I think she could sense my doubts and offered to load it into her husband’s pickup truck and follow me back to my house. My heart was so full the rest of the day due to her kind gesture! She backed into my driveway and my husband unloaded the dollhouse while Alana waited in the truck.
When my husband brought the dollhouse inside he set it down in the kitchen and started laughing at the size of this house. It was taller than our counter. Apparently, the listing had dimensions that I completely overlooked in my excitement. It was 4′ wide, 3.5′ tall, and 2′ deep. We live in a ranch house without a basement. My daughter’s room is quite small. I started to panic. I thought about putting it outside and I even listed it for sale, again.
After I calmed down a bit I decided it could go smack dab in the middle of the playroom. And I kind of loved it. I ordered a new playroom rug from Kohl’s so it won’t scratch the floor. I told my friends that making it the centerpiece of the room was comparable to the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. “It’s a major award!”
I cannot wait to share the progress of this dollhouse renovation! Be sure to keep following along!