The Random Writings of Rachel: My Dollhouse

My Dollhouse

It's finished.

Did I ever tell you the story of how my dollhouse came to be?

Victorian DIY Dollhouse

Nearly three years ago, Angel and I ywere newlyweds. And, as newlyweds sometimes do, we fought. I was sad. I'm not sure why, but we happened to stop at Hobby Lobby that day. I was wandering around some aisle when Angel came and found me and dragged me to the clearance section to show me his discovery: A dollhouse.

It was the display model for one of the kits that they sell, so it was pre-built and painted on the outside, but the inside was plain. Because it had been a display, it was marked down to 50% off the original price for that dollhouse kit.


Victorian DIY Dollhouse

Victorian DIY Dollhouse

I've long suspected that the reason Angel bought me a dollhouse that day was more because of the fact that he was feeling bad about fighting with me than the fact that it happened to be a really good deal, but either way, the circumstances aligned perfectly and I got a dollhouse, something I've been dreaming of my entire life.

Over the next three years I gradually worked on it, painting the walls, hanging wall paper and laying flooring. Indulging all of my little home decor dreams that can't be fulfilled in a real house because they are too ridiculous or too expensive. It's not perfect--painting an already-put-together dollhouse is extra challenging because of the aspect of having to stick your paintbrush into little nooks that you can barely see--but the imperfections make it look pretty realistic, to me, anyways. I have a few pieces of furniture for the dollhouse, too, but it had already been packed up by the time we took these pictures of my finished house.

Victorian DIY Dollhouse

Victorian DIY Dollhouse

Victorian DIY Dollhouse
Victorian DIY Dollhouse

The plan, the dream, was to gradually accumulate accessories for the house: a coffee table for Christmas, a stove for my birthday.

My dream changed, of course, and the dollhouse won't play its little role in my life anymore. I don't regret buying it or investing time into it, though. For three whole years, I had a dollhouse. Childhood dream fulfilled.

I think it's fair to say: Best. Fight. Ever.

34 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I love how each room is decorated differently.

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  2. This is awesome! We had a hand made dollhouse.... but it was just white. Ha! We never took the time to decorate it!

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  3. I love this! I'm so glad you were able to finish it too. When I was younger, I had a dollhouse that was made for me by my grandfather and I absolutely adored it. It's still at my mom's house, and when I have kids it will certainly be coming back to me =)

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  4. You're not getting rid of it, are you? Just storing it someplace while you're in China??

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  5. wow, love it! What a great present after a fight.

    Mr. Adventure brings me flowers when he's feeling bad :P

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  6. How cool is this?? What a labor of love that must have been :) And I love the last line of your post!

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  7. I LOVE THIS!!! It turned out beautifully! I love how each room is so unique and all the wall paper, flooring you chose is great! I'd put up with a fight for that beauty:)

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  8. So fun!!!- and maybe I need to decorate a dollhouse so I can afford the designs I want! :-P

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  9. Adorable! I hope you are saving it somewhere safe until you return.

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  10. This is so cool! Will you gift it?

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  11. Aww! That is so sweet. You've worked so hard on it. I hope you have somewhere safe to keep it until y'all come back home. It is adorable.

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  12. Lol! that's awesome :) So pretty so many unique touches. I love the purple! I had a dollhouse too but I'm not sure where it is anymore, I used to play with it allllllllllllllll the time, I used to love my barbie dolls so much. Then video games came into my life, then books - it was always something. :) Glad your childhood dream went fulfilled and greatly so. What will you do with it now? Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  13. So cute! Are you going to store it for the future? You sure put a lot of work into it!

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  14. It is beautiful! I can't believe you did all that on the inside! You are so talented! What a fun dream and project. It really is too bad you can't take it with you. Please tell me you are giving it to a little cousin or something??

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  15. Awww that was sweet of Angel and you made it look good. Very cute and I love the way it channels your dream of decorating a house someday. Rachel xo

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  16. Don't get rid of it! It's so precious and can be used for future children, yours or guests, to enjoy- right?!

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  17. oh rachel, this is gorgeous, and it brings back so many memories for me. my grandpa built us a dollhouse (us being me and my sister) when we were younger, and then my grandma helped us decorate the inside. for birthdays, they would surprise us with a fancy bed or piano or some other gem. this might interest you: http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/fairycastle/history-of-the-fairy-castle/

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  18. The dollhouse is so beautiful! I love all the designs you chose... we all need more reasons to just do something we enjoy, even if it doesn't fit in our lives down the road. Best fight ever indeed!

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  19. I literally laughed out loud when you said "best fight ever" - that's hilarious. I never had a doll house like this growing up...always wanted one, but never had one. It's on my to-buy list, but I'm debating if it should be for me and my daughter, just me, or just her. okay, who am I kidding, the "just her" is out of the picture. lol. I love that you painted it and wall papered it. so cool!

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  20. Best. Fight. Ever...too funny! It was also my childhood dream to have a doll house but it never happened. Love all the details! Will you be keeping this or passing it on?

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  21. Wow, absolutely love it! Please tell me you're not getting rid of it when you move - or that if you are getting rid of it that it's going to a very lucky little girl!

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  22. How awesome! I never had one but I used to love collecting the little miniatures that go inside of them for some reason! haha :)

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  23. the dollhouse looks amazing! clearly, a lot of love went into it!

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  24. hahaha yes. best fight ever ;) this is like the epic constructive resolution. little kid annie is quite jealous ;) must feel so good to have completed the interior!

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  25. This is too cute! You need to make sure you keep this for future children or your nieces. This is definitely the kind of thing you hold onto to pass down to the generations.

    You did a fabulous job!

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  26. Your doll house is fantastic! When I was a kid, my cousins and I used to play dolls and we created our own mini houses too. It was so much fun so I can certainly get the childhood dream :)

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  27. Your doll house is fantastic! When I was a kid, my cousins and I used to play dolls and we created our own mini houses too. It was so much fun so I can certainly get the childhood dream :)

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  28. The dollhouse is so pretty. You did a great job.

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  29. So funny how your doll house came to be! Glad you could finish it all and that it turned out so beautifully AND that your childhood dream was fulfilled! :)

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  30. Aww.. I absolutely love your doll house story! How sweet! And you did an amazing job!

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  31. I always wanted a dollhouse like that too. I'm so amused by tiny versions of things. Yours looks adorable!

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  32. So neat! I love the pretty detail and color.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

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  33. i've always been fascinated by dolls and doll houses. i've been embarrassed by it because it seems so childish, but i should embrace it. i have a doll that i treasure that i purchased in south africa.

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  34. Oh my goodness this is utterly fantastic! Amazing inspiration!

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