Thursday, December 1, 2011

Doll house for the girls....shhh, it's for Christmas

I started this project thinking it would take me just a few evenings.  It ended up taking lots of evenings, many more than expected.  Anyway, this is hardly fine woodworking but I'm hoping the girls get a kick out of it.  It's about 4' tall, made from 2x2's and cheap plywood, and probably weighs 60 pounds.  It's definitely more sturdy than anything we would find at Walmart.  I'm not this creative, got the plans from

Yes, that's real vinyl flooring.

I used free carpet samples from a flooring store.

This room even has chair rail.

Here are some pictures of the build.  A lot of time was spend sanding the very rough 2x2s I had on hand.  I wanted to make sure this thing was splinter free.

This is after the first coat of shellac.  I did this first coat by hand.

Finishing by hand took way too long so I used my sprayer.  The frame of this house has about 5 coats of shellac.  The final 4 took less time than the first one I did by hand.

Pink shingles.

More pink and some baby blue.

The checkered floor is my favorite part.


  1. Makes me wish I was your little girl.


  2. Very impressive work. I'm sure the girls will love it. 60 lb. house cracks me up.

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    1. Michael,
      You can get plans here: