6 Hour Dollhouse Remodel ~ NOW It’s Perfect for Barbie!

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A few years back I bought my girls this KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse.  It’s super cute, but my hang-up was that it is made for dolls that are smaller than Barbie.  And, Barbie is all my girls want.  Barbie could use the furniture, but she was a bit too big.  I could put real Barbie furniture in the house, but it looked horrible against the pastel walls with pictures of furniture all over them.  I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, like I have, but there’s just not a lot of options out there for Barbie dollhouses, except Barbie brand dollhouses that are hard plastic, and fugly.

I wanted a cute shaped dollhouse that fit Barbies AND looked good with Barbie furniture.  Good luck, right?  That’s what I thought.  At least the KidKraft Dollhouse fit 2 of my requirements, so I settled on that.  Barbie would just have to stay out of heels, and lose a little weight.  We were going to make that matching furniture work.

It didn’t take long for my precious little girls to decorate the dollhouse with markers and nail polish.  The furniture got stepped on, broken, and lost.  The whole thing was quickly going to pot.  So, I tried not to fret about it, thinking I would find a way to fix it up in a couple years…when the girls grew out of their ‘color on everything’ stage…one of the longest stages of my life.

So, it’s been a couple years now and I decided that I wanted to give the girls new dollhouse furniture for Christmas, so they could use their dollhouse again.  A real dollhouse remodel.   I couldn’t bring myself to buy the matching furniture again, because it was just too small for Barbie.  So, I decided I would just summon some ambition, and remodel the dollhouse so that it looked nice with Barbie brand furniture.

Twas the night before Christmas, and I hauled this big-mama dollhouse down to my craft room.  It took me about 6 hours, from start to finish, but I pulled it off….all ready for the new Barbie furniture on Christmas day.

I grabbed a few paint colors at Home Depot, that I thought would work well with the Barbie furniture.  I found some laminate flooring tiles that I cut to size, laminate wood floor, and even just a plain black outdoor floor mat for black carpet.

Then I stopped by Michaels and grabbed some Modge Podge.  I had a slew of scrapbook supplies at home (that I never use, ever), and I figured I would just figure some way to pull this thing together.  I hoped.

By decoupaging scrapbook paper on the walls, gluing scrap fabric up for curtains, and using any cute stickers I could find…I thought it turned out pretty good!  The only part that took a while was the painting.  It took about 3 coats to cover up the old background.

If you’re itching to remodel your home, but don’t have the funding…remodel a dollhouse.  It’s lots cheaper, and super gratifying.  Notice my floor-mat carpet??  Who knew those ugly things would be perfect for Barbie’s sexy house.  Oooh, and I found some flat pieces of craft wood for the wainscot.  Stickers for casing, wall frames, etc.

Some of the laminate floors have an ugly seam, but hey…it was Christmas Eve and I wasn’t being picky.

I loved the laminate wood floor….way cooler than how it was before!

I even painted the outside of the house and put the wood floor on the deck.

Ken totally stunk up the bathroom.  And, the dude can never keep his pants on.

The text on the wall says, “The laughter of girls is, and ever was, among the delightful sounds of the earth.” ~ Dequicey

Barbie has been busy all morning.  Slaving away in the kitchen, trying to get the kids breakfast, before they take off to school.

Meanwhile, Ken’s mistress patiently waits for him in the room upstairs, unaware that she is about to get her face bashed-in with a frying pan.  Look at that, you can see right up her skirt.  What a hoochie.

My girls don’t like to play Barbies with me.

The dollhouse has been a hit!  They’ve been using it constantly and I feel much more at peace, knowing the furniture doesn’t clash with the walls anymore.  Ahhh…

Oh, and I actually thought this was a pretty fun 6-hour project…I may have to do it again, sometime.



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17 Comments On This Topic
  1. Illeanna
    3 years ago

    Awesome! You cracked me up…it’s Real housewives of Barbie World!

  2. Jenn N
    3 years ago

    What type of paint did you use for the walls??? Been contemplating how to remodel my daughters dollhouse as well but did not know what type of paint to use. Also have Kidcraft house…

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Just normal, basic paint. I went to home depot and picked up a couple color cards that I liked, took them to the desk and asked for the small size paint containers, semi-gloss.

      • Jenn N
        3 years ago

        Thank you!

  3. Gwen
    3 years ago

    Wow! Great update. I just bought this dollhouse a couple of days ago. I love it! My husband says that it seems I bought dollhouse for myself. I don’t know what made him think that. :) In the future I’m planning on updating it, but for now I’m searching on buying battery LED lights for every room.

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Oooh, that’s a fun idea!

  4. sylvia campbell
    3 years ago

    OMG, im still laughing, youre to cute! barbies dream house turned out awesome! way to go girl…

  5. Jessica
    3 years ago

    I love this! I just spent over an hour looking on Amazon at a new dollhouse for my 9 year old daughter. Like your girls, my daughter colored and decorated her Savannah dollhouse herself after she has had it for 5 years…I thought to myself, I do not want to pay $200 for another cool colored house when I could maybe paint or touch up hers. So, I google’d remodel dollhouse and it brought me to your page. Thanks for the great ideas…I am gonna definitely try this. My only decision now is to either do it the night before Christmas when we don’t get home til midnight from our family festivities or try to do it the week before and just take her house and put in my room…hmmm.

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Yep, that’s tricky! That was the same dilemma I had. I didn’t want them to know I was doing it… but, it wasn’t my favorite thing being up so late so close to Christmas! White lies for the purpose of Christmas surprises are okay (i.e. santa claus), right?? Maybe your friend is thinking about getting their girls one for Christmas and wanted to borrow it to see if it would fit in their room?? Or, you had to take it somewhere to see if they could get it cleaned?? I don’t know! Good luck.

  6. Mary
    3 years ago

    I’m so glad someone pinned this and I saw it tonight. We just moved and I wanted to get rid of our dollhouse, but the movers brought it to the new house. We’re renting so I can’t really do stuff to our house, but now I can to the dollhouse!!

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Oh, cool! Glad to know it will help you. Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Have fun with the dollhouse, it really was pretty fun to fix it up!

  7. Joslyn
    3 years ago

    This is great! I just bought a smaller dollhouse off of a lady, because I got a wild hair that I would redo it for my girls. This is pretty much what I had in mind!

    P.s. I’m still laughing! That’s the same reason my girls don’t like to play with me either!

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Oh cool! Ya, I couldn’t believe how easy and FUN this was to do. Good luck!

  8. lori
    3 years ago

    Did you use primer?

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      eeek… I’m trying to remember. You know, I think I did.

  9. Traci
    3 years ago

    I LOVE barbies! I have shelves of rooms I have done (I love to spray paint all the pink furniture in turquoise, black, silver and white! (love the 50’s retro look)
    A friend gave me a big Kidkraft dollhouse that has UGLY painted walls and I wasn’t sure what I could do…but had to have it! (Hubby is so NOT thrilled)
    Oh, I do have a 9-yr old daughter, but she likes stuffed cats and has never played barbies with me :(
    Seeing this post…I am totally motivated to paint it and use scrapbook paper as wall coverings etc! Thank you!

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Awesome! I love that you got your own doll house. :)

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