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Monday, December 13, 2010

Barbie Home Remodel...

I know what you are thinking...Barbie remodel? What?

Exactly as it sounds. I remodeled our girlies' Barbie house in order to 'upcycle' it for our niece, Avery. It turned out sooooooo cute!! You are definitely going to say "Holy cats, Christine -- you are amazing!" Ah, yes. I will indeed pat myself on the back for this project.

Here is where it started (and no, that is not my daughter):

Bland, standard doll house with the room graphics plastered on the walls. Yawn...
Please excuse my blech photos - I will now give you a remodeled room-by-room overview:


The new kitchen ...I kept the background the same, just added crystals to the knobs and of course, a kitchen towel. Additionally, I covered up the 'tile' floor with a brand -spanking-new hardwood floor. Popsicle stick hardwood floor to be precise. Am I clever or what??

Finally, here is the cutie patootie kitchen table. You know you want one just like it!


ALOHA! Beach themed nirvana!! I think Barbie will thank me when she realizes that I have given her a Queen-sized bed. Now Ken won't have to sleep on the couch... Heh.

Detail of the bedroom wallpaper...

Ooh...comfy. And what is that? A tufted headboard? Why, yes it is indeed. I figured if I can tuft a real headboard, then a tiny Barbie headboard was no prob.



We went with a black,white & hot pink theme. Mod, kind of New York loft style. The couch and chair were created and upholstered from remnants I had in my craft stash. I edged the rug from another remnant as well. I think it evokes a flokati rug vibe...plus it is really soft and fur-tastic.

And did you notice the chandelier?? It is an ornament -- in Barbie pink, no less. Kismet, I tell ya.

The couch is long enough for Barbie to lay down after a long day of shopping. Or drinking.
And, hello -- a skirt with box pleats. Yes please!

I want this chair in real-people size. Never enough pink in Barbie land.


Mirrored stairs. Love em...but not so practical in the real world. Since I trudge around here like a bull elephant,  1) they would most likely be cracked from my toe-stubbing antics and  2) do I really need to be reminded with each step that I am in dire need of a pedicure?? I think not.


Shouldn't all toilets have a kicky lid and crystal flush handle? YES. I would definitely want to clean this purty little throne. Well, okay maybe not. But it would look prettier....

Sage green, so soothing and zen...Ahhh....

So there you have it. My labor of love for the last week or so. I know my niece is going to LOVE it! Shhh, don't tell her it was not Santa's Elves who worked all this magic.

Have a fabulous day!


  1. I love it! I totally want to make a doll house like this for my daughter! I am going to have to figure out where I can put it... Or make it from, she is still a little young, but I can play with it in the mean time, right?

  2. Hey Remodelaholic! I would love to make one for myself too! Luckily, my niece is also my goddaughter, so I think that gives me dibs whenever I want... Thanks for your kind words!

  3. Christine-
    Wow! Does that come in adult size? Just love it:)

  4. This makes me want a dollhouse of my own! Adorable.

  5. fabulous, girl! i wonder if i could get away with putting a Popsicle floor down in my tiny apartment?? hhahha, not but it looks amazing. love it!

  6. WAY TOO CUTE!!! How much fun was that to do?? :) I am sure that she loved it!!!
    (stopping by from Better/After)

  7. That's awesome! It makes me wish my daughter was still a little girl.
    Love the wood floor!

  8. That is so cute and creative, I love it! (And I'm wishing that furniture was available on Etsy..just sayin)
    You should post a pic of the whole thing too!

  9. Amazing! That's so much fun. Love the chandelier!

  10. "Holy cats, Christine -- you are amazing!" haha....sorry had to do it!!! ;)

    Seriously....that is about the cutest thing I have ever seen. Popsicle sticks...whoever would have thought of that!! YOU!!

    Sooo cute

  11. Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped on over from my Better After link!

    You have all made my day. And as a general answer to all your kind words -- yes, it was TONS of fun; yes, I would also like my own Barbie house now; and while the popsicle sticks would totally rock in any flooring situation, I recommend it only on the small scale. It took wayyyyy longer than I thought it would.

    So happy everyone is enjoying my work!
    Come back and visit again...
    xo - Christine

  12. Ha, this is too fun - love the hardwood floor and tufted headboard!

  13. Seriously, this is a hoot! Love the time and style you put into it, your niece must love it. Saw this on Before and After and had to come check it out! I was cracking up reading the post, you really put some real thought into the design. Great job.

  14. Christine this is fabulous! I want that bed for my girls' dollhouse! I too have been working on a Barbie dollhouse for my girls (made from scratch). I figured they're going to trash it anyway so I made a lot of the stuff out of recycled boxes, matchsticks etc. Feel free to wander over to my blog and check it out. I'd love to know how you made that Barbie bed! My daughter would love it :)
    Megs :)

  15. I can't wait till my little girl becomes interested in dolls and doll houses so that I can do something like this! I love it!! Well done.

  16. Hey Kate -- Thanks for your nice comment. My girlies are both tweens now and had long abandoned the Barbie house...after the remodel, guess who did not want to give it to their cousin? Exactly! I may just have to search out another home to remodel so they can play again.

    Thanks so much for stopping by -
    xo - Christine


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