Alpine Wooden Barbie Dollhouse from Indy

Wooden Barbie Alpine Dollhouse with extra drawers

Sunni B. from Indianapolis is another true artist. She bought The Alpine wooden Barbie dollhouse kit with two extra 2-drawer units for more storage. She also bought some of our solid wood furniture and instead of upholstering with fabric, she painted them in awesome colors.The colors and wallpaper are so much fun. Of course we love the yellow – it’s so bright and cheery. And she even made some drapes for the windows. I can only imagine what her daughters thought when they saw it Christmas morning.

Here’s what Sunni wrote me:

“I wanted to tell you how wonderful the dollhouse is. I have 3 daughters and the oldest has outgrown it, but the younger 2 spend hours playing with it. It’s such a great toy, and I really appreciate your company producing the kit. We love it!! Thank you so much for a quality product and fast shipping. You were amazing to work with and I am so grateful to you for helping me give my girls such a wonderful gift. I just love the dollhouses that you produce and have told all my friends and co-workers to purchase a kit for their daughters and sons.”

I’m often asked if I can make more delicate, intricate furniture. Yes, I can. But for kids, I like to keep the furniture more substantial so they can play with the accessories without worrying about breaking anything. I do a few special pieces for adult collectors. They are much more delicate and really only for looks and light play by adults. Yep. You heard it right. Some of us adults have been known to “play” with our collections.

I still have my original 14 Barbies, Kens and GI Joes. And through the dollhouses, I get my need to decorate out of my system. My husband thanks me all the time!

Barbie Wooden Townhouse Donated to Local High School

Barbie wooden townhouse donated

Couldn’t resist donating another Barbie wooden townhouse to a great cause. The Theater Booster Club at our local high school is trying to raise funds to send the kids to Edinburgh, Scotland as representatives for the USA. Very exciting. I finished a Townhouse I had started and donated it as their key raffle item to raise money during their production of My Fair Lady.

Stenciled the scallop trim with paint.

 

Sun Goddess enjoying the deck under her new umbrella.

Interior Details for the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

What really makes a house a home is how the inside is finished. The Barbie Wooden Townhouse is big enough to have 2 bedrooms. Here’s the first one – ceiling fan and vaulted ceiling make it roomy.

The wallpaper has fuzzy dots.

I love love love the lamps. Check out my other post on lamps.

Under the knitted bedspread is a think, comfy mattress. You can make one that’s removable or you can sew one permanently into the Barbie wooden bed.

 

I like the lighter-colored floors, the art work on the wall, and the modern, upholstered bed. I’ve been playing with bed designs and wanted to see how a platform bed with built-in night stands would work. Let me know what you think.

 

Ok. I had too much fun with this. Painted these little wooden trinket bowls for the dressing table. I need figure out something to make that will fit in the little jar.

Bedroom Number 2 in the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

Let’s check out bedroom #2. I got a little fancy with the wallpaper here. It took a while to size it correctly and make it look like fabric wall panels. The wooden bed was upholstered and a mattress was sewn permanently into the wood. Check out this blog on how I did that. I think I’ll keep doing it this way in the future. I stained the cheval mirror a darker stain and used a really cool fabric for the “carpet”. Of course every window has trim and every room has detailed baseboards.

Bedroom 2 with custom wallpaper, carpet and upholstered bed.

The bedding has gold threads to match the paint, wallpaper, and headboard.
Bedding is reversible. And of course the pillow is so soft it’s making me want to take a nap while I’m typing this.
Close up of the baseboard.

The Bathroom in the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

Kept it pretty simple and elegant. This room has crown molding and a wood chair rail. I really like the tile design.

Good words to live by everyday.

The Living Room

Spent quite a bit of time on the Living Room — furniture to upholster, tables to paint, lamps to create, and some artwork. I could have kept going but ran out of time.

Dark “wood” floors, elegant wallpaper and simple upholstery on the sofa a chair.

 

Had fun designing and making new lamps. The lamps are all wood with a heavy paper for the the shades.

 

Of course there has to be a really cool painting.
And some flowers on the tables.

 

The Kitchen in the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

Parkay floors, fun wallpaper and a painted stripe.

 

Fun artwork to inspire a great start to the day.

 

Love asparagus.

 

Cool look into the living room from the Kitchen.

I’ve got some big design ideas for a future Townhouse – I’m thinking NYC, Manhattan, maybe some shopping. Stay tuned.

Barbie Wood Dollhouse Donated in Austin

Front of Barbie doll house from Martin Dollhouses

Alpine Barbie Wood Dollhouse Donated

Here it is. The finished Barbie® wood dollhouse I donated to the Lonestar Cattleman’s Associate Annual Soiree. It took about 2 weeks, from start to finish, mainly because I added so many little extras. I must admit – adding the flower boxes was fun! I could have done much much more, but alas, time ran out.

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Here’s the journey to finished heirloom treasure for some lucky little girl.

 

Assembling Barbie Alpine Dollhouse Kit

The fastest and easiest part is assembling the actual wood dollhouse kit. Just a little about my Martin Dollhouse kits. I use 3/8” thick, 7ply Baltic Birch, typically used in high-end cabinetry and furniture. It’s sturdy and friendly to the environment.

There are only 10-13 major pieces to assemble. The Dormer Window adds another 5 pieces. All the pieces come with pre-drilled holes, pre-cut windows, doors, doorways, and stairway openings. I also use dadoed construction providing extra strength and durability, and tongue-and-grooved construction providing extra strength and durability Everything comes with it that you need – glue, wood putty, nails, a carpenter’s square. The only thing you need to supply is a hammer and damp cloth.

Okay. Enough of that. Let’s get on to the fun stuff. So the kit looks something link this when I ship it:

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What the Martin Dollhouse wood BarbieⓇ doll house, The Alpine, looks like when it ships.

The Alpine has a spacious Dormer window with an extra attic room. Here’s what the pieces look like for it. You can get a good idea of how each piece is labeled. Seriously. If you can put a child’s puzzle together, YOU CAN DO THIS!

Martin Dollhouse dormer window pieces for Barbie wood dollhouse.
Five wood pieces for Alpine dollhouse dormer window. Good example how all the kit pieces are labeled for easy assembly.

You can see the predrilled holes where the nails go, the cutout for the window, and the numbered pieces that correspond with the instructions.

Martin wood Dollhouse dormer upclose

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I’ll share a quick glimpse of my quality control officer for the business. Name’s Roscoe and he’s all business (except when he’s catching and eating crickets).

Quality control manager, Roscoe, is all business at Martin Dollhouses.
Quality control manager, Roscoe, is all business at Martin Dollhouses.

 

Fully Assembled Alpine Dollhouse

So here’s what The Alpine looks like when it’s completely assembled.

Took about 2 hours to assemble and let glue dry.
Took about 2 hours to assemble and let glue dry.

 

You can see in this picture I marked the placement for the shingles. I did this while it was unassembled – much easier to draw evenly spaced lines. I also did the same thing for the siding.

Martin Dollhouse Alpine assembled and marked for shingle and siding application.
Martin Dollhouse Alpine assembled and marked for shingle and siding application.

The Decorating Starts

It’s always a little overwhelming at first when I start decorating a dollhouse. The possibilities are limitless. Over time, I’ve worked myself to a place where I start with a piece of wallpaper I like. For the Alpine dollhouse I donated, I really fell in love with these two pieces of wallpaper.

 

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I started creating my own wallpaper using Adobe Illustrator and www.Vectorstock.com. Most vectors are $1.00 and are royalty free, so I can use them as long as I’m not re-selling the art work. I print it out on my color printer and then spray it with a clear glaze. It makes the paper look a little shinier and also helps preserve the colors. Then I use plain-old wallpaper paste from Home Depot or Lowes. You could also use Mod-Podge. My secret weapon is a really handy 6” plastic ruler with just the right tapered edge. It makes it easy to smooth out the wallpaper without ripping it. It’s an absolute necessity to get all the bubbles and excess glue off. A damp rag wipes up any excess glue.

Wallpaper application secret weapon for dollhouses. Note the tapered edges.
Wallpaper application secret weapon for dollhouses. Note the tapered edges.

I then found some really awesome wallpaper for the kitchen, bathroom and living room. For the attic I stayed with simple dots that matched the purple in the bedroom wallpaper.

Attic wallpaper
Attic wallpaper
Bathroom wallpaper. Created some simple blue brick-looking wallpaper
Bathroom wallpaper. Created some simple blue brick-looking wallpaper
Loved this pear wallpaper. Created a cool border I used as a chair rail and at the ceiling. Ran it so it covered part of the ceiling.
Loved this pear wallpaper for the Kitchen. Also created a cool border I used as a chair rail and at the ceiling. Ran the ceiling border so it covered part of the ceiling.
Living Room wallpaper
Living Room wallpaper

 

When I took a step back, something just didn’t feel right about the way the house was coming together. My favorite wallpaper was just too busy.

Whoa. Too much. Too busy. Got a little carried away with all the cool wallpaper out there.
Whoa. Too much. Too busy. Got a little carried away with all the cool wallpaper out there.

The Fix is In for the Bedroom

It was a simple solution really. I went back to a solid back wall. That wall is so tall that wallpaper can be overpowering. I took a soothing purple color that ended up on the outside of the dollhouse as well. I kept the wallpaper I liked so much on the two side walls.

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The final bedroom, completely finished with curtains, flooring, rugs, bedding – the whole works. There’s even baseboard and window trim. And of course the ceiling fan really turns!

I even created a one-of-a-kind original piece of art work for the bedroom.

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Slideshow Below of Finished Barbie Wood Dollhouse Kit

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Final bathroom. Installed crown molding and cut 1.25 inch tiles from 1/8" MDF boards. Sheer curtains and window trim complete the look.
Final bathroom. Installed crown molding and cut 1.25 inch tiles from 1/8″ MDF boards. Sheer curtains and window trim complete the look.
I love the kitchen. Painted the appliances to match the hand-cut wood floor. Knitted the window valance while watching Dr. Phil. And the art work really brings it home. Of course, had to install baseboard and window trim. Like the transition from the dark living room floor.
I love the kitchen. Painted the appliances to match the hand-cut wood floor. Knitted the window valance while watching Dr. Phil. And the art work really brings it home. Of course, had to install baseboard and window trim. Like the transition from the dark living room floor.
Drapes in the bedroom. Used small dowels, dowel plugs, and magnets to hang them. This way I can change the drapes if I want.
Drapes in the bedroom. Used small dowels, dowel plugs, and magnets to hang them. This way I can change the drapes if I want.
The attic railing really sets off this room. Hung three butterflies on the wall and put the cheval mirror on the "wood" floor.
The attic railing really sets off this room. Hung three butterflies on the wall and put the cheval mirror on the “wood” floor.
The finished BarbieⓇ-sized furniture really set off the room. I'll cover that in another blog. Put a light varnish on the tables and coat rack. The pleated valance was inspired in my days of making draperies. And of course, had to have some pictures on the wall depicting the Texas Hill Country bluebonnets. Wood crown molding, chair rail, baseboard and window trim complete the room.
The finished BarbieⓇ-sized furniture really set off the room. I’ll cover that in another blog. Put a light varnish on the tables and coat rack. The pleated valance was inspired in my days of making draperies. And of course, had to have some pictures on the wall depicting the Texas Hill Country bluebonnets. Wood crown molding, chair rail, baseboard and window trim complete the room.
Close up of the kitchen artwork.
Close up of the kitchen artwork.
Knitted valance for the kitchen.
Knitted valance for the kitchen.
Living room Valance matches the chair.
Living room Valance matches the chair.

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I love the kitchen. Painted the appliances to match the hand-cut wood floor. Knitted the window valance while watching Dr. Phil. And the art work really brings it home. Of course, had to install baseboard and window trim. Like the transition from the dark living room floor.
I love the kitchen. Painted the appliances to match the hand-cut wood floor. Knitted the window valance while watching Dr. Phil. And the art work really brings it home. Of course, had to install baseboard and window trim. Like the transition from the dark living room floor.
The finished BarbieⓇ-sized furniture really set off the room. I'll cover that in another blog. Put a light varnish on the tables and coat rack. The pleated valance was inspired in my days of making draperies. And of course, had to have some pictures on the wall depicting the Texas Hill Country bluebonnets. Wood crown molding, chair rail, baseboard and window trim complete the room.
The finished BarbieⓇ-sized furniture really set off the room. I’ll cover that in another blog. Put a light varnish on the tables and coat rack. The pleated valance was inspired in my days of making draperies. And of course, had to have some pictures on the wall depicting the Texas Hill Country bluebonnets. Wood crown molding, chair rail, baseboard and window trim complete the room.
The attic railing really sets off this room. Hung three butterflies on the wall and put the cheval mirror on the "wood" floor.
The attic railing really sets off this room. Hung three butterflies on the wall and put the cheval mirror on the “wood” floor. (UX Banner or Sections)

Slideshow Below of the Outside for Finished Barbie Wood Dollhouse Kit

The finished Alpine dollhouse.
The finished Alpine dollhouse. Note Roscoe in the background. He’s a bit of a control freak.
Close up of the outside of the Dormer Window.
Close up of the outside of the Dormer Window.
Close up of the flower boxes.
Close up of the flower boxes.

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Looking from the outside in to the bedroom.
Looking from the outside in to the bedroom.
I put wallpaper in the two storage drawers to match the rest of the house. The drawers hold dolls up to 13" tall and all their accessories.
I put wallpaper in the two storage drawers to match the rest of the house. The drawers hold dolls up to 13″ tall and all their accessories.
Looking outside in to the living room.
Looking outside in to the living room.

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Love the flower boxes.
Love the flower boxes. (UX Banner or Sections)

 

Let me know what you think. I’m DEFINITELY open to suggestions.