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{Handmade with Love} Dollhouse renovation…

Chris and I had a great time designing and dreaming up Sayer’s room. Everything in it has a story and a reason for being there. It is full of so many fun handmade items- which I really think is special. One of my favorite things in Sayer’s room is a piece of furniture that gets asked about frequently- his changing table/toy shelf. I just recently got another email asking me about where I got it, so  I thought I would share the story of how it came to be. 



My dad made me a dollhouse in the ’70’s. It was not like the Barbie townhouse that my friends had. But, I did find the elevator from the townhouse at a garage sale & used it in sort of in a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory way (just pulled through the air). This thing was huge and housed my Sunshine Family dolls with style. Over the years Barbie & Ken moved in, about the same time I added the elevator, wallpaper, and mini unicorn & rainbow posters. My dad is not really a carpenter and he and a friend made it in a weekend using a little article that my mom had found in “Sunset Magazine“, as inspiration. Needless to say, I had many good years playing with it- and I loved that my dad made it just for me. However, the 80’s (the teenage years) came and it was then put in my parent’s basement and forgotten about. 


When my parent’s moved 5 years ago, I was faced with what to do with my beloved house. It isn’t small or lightweight by any means, but I didn’t want to give it away. So we stored it in our basement. When Sayer was on the way, Chris started building an office space in our basement so that the room upstairs, that was currently our office, could become Sayer’s nursery. He stumbled on my dollhouse and came up with a brilliant plan. He started a mini house “reno” to make it a little less ’70’s and something that Sayer could use and enjoy. He extended the balcony to make it long enough for a changing table, took the shag carpet out, painted, scraped wallpaper off, added wood, and added a mirror so that Sayer could make faces at himself while he was being changed.  

The finished product turned out better than I could have imagined. I love watching Sayer using it. Now a yellow,wood bus sits in the same garage that my purple, plastic, Barbie Corvette sat and I think that is so cool. Do you have anything from your childhood that you transformed into something different for you child?
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