Saturday, February 23, 2013

Amazing American Girl Doll House!


We are so excited to share with you one of the most amazing doll houses that we've ever seen for 18 inch dolls.  It was made by Sheila Badillo and her husband for their daughter, Sabrina (and for mom to share too!).  Here is what Shelia had to share about the process of putting this together for their daughter...

Last Spring I decided to make something for storage for all of the AG furniture that I had lying around the house. It was planned to be like a wall unit for only display and it was then when I got the idea to make it in the shape of a dollhouse. I'm not good at drawing so I made a simple sketch and showed it to my husband and there is where the true magic happened. He's a designer and a mechanical engineer so he put his thinking cap on and came up with the right measurements for the entire house and for each room.

It took him 3 days of building. And for a person who never in his life built anything I think he did an awesome job. It took me a week of paint, paint and more paint. It still is a work in progress. I still have to make more wall decorations. We made all the mini canvases with scrapbooking punches, acrylic paint & glitter paper. I made the bedding for the bunk beds and the room rugs (It was my first time sewing anything and I think I did fine).  I Still need to get the fresh and clean shower set for the bathtub. Sabrina got all Kit's room furniture for Christmas. But little by little we are getting there...

Marisol's Room (AG daybed & bedding, AG night table & accessories, Cabinet is a jewelry box from Kohls)



Charlotte & Olivia's room (bunk beds from Etsy, bedding made by me, vanity from Springfield dolls) 

Kanani's pink room (AG Bloom bed & bedding, AG storage tower, AG flip chair) 



Bathroom (all is from AG)



Kitchen (OG play set & AG baking table)



Terrace/deck it change by seasons right now (Chrissa's picnic table and accessories)



Kit's room (AG bed & desk)



Dining room/living room combo (all furniture from AG. Wood cabinet from Joanne's)



Laundry (OG from Target play set)



Wow!  Thank you so very much Shelia for sharing your beautiful doll house with us!  There is so much inspiration to be had here and it's so impressive that this is the first thing that your husband built...what a lucky daughter you have!


Edited to add: This house measures 8 feet wide by 6 feet tall and 22 inches deep.
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33 comments:

  1. Wow Sheila, what a great way to store and play with the American Girls! I LOVE your attention to details: the trim around the ceiling and floor, the lights in each room, and the doorways between the rooms! I love that you put the pet bed in the laundry room! What did you do to create the wood floor? Also, do you know where you got the little shelf with the pegs hanging in the bathroom?

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    1. I love the open style porch on the top!!

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  2. This is totally amazing! Such a great way to get the whole family involved too :)

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  3. Isn't it so fun Vicky? I am in awe and thinking that this summer might be a good time for a big project like this!! ;)

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  4. Wow! What a doll house! What a great family project! Is there any way to find out where they got the lights from ? Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. I can forward questions to Shelia in case she doesn't see this, thanks!!

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    1. Is it possible to have this made if so how much would you all charge. Its the best this far.

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    2. We have built this same thing (thanks shelia for the idea it is awesome). Well we didn't think through getting it into our daughters bedroom so it is for sales now $500! Please let me know if you are interested!

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  6. This was Sheila's reply:

    "We use red oak wood for the construction of the house. Because it was a fine looking wood I decided to covered with 4 layers of clear polyurethane. It turned out gorgeous.
    We got the lights from IKEA.
    The terrace flooring is from peel and stick vinyl tiles."

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  7. Thanks! I just want to say I love your blog! Thanks for the hard work that goes into every post!

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  8. Thanks so much Jean!! Your support really means a lot. Myself and my friends Amanda and Misty all work and this is just for fun so your kind comments really mean alot. :)

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  9. These are indeed amazing. So cute! I love these. I am glad you shared something like these. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    ShopAtOliviasDollCloset.com

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  10. Hi. What are the floors in the individual rooms? Thank you.

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  11. Wow! I am really amazed by the look of this doll house. This is really great. So gorgeous! I love it.
    ShopAtOliviasDollCloset.com

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  12. Sheila will you sell plans for this doll house??

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  13. Wow! That must be huge! I'm impressed!

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  14. can u make me one I like it's pretty

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  15. can u tell me how u did it

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  16. where can I get a plan for this house?

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  17. is it for sale and if so how much is it?

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  18. I found a nice dollhouse on this blog
    http://americangirldollhouse.info/american-girl-dollhouse-newyorker

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  19. Oh my Lord, that is wicked! My daughter so cannot see this or I'm doomed. She already has an Ana White barn and is wanting to many more pieces of furniture.......this elf better get cracking. :)

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  20. I am looking to have a house built and this one fits exactly what we need. What are the room sizes? They look 24" tall but not sure. Thanks! Allison
    Please email: nwaplexus@yahoo.com

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  21. this is pretty awesome. I love that there is still space above the dolls heads. In so many houses I have seen. the dolls have very little clearance. I love everything. although I am still iffy on the OG kitchen cause it seems that the dolls are taller that everything. It looks crazy to me. I think its still a good buy cause you gets lots of stuff with it. Over all awesome awesome house.

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  22. I would like one made you think your husband would do it and what would be the cost?

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  23. I have alot of questions about this house, so want to do something like this for my 2 daughters. 1) what kind of wood did you use and the size? 2) are the lights wired into the house or are they battery operated? 3) does it have a brace or is it bolted to the wall?

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    1. I will try and get in touch with her but I'm not sure if I will be able to! :) Thank you for your interest.

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  24. I am so sorry but this isn't our dollhouse...if you read the post you will see that it is one of our readers that submitted it to us so we could share.

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  25. That is amazing! I am working on my own doll house that I'm making. You can see how it looks so far here: http://girlydolltype.blogspot.com/2013/12/i-made-ag-doll-house.html?m=0

    -Meghan at girlydolltype.blogspot.com

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  26. I love this! Very cute, and you did a wonderful job! I made a huge house for my daughter's American Girl Dolls as well, and both of my parents came over to help. It was a wonderful project to get the whole family involved. Once my daughter was able to see the doll house for Christmas, it was even better, because then she was able to get in on future projects with it. We are always making new things for it, and it really is so much fun! Her house is an 8ft x 12ft room, the house is 4 levels with 32 rooms.

    Feel free to check it out! www.dollcuriosities.com

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  27. can you tell me what the measurements are in the individual room thats all i need to know. and i think that this helped me a lot like the pictres on the side so that is a great idea keep it up!!!!!! >>
    :) :)

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  28. how did they get 4 chairs? ag only sold it with 2!!!!! I desperately wanted this set, but didn't get it because it only had 2 chairs....
    btw ho much was it when ag was selling it?

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