I’m a Giant: The Recap!

By December 19, 2011Random

I’m still basking in the glow of dollhouse completion (all the details / dollhouse tour here) but I did want to come back and share my approach for getting it done, a recap of dollars spent, plus what I learned and mistakes I made.

Emily Snuffer

So, how did I get it done?

I think what helped was that I held myself to posting about the dollhouse every Friday for over two months. I knew each week I would need to make a lot of progress on the rooms so I would have a decent post that Friday. That was the key. I would have slacked if it weren’t for that. I did miss two weeks in a row. I was done with the “construction phase” of the house (painting walls, staining roof, etc.) and I was absolutely dreading purchasing furniture. I spent those two weeks on eBay and in thrift stores but nothing really turned up. My savior was donated furniture by friends. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

Emily Snuffer

Here was my list for the last week prior to the deadline. I’m such a planner and a list-maker. This list was crazy (I was up until 2 am every night) but it’s what I had to do to finish and get the photos up on time. It was totally worth it now that it’s off my plate and I can enjoy the holidays.

How much did I spend?

I’ve been dreading to add it all up, but knew it had to be done. Overall, I spent about $400 over the period of 2.5 months. It breaks down like this:

$20 – Dollhouse

$110 – Trim and Miter Shears

$35 – Modern credenza from Etsy (the only “real” miniature modern piece I purchased)

$18 – Refrigerator

$8 – Stove top and sink

$12 – CB2 Christmas ornaments (the red wire chairs and the white igloo chair)

$18 – The patterned rugs (from a thrift store)

$140 – Multiple runs to craft stores (craft wood, foam core, fabric remnants, ornaments, scrapbooking paper, dollhouse accessories)

$22 – Spray paint

$6 – Mini plants

TOTAL = $383

I’m not terribly disgusted about the price. I think I made the money go far. And since it was stretched out over 2.5 months, the $400 price tag was not a tough pill to swallow. I’d be near the $800’s if I had to buy my own furniture as well. I really lucked out.

What did I learn?

That dollhouse-ing is serious business. I uncovered an entire sub-cultere of dollhousers. There are websites dedicated to selling mini construction pieces like trim board, crown molding and chair rails. It’s crazy. Cincinnati has a dollhouse-ing support group. I swear. I considered going when I was knee deep in wood glue and wanting to rip my hair out. It truly is a craft and it takes patience to fiddle with teeny tiny pieces of wood. I have no where near the talent true dollhousers out there have. I’m so impressed by them. This one is my favorite so far.

Emily Snuffer

My attempt at building the couch was feeble but a “real dollhouser” would knock it out of this world.

Did I make any mistakes?

Yes, absolutely. At first, I was more focused on getting it done versus doing it in a way that I liked. I have the “implementor” personality and sometimes it’s a curse. Once I went back through (like in the kitchen and kid’s room) and fixed what I had initially done and posted about, I liked it much better. For example, the kitchen has an ill-fitting countertop and I had used scrap black board. It just looked crappy. I went back and put in a new countertop, a stove and a sink. It looked much better than my first go-round. I had to keep reminding myself to take my time.

 

Emily Snuffer

What did I like?

My favorite part of the process hands down was finding real-size objects that just happen to work in a dollhouse. For example, Christmas ornaments. I used a $5 bucket of ornaments from Target throughout the house – the arc lamp, the pendant lamps in the kitchen and even a silver bowl in the master bedroom. It was weirdly satisfying making things work in the mini world.

Emily Snuffer

I also enjoyed taking some of the old-fashioned / granny furniture and adding paint or fabric to make them more updated. It is sort of cool to know that a lot of these things have been in boxes for a long time and now they’ve been freshened up and on the interwebs. Awwww.

What did I dislike?

I hated spending the money week after week at craft stores, for paint or for other little knick knacks. It was tough but I had to do it. I actually wantedΒ to do it, but it was painful to see the money leave my bank account. I think a lot of that had to do with Christmas being just right around the corner and knowing gift-buying was also a necessity. It all ended up perfectly though and yes, everyone is getting Christmas gifts this year. πŸ™‚

What am I going to do with the dollhouse?

I think it’s going to go on top of a dresser in the bedroom after the holidays. Right now it’s set up in the Black Room but it’s sort of in the way and Suge already got hold of one of the plants. All I know is that it’s going to be hard to dust the thing. I’ll figure it out. πŸ™‚

Any last words?

The dollhouse thing is probably the coolest thing I’ve done in a long time. I absolutely loved it. I have been totally blown away by the positive response it’s received. I thank you for that!

– emily

p/s: See all my dollhouse posts here.

p/p/s: Notice how I basically gave myself an interview? Nerd alert! On a related note, I’m watching Geek Love on TLC as I’m writing this post. Iron Man is such a cutie!


 

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Justine says:

    I like the “implementer” personality theory. I have that too, which is why I’m only just now getting to like my apartment’s decor (at first I just wanted to get it done, and I ended up with something I wasn’t crazy about).

    By the way, you’ll be happy to know I took your advice (finally) and cleaned off the top of our desk and added shelves above. I’m posting pics tomorrow!

  • Your dollhouse looks absolutely fantastic. I love the little modern touches you put on it and now I def want to try the “dipped” look in real life! Congratulations on an adorable accomplishment – pats on the back are well deserved!

    xoxoxo

  • Lauren says:

    haha i love geek love…and your dollhouse! it looks awesome, and props for meeting the deadline πŸ™‚

  • Still just SO SO blown away by what you did! I checked out some of the other projects and I am just still so impressed with everything you did! Wish I was small enough to move right in! πŸ˜‰

    • emily @ go haus go says:

      Thank you so much!!! If we can find one of those honey I shrunk the kids machines, you can totally move right in!

      p/s: I’m responsible for bringing cookies to a party this weekend. I just checked your post – peppermint cookies it is! Those look amazing!!!!!

  • Ginger says:

    WOWOWOWOWOW I love your dollhouse, it is absolutely beautiful and you are sooooo talented.
    I love how you used christmas ornaments and other household items. I make dollhouses out of cardboard, paper mache them and then decorate using scraps of wallpaper or gift wrap… I also make the furniture with cardboard or find household items, I think that’s the fun part, finding items that will fit the dollhouse.
    I am blown away by your house, I love the decor. FABULOUS!!!

    • emily @ go haus go says:

      Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from an actual dollhouse maker! It is such a gratifying hobby – I loved that I could pull an entire room together in a few hours. It’s usually a few YEARS in my actual home!

  • Jeannie says:

    Your experience is what is going on with me now that I am building my first dollhouse. Especially your dislike of having to run to the craft store all the time for little money sucker necessities. It is a true joy for me to see my house take shape and get it’s own personality. Thank you for blogging. Your house journey inspires me.

    • emily @ go haus go says:

      That is so nice of you to say. Certainly something nice to read at the end of a very dreary Tuesday. Hope you are well. Keep your head up on those endless craft runs. The satisfaction at the end is so worth it!

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