Hi guys! Are you ready for this?
Okay, so as you all know, we have been busy building a crazy enormous dollhouse in our basement. 🙂 Well, today we are here to show you the final reveal of our Mega Dollhouse Project as well as some tutorials on how to build one of your very own.
I won’t go into all of the finer details. Instead, I will leave a link below to where you can go on a tour of the dollhouse rooms.
So sit back, and relax! We are going on a huge dollhouse ride!
(Also, please bear with my photos. It’s kind of tricky to get good pics of a 20 foot dollhouse, and I’m no photographer by any means.) 🙂
Here was our initial plan:
Okay, I look at this now, and I have to laugh, because at this point I had no real idea of what I was doing. I just had this big dream, you know? LOL. 😛
(My husband thinks I’m crazy, and he’s probably right.)
So, what you see above are eight 4ft x 8ft pieces of plywood that we cut to the measurements shown. Now, we used 3/4″ plywood because I wanted to make sure that the dollhouse was sturdy in case someone decided to climb on top of it, or something.
Not that anyone should ever do that. Ever.
In hindsight, 1/2 inch plywood would have probably worked just fine.
(It might not have hurt so much when my husband dropped it on his bare toe either. It was at that point that he was out anyway, leaving me to be crazy all by myself)
You could also get a professional to do your cutting for you. 🙂
The plans above are for four 4ft x 2ft x 30″ boxes (green pieces) and four 2ft x 2ft x 30″ boxes (pink pieces). Be sure to notice in the diagram that there are four green pieces that are 4ft x 31.5″ and four pink pieces that are 2ft x 31.5″.
When assembling a room box, you have to be sure that the back piece covers the opening completely. I had to add 1.5″ to the back pieces to accommodate for the 3/4″ plywood edge. If you are using 1/2″ plywood, then you will only need to add 1″, otherwise the back piece will be too small, and there will be a gap.
Okay, enough mumbo jumbo. Here are some pics of assembly.
I used gorilla wood glue and 1.5″-2″ screws to assemble the boxes. Take very close notice of how I joined each piece of wood, because that makes all the difference for how the back piece fits on. The two sides should be inside the box holding the top and bottom pieces up. I hope that makes sense.
I flipped the smaller room boxes over onto their sides, because once I had assembled them, I discovered that I needed more floor space in those rooms. This way I have a 30″ wide floor and 2ft high walls instead. It also made the dollhouse a bit shorter overall, which was good since it was already pretty ginormous. 🙂
I assembled this thing right in place, because it was so dang heavy. 🙂
The wall that the dollhouse is against is 20 feet long.
Don’t mind the random horse in the dollhouse. LOL! 🙂
Here we were nearly done. I just had one more large room box to build.
The Little Miss was getting really excited by this time. ❤
Once all of the room boxes were built, we arranged them how we wanted them. You can see that our DIY Grace’s Bakery fits perfectly at the very end. 🙂
Next, I used wood filler to fill all of the knots. Let me tell you, plywood has a lot of knots, so be prepared. Do not skip this step!! After it was dry, I sanded. Then I primed all the walls.
(If you are more organized than I am, you could do all of the sanding/priming/painting etc. before assembly)
It was time to choose the paint colours! I left this part up to the Little Miss. She did a pretty good job!
Lavender, mint green, yellow and sky blue. 🙂 So pretty!
(Invest in a good small paint roller)
Okay, that’s a really dark picture. The window in the middle of the wall doesn’t help either, but you get the gist.
I knew that all of the dollhouse rooms would have carpet except for the kitchen and the bathroom.
In the kitchen, I added some beadboard to the walls to look like wainscoting.
Then I glued down some contact paper flooring. I won’t go into all the little details, but it turned out really cute! 🙂
For the rest of the dollhouse, I decided to make a challenge for myself. I would finish one room in the dollhouse per week, if it killed me. LOL!
For the room above, I built a doll trundle bed to accommodate the two dolls who were going to be living there. 🙂
The dollhouse was coming together! 🙂 Some rooms quicker than others. I was beginning to really love the fact that everything seemed to be falling into place, and that everything had a place! Seriously fantastic storage solution. For real.
No doll accessories all over my basement floor! Hooray! ❤
I was also starting to see storage possibilities on top of the dollhouse too. 🙂
This corner at the far end of the dollhouse was empty, so we decided that we could use the space to build a room for the historical dolls.
We used gorilla wood glue to install the dollhouse carpeting. We also installed contact paper for wallpaper.
Once all of the carpeting and wallpaper was in, it was time to accessorize! It didn’t take long to fill every little space in these doll rooms! 🙂
I was a bit floored that this project only took a matter of weeks, but once it was assembled and painted, it went pretty quickly.
Please bear with my terrible basement carpet. I refuse to install new carpet until the kids are older, and they stop spilling/colouring all over it. 🙂
I tried to get some photos of the entire dollhouse. It’s tricky!
Here are some panoramic shots.
Full sized doll goodness! 🙂
I’m still deciding what to do about the top of the house. It’s kind of impossible for the kids to reach, so it doesn’t hold much play value, but it is a great storage space.
We haven’t made any decisions regarding this dollhouse. For now, the Newberry dolls and the twins share it. We call it the doll condo. 🙂
We also built this loft bed for the dolls. 🙂
I hope that you enjoyed the finale of our Mega Dollhouse Project!
If you would like to read up on all of the adorable details about each of the rooms in the mega dollhouse, CLICK HERE
Also, stay tuned, because we have been building another dollhouse for the mini dolls, and we will have all of the fun details on that soon!
I hope that this inspires you to go out there, and build something! 🙂
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