Thursday, February 2, 2017

Part 2: DIY Barbie Remodel Paint Reveal

Sorry if anyone had trouble viewing this, the original post disappeared?
Our DIY barbie Mansion Townhouse redo, to be joined with the Victorian Mansion.
I really wanted them to blend and look like one large dollhouse.

Great weather is wonderful for painting. I quickly taped up everything I didn't want
 painted on our first day of beautifully weather.

This is the original house at GoodWill in all its magenta/hotpink/lavendar glory, for $7.99.
Since I am the one that has to live with it, between the Grand's visits, 
most of the hot pink/magenta had to go.

First was gloss white on the magenta shower stall.

Then the same on the Hot pink flooring on the third floor I sprayed in ivory. Worst part was underneath the ceilings were that dark color making the house very dark.

The grid ceiling on the top floor, took the ivory spray paint (for plastic also) very well.

This is the original graphics I didn't paint over on the third floor, even this is the room for the guys. 
You will see later what we did to preserve this.

The backside exterior has so much detail, eventually we will work on that. I blocked the windows, with paper to preserve the graphics inside.

On the second floor, the fireplace has electronic fire and crackling 
noises and got three coats of gloss white. That's what it took to completely cover that hot pink. 
My opinion is pretend play should relate to real life. 
Really, no one would live in an all pink/magenta house, especially Ken dolls. 
A little pink goes a very long way.

Heres the completed shower, original floor we left in lavender. The shower magenta floor is original. When someone takes a shower, you get water sounds and singing in the shower while standing on it.
This goes well with the original graphics I kept on the second floor

We had to paint nothing here, I simply papered and taped it off and the very pretty 
original fixtures. The toilet, makes a flushing sound when you press the button.

Here is the second floor bedroom next to the bath. The fireplace has two small pink tiles, one is actually the press button to start the fire sounds and the light.

Here's a close-up. I have a tiny bit of touch up to do on the lower left. 
But, it is awesome in cottage chic white.

Vintage Barbie furniture looks great next to the shower wall.

The fire looks real, almost. Puppy enjoys it.

I would love to paint the details in the faux book case, but it is really bolted in there, and will have to just stay that way.

The best is the white ceiling instead of pink. Makes the room bright. 


This room has become Chelsea's, which is nice because her clothes can be separate from the Barbie's.

Back down to the bottom floor, you can see the pillars all covered and most of the elevator. 
Excess overspray was easily  cleaned off. The elevator just wasn't able to be completely covered.

It did clean up very well after the tapes were removed. Like I said, a little pink goes a long way.

I taped off all the cabinetry/stove/refrig/sink, so here it is all original surrounded in ivory to blend with the Victorian Mansion. Ryan is all ready to serve the crowd for Chelsea's birthday party.

The large kitchen above is perfect for breakfast and doing laundry. 
I painted over the graphics, waiting to do
wallpaper and accessories here. 
We will retile the floor, I didn't want the hot pink glowing through the white tile contact paper.

Here you can see the dining room with the tile paper, this will extend to the left.

The old kitchen in the back, may just become an entertainment bar, with a little tweaking, and some wall paper to tie into the mansion kitchen to the left.

Next will be the void above the dining room---and a new second floor in the Victorian mansion and removing the existing green/tub-vanity to make room for a closet.
 Lots of dolls have to find room to sleep and store all their clothes.

Thanks always for visiting. 
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Part 1: Another DIY Barbie Remodel

First of all, I really am not a crazy obsessive Barbie or Mattel collector. 
I'm a Grandma, who likes to play pretend 
with my granddaughter and a few other little girls.

Here is the Barbie Victorian house we have been using, that is a bit cramped for all the dolls and activities we have been doing.

My son texted me this from the local GoodWill. I had been whining that I was having a hard time finding a 'toilet' for the Victorian house, expensive, or only available with pieces I didn't need.

My son texted me this from the local GoodWill. He said, "This one, everything works and has a full bathroom, the toilet flushes and has sound-it's $7.99, do you have room for it."


Without the furniture it was a steal, at $7.99. Everything functions, the elevator, a doorbell, a singing barbie/water sound in the shower, flushing toilet, roaring fire in the lighted fireplace, a timer in the kitchen the tick-ticks and rings, and two slots for lighted chandeliers 
which I can order from Mattel at $3.00 each. 

Only drawback was the color scheme of magenta, purple, and that horrid pink.

Here is the Victorian Barbie house from the same GoodWill, I paid $4.99. 
We have been playing with this one,  but really isn't big enough
 for the 'family' (12) of dolls that are involved in our pretend games, or their wardrobes, 
accessories and pets, which has now grown to two dogs, and a cat. 

The boy dolls had been banished to two shelves on a printer stand, with the dolls wardrobes on top.
Almost everything used in the house is vintage, except a kitchen, a bunkbed set, and a tea cart. Everything else was purchased at thrift stores, online- or garage sales, super cheap. 
The rest is hand-made or 'pretend'. Double bunkbeds will be hand-made.

So, last weekend we had one gorgeous day---
almost 60 degrees, (in January in Chicagoland???) sun, and very little wind. 
Regardless of what else I had planned, I grabbed the opportunity to paint!


1* First I scrubbed the entire mansion down with degreasing kitchen cleaner--with attention to detail.       I used que-tips to get into all the tight places and inside the appliances.

2* Then I wiped ALL down with alcohol, very quickly and---wear gloves for this. 

3*  I spent 3 hours taping up the pillars, electrical connections, the lavender second floor, the clear shower door and the pink shower floor(where the switch mechanism worked by the doll standing on the tile for the sound, the toilet and bedroom/bathroom walls, fireplace small facing bricks(one-is the switch to turn the fireplace on) the sliding up and down large screen tv, and the kitchen appliances. (It has a very nice sink, dishwasher, stove, oven and refrigerator (refrigerator and dishwasher were things on the search-for list.

4* I sprayed light coats with sweeping motions ending past the surface you are painting-this way you aren't double spraying when you move back over a surface, starting with the ceilings first from every possible angle. Wait 10-15 min between coats on a dry day. We had warm sunshine and a very slight breeze.

5* After 3 hours I removed maskings or covered areas, where I could. Then, allow paint to cure for 12-24 hours depending on humidity. Touch up by spraying paint onto a non-porous surface and applying with a brush or que-tip. (still have do this), but I know this works from past projects.

Investment- 2 cans of ivory spray paint at $3.87 each, 1 roll of blue painter's tape- I used maybe $1.00 worth.

The plan is to have this house slide up next to the other one. Sort of an inner city 
add on--mansion.

So 1/2 can of white gloss on the pink bathroom shower.
Hard to see, but the rafters were all HOT pink, the colors of the floor above. 
Not my favorite color, and certainly not realistic, plus it gave everything a hideous pink glow.
So ivory spray paint on the ceilings. The graphics on the walls are kinda cute, so I covered them all with paper to preserve the graphics.

Here is the fireplace/TV above taped off. The Pink glow---is really mostly from the ceiling. But a second coat of white completely covered it.

Here the is a shot of the downstairs floor and how well the ivory paint covered. LOVE the spray paints for plastic, as Barbie would say---Totally awesome! I use satin, though it doesn't look like it, the satins have a tight finish.

The back side has lots of detail which we will eventually get addressed,
 but for now it is no longer magenta and blends with the Victorian Barbie house.

The elevator was too hard to cover, though I blue taped the pillars and the guide rails.. I was afraid of running out of sun and warmth outside, so the elevator got dusted with some spray. This I removed with que-tips dipped in alcohol.

The elevator really works well and the grand can operate it. The crank elevator in the old house works, but is difficult for a child to use, so we will be placing a bunk bed right over the elevator space  on the second floor!
On the first floor a rug will cover that space.

The Barbie family can't wait to move into the remodeled digs, but as it is a project remodel, ya just have to live 'in' the mess.
We are planning on gutting that green bathroom and making a walk-in closet, and adding a 'hot pink' tub to the new bathroom in the Dream house. 
Maybe the green tub can become a hot-tub in the yard, 
Another project will be new floors for the second floor in the Victorian house, 
and the new first floor dining room
 and two new double bunkbeds! 

Lots to do, stay tuned for the painting reveal.

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

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