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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I will be sharing at these fine Parties!



  1. You are incredible my talented friend. Love what you have done so far to change up and update this adorable house. Love it and I see lots of fun in the future with this and all the decorating. Have fun. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment. I am glad to be back and trying to catch up everywhere!! Have a nice weekend. xo

  2. Hi Celestina, I can't imagine trying to find your way through a month of posts...of anyone. We redid our windows one by one---mostly because we did them ourselves and for cost. But it makes a huge difference when they are operating well. Ours actually rattled when trucks drove over a road 150 feet away before the replacement. Now we can't hear a thing. I have to open a door, when the weather is bad to listen for the tornado warnings.Nice to have you back, and thanks for visiting.


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