Friday, March 9, 2012

A very fine house.

Maybe it's in my blood, or maybe it's just a passion, but I love building things- seeing a concept on paper (or in my head) come to life. For me, it used to be about saving money- why would I buy something that I can make myself, and at better quality, at that? Nowadays, I don't really think about DIY'ing from a money-saving point of view. Its more about a challenge and a love for making things for my family and my home.
This dollhouse bookshelf just about wiped my love for building things, as it was one of the most difficult projects I've ever built. For starters, I didn't have the right tools. That fact alone added a lot of time to what was considered a "weekend project".  I had to use someone else's band saw because my 10 inch miter saw was not going to cut it (haha, get it?) for this project. To this point, I've build everything from a mitre saw, jig saw, nail gun and power drill. Also, I've never cut out holes from wood- so that was a first. There were a lot of set backs and a lot of frustration and I was thisclose to throwing in the towel. My husband wasn't about to let me do that- he encouraged me to keep going and stick with it, so I did.

Did I mention that this project was considered a weekend project? Let me just clarify that little tidbit by saying that there are new construction homes being built in my neighborhood faster than I built this doll house (slight exaggeration there). I spent roughly 30-35 hours from cutting the lumber to my last coat of paint.

All this to say, I'm so happy that this is done and I'm really proud of this piece. When I was newly pregnant with Kylie, I remember saying "If I have a girl, I'm building her that bookshelf!" If you've read my blog for some time, you know that I love everything Pottery Barn Kids and I always loved the dollhouse bookshelf they used to sell (for $399!). I know that Kylie will love this piece for years to come!
I'm getting really close to the point where I'm happy with how her room is shaping up. I drew a little watercolor flamingo (got this inspiration here)to put over her crib, and I just need to finish putting pictures in some frames that hang as a gallery over her dresser.

I'll post pictures as soon as I'm done. We also tiled our downstairs bath last weekend and are installing the toilet and vanity today! I'm loving how it's coming along and I'll post pictures of that soon as well.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I am so impressed!! You are so talented girl! Even though it took you awhile to build it, the end result is AMAZING. It looks fantastic and she will have it and love it forever, then your grandchildren will too--incredible job!!

Meredith said...

Leslie, Kylie looks so big! She is growing so much!

And I love the bookshelf--I think you did a great job. I also vote that your next project should be to build one or both kiddos a chest. Seriously, I ALWAYS wanted a family heirloom chest!

Lyndsay said...

Oh, I wish I was as talented as you!! That bookshelf looks great! We just bought a similar one for my daughter, but from Target.


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