Post # 1
Has anyone ever bought a dollhouse kit? I’m buying one for my husband for Christmas this year so he can put it together for our daughter’s birthday in June. I’m having such an issue picking the right one, though! For one, it seems like quality dollhouse kits are pretty expensive. Secondly, my husband really wants a project, so I want to get him something he can work on for a while.
So far, these are my top two contenders:
This one is beautiful, and I found it for only $200.00 on amazon, but the reviews of Greenleaf products are generally kinda low. We’d probably spend at least another $300 buying the finishing supplies, furniture and dolls. It would take a while to complete, which is perfect!
I don’t like the overall exterior of this one as much, but it is very big. The reviews for this line of dollhouses by Melissa and Doug are pretty good. It’s the same price as the Greenleaf dollhouse, but we would spend less to finish and furnish it (maybe only $150). On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like it takes that long to assemble, so it wouldn’t be as much of a project for my husband to work on.
Thoughts? Does anyone have experience with either of these lines or in building a dollhouse from a kit? Any help is much appreciated!
Post # 3
@Mrs. Spring: My Future Sister-In-Law has a Melissa and Doug dollhouse for her two daughters. I didn’t know this b/c I don’t see them that often and purchased a much smaller wooden castle dollhouse. :/
Anyways, she loves Melissa and Doug toys and her daughters love their doll house.
EDIT: I’m pretty sure it’s this one: http://www.melissaanddoug.com/victorian-doll-house
Post # 4
@beekiss: That one comes in a kit, too! We have other Melissa and Doug toys, and I really like them, too. They’re pretty quality toys, in my opinion.
Also, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought my nephew something he already has. Now, I stick to things I know his mom will never buy for him… like playdough. 🙂
Post # 5
@Mrs. Spring: Sigh, I love my future nieces but it’s so hard to purchase for them. It actually causes me a lot of anxiety. I’m pretty certain they have every Melissa and Doug toy out there (their mother requested only wood toys and loves M&D) so I struggle with what to get them for their birthdays and Christmas, plus they have a new little brother so I worry about choking hazards. Books are safe gifts which I’ve done in the past (I gifted books that they would read later). But yeah, M&D stuff is nice especially since it lasts through multiple kids and I appreciate that they manufacture mostly in the U.S.
I’m sure whatever you kit you choose will be great fun for your daughter and future children! 🙂
Post # 7
Dude – we prob still have the dollhouse kit my parents bought me as a kid and never put together in the basement at my mom’s house! Wish I was there to hunt it down and send it to you – it was beautiful 🙂 I had another hammy down dollhouse that I loved!!! I played with it through elementary and middle school!! I loved all the furniture and what not 🙂
Post # 8
I hope your husband loves projects like this, because it is a ton of work. I would recommend you start off with a simple floor plan and not too many decorative woodworking pieces on the house. If you want to decorate the interior walls with wallpaper, you have to pre-plan before you put the house together.
Post # 9
I still have my dollhouse that my grandma put together for me when I was little. It is one of my most treasured things. I couldn’t tell you the brand, but it was a kit that she put together from scratch, finished, wall papered, and furnished. I love it so much!
Post # 10
Thanks, guys! I think I am going to go with the Melissa and Doug dollhouse. It’s simpler and won’t take as much time, but I want to make sure it’s not so difficult he gets frustrated with it. I think this one fits the bill!
Post # 11
Good price. I really like second one which has shown by you. After Christmas and Halloween.. Usually I take some of the things like a village stuff that everyone sells..