First look at the Victorian House!
This is the first look at the Victorian house. Since it is the
first look at what I retrieved from the trash, I haven't
cleaned it so that you can see what I actually got.
Etienne, who has some construction skills, is here to
consult on some of the repairs needed. He is
also here for scale.He asks that you don't mention his
skills to his wife Renee, or she will have him fixing
First, Etienne wants you to know that he thinks that the
proportions of Barbie houses are way to small for the
average male doll and action figure. He hates have to bend
down to enter. OK, noted! I do have the front door. It is
just not pictured.
There should be more head room too. OK, OK, OK!
Here is the inside of the house. You can open it up or
close it for more of a real house feel. It has two floors.
The elevator is on a pulley system and it works.
You turn this know and it lifts to the second floor.
Somewhere I heard some talk about wheelchair Becky
was the reason for the lift but I don't know it that is
true. I do think it takes up too much space and I will
probably remove it for that reason.
I do love the corner window. Here is the right side of the
inside of the building. First and second floors. I like the
fire place. I not sure about the built in cabinet.
closeup on the fireplace! This will look good redone.
Etienne stepped outside to look at something while we
checkout the kitchen and bath.
The furniture was missing from this trash find, but hey...
for free... what can you expect. So, there isn't a tub for
the bathroom. I got a really nice but with the Moxie
House that has claw feet. That is the type of tub you
would expect to see in this style house. I think I will
use it of here.
In the kitchen the stove is missing a door
and the cabinets don't open.
There are several faux stain glass windows throughout
the house. It is a nice touch but one is broken. I think
this could be replaced/redone.
Bay window with stain glass sides.
OK, the work! Plastic is discolored in spots and will need
to be painted. Most of the stickers, if not all will need to
be removed too.
I'm not a fan of the stickered rugs. I would have removed
this no matter what shape it was in.
The child/children this house belonged to must have been
aspiring graffiti artists. There is all kinds of writing and
drawing all over the house. There wasn't enough Barbie
symbols for this kid. They wrote a "B" on the porch.
There is some gluing and putty work that needs to be
More art work! Thank goodness it is mostly crayon.
I can't tell what this says.
Even more art work!
Etienne: mumble, grumble, mumble!
Mailbox is a nice touch too!
Windows and putty work.
Over all Etienne thinks that this is a major project! It is
not a home for him but someone else might be up to the
challenge. He will keep looking.
I agree with Etienne that it is a project and one I will do in
stages. I have another doll family in mind for this home.
My question is should I go historic -using the tub as an
inspiration(costly even for a toy house) ,fun-basic paint
job and any furniture-get it done to play with, or just for
a look- a uniformed look/color combo?
I guess after I prime and putty I will know. If not, it may
sit in the beginning stages for a long time. You could help
by sending me picture of what you think it could look like!
P.S. This is a big piece I will have to figure out how and
where I can display it too.