Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Restoration: Restoring Faded, Discolored Old Windows: From Yellow to Clear Again

Maguiar's does not turn yellow panes to clear again, but they will make them very shiny and eliminate the small scratches and any scuff marks. 

1978 Mattel A Frame Barbie Dream Doll House Red roof yellow floors mod groovy 1970s 1980s custom OOAK window cleaning

Furniture: 1978 A Frame Dream House European Boxed Furniture Sets

Someone asked awhile back about whether or not the furniture ever came as a complete set. Though it did not I did find this bedroom box set online, perhaps it is a foreign issue. It would have been great if they at least did a special box set of all the living room furniture (with lamps) and kitchen and dining room together. Maybe someone good at graphics can cook up some cool images so I can post here.

Notice the different TV and a lamp. 

European issue. 

2nd version

Custom Repaints: June 2014

I like this house because it looks like it could be factory made this way, there is good attention to detail, there is my favorite combo of white walls, and two coordinated colors. This is what I like to see for any house faded beyond recognition. 

The colors themselves arent too bad, i just dont care for green walls. The door is ok, they just need to make a second one to match and a right side planter. 

Aspen ski lodge. 

2013 Beach House (nay A Frame). 

1978 Mattel A Frame Barbie Dream Doll House Red roof yellow floors mod groovy 1970s 1980s custom OOAK 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Vintage Ads: 1984 Wishbook

This lower ad features a rare house circa 1985. It shares many similarities to the 1970's Barbie Dream House such as having a red roof with white balcony railing and gables, 6 total rooms, double front doors and large scale. It's essentially a house version of the townhouse style construction. It would also make a great Starlight house for Jem and her girls.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Customs: 3-story 1970's Dollhouse

To make this house you will have to snap off wall posts to make everything fit, which I do not recommend. The better option is to make a custom first level out of any material you wish, or the 1982 Cottage and then stack them up for multiple levels. Some may like the original yellow and '80's pink together. Its fun and colorful, but just not for me.


Furniture: Foreign Issue 1978 Dream Furniture for the Barbie California Dream House

German issue. Very rarely you'll see these on US Ebay, otherwise you can go to the German site of Ebay, though international shipping and exchange rate will make the price pretty high.

It's hard to imagine this very American style house and play set in a foreign country, but with moonier changes they made it work. I just wish we had the color variations in every country to further customize our collections. 

I wish these were available for us, I like the floor lamp and the red TV and accessories are quite fetching. 

Vintage Print Ad: Rare 1978 Tri Pic

Rare, original ad from '78. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Similar Houses: Others Dare to Compare

HO scale model house. Most likely Pleasantville.

Custom house perhaps? Back when dads would tool around in the woodshop  rather than facebook. 

Fisher Price castle

Random internet image. 

1985 Sylvanian Families House by Epoch. MDF material with plastic resin and wood furniture. 

1950's tin litho house in the cape cod style. 

early 1960' train model house. 

Contemporary Ranch by RGT (Real Good Toys). Wood dollhouse kit YOU assemble. Having built a farmhouse before I can tell you these things suck up a surprising amount of glue, paint and TIME not to mention decor, wall and floor coverings, fixtures and accessories! 

I'm in love...

German looking kit or home made house?? Definitely Mondrian inspired.

Paper dollhouse kit?  Meh...

HO scale train house from Europe in the modern style. 

roof shot of Sylvanian family home. 

Cloverleaf Corners house circa 2012

Very cool, love the fire pit, I would own this. =-)