One of my favorite holiday gifts this year has just been given, so I can share it with you all now.
About a month ago, I purchased a Ryan's Room A-frame doll house at the Goodwill. It came with several roomfuls of furniture for a total of $9.99. Retail for the lot would have been $150 or more, but it was in less than savory shape. The house's previous owner had covered much of it with marker scribblings, a house number, stickers, etc.
(The photo is of a colorful wooden doll house covered in scribbling, stickers, etc.)
Knowing my small friend Y. was wanting a doll house for Christmas, I thought maybe I could do some touch-ups on this and make it good-as-new for her. Today, she and her Pepe came to visit us, and she left with this:
(The picture shows the same doll house, newly painted in bright colors.)
It's amazing what a little cleaning, sanding, and painting will do.
Now, if I get the furniture done before her birthday...