Mom’s Unreal ‘Fixer Upper’ Dollhouse Even Impressed Joanna Gaines

Prepare for a big case of tiny home envy, because one woman’s stunning dollhouse is sure to impress you.

Whether or not you grew up playing with dolls, there’s something about really impressive play-sets – like the Barbie Dream House – that made everybody want one.

But Kwandaa Roberts took inspiration for her three-story playhouse from a more modern source: HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Fixer Upper dollhouse.
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Roberts is a 45-year-old OB-GYN who has been playing with and designing dollhouses since she was a child.

She rediscovered her flair for the hobby when she had her own daughters.

Roberts says she caught herself playing with their dollhouses after they went to sleep.

Fixer Upper dollhouse.
The dollhouse before and after the renovation.Target / Kwandaa Roberts

Her latest project started with a dollhouse from Joanna Gaines’s own Target brand, Hearth and Hand.

Strangely, the original dollhouse didn’t really match the Magnolia Designs style from Fixer Upper.

So Roberts decided to do some renovating.

Roberts rebuilt the house from scratch, turning it into a model home truly worthy of Fixer Upper.

Fixer Upper Dollhouse
The original dollhouse.tinyhousecalls / Instagram

“I said, you know what, I think I’m just going to go all the way out,” she told Today Homes.

And she sure did.

Fixer Upper dollhouse.
The renovated dollhouse.tinyhousecalls / Instagram

The doctor spent two months and about $250 on the project, and we’d move in today if we could.

Just wait until you get a close-up look at all the little details in the house.

Roberts did a major overhaul on the dollhouse, including some small-scale demolitions.

Fixer Upper dollhouse
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The staircases were removed, along with a wall on the first floor to suit her open concept plan.

Almost all of the furniture that came with the home had to be replaced too.

Fixer Upper dollhouse.
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Roberts set a $10 limit for every part of the home, and made most of the decorations herself.

Fixer Upper dollhouse
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Fixer Upper dollhouse
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Look closely and you’ll notice some of her creative touches:

  • The walls and floors are “tiled” using scrapbook paper.
  • Roberts added exposed wooden roof beams.
  • There are working light fixtures.
  • Some of the chairs have been reupholstered with fabric from Michaels.
  • The glass-front shower is made of wood and plexiglass.
  • The front of the home is layered with tiny shiplap.

Some of the furniture has been cleverly re-purposed too.

Fixer Upper dollhouse.
tinyhousecalls / Instagram

Roberts bought the wooden bookshelves, but flipped them upside-down for a “modern” look before adding light fixtures.

And the wicker light in the master bedroom is actually a model chicken coop.

Fixer Upper dollhouse.
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The home even includes tiny copies of Magnolia Journal, and Chip’s book Capital Gaines is on the bedside table.

Fixer Upper dollhouse
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The dollhouse got a lot of attention, but the best feedback of all came from Joanna Gaines herself.

Roberts posted her creation on Instagram for friends and family to enjoy.

But when Joanna Gaines took notice, it became a viral hit, and Roberts gained 30,000 followers overnight.

Joanna Gaines / Instagram

“I can’t get over this amazing doll house finish out?!?” Gaines posted on Instagram.

Now, her adoring fans are telling her they want to steal her ideas to remodel their actual homes.

Roberts is still sharing pictures of her latest projects on her Instagram account and her blog.

But don’t expect more modern designs, because she says her latest project is Victorian-inspired.

Still, Roberts admits to wishing her doll house furniture was life-sized.

Fixer Upper dollhouse
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“I would kill for that copper tub,” she said.

“The tub would only fit my toe, but I literally would like to try… Could I get in it? Is there any way I could soak in that little tub?”

What do you think of this dollhouse?

[H/T: Today]

This Mother’s Hack Will Save You Hours Every Week

If you have a child then you know how tough it can be getting them up and out of bed and off to school every day. If you have a couple of kids, then you know it’s a daily battle to be fought!

But what if you had a system that not only made your kids more likely to get ready faster, but also means you don’t have to scramble around them?

Jessica Louise-Groves knows all about hectic mornings. Raising five kids is never easy, and she eventually got fed up having to run around each morning trying to locate missing shoes, jackets, and homework they had lying around.

It adds to the unnecessary stress that parenting inevitably offers, and if you have found yourself wishing there was a better way, then this could be the answer to your prayers!

Especially when you see the price tag…

The solution that Louise-Groves came up with was an actual organizing plan that her children can take part in!

She built an organization station that houses all of her children’s belonging for the morning, and made it all for less than $100, or about $20 per child!

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“Having this school bag station means both the kids and myself know where all the kids’ school bits are and it keeps things tidy and organised, rather than finding a school bag here and a shoe over there and “where’s my hat” five seconds before we walk out the door,” she says.

She and her husband say they are constantly looking for hacks that help them out with their big family, and they say this is by far the best!

Will you try out this “organization station?”