Doesn't this dollhouse look assembled and painted to you? I was so pleased with myself that I found one that was NOT a kit! Nowhere in the description of this dollhouse was it described as being a kit. Now it may have said "some assembly required", but I'm thinking snap a few walls together and you're ready to go. Not so much.
Here he is after another couple of hours. What's that I detect on Big D's face? Maybe he's thinking about all the other things he could have been doing. Maybe he's just a little upset at his naive wife who really thought that for the same price as those awful kits, she was buying a wooden dollhouse that was already put together! Maybe he's thinking that if he had known it would be this much trouble he would have started from scratch with his own plans and materials. I know he's thinking this had better hold together! Meanwhile, Twinkle Toes is loving every minute of this. She hovers over her dad planning this room and then that. He let her choose the color of the "tower room" last night and they painted it red. (Yes, this is the same red that was meant to be for my kitchen cabinets. Sigh.) I know that for as long as Twinkle Toes lives, if she only remembers one Christmas present from one Christmas, this will be it. I'm an idiot, but God turned my mistake into a wonderful father-daughter project that means so much more to her than any pre-assembled perfectly painted dollhouse would have.