Bookshelf To Dollhouse

11 Aug

My dad has a tradition of making his granddaughters dollhouses. He usually does it from scratch, but while driving passed a garage sale one weekend, my parents found a tall (about 5 ft!) bookshelf that was painted to be sort of a barbie house inside. They immediately saw a gem- and with the 3 of us combining our creativity it became a great dollhouse! I don’t have a great before picture, but it was just a simple bookshelf! If you can ignore the goofy picture of my daughter (obviously, this picture wasn’t taken as a “before” picture on purpose, it just so happens to be the only shot we have of it before the redo), you can see how it was when my parent’s bought it for $10
Before Bookshelf to Dollhouse
(and yes, my princess daughter loves to be carted around by grandma. She can be so silly)
Here is our Bookshelf turned Dollhouse:

Bookshelf To Dollhouse

My dad did the wood work and my mom did the painting. Dad added a back and doors on hinges to the front. The doors have magnetic closure and pull knobs on the “dollhouse doors” to open it by. My mom painted all the shutters, stone work, shrubs, flowers, window arches and doors all by hand! She is amazing! I used my vinyl machine to do the white window panes and the fancy arch work.


When my daughter saw Grandma doing some of the painting, she wanted to help. We let her design the back, for memories sake. Growing up, my siblings and I always marked our territory by drawing on our things. Even my little sister crawled under her bunk bed and wrote her name on the bottom. We didn’t find until we moved houses years later! Too funny.

Inside Dollhouse

I fear these pictures just aren’t doing it justice. It is an incredible piece. The shutters and the stonework under each window are actually paint stirrer sticks cut to size (paint stirrer sticks are free at most hardware/home improvement stores). I really like how it adds a three dimensional look to the front. The blue molding along the top, along with the brown molding at the bottom of the doorway adds just the right finishing touch.



This post was originally posted 8/2/12 but has since been redone- adding only a picture of the “before” as the change.

12 Responses to “Bookshelf To Dollhouse”

  1. Sarah August 2, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    What a fabulous idea and it turned out amazing!!

  2. Brittany @ Crafty Mischief August 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Wow! Your dollhouse turned out beautifully! What a treasure for your little girl!

  3. Ruth at number 29 August 3, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    This is brilliant! My daughter is only 3 months old. But I shall pin this and start nagging my husband!

  4. Robin August 3, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    What an awesome idea!!!! I am your newest follower! I blog over at hope you will stop by and do the same. I also have an awesome giveaway going on right now with a Cricut Machine! It onlt has hours left on it so hurry and enter!


  5. Rachel August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Wow! That looks so cool! I always wanted a dollhouse growing up…I finally have one now, but it’s definitely nice to have one to play with all along!

  6. Danielle August 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I love the way this came out! I would love for you to link this up to me Feature Friday Linky Party.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  7. Debra Elliott August 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Great idea! Stopping by from the weekend wrap up party

  8. debi Beard August 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    such a great idea thanks for the great DIY! I have a dollhouse sitting above my kitchen cabinets, it holds paper towel rolls, canned goods and extra dishes!

  9. Erin August 12, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    So cute!

  10. Lauren August 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    That dollhouse came out great! How adorable! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party

  11. Crafty and Cooking Momma August 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I love this!! Stopping by from Happy Hour Projects.

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. The Boat: Trash To Treasure - SmallFinePrintSmallFinePrint - December 9, 2012

    […] they turned into a dollhouse. That was truly an amazing transformation. If you missed it, see it here. This time around, they weren’t meaning to go to garage sales but happen to drive passed one […]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Read previous post:
Labeling Folders

 It's back to school time, and although I don't have any kids in school (yet), my project today can definitely spice...