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
(and yes, my princess daughter loves to be carted around by grandma. She can be so silly)
Here is our Bookshelf turned 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.
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.