Okay, so when HomeRight asked me if I wanted to be part of this years IKEA Bookcase Hack challenge I took about two seconds to say yes and jumped at the chance! Then the bookcase arrived. I had no clue what I was going to do with the bookcase, but Josslyn gave me the inspiration I needed! Mostly because after we put the bookcase together she was unable to keep from constantly playing with the bookcase. We even laid it down on the ground so she could play inside. I’m quite positive it’s her happy place! So after some additional thought, I opted for a DIY Dollhouse!
I knew I wanted to change the look of the outside of the bookcase without taking too much time, so I opted to use paint! I prepped the BILLY bookcase (found HERE) by taping of the front and insides of the bookcase and lightly sanding all of the surfaces that I was going to paint!
Next I prepped the paint. I have to say a huge THANK YOU! to Gail from My Repurposed Life for sharing this awesome recipe for a paint with primer on her site! If you want the exact measurements head over and check out her post!
After the paint was ready I prepped my HomeRight Finish Max Pro Sprayer!
I am horrible at cleaning the reservoir that holds the paint so Matt got me some awesome baggies to shorten my cleaning time!
I love the Finish Max Pro Sprayer, the flow control allows me to make sure I am not getting too much paint on the piece I am painting!
After the first coat was nice and dry I very lightly sanded the bookcase surface and wiped any dust clean.
Two coats of paint was all the bookcase needed. I used the Finish Max Pro sprayer again and applied a coat of polycrylic after the paint had a chance to dry. I left the bookcase in the garage for a few days to let the paint set up and cure.
And moved on to more fun, this time inside the house & inside the dollhouse! I wanted the dollhouse to have room dividers so I picked up a piece of primed lumber at the hardware store. Since my shelves are 10″ deep I was able to use a 10″ x 8’x 1″ piece of lumber to create all my dividers. Once they were in the location I wanted them I took a pencil to mark their location and removed them.
Because now it’s time to DECORATE! Wall coverings are the best way to make your dollhouse unique, I opted for some fun scrapbook papers in repeating patterns that coordinated with the color I picked for the bookcase. I cut the papers so they would fit perfectly in each section and attached them to the backing of the bookcase using Glue Dots (found HERE)! With the wallpaper in place I added back the dividers and attached them using a nail gun and glue. They won’t be going anywhere anytime soon! I picked up some dollhouse furniture at the Dollar Tree and once again painted them to match the wallpapers! Who doesn’t love a hot pink side bar?
My parents were kind enough to let us borrow some furniture from their dollhouse. I felt like I was moving off on my own again, with my mom bringing pots and pants for me to use in my new pad!
Don’t forget the most important part of a dollhouse, the ROOF and chimney! The space where Josslyn’s dollhouse is located is a tad tight. Instead of wasting space with a roof I added a vinyl roofline! The best part about this is that when she gets too old for a dollhouse (like this his humanly possibly) we can remove the vinyl and she has a fun bookcase to store her books and favorite items.
For now the “Roof” is a great place for some of her favorite books and toys!
And as for Josslyn, she approves 110% of mom creating a dollhouse for her! She was so excited that she promptly removed all of the furniture in the Master Bedroom and stacked it into a tower on the floor. Girl’s got skills what can I say?!
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