Bookcase Doll House

Well, lots has happened since I last blogged. We survived a week with my husband away on a business trip (I know, I know, I sound like a whimp, but I just truly am), I turned yet another year older (I’m to the point where I choose not to remember how old I am), we made it through a health scare within our family (thank you so much to all of you who prayed for us), and my sisters and I successfully hosted a baby shower for my nephew-to-be (more on that later). All excuses for why I haven’t blogged sooner.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m sharing my little girls’ room with you over the next few weeks.

Ever since my beloved doll house mysteriously disappeared after a family yard sale when I was, oh, I don’t know, probably too old to own a doll house, I dreamed of having a daughter and building doll houses together. It was one of the first things I thought about when I found out we were having a girl, and then another girl came along…even more chances to fulfill my dreams!

The problem is, at 3 and 5, my girls aren’t quite ready for the intricate houses and furniture that I love and my nerdy self could totally get lost in, so we compromised and built a doll house from a book case. This is far from an original idea, in the interest of full disclosure. Do a quick search on bookcase doll houses and you’ll find dozens of different examples. Here is ours.

Full View

I bought my book case for $25 from our local bargain box store, Bargain Hunt (originally from Target). I taped scrapbook  paper to the back; that way if it gets colored on, or we get tired of the patterns (one of the two is bound to happen), I can easily swap it out and tape up a new piece of scrapbook paper. I love the furniture I found on clearance at K-Mart; it’s sturdy wood and nice and chunky for little fingers.

I added a few personalized touches, like the mirror in bedroom made from a small picture frame and foil…

Level 1

…a chalkboard made from construction paper in the dining room on the second level…

Level 2

…and some custom artwork by my five year old in the wardrobe room on the lower level.

Level 3

I added a few painted shutters on the outside just to make it a little more house-like.

Side View

Now, the last part, I have to admit, was purely for me, because it’s a little too high and messy for the girls to really play with. I added a rooftop garden with some moss I had on hand and some items I found in the Hobby Lobby spring section.

Rooftop Garden

My girls and I have had so much fun putting this doll house together and playing dolls together. I hope this is just the beginning of a lifelong tradition for us. Or at least until they’re teenagers and realize their mom is a nerd and no longer share my interests.

3 thoughts on “Bookcase Doll House

  1. Love it Rachel! I love all of your little touches so much. My favorite is the original artwork. That is incredible, such a good idea! That is something I’ve always wanted to do with my girls too and this is such a do-able way to make it happen!

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  2. Pingback: My Little Girls’ Room Reveal | Trailer Trash Treasure Trove

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