Monday, September 7, 2009

Meet The Behemoth


This is the little one's future Christmas present: a gigantic, nearly four-foot tall bookcase that I am turning into a dollhouse. The fun part will be painting, wallpapering, making little curtains and rugs, etc. The harder part will be getting together the furniture without spending a lot of money. Have you seen how much dollhouse furniture costs!? Holy cow. Anyway, here is the starting point, and I will update as I go along. If you know of any great dollhouse furniture sources, please let me know!


13 comments:

Katherine said...

use the michael's 40% off coupons and they have unfinished ones there. also, ebay seems to have a lot.

Hi, I'm Lyndsay said...

this is such a nice idea, my Mom did this for us when we were girls, for furniture, she covered little boxes with fabric and construction paper, and then you can use sharpies to draw on them, you can make couches and beds, televisions, stove, fridge, armchairs, anything rectangular! ...so really inexpensive, we loved it!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a beautiful project! I did a small 4 room Polly Pocket for one of my daughters years ago. For another, I bought a kit. And what I found for doll's furniture was mostly at a dollar store! They were push out & put together pieces made of a soft pressboard (they had little tabs that I glued in place. Then I painted or stained them. And for the chairs & sofas, I covered little foam cushions in fabric & glued them in place. They weren't as sophisticaated as store bought, but they did turn out beautifully. Check out Michaels and see if they have anything like that.

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Oh, how I love this! If I ever have a girl she will definitely have a dollhouse like this.

The last time I went down the toy clearance aisle at Target, I saw some Play Wonder (?? I think...whatever the Target brand is) dollhouse furniture. They were already finished, though.

Please share pics along the way!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a great project - my daughters play with the one that I played with growing up!

Amy said...

I agree with Katherine..I got lots here and there with my 40% off coupon and sometimes with a 50% coupon. I never did finish the dollhouse bookshelf so I am looking forward to seeing your finished result!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Wow, that is big! She is going to love it. Let me know how I can contribute!

Embellished Bayou said...

What a great idea to make a dollhouse out of an old bookcase! I spent hours playing with my dollhouse when I was little, so I'm sure your little one will enjoy it. But you're right, it can get expensive!

Grace said...

I love it! I bought a ton of dollhouse furniture years ago from an antique megastore in town. They're usually vintage, old, but very cute! I cherish those times I spent playing with my dollhouse!

Veronica said...

I found some dressers on ETSY. They're $9.99 each or 4 for $29.99. I don't know if that's too expensive for your projects or not.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30206447&ref=fp_feat_11

Megan said...

I always like looking at the dollhouse furniture at Hobby Lobby and have seen it on sale for 50% off.

kawaii crafter said...

I'm having one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments. I purchased a Plantoy's dollhouse for my daughter a while back. I really like it but I like your idea better. Can't wait to see the finished product.

TheClassy Woman said...

This is such a great idea, it's so cute! My mom bought me a 5' tall Barbie house when I was about 5 yrs old and she found some small wicker furniture (I wish I still had it, it would have been so vintage!). However, about a year later it didn't take me long to turn it into a completely organized bookshelf, and so began my career as Professional Organizer/Home Stager at age 6. lol. It's amazing how what we are interested in as a child rings true as an adult, now I run this biz: http://www.FloridaHomeStager.com if anyone is in FL looking for Decor/home Staging advice. ;)