From IKEA Billy Bookcase To Adorable Dollhouse

We bought a fixer-upper, a miniature version! Something I've been wanting to do for at least three years.



A fun project house with lots to do like new windows, doors, flooring, wallpaper, and the list goes on. Barbie and Ken are due to move into their repurposed IKEA Billy bookcase dollhouse sometime within the next year.



How to repurpose an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an adorable dollhouse inspired by the Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, a fun IKEA furniture hack idea!

Repurposed IKEA Billy Bookcase Dollhouse

It all happened thanks to the inspiration found in Jen Crider's new book, Amazing Furniture Makeovers. I've known Jen for several years and she blogs over at Girl In The Garage.



You may be familiar with her gorgeous furniture makeovers if you've been following our monthly Furniture Fixer Uppers group.



How to repurpose an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an adorable dollhouse inspired by the Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, a fun IKEA furniture hack idea!

I genuinely love her book and I'm so excited for her. In fact, I have her book on display with my other coffee table books. Her book includes 25 stunning furniture makeovers, each complete with step-by-step tutorials.



If you've been itching to update an old piece of furniture but don't know where to start, then Amazing Furniture Makeovers is for you!



When I flipped the page over to 119 where she repurposed the top of a vintage hutch into a dollhouse, the inspiration for my IKEA Billy Bookcase dollhouse was born.



How to repurpose an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an adorable dollhouse inspired by the Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, a fun IKEA furniture hack idea!

I mean, look how cute her dollhouse is!



How to repurpose an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an adorable dollhouse inspired by the Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, a fun IKEA furniture hack idea!

I've been itching to do a dollhouse for many years. Thanks to Jen's book, I'm making that a reality and having such fun. I find it mesmerizing working on dollhouse miniatures.



Instead of a hutch, we found this IKEA Billy bookcase at our local Salvation Army store for $14.99. It is rather plain compared to the lovely curvy details on Jen's hutch but it has so much dollhouse potential.



How to repurpose an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an adorable dollhouse inspired by the Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, a fun IKEA furniture hack idea!

We removed two shelves and cut them into room divider walls. I love how bright and fresh Jen's dollhouse looks painted white and so I painted mine white as well.



I'm on the hunt for the perfect scrapbook paper for the walls and floors. I'll be referring back to Jen's dollhouse tutorial when it's time to decoupage them on to my dollhouse.



The furniture pictured in ours is temporary as I plan on furnishing the dollhouse with repurposed thrift store finds and DIY projects.



How to repurpose an IKEA Billy Bookcase into an adorable dollhouse inspired by the Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, a fun IKEA furniture hack idea!

In fact, since this post was written I made a dollhouse fireplace with a realistic flickering flame. I would love for you to follow my dollhouse transformation here on my Dollhouse page.



If you'd like Jen's book, it is available on Amazon Amazing Furniture Makeovers, or you can learn more at Girl In The Garage.



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  1. How absolutely adorable, Marie!! Bookcases are good for so many things, including books. Huge congrats to Jen too!

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  2. Oh I've just begun this sweet bookcase dollhouse makeover! I have so many ideas for decorating it floating around in my head. Jen's book inspiration is the gift that will keep on giving!

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  3. Oh yay!!! I'm so excited you have a dollhouse to work on now!!! Can't wait to see what you have in store!

    Tania

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    1. So excited! I wish I could've found a hutch like Jen but those are few and far between or come with a hefty price tag. Can't wait to share the latest updates!

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  4. How exciting for your friend to have a book published that shows her beautiful talents. The bookcase make over is so sweet. Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend sweet friend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. I know right, we're pretty excited for her! I can't wait to share the progress of my dollhouse bookcase makeover every month. Pretty floors, walls and a roof coming soon!

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  5. Woohoo to Jen for her new book! it looks gorgeous and full of amazing ideas! And love your dollhouse Marie. Can't wait to see what you do with it. I'm itching to wallpaper those little walls or stencil a little floor LOL ;)

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    1. Girl, you have no idea how excited I am to wallpaper and lay flooring in those little rooms. But first windows, a door, and a roof!

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  6. Ha, ha, now you are in trouble NOW,---falling down the Barbie/Ken rabbit hole. Cute start---! I will definitely have to log in for those posts!

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    1. I am doing a rapid fall down that rabbit hole, Sandi! LOL Everywhere I look now I see potential dollhouse materials.

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  7. Thank you for your sweet post, Marie! xo I have no doubt that your dollhouse will be adorable! I had plans to do a lot more to mine but I probably wouldn't have finished any of my other book makeovers! LOL

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    1. Jen, your dollhouse IS adorable, love the pretty papers you decoupaged in each room. Seriously, I'm not even finished reading your beautiful book and I'm itching to try a version of at least one of the makeovers from each chapter. You're going to keep me very busy! LOL

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  8. Ooooooeeeee Marie, I'm super excited to see how your dolls house turns out. You are going to have so much fun making miniature things to dollying ;-) it up. I can't wait. I'll also be ordering Jen's book. It's sounds amazing

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    1. Oh Michelle, you'll love her book! I want to try all the techniques she features in it. As for my dollhouse, OMG, is this going to be fun! Roof is on, hardwood floor installation happening, and wallpaper this week so be sure to pop over on Thursday to check it out.

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  9. This will be very fun to watch your transformation of this bookcase into a dollhouse! Always fun to watch a mini-house renovation! ;-) Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

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    1. So glad you feel that way, Julie! In phase two I gave it a new roof, hardwood floors, and black & white checkered kitchen floor. Such a fun project!

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  10. Marie, thank you so much for linking up this darling dollhouse bookcase. I'm going to include this as one of my features on Tuesday Turn About this week!

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    1. But wait until you see Phase Two, which I'm sharing this week at your party! New roof, hardwood floors, black & white checkered kitchen floor. Such a fun project and I have so many ideas swirling around in my head. Thank you so much for featuring Phase One! xo

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  11. LOVE this!! I have had the idea of creating a true dream dollhouse for YEARS! I need to just make the leap. So fun!

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. Me too Alexandra and I'm so thrilled that, thanks to Jen's book, I'm FINALLY doing it AND having so much fun!

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