Repurposed IKEA Billy Dollhouse Bookcase

We bought a project house! Something I've been wanting to do for at least three years. There is 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 dollhouse bookcase later this year!

It all happened thanks to the inspiration found in Jen Crider's new book, Amazing Furniture Makeovers. Jen is a friend of mine who I've known for several years and she blogs over at Girl In The Garage. You may be familiar with her gorgeous makeovers, especially if you've been following our monthly Furniture Fixer Uppers group.

I'm so excited for her and genuinely think her book is so pretty that I have it on display with my other coffee table books! The book includes 25 stunning furniture makeovers complete with step-by-step tutorials with accompanying photos. If you've been itching to update an old piece of furniture but too afraid or don't know where to start, then Amazing Furniture Makeovers is for you!


I'm so inspired by many of the pieces in her book, including the one on the cover pictured above. I was shocked at how easy it is to get the look after she broke down the steps for us. But when I saw the makeover on page 119 where she transformed the top of this vintage hutch...

Repurposed Hutch To Dollhouse Before

and turned it into this adorable dollhouse...

Repurposed Hutch To Dollhouse

...she gave me just the inspiration and motivation I needed to FINALLY make the dollhouse I've been itching to do for several years now.

Repurposed IKEA Billy Dollhouse Bookcase - Phase One


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 I have plans to pretty it up.

IKEA Billy Dollhouse Bookcase Before

Two shelves were removed and sliced 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 into my dollhouse.

Dollhouse Bookcase Transformation

The furniture pictured above is temporary. I plan on furnishing my dollhouse with repurposed thrift store finds.

Dollhouse Bookcase Phase One

Unfortunately, I couldn't get all the finishing touches done in time so this dollhouse will be a work in progress. I welcome you to join me on the first Thursday of every month to follow the latest updates to my project house.

Phase Two - Roof and Flooring
Phase Three - Front Door, Windows, Wallcoverings coming soon!

The Amazing Furniture Makeovers book is available for preorder on Amazon, or for my Canadian readers here on Amazon.ca, or Book Depository for free worldwide shipping for those residing outside of Canada or the United States.

You can find more information on Jen Crider's new book Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects To Transform Thrifted Finds Into Beautiful Custom Pieces 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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