Dollhouse Bookcase - New Pitched Roof and Flooring

It's the first Thursday of the month and you know what that means? An update on our recent fixer-upper house, the miniature variety. If you missed my post last week, thanks to the inspiration found in Jen Crider's Amazing Furniture Makeovers book, I finally started a dollhouse. Something I've been itching to do for a few years now. This month I'm sharing an update on Phase two that involves a new roof and flooring for the dollhouse bookcase.

Phase Two IKEA Billy Dollhouse Bookcase

I've started a dollhouse series where once a month I share how to repurpose thrift store and dollar store finds into fun dollhouse furniture and accessories. Even the dollhouse is a Repurposed IKEA Billy Bookcase!

What makes this dollhouse extra special is that I'm making it for my sweet granddaughter. She's only eight months old so I have some time to work on it.

Dollhouse Bookcase - New Pitched Roof and Flooring


Pitched Roof Dollhouse Bookcase

Phase One - Repurposing an IKEA Billy Bookcase

In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of where we began. Starting with this IKEA Billy Bookcase from our local Salvation Army store for $14.99.


Repurposed IKEA Billy Bookcase Before

This is what it looked like upon completion of phase one. It looks so much prettier painted white but still looking rather plain.

White Dollhouse Bookcase

This is what it looks like now, after the completion of phase two. Still, a long way to go but the flooring is finished and it now has a roof!

DIY Child's Dollhouse Bookcase

New whitewashed hardwood flooring...

Dollhouse Bookcase With Real Hardwood Floors

New black and white stenciled checkerboard kitchen floors...

Dollhouse Bookcase With Checkerboard Kitchen Floor

Pretty papered second bedroom floor...

Dollhouse Bookcase Decoupaged Scrapbook Paper Floor

So here's how I added a pitched roof and flooring to the dollhouse bookcase...

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Phase One Recap - Interior walls and paint for the dollhouse bookcase

We removed two of the shelves and repurposed them into interior walls.

Dollhouse Bookcase Repurposed Shelf Interior Walls

The walls were attached to the bookcase with particle board screws. Once the screw holes were filled, the bookcase was lightly sanded with a 150 grit sandpaper to give the paint some bite. Next, it received two coats of primer followed by two coats of pure white Behr Premium Plus paint. Those of you who've been following me for some time are probably shocked that I didn't use chalk paint. Truth is I didn't have any in the shop and used what I had on hand.

Phase Two - A new pitched roof for the dollhouse bookcase

The dollhouse was begging for something on the top and so we made a 4/12 pitched roof with a sheet of 3/4-inch pine and attached it much the same way we did the interior walls. To dress it up we added 1-inch decorative trim.

You may be wondering why we didn't use the two extra shelves to form a peaked roof so we'd have a ceiling and attic space as a fourth floor on the dollhouse. I did consider that option but the height of the attic would have been too tall for a small child to reach.

Pitched Roof Dollhouse Bookcase

Phase Two - Hardwood floors for the dollhouse bookcase

I knew I wanted hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, and master bedroom and so I used these jumbo wood craft sticks to make them.

Dollhouse Bookcase Hardwood Floor Supplies

The rounded ends were marked with a small square and pencil then cut with sharp multi-purpose scissors and glued with Gorilla Wood Glue. An alternative would be to decoupage wood floor scrapbook paper.

Dollhouse Bookcase Unfinished Hardwood Floors

Much like you would the real thing, I sanded the floors with a mouse sander and 150 grit sanding pad to smooth out the ridges and uneven boards. Then with a lint-free rag, I stained them with Espresso Gel Stain.

Dollhouse Bookcase Hardwood Floor Stain

I swore I took a photo of the stained hardwood floors but apparently, I either deleted it by accident or my memory ain't what it used to be (probably the later).

While I liked the dark espresso finish it just felt a little too dark so once the stain dried I gave the floors a whitewash with chalk paint. One part water to one part pure white chalk paint and brushed on with a chip brush and wiped with a lint-free rag. It took two coats of whitewash to get a finish I was happy with.

Phase Two - Checkerboard kitchen floor for the dollhouse bookcase

The plan was to decoupage black and white checkerboard scrapbook paper onto the kitchen floor but unfortunately, I couldn't find any. So I grabbed my checkerboard stencil and black acrylic paint and stenciled them on instead.

Dollhouse Bookcase Stenciled Checkerboard Floor

Phase Two - Decoupaged scrapbook paper bedroom floor for the dollhouse bookcase

I did manage to find a pretty scrapbook paper that I liked for the second bedroom floor. I'm too dang lazy to measure so instead I laid the paper upside down and made a crease with my hand where the paper needed cut. I used a paper cutter to get nice straight cuts and brushed Mod Podge onto both the floor and back of the paper and pressed the wrinkles out with a decoupage brayer.

Dollhouse Bookcase Papered Floor Install

I hope you join me next month for phase three where the plan is wall coverings, baseboards, front door, windows, window boxes, and window treatments. Whew, that sounds like an ambitious undertaking. I hope I manage to get it all done in time.

If you have any questions about this makeover, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

You can find my inspiration piece on page 119 of Jen Crider's Amazing Furniture Makeovers book. Her book has already made the best seller list on Amazon.

Homemade Dollhouse Bookcase

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.


23 comments

  1. Having fun yet, LOL. Wait until you get to the fun stuff---refurnishing it, can't wait to see what you choose to do, Marie!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I'm having too much fun! I have so many ideas running through my head on how and what I want to use to furnish it.

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    1. Thank you Tania! Oh my gosh, I knew a dollhouse was going to be fun but not this much fun. My brain is swirling with ideas for this thing. LOL

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  3. I will be looking forward to all the phases of the remodel. I love what you have done so far.

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    1. Thank you very much Debra! I'm glad you like what you see so far and will be coming back to see more. xo

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  4. I love what you e done so far Marie! Can’t wIt to see what else you have planned. Barbies were my fav when I was a kid! πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸ‘―

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    1. So glad you like the updates so far, Denise! My head is swarming with ideass for this dollhouse. Funny thing is, I wasn't a big Barbie fan growing up. You could find me either at the kitchen table designing and drawing houses or in the sandbox making roads for Tonkas. LOL I hope to give this to my granddaughter when she's older. She's only 8 months old so I have time to get it done. 😏

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  5. Marie,
    Love this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Glad you like my project house, Debbie! It's a work in progress and way too much fun πŸ˜‰

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  6. How cool is this, transformation!! Barbie is going to LOVE here new abode I'm sure!! Can't wait to see what you do next, Marie!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sam, I'm glad you like it so far! Can't wait to get started on the windows and front door.

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  7. Re-using the bookcase for a dollhouse is a fabulous idea. It's cute and economical!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! I'm all about economical furniture makeovers and repurposed thrift store home decor around here. But what I like most about using a bookcase for a dollhouse is that it won't take up a lot of room in child's bedroom. That child being my granddaughter!

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  8. Wow, you made a lot of progress Marie. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the whitewashed floors and the black and white tiles in the kitchen. So mod ;-) Like everyone else I can't wait to see what you'll be doing next. It's going to look stunning

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle 😊 Means a lot coming from you, the Queen of amazing miniatures!

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  9. This seems like such a fun project to do. I hope someday there will be some little girls in my life (mom of boys!)

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    1. It IS such a fun project, Vanessa! I'm making this one for my granddaughter who is only 8 months old, so I have lots of time to finish it. LOL Finger's crossed for granddaughters in your life one day too.

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  10. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  11. I am enjoying this ride so far, Marie! How fun are those hardwood floors?! Amazing!

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    1. Thank you Julie, I'm glad you're enjoying the dollhouse series so far!

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  12. This is absolutely adorable! What a great idea! I only wish I had thought to do this when my daughter was little. (Some day I may have grandkids, and I will make this!) I'm featuring it at Thursday Favorite Things today at my blog. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you very much Pam for the feature! This has been a fun project so far and I can't wait to keep working on it. I'm doing it for my granddaughter but she's only 8 months old so I have some time to get it done. LOL

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