A New Roof And Flooring For The Dollhouse Bookcase

It's the first Thursday of the month and you know what that means? An update on our project house! 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

My dollhouse is made from a Repurposed IKEA Billy Bookcase and is a work in progress. Barbie & Ken's new house will be decorated and furnished with repurposed thrift store finds and items found around our house. I'm looking forward to sharing progress updates with you on the first Thursday of every month.

Dollhouse Bookcase - New Roof and Flooring

Dollhouse Bookcase Roof Flooring Top View

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.

Repurposed IKEA Billy Bookcase After

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!

Dollhouse Bookcase Roof Floor Update

New whitewashed hardwood flooring...

Dollhouse Bookcase Whitewashed Hardwood Floors

New black and white stenciled checkerboard kitchen floors...

Dollhouse Bookcase Checkerboard Kitchen Floor

Pretty papered second bedroom floor...

Dollhouse Bookcase Papered Floor

So here's how I did it...

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Phase One Recap - Interior walls and paint

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 roof

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.

Dollhouse Bookcase Pitched Roof Installation

Phase Two - Hardwood floors

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

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 Checkerboard Stenciled Floor

Phase Two - Decoupaged paper bedroom floor

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.

Dollhouse Bookcase Roof And Flooring

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  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!

    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

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

    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

  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‘―

    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. 😏

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

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

  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!

    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.

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

    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!

  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

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

  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!)

    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.

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


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