Dollhouse Bookcase Wallpaper and Wood Baseboards

Time for another dollhouse bookcase update and this month I had so much fun adding faux brick and plaster wallpaper and installing miniature real wood baseboards in each room. It was so easy to create the look of the real thing with scrapbook paper and small wood trim readily available at our local home improvement store.

Dollhouse Bookcase Faux Brick Kitchen Walls

Dollhouse Bookcase Wallpaper and Wood Baseboards

I also mixed some floral scrapbook paper for faux wallpaper in some of the rooms. Like the master bedroom where I mixed faux plaster paper with small floral print paper in the same color family.

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase Faux Plaster Walls

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I'm amazed by the array of papers available nowadays and I had so much fun searching for just the right ones to compliment the real hardwood floors I added last month. You can catch that update here in my Dollhouse New Pitched Roof and Flooring post.

Dollhouse Bookcase Large Floral Faux Wallpaper

Decoupaging the paper on to the walls was not difficult nor was installing the miniature wood baseboards.  Both took about an hour each to install and I'll show you how further along in the post.

Dollhouse Bookcase Miniature Wood Baseboards

I should mention that I'm building this dollhouse for my granddaughter who is turning one this week. I have a year to work on it before she gets it for her second birthday.

Dollhouse Bookcase Faux Wallpaper

The dollhouse and everything in it, including the furnishings, are and will be made from repurposed and recycled materials. I share updates on the first Thursday every month if you'd like to follow along.

Repurposed Bookcase Dollhouse Entry Walls

Doesn't the brick scrapbook paper look realistic?

Repurposed Dollhouse Bookcase Faux Brick Walls

How the dollhouse all began

But first, let's recap to the very beginning. The dollhouse started as an IKEA Billy Bookcase inspired by page 119 of my friend Jen's Amazing Furniture Makeovers book. You can see the transformation here in my Repurposed IKEA Billy Bookcase Dollhouse post.

Repurposed Bookcase Dollhouse Before

Once the bookcase was transformed into a dollhouse, the next phase was adding windows with cute little window boxes made from tongue depressors.

The adorable front door is made from a repurposed jewelry box. You can catch that update here in my Dollhouse Front Door and Windows post.

Here's what it looks like now...

Dollhouse Bookcase Papered Walls With Baseboards

Supply List

Brick scrapbook paper
Plaster Scrapbook Paper
Floral Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Foam Brush or Chip Brush
Plastic Craft Squeegee
Plastic Sandwich Bag
Crafting Paper Cutter
Retractable Craft Knife
1/4 inch x 13/32 inch Ornamental Colonial Trim Mouldings
Mitre Box With Saw
Heavy Duty Hot Glue Gun

How to decoupage papered dollhouse walls

Helpful Tips for papering the dollhouse walls

I had a few, what was I thinking, oops moments along the way and thought I'd share some helpful tips so you don't make the same mistakes I did.
  • Remove the back of the bookcase if you can. It is much easier to paper the walls without it.
  • Don't add trim to the windows until AFTER you've papered the walls. I ended up removing all the trim around the windows and entry door and regluing them later.
  • Apply the Mod Podge onto the walls and not the paper.
  • Allow the Mod Podge to dry before trimming the excess paper otherwise you risk peeling the paper.

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase Backing Wallpaper Grid

How to decoupage the back panel of the dollhouse

  1. Before removing the back of the bookcase, draw pencil lines along the walls and floors (pictured above).
  2. Cut the scrapbook paper to size for each room following the pencil grid from the previous step.
  3. Working one room at a time, brush Mod Podge onto one wall and line up the scrapbook paper with the grid. Remove any air bubbles with a plastic squeegee tool.
  4. If there are any visible air pockets put your hand inside a plastic sandwich bag and rub your fingers to flatten them out.
  5. If that doesn't do the trick prick a little hole with a needle into the air bubble and rub with your fingers.

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase Backing Wallpapered

How to decoupage the interior walls of the dollhouse

  1. Working one room at a time, line the paper up with the outside edge of the dollhouse and the ceiling.
  2. Run your finger along the bottom edge and the inside edge of the wall to make a crease where the paper needs to be trimmed.
  3. Cut the paper along the creases with a crafters paper cutter.
  4. Don't worry if the wall has a window or door, you're going to paper right over them!
  5. Working in sections from the ceiling down, brush Modge Podge onto the wall (not the paper) about 2-3 inches down.
  6. Line your paper up and rub it with the plastic squeegee tool to remove any wrinkles and air bubbles. It's inevitable that you'll get some stubborn wrinkles and air bubbles - embrace the imperfections, they add character. 
  7. Brush Mod Podge another 2-3 inches down and repeat step 6, working your way down to the bottom of the wall. Leave the paper covering the windows and doors until AFTER the paper is dry.
  8. If there are any visible air pockets put your hand inside a plastic sandwich bag and rub your hand over them. 
  9. If that doesn't do the trick prick a little hole with a needle into the air bubble and rub with your fingers.
  10. Once the paper is completely dry, carefully remove the paper around the windows and doors with a small retractable craft knife and sharp blade.
  11. Repeat these steps for every wall in each room of the dollhouse.

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase Decoupaged Walls
Paper Decoupaged Right Over The Window Opening

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase Decoupaged Wall Window Opening
Cut Window Opening After Decoupaged Paper Is Dry 

How to add wood baseboards to the dollhouse

Now that the walls are all pretty, it's time to finish them to look just like a real house. First, nail the papered backing onto the dollhouse bookcase with small finishing nails.

Here we're going to use small ornamental colonial trim molding that emulates a real baseboard. We used three 8-foot lengths to finish all the rooms in the dollhouse.

  1. Paint the trim with two coats of white paint before installation.
  2. Like trim in a real house, cut it at 45º angles. 
  3. Measure the length of the dollhouse wall and cut the widest point of the 45 degrees miter that same length.
  4. Glue the trim with a hot glue gun and heavy-duty glue sticks. Any glue will work as long as it holds the trim without having to use clamps or tape while it dries. We don't want anything to damage that pretty paper! 
  5. This step is optional but you could fill any gaps in the miter with wood filler or dabs of glue but I just touched them up with paint.

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase Baseboard Trim

I love how this dollhouse is coming together. You may have noticed that the peaked roof has been painted since last month's update. I painted it a charcoal grey because I have plans to add a special touch and needed a contrast.

Dollhouse Bookcase With Papered Walls And Wood Baseboards

Next month I'll be adding several DIY soft furnishings and I'm really proud of the area rug I made.

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  1. I'm putting the first Thursday of the month in my diary right now. I LOVE this series Marie. Genius idea to use ornamental colonial molding. It looks so realistic and that scrap book paper. Wow!!!!! You're giving me so many ideas for our fairy homes

    1. Well I'm thrilled that I'm giving YOU ideas for your fairy homes, Michelle, because I consider you the Queen of miniatures! I'm almost ready to start making the furnishings - the fun part!

  2. This is so stink’n cute I can’t stand it!! 🌸💕🌸 Looks amazing Marie! 💙

    1. Thank you so much Denise! I'm having a blast with this dollhouse and can't wait until Everly is old enough to play with it.

  3. Great tutorial for this. And, I can vouch this is the best way, and that goes for painting also---much easier to paint everything before assembling, and that sure goes for all the trim. Much easier to touch up then get even painting-papering...FUN project Marie!

    1. Glad you liked the tutorial for this update, Sandi, because I know you know all about creating a dollhouse! Looking forward to the fun stuff - making furniture.

  4. It's looking so great Marie! What a lucky granddaughter that will be getting this dollhouse!


    1. Thanks Tania, now I'm at the stage where I need to put my creative cap on to make the furniture. Yikes!

  5. Coming together nicely! The paper works perfectly.


  6. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

  7. This is looking SO good, Marie! Your dollhouse is something any little girl would love to have!

    1. Thank you Julie! I can't wait for my granddaughter to be old enough to play with it. My 4 year old grandson, however, gave me the thumbs up yesterday on the new walls. LOL


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