Furniture how tos for the upcycled dollhouse

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This post was a little bittersweet to make.

My beloved upcycled dollhouse is now a wrap, and will go off to a place that works with children soon.

But as promised, here’s a post that’s ALL about how the furniture was made from wood scraps and thrift store finds.

I’m glad I had a reason to shoot more of it.. because this thing is really hard NOT to play with! 🙂

The Upcycled Dollhouse reveal is HERE.

And here’s how I made the furniture…

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Kitchen

I’ve always wanted kitchen crate cupboards. So these lucky girls got my wish!

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Butcherblock kitchen island

So easy to make! It’s just a little box turned upside down.

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Four pieces of wood were attached to the insides of a little box, with screws from the outside.

The legs were painted white, then glazed to age them, with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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The top of the box got some ‘knife mark’ scratches to enhance the butcher block effect.

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Pizza and plates


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The pizza is a hand painted round wooden moulding piece. Craft paint was layered until it resembled pizza sauce.

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Kitchen pantry with dishes

3 little premade stacked crates were perfect for this!

And those moulding pieces made fabulous dishes, resembling fiesta wear.

crate pantry with fiesta wear dishes / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
The crates got crated up with a few stencils and painted panels.

This stencil is National Brewing Co. Coffee you can find HERE.

stencilled crates / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Some areas were hit with solid black for contrast.

I really want these… BIG! 

stencilled crates / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
The crates were joined by screwing  a small cedar plank behind them.

crate and soap dish sink / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Kitchen sink

When I spotted this soap dish for a sink, it all came together! 

crate and soap dish sink / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
2 small crates and a soap dish were simply stacked into place. I’m going to leave them loose so the kids can use these pieces to create other uses.

old sign kitchen table and firewood chairs / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Kitchen table

A nod at nature and old signs, I’d take one for my patio please…

old sign kitchen table and firewood chairs / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Table base
/ cut up 2x4s, screwed together

Table top / small wood plank cut square, dressed up with the Large Route 66 stencil

Chairs / chunks of firewood cut to size

Clay pot / was painted orange to mimic clay. It was just a little miniature wooden pot I had.

reclaimed wood bed / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Bed and accessories

Inspired by my own horse gate headboard, these girls had to have an unusual bedroom too.

old gate headboard with rusty hinges / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Bed

thick wood plank cut to size

headboard / cedar slats and old hinges

legs / closet dowels cut to size

how to build a reclaimed wood bed / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
The closet dowel chunks were predrilled with holes, then screwed into place for feet.

how to build a reclaimed wood bed / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
The headboard was made from 4 cut down cedar slats, screwed into the bed’s main board.

The old rusty hinges were attached from the front so the headboard would remain sturdy.

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The blanket and pillow are a tea towel and burlap broach from the craft store.

reclaimed wood sofa with branch arms / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Reclaimed wood sofa

Pretending the wood was canvas, the sofa was actually inspired after my pallet sofa I have on my patio.

reclaimed wood sofa with branch arms / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
reclaimed wood sofa with branch arms / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Sofa base – 2 planks of wood screwed together from underneath.

Sofa back – 1 plank of wood attached from behind.

Sofa arms – 2 small cut branches, screwed to the sofa base from the top

Coffee Mat

national coffee stencil for mat / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
A woven kitchen placemat was cut to desired size, then slightly frayed around the edges by pulling out some bamboo strips.

Just the word COFFEE was stencilled onto the mat with craft paint.

Stencil – National Brewers Co. Coffee found HERE

national coffee stencil for mat / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
It really mimicked a sisal rug!

reclaimed wood fireplace with burlap pennant / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Fireplace

I think every girl needs a flickering fireplace… and this couldn’t have been easier to make, complete with crafty burlap pennant!

The sides are 2 chunks of 2×4. The top is a pallet wood piece. Then a little crate was slipped into place.

reclaimed wood fireplace with burlap pennant / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
The works were then all attached to each other with screws.

The pennant was made by cutting a strip of twine, then hot glueing cut burlap triangles into place. 

The red and green was created with craft paint.

The plaid was a piece of tea towel.

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The flickering flames

A battery operated tea light and tiny, ornate picture frame were both painted black.

Then a few twigs snapped to size were piled on top of the tea light.

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Laptop

Two small cedar chunks of wood were hot glued together. A little white heart stuck to the front gives a nod towards my saturated (in a good way)  Mac world. 

I just felt penned in the square keys.

Upcycled dollhouse bookshelf / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Storage under the doll house

Wayfair Imax Essentials 3 stacked trunks / How to make upcycled dollhouse furniture  / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
And… these guys arrived! 

Wayfair donated these gorgeous Imax Essentials 3 Piece Storage Boxes  so I could tuck them underneath the dollhouse for extra storage. 

I felt they offered the Barbies an upcycled trunk look in a glam sort of Barbie doll way. And they fit perfectly! 

Upcycled dollhouse storage
Someone’s busy…. ok girls, bring those purses inside your house. Let’s gear up with home decor for the kids!

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There ya go! These crates will hold a ton of great stuff!

Well guys, the doll house is a wrap! Thanks for tuning in with all your lovely comments on the reveal… you totally blew me away. Thank you so much for all your amazing comments. You really know how to make a junker feel… like a junker! 🙂

I’ll be sure to keep you posted where the house ends up… coming soon!

Dollhouse Reveal is HERE

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Disclosure: I partnered with the good folks at Porch and Wayfair to create a dollhouse out of a bookcase, to donate for a good cause. They provided a materials budget, then I donated my time for this project, because this one spoke to me. All my ideas are my own. 

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  1. A lot of someones are going to enjoy this play set. It has your charm and the durability to last. Let us know where it goes and who will have fun with it. Maybe Mattel will make Funky Junk Barbie, complete with power tools and workshop, boots and flannel shirts!

  2. Oh my Gooooooooood, it´s so amazing!! It´s to dye for, congratulations for this work. I love pizza… Kisses from Argentina!

  3. Man, those lucky kids…they just don’t even know! I loved revisiting your dollhouse, Donna…seeing it all come together step-by-step really gives me an appreciation as to how much work and ingenuity went into building it…you really outdid yourself with this! Oh, to be a Barbie and live in the dollhouse that Donna built! 🙂

  4. I love the pizza! I wondered last time what you made it out of. Its genius! We loved the dollhouse, and especially where it is going. Some other little girl will get a dream house for her dolls. Such a good cause. Thanks for sharing. I went through and looked at all the houses. Amazing! Great job!
    ~Crystal

  5. donna i think you just built my dream house – tree trunk in bedroom, butcher block kitchen island, oversized ink, stenciled crate shelf… may i move in?!? =)
    happy easter!! xo