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.
Visit the entire dollhouse series HERE
And here’s how I made the furniture…
I’ve always wanted kitchen crate cupboards. So these lucky girls got my wish!
So easy to make! It’s just a little box turned upside down.
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.
The top of the box got some ‘knife mark’ scratches to enhance the butcher block effect.
Pizza and plates
The pizza is a hand painted round wooden moulding piece. Craft paint was layered until it resembled pizza sauce.
3 little premade stacked crates were perfect for this!
And those moulding pieces made fabulous dishes, resembling fiesta wear.
The crates got crated up with a few stencils and painted panels.
This stencil is National Brewing Co. Coffee you can find HERE.
Some areas were hit with solid black for contrast.
I really want these… BIG!
The crates were joined by screwing a small cedar plank behind them.
When I spotted this soap dish for a sink, it all came together!
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.
A nod at nature and old signs, I’d take one for my patio please…
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.
Inspired by my own horse gate headboard, these girls had to have an unusual bedroom too.
thick wood plank cut to size
headboard / cedar slats and old hinges
legs / closet dowels cut to size
The closet dowel chunks were predrilled with holes, then screwed into place for feet.
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.
The blanket and pillow are a tea towel and burlap broach from the craft store.
Pretending the wood was canvas, the sofa was actually inspired after my pallet sofa I have on my patio.
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
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
It really mimicked a sisal rug!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Storage under the doll house
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!
Someone’s busy…. ok girls, bring those purses inside your house. Let’s gear up with home decor for the kids!
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!
Visit the entire dollhouse series HERE
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.
8 thoughts on “Furniture how tos for the upcycled dollhouse”
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!
Oh my Gooooooooood, it´s so amazing!! It´s to dye for, congratulations for this work. I love pizza… Kisses from Argentina!
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! 🙂
You’re too good to be true. How very clever. Junk on!
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!
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
nice blog! love this miniature furniture♡♡
Love your ideas because, I’m a country girl at heart and love the cabinesque design you made. This is exactly what my daughter and I need to use the extra screws and such in our workshop. Absolutely love the doll house!