DOLL HOUSE CREATED FROM CHEST OF DRAWERS

Upcycling 08.20.15
Almost 40 years ago we converted a discarded chest of drawers into this doll house for our daughter. It remains in our home for grandchildren to enjoy. I saw this idea in a magazine about the time a neighbor placed an old chest on the street for garbage collection. The one drawer that still existed was retained at the bottom for storage of extra furniture. Some of the furniture in these photographs was mine (1940's). Other pieces were added in the 1970's for our daughter and some later than that. The drawer keeps the assortment available for redecorating. During its early years, Santa with his sleigh and raindeers sat near the chimney at Christmas.

PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD EXPLAIN THE RESULTS:

The top of the chest is an attic room. The front side of the roof is built in two pieces and hinged so that the lower portion can be lifted. It is held in place with an attached wooden prop (see photo). The roof is made with latticed wood strips, the chimney is painted with a brick design and trees and flowers are painted on the outside walls. For the floors we used carpet scraps for the bedrooms and the bathroom and a Formica scrap for the kitchen. My husband cut tiny pieces of wood and created a parquet floor for the living room. There are

  • Dollhouse front view with roof closed
  • Dollhouse showing drawer and roof elevated
  • Rooms with drawer below for storage
  • Side view with roof elevated
  • Side with windows and trees painted
  • Front of roof with hinges visible
  • Chimney
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom with movable stairs
  • Attic play area
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Living room
  • Three levels of rooms
  • Wooden stick holds attic roof and folds down when not in use
  • Starr Durrant
    This looks fantastic!!!!
  • Celeste W
    Celeste W Lawrenceville, GA
    Thanks @Starr Durrant ! It is still in our house and is enjoyed by our grandchildren. The daughter for whom it was created has two young boys who enjoy it as well. After 55 years of marriage we still have young grandchildren....guess we won't live long
  • Terry
    Terry Cortland, OH
    You never know, but no matter what the beautiful gift will be there for the coming children.
  • Joann Jarvis
    Joann Jarvis Chula Vista, CA
    Fantastic, what a good idea and job
  • Alma Molina
    Alma Molina Laredo, TX
    I absolutely love it!!!!
Celeste W
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