An Upcycled Dollhouse From Wood Scraps and Thrift Store Finds

I was most recently challenged to create a dollhouse out of a book case for a good cause.
No problem! I promptly picked up the bookcase, and started brainstorming where in the world to find doll furniture.
But I trashed that idea instantly when I started eyeing up wood scraps and thrift store finds instead.
Could I make a pallet wood looking sofa? How about an old gate for a headboard? How about a flickering flamed fireplace?
I was soon saturated into a world that took me back into my childhood. I don't think I've EVER had this much fun creating something... for absolutely free!
I seriously have to say, this is the PERFECT project to do with your kids. It's one that never has to end. I had a hard time stopping myself! :)
Here's how I did it...
My Barbies are junkers and they love mac laptops. :)

Seriously... when I spotted these dolls with such hip outfits, they HAD to come home with me!
Here's a thrift store haul. Does any of this look like cool barbie doll furniture to you? Well, I was about to fix that...
And here was the bookcase going together, along with a whole lotta brainstorming! Doesn't look like much yet... but it will!
The entire dollhouse was created out of a garage storage styled bookshelf. It seriously couldn't have been easier, nor more fun to do!
Blocks of wood and branches were used to create a sofa... and a laptop. So easy! The pillow is a burlap broach.
This girl sure seems to know her reclaimed wood... can I admit I wish my bedroom looked just like this?!
The headboard was so much fun... a few cedar slats, held together with some hinges.
The tea light stand was perfect for a lamp. And every Barbie must have a branch purse hanger these days, no?
The fireplace was made from blocks of wood, a small crate, and the grate from a little picture frame. The flickering tea light really does make the fireplace appear real!
And I also had to give a nod to upcycling with the little skateboard on the mantel. :)

Wanna see the kitchen too?! Click the blog link below to check out MORE... wait till you see the butcher block kitchen island... :)
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
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  • Mish Volonino Mish Volonino on Jan 22, 2016
    this is so clever and hip. i just adore this. wish i had a girl so i could make one

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    • Rebecca Rebecca on Jun 02, 2021

      Mish, you should make one for yourself! You'd have fun, and why the heck not!?!

  • Mish Volonino Mish Volonino on Nov 21, 2016
    I have no children, at least small ones, right now. I just collect, play, build, and bash for myself 😁