So if you all will remember, a few days ago, I posted about taking an old wicker bookcase and transforming it into a basic dollhouse shape by adding some strategic pieces of foam board for walls and a roof line. You can see that post here: DIY Dollhouse Part 1! Today, I will show you how I took the whole concept of dollhouse a bit farther!
Today I am adding flooring in the different rooms of the house. I am adding shingles to the roof. And the most fun part… I am adding wallpaper to the various rooms of the house! This is all so much fun for me, I may not let the kids play with this toy at all! Just kidding… I think. 😉
DIY Dollhouse Part 2: Adding Wallpaper and Flooring
Anyway, so just to remind you all, this is what the bookcase looked like when I brought it home from the thrift store!
And then here it is after adding the foamboard walls and foamboard roof.
And here it is after adding the wall paper, flooring and roof shingles.
It’s coming together nicely, isn’t it? Ok, let me first take you through the floors I selected for each room. Then we’ll look at the wallpapers I chose. So let’s first look at the attic.
I wanted the attic to be boy’s nursery, so I selected a hardwood flooring image from online and colored it with a blue filter. So the final look is a blue-washed hardwood floor. The attic area is large, so I needed to use two sheets of paper, so I simply overlapped them and glued them down with basic white glue, after measuring the area carefully.
Next up is the top floor of the dollhouse. On the left is the bedroom, where I covered the floor in a gray-washed hardwood floor. Again, I started out with a plain hardwood floor and then applied a gray/white filter on top to lighten it. On the right is the bathroom, so I used a black and white checkerboard tile there. In both rooms, I followed the same procedure as the attic: measure carefully, cut the paper to fit, and adhered with basic white glue.
The next step is the lower floor of the dollhouse. On the right is the living room, so I used a plain maple hardwood floor that I found online. On the left side is the kitchen, so I used a ceramic-tile-looking floor.
Here is the roof of the DIY dollhouse. All I did was find an image of roof shingles online and printed out a few sheets of it. I had to measure the exact dimensions of my roof, and then overlap a few sheets and trim it to fit. White glue was all I used to adhere it down.
The final step I am going to share for today is how I attached wallpaper to the various walls. It was super simple and followed the same basic procedure as the attaching the floors. I measured the various walls and then simply cut out matching shapes out of scrapbook paper and adhered it all with white glue. For some rooms, I used colorful scrapbook paper on all three walls. For other rooms, I used scrapbook paper on one feature wall (accent wall) and used solid-color construction paper for the other 2 walls.
For the attic, I chose a wall paper that was in the blue-color family so it would go well with the blue-washed floors. For the bedroom, I wanted a pretty floral paper and I found this sheet at Hobby Lobby. Since it was a pretty busy pattern, I covered the other two walls with plain light gray paper. For the bathroom, I wanted a black-and-white pattern that would go with the floor tiles. Again, I covered only one wall in the pattern and covered the other two walls in a solid-gray paper. For the kitchen, I found this brown and beige herringbone-pattern paper in my paper collection, and covered all three walls in it- it goes well with the tan tile floors. For the living room, I wanted another bright pop of colorful flowers so covered a feature wall with it, and used plain blue paper for the other two walls.
I’m loving the way my dollhouse is coming along… it’s so adorable, and each room really has its own personality! All the walls were covered in paper that I had in my collection. The roof shingles paper and all the flooring papers were found by searching online for “roof shingles image,” “black and white tile floor image,” “hardwood floor image,” etc.
Stay tuned for DIY Dollhouse Part 3, where I share even more details, like DIY windows, DIY rugs, and DIY furniture! It’s so easy and so satisfying to make these realistic-looking miniature rooms!
For the next post in this Series, see the below link:
DIY Dollhouse Part 3: Rugs, Furniture and Wall Art