We have featured a lot of American Girl sized doll houses that have been made from everyday furniture plus a little creativity. I have another one of those creative upcycles for you today from one of our readers, Cris.
I have been an avid reader of Doll Diaries for the past year as my two little girls have become big American Girl doll fans. For Christmas, we surprised them with an American Girl dollhouse that we made from an entertainment center that I picked up at Goodwill. We were able to do the whole project (painting and completely furnishing the whole dollhouse) for around $150 using Goodwill finds and repurposing many items. I thought your readers might enjoy seeing the before and after.
The bottom level has a kitchen and a living room/dining room. All the floors in each room are covered in contact paper that resembles real flooring. The kitchen is the Our Generation set from Target on sale for $50 was the most expensive item in the house. The trashcan is from the Dollar Tree and was found with the office supplies. The mini-shelf in the kitchen came from the thrift store, and I painted it pink.
I made the living room couch from a wooden shelf I found at Goodwill, some batting, and a pillowcase. Altogether, I spent around $4 for the supplies. The rug is a microfiber cloth from the Dollar Tree. The fireplace is another thrift store find ($4). It was a hanging photo holder. All I did was remove the glass and hanging picture holders and paint it white. The lamp is an air freshener from the Dollar Tree. The flatscreen TV is a frame I found at Goodwill for $0.50. I added the picture from the American Girl catalog and buttons for the controls. The table is another thrift store find. It is a wooden stool that we down a few inches to make it the right height, painted it white, and decoupaged flowers on the top. The chair is another $1 thrift store find that we spray painted white.
I let my friends know that I was making the dollhouse, and they kept their eyes out for me. One of them found the toilet and sink combo and bought it for me. The wall art is scrapbooking stickers and a small plaque I found at Goodwill ($4 total). The towels are a microfiber cloth from the Dollar Tree ($1). I just cut it in half to make two perfect, doll-sized towels.
McKenna’s bed is the Ikea Duktig bed for $20. I kept the bedding as is and decorated around it. The wall art is a sticker set for scrapbooks ($3). Her locker is another thrift store find for $1. It had Disney fairies on it, but we spray painted it white and added her name in sticker letters. The basket is from the Target dollar spot.
Upstairs we have another bedroom. The bunk beds were my best bargain. I found them for $22 on Amazon, but I had $20 in rewards points so I only paid $2! The bedding is from two window shams I found at Goodwill for $6. I don’t sew so I just cut them down and used no-sew fabric adhesive to put it together.
The decorative pillows are actually kitchen sponges that I paid $2 for. All told, I only paid $10 for the beds and bedding!
The dresser is a jewelry box I found at the thrift store for $5. It was already the perfect color. The rug is a placemat that I found for $0.10 at a local discount store.
The Christmas tree I already owned and decorated with ribbon. The chair in the bedroom was actually a candle holder that looked like a chair. We removed the glass votive holders and gave it a new seat from wood we had on hand.
Finally, there was a CD/DVD storage on the side of the entertainment center. We removed the hardware, and adding some rods and shelving to make a closet for their doll cloths.
We painted the rooms using leftover paint that we already had on hand. We also spent about $15 on some needed hardware and a back for the entertainment center.
My husband and I aren’t especially handy or crafty so I wanted to show that you can make a great dollhouse without being especially skilled. We started planning this dollhouse back in September so we have had a few months to look for needed items. We also had friends looking for items for us. I went to the local thrift store a once or twice a week to look around.
Thanks so much Cris for sending these in! Your doll house turned out amazing and your girls’ dolls will have so much fun for years to come!