Last week I shared our baby girl’s nursery and promised a tutorial for building a dollhouse bookcase. When I was on bed rest and browsing Pinterest to plan a nursery, I found this adorable dollhouse bookcase (inspired by Pottery Barn’s version) that I quickly fell in love with. Once we found out we were having a little girl, I begged Prince Charming to a DIY version of the Dollhouse Bookcase. I found plans on Ana White, which we modified slightly. In total, we spent around $150 on wood and other materials. This is less than half of the Pottery Barn price! We chose to buy real wood for the entire bookcase, but you could easily save much more by using MDF.
Want to make your own dollhouse bookcase? This version is even better than the Pottery Barn version because it is made with REAL wood and all the edges are capped, giving it a more finished look. We used a beadboard wainscoting for the back, which I prefer.
Okay, let’s get started…
First of all, download the plans for the Dollhouse Bookcase from Ana-White.com.
Next, you’ll need to gather your supplies. In addition to all of the supplies on the shopping list for the plans, you’ll also need:
- Oil-based primer (since you’re painting on bare wood)
- Elmer’s Carpenter Wood Filler
- moulding and trim caulking
- 1 x 2 moulding
- Beadboard wainscoting (instead of the plywood backing)
1. Set out all of your lumber.
2. You may want to use a framing square to mark your board prior to cutting.
3. After cutting your lumber, use the plans to outline where to cut the windows. You will use a jigsaw for this.
4. Match the boards together so that the windows are cut out evenly.
5. While using the jigsaw, you may want to drill pilot holes for the sawblade to enter.
6. This view shows you how the front baseboard should overlap the side baseboards.
7. You will use a miter saw, much like this DeWalt version, for the majority of your cuts on this project.
8. Use a circular saw to cut out the wainscoting backboard. This will allow for a nice straight cut.
9. After the wainscoting backboard has been cut, apply glue to the backside of each shelf. Then use your nail gun to tack it together.
10. Building the windows can be a bit more tricky. You will want to make sure that these windows fit just right.
11. As you can see, two nails per side were used to fasten the windows. Once they were nailed together, install them using a nail gun
**This is where our version deviates from Ana White’s plans. To make it appear more finished, we capped all the edges with 1 x 2 moulding. You’ll need to measure each edge to get it exact and then use your nail gun to attach the capping onto each edge.
12. Once you’re done using your nail gun, you will want to go back and set the nails that did not sink below the surface of the wood. Once you’ve countersunk, then you are ready to fill the holes with wood filler. I used regular Elmer’s Carpenter Wood Filler.
13. Once you have sanded all of the areas that you filled with wood filler, you are ready to prime. Using a roller, prime all the surfaces with an oil-based primer, since you are priming bare wood. You will definitely want to do this in an area that is well-ventilated, as oil-based primer puts off a strong odor.
14. Lightly sand all areas after the primer is dry.
15. Use molding and trim caulking on all edges to provide a clean look.
16. Apply the first coat of paint. Let dry, sand and apply a second coat of paint.
17. Apply painters tape to the areas around the windows and doors.
18. Then you’ll be able to provide a different color on the windows and rooftop.
19. Allow to dry and enjoy the finished product! :)
I am in love. I wish I had one of these. :)
Be sure and check out the rest of our baby girl’s nursery!