They may have fallen somewhat out of fashion, but dollhouses are one of those sweet vintage-y children’s toys that always look at home in a little girl’s room. Unfortunately, old-fashioned dollhouses tend to be large and, when kids outgrow them, a pain to store and even pass on to others.
We loved this easy DIY version spotted on the Dutch blog 101 Woonideeen, which uses a small Ikea Expedit unit and wallpaper to create a modern version that doesn’t sacrifice charm. Not only is the unit sized perfectly for play, you can customize the look to coordinate with the décor in your child’s room with a vibrant wallpaper, removable decals or even just a different shade of paint on the wall. Best of all, the unit easily returns to its original purpose as a bookshelf or storage unit once your wee one outgrows her dollhouse.
The full instructions are written in Dutch, but the project is so straightforward you probably won’t need them. As we posted this, I noticed that their Website doesn’t respond today. It is good that you couldn’t read the instructions anyway. Let’s hope that their site will be back soon.
+ DIY Modern Dollhouse from 101 Woonideeen
+ Ikea Expedit Unit, $39.99 USD/$49.99 CAD
MarjorieFebruary 16, 2012 at 19:41
Great idea, it’s so cute <3
Weiya @ enjoyer of graceFebruary 17, 2012 at 15:40
Loved this! Featured this on my page as well!
JannieFebruary 18, 2012 at 04:45
If you need a translation, I could do that for you being Dutch!
Kathryn Bogala Calgary AlbertaFebruary 28, 2012 at 00:48
What a great idea! Love to do this for my neices!
frankyApril 24, 2012 at 14:15
Wow this is such a clever and creative idea. Thanks for the inspiration! Sooner or later you’ll need to gather inspirations for your adorable son’s playroom. Check out our post about how to make an awesome playroom. Drop us a comment and let us know what you think. Hope you’ll like it!