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Topic: Our dollhouse from a Target Cubeical!  (Read 2740 times)
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« on: January 21, 2014 09:52:14 AM »

My daughter and I turned a Target Cubeical (that's how they spell it) into a dollhouse over the last couple weeks.  At $34.99 (plus I had a 10% Off Cartwheel), the price was right - and when she's done playing with it, we can use it for shelves again.  It's far from 'complete' but these things never really are complete anyway, are they?   We bought some things, made others, and put together a few kits to get where we are now.   :-)

We put a piece of plywood underneath so we could add castors so she could roll it around her room.  The lights are LED stick-up lights from the Dollar Tree and instead of the little cardboard stabilizers in the back, we used a piece of 1/8 inch plywood.  I cut it slightly higher than the top and made it curvy on the top of the rooftop garden.  I added pre-made fence to the back, and a little green and grey felt (the green wasn't large enough) and voila!

I have seen projects like this before, so I know that I am certainly not the first!  :-)



The rooftop garden along with the bunny hutch and Fido's dog house.  



The baby's bedroom.  The lamb picture and the Little Dreamer picture are both scrapbook embelishments.  The blue rug is just printed onto cardstock. The small table and chairs were built from a kit that Michael's sold a few years ago in their wooden puzzle section.  The wallpaper is scrapbook paper.



The parent's bedroom - mom is having a well-deserved rest.  The bedroom set is a Melissa & Doug set.  The mirror is a small purse mirror purchased at Pier One for $1.00.  The wallpaper is scrapbook paper and the floor is tan felt.



The bathroom/laundry room.  We have since put in a toilet paper roll and towel bar.  The bathroom set and the laundry set are purchased pieces.  The shelf is made from craft wood bought at Joanne Fabrics.  The divider is just cut foam board.  The Lather Rinse Repeat picture is printed on paper and stuck on chipboard for some depth.



The living room.  Dad is waiting for his TV so he can watch some football.  The yellow is just painted.  The furniture is purchased from Ikea (here).  The mirror is a purse mirror purchased from Pier One for $1.00 and the Family picture is a scrapbook embellishment.  The plant is made of two small pots - one stacked on top of the other - and small greenery placed on top.  The wood floor is a wooden floor tile I bought at a yard sale a long time ago. The backgammon board is printed on paper and stuck on chipboard for some depth.



The kitchen.  The white kitchen cupboards and appliances are created from a kit made by Greenleaf Miniatures (here).  The red cabinet is part of a china cabinet sold at Michael's a few years ago - they no longer sell them, at least not at my Michael's...boo!  I just cut the top off and painted it red.  The PEZ picture is printed on paper and stuck on chipboard for some depth.  The high chair is part of the baby bedroom furniture you'll see below.  I bought the microwave and toaster at a miniature shop in Richmond, VA a long time ago.  



Here is the dining room.  It's the room that needs the most...love.  So far it just has a little white table I found on Amazon and a few dresser/hutch things I found at the Dollar Tree.  They don't sell them on the website anymore, but I know I've seen them there recently, in the toy section.









Thanks so much for looking!  :-) <3

For pictures and descriptions of the individual rooms, please feel free to check out my blog.  :-)
(http://craftygirlcreations.weebly.com/1/post/2014/01/dollhouse-from-a-target-cubeical.html)
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014 10:19:31 AM »

Love it! Absolutely perfect Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014 11:29:59 AM »

This is adorable! You both did an a wonderful job on it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014 12:26:30 PM »

Such a sweet doll house, you both did a great job on it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014 01:54:27 PM »

What a fabulous idea!!! You should enter this in the current Craftster challenge!
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014 10:11:05 PM »

This is so fun!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014 05:46:55 AM »

Thanks guys!  It has been so much fun to do with her - we find new little things every day to put in it.  :-) 
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014 05:48:20 AM »

What a fabulous idea!!! You should enter this in the current Craftster challenge!

Ok, maybe I'm just being a moron here, but I can't find the current Craftster challenge! Help!  :-)

EDIT:  Nevermind, I found it as soon as I posted this.  What a great suggestion, Lidyv321!  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2014 08:13:56 AM »

Welcome!
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2014 08:32:10 AM »

I keep wanting to start a dollhouse but am hesitant to go buy one.  This seems like a great idea.  I LOVE the rooftop patio!
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2014 09:07:43 AM »

i love this so much! going to have a go for my little one when she is a bit older. she is only 4 months at the mo. question though, did you paint it or did it come as white? any ideas on how to paint a veenered surface?
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2014 12:27:48 PM »

Radarfan,

It came white.  We used thin plywood on the back and painted that before we attached it.  We laid the plywood down, put the shelves on top (back down) and traced the openings onto the plywood, then we painted and "wallpapered" inside (well, a little outside) the lines so when we put it on, the backs were already done.  That's why only the backs are done (accented walls, we like to call them!), because it's difficult to paint the white shiny veneer.

Hope this helps, but let me know if you think that made NO sense whatsoever.   :-)
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2014 08:35:06 PM »

That is so clever!  What a wonderful dollhouse.   Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2014 12:24:14 PM »

This is SOOO great! I have long admired just this kind of project where someone take something not meant to be a dollhouse and makes into a WONDERFUL doll house.


i love this so much! going to have a go for my little one when she is a bit older. she is only 4 months at the mo. question though, did you paint it or did it come as white? any ideas on how to paint a veenered surface?

If you scuff the surface and use a high-adhesive primer, you can paint this surface (and just about any other).
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2014 04:16:16 AM »

I love it! I've always wanted to make a dollhouse like that Smiley
My favourite part is the the baby's bedroom, so sweet!
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« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2014 03:46:41 PM »

That looks great!
Much better than the Barbie house Miss 5 has. Might be a good birthday present for her this year
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2014 01:40:50 AM »

Super cute! I love the added lighting...so clever! Wink
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2014 05:06:55 PM »

Great idea!  It looks really nice. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2014 12:54:56 PM »

Wow, this turned out great!  I love the little LED lights, great addition.
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2014 01:24:46 PM »

Such a great idea!  And it's great that you can use it after as regular storage when she outgrows the doll house.   Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2014 01:53:19 PM »

Thanks again everyone!  We've added a few things already.  I'll try to update soon! :-)
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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2014 09:17:42 AM »

How funny. This is exactly what I had planned on doing with my cubes. lol  I love the way yours came out. We wanted to put our Blythes in the doll house and make cute furniture. She is older now so I think that window has been shut for us now.
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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2014 03:11:55 PM »

I love this!!! I'm so glad I came across it because I have been thinking about doing something similar to make a Super Hero high rise for my son's action figures. You did a great job! I love the touch lights you added too. So cute!
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Awesome.  Looks like it was a great project to put together.
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« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2014 10:56:23 PM »

Oooooooooo I can see a grand steam punk grandfather clock in that dining room !
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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2014 11:08:25 AM »

Thanks, monochromaticcutene ss! 

P_E_S_T - Hmmm, the dining room is still in need of some love, so...maybe?  What would such a thing look like?  :-)
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« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2014 10:08:28 AM »

This is lovely! A great unexpected use of a household object.  It seems like the best part is the memories created by working on it together.  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2014 08:25:02 AM »

Great project!  Shelving units make great custom doll abodes.  I particularly liked the rooftop garden, as that's not something I've ever seen done before.

I'd like to try my hand at making a doll house, from scratch, someday, but I don't know if ever will.  I picked up a 2003 Fisher Price Loving Family "Classic" doll house from a local thrift store for $5 recently, so, that will have to sate my dolly dwelling needs for the time being.
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« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2014 05:18:48 PM »

That is so cute!  Too bad I don't have a little girl of my own to make one for. 
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This makes me so happy. You have no idea.
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