Tamara Berg's Bookcase Dollhouse
- White Ikea "Billy" 41 ¾" tall bookcase
- 4 Foot Pine Board 1" thick by 12" wide (NOTE: This is "dimensional lumber," but the actual size of a 1-by-12 is ¾" x 11 ½". Go figure.)
- 4 Foot piece of Decorative Molding
- Picture frames for windows
- Wood Glue
- Glue Gun
- Wood Putty
- Measure and cut out holes for windows on sides of bookcase.
- Cut 1 x 12 in two pieces, one at 24" long, one at 23 ¼" long.
- Drill 3 holes along the short face side of the 24" board. Butt the shorter board up against the longer one at a perpendicular angle and screw the two boards together. Putty holes if desired.
- Prime and paint any surfaces to be painted. (Roof, bookcase, picture frames, decorative molding.)
- Attach picture frames to the outside of the bookcase, aligning with window cutouts.
- Paint or cover roof. If using roofing material, cut to size, glue with hot glue.
- Cut decorative fascia molding and attach to front of roof edge, using hot glue.
- Attach chimney to roof (see specific directions for each house design below.)
- Screw roof onto bookcase house at inside corners of bookcase.
- Glue fence pickets along the side of house.
For Beach House:
- White Spray Primer
- Acrylic Paints – Turquoise, Spearmint, Apple
- 3" diameter black pipe
- 3" diameter pipe coupling piece
- To make chimney for beach house, measure pipe 4" to 6" long. Cut bottom of pipe at 45° angle. Spray paint pipe and coupler piece. Attach coupler. Attach chimney to roof.
For Brick Cottage:
- Cellulose Sponge
- Gray Spray Primer
- Acrylic Paint – Brick Red, Chocolate Brown
- Roofing material
- Apply gray primer to exterior sides of bookcase. Let dry.
- To make brick detail, cut cellulose sponge with a serrated knife to 4 ¼" x 1 ½". On a ceramic or plastic plate, pour out Brick acrylic paint and spread out on plate. Add a few drops of chocolate brown to add dimension and variation in brick color. Dip sponge into paint to cover the stamp 'face.'
- Beginning at the bottom of side of bookcase, place sponge "stamp" to begin first row of bricks. About ¼" to ⅜" away, apply another sponge stamp of paint. Repeat, until first row is complete. Re-apply paint as needed. Tip: Flip sponge around to re-apply paint over brick image to add more dimension.
- To make next row, place sponge ¼" to ⅜" above the top of the first brick line and center the sponge above the 'grout line' of one of the first row bricks. This will give your wall a staggered brick look. Continue with the rest of the row. Repeat until the bottom half of the house is covered in bricks. Let dry.
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