How to Make a Dollhouse Out of Drawers

ruin it yourself

I wanted a beat-up nightstand. Not for traditional nightstand use, which, in my case, would mean holding an absurd amount of water glasses.  I need water every night, but refuse to be a responsible adult and deliver my glass to the kitchen sink every morning.

I needed it for another project (which I will reveal to you soon, I hope).  But, I didn’t need the drawers.  Hmm, what to do, what to do.  Stood the drawers on end, back-to-back, and heyheyyyy.  That would make a pretty sweet dollhouse.  Here’s how I did it.

1) Get some nightstand drawers.  Get a tetanus shot, then bring the drawers to the deck all other decks forsook.  Scuff ’em up.  I lightly sanded the drawer fronts.  (See the polka-dotted cardboard?  It’s recycled from the magnet project.)

2) Measure and cut plywood to fit as shelves.  I took the measurements to my local Home Depot, and they cut it for me for free.  The guy in the orange apron was extra nice, and somehow only charged me a dollar for the wood.  Lightly dampen the edges of the plywood; apply a thin bead of Gorilla Glue.  I popped the shelf in and used a piece of wood to prop it up.  Clamped the playwood with a vice, then tapped in a couple of finishing nails.

3) Attach the drawers together.  This will vary by the type of drawer, I think.  I (and by I, I mean the person I conned into doing it for me) simply screwed a 1×4 in on both sides.  (Thanks, Dan!)

4) Spray paint!  Then spray paint more!  And then more.  And then… more.  In between coats, I ate a snack, checked my email, peeked in on my napping offspring, and threw a load of laundry in the washer.  If you deviate from this pattern, you will probably still get the same spray painting results, but no guarantees.  Sorry.  :(

5) Mod Podge some cutie wallpaper, carpeting, a roof, a few windows.  This is actually my very first time using Mod Podge, and I really struggled with the paper bubbling up.  (Any amazing tips?)  So, this step was the longest (and maybe the most frustrating for a Mod Podge newbie like me).

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Before I show you the final results, a little sidebar.  I found little wood pegs at the craft store and thought they would make cute little dolls.  I did a little search on etsy and there are a ton of awesome little dolls made with these!  I can surely make some, right?  Right?

Wrong.  I can’t paint to save my life.  They’re so bad, I can’t show you.

Okay, fine.  I’ll show you.

“Why so serious?”
“I don’t understand.”
“You know.  The Joker?”
::::blank stare::::
“Never mind.”

These extremely frightening dolls are being banished to the deck we do not speak of in hopes that they’ll be eaten in the middle of the night by raccoons or baby pterodactyls.

Alright, moving on.

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The two-sided dollhouse: perfect for sharing with a friend.  :)

Thanks for looking! :)

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  • Reply Julie August 31, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Wow! That is very creative & I love the design you came up with!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm

      Hey Julie, thank you!

  • Reply Cheryl August 31, 2010 at 8:32 am

    This is so cute! Can’t wait to find an old nightstand!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      Do it, Cheryl! I’d love to see it after you finish. :)

  • Reply Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] August 31, 2010 at 8:45 am

    This is an adorable idea!! And it turned out so well!!

    I have a kind of new link up party that I’m trying to get going for repurposed projects, and this would be perfect if you want to link it up. :]

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 8:50 am

      Thanks, Mandy!

      (Hey, y’all! Check out Mandy’s blog. It’s grrreat – Tony the Tiger style.)

  • Reply Christine August 31, 2010 at 8:57 am

    This is terrific, how do you think of these things? Leave it to you to make something great and entertain us at the same time.

    I love your outdoor decorating on the house too, nice!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Aw, thanks, Christine! :D

  • Reply Amanda @ Serenity Now August 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

    It’s precious!! Love that you even used pretty patterned paper for the roof. :) Laughed at loud at the “Joker” comment. I’m visiting from The CSI Project today. Hope you’ll stop by and say hi. :)

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Amanda, I definitely will – thank you. :)

  • Reply Maureen F August 31, 2010 at 9:27 am

    That is SO CUTE – love how you did it and how your decorated it !!! great for little hands to play with – AWESOME !!!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks, Maureen! I hope my girls spend lots of time playing with it. :)

  • Reply Yanet August 31, 2010 at 9:40 am

    What an awesome idea! It came out great. If I had little girls, Id be all over this project. :)

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      My husband wanted to turn it into a bird house. Haha.

  • Reply Courtney August 31, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Super cute! I would have loved something like this as a little girl.

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Me too! Maybe… that’s why I made it? Haha. :)

  • Reply Kate August 31, 2010 at 9:58 am

    What a great idea! This turned out too cute. Here visiting from CSI!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Kate! Thank you! :)

  • Reply Kendra August 31, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Ahhhh what an awesome idea! You should sale these…..they are just too cute!

    Kendra aka “Domestic Princess in Training”

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      There are actually so many itty-bitty mistakes, I could never sell it. Far from perfect, I’m afraid. But thank you so much, Kendra! :)

  • Reply Caitlin August 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    That’s great! Creative use of unwanted drawers! :)

    Did you ever consider power washing your deck? You could rent one, and I promise it’s really addictive.

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Ha! The scariest-deck-on-earth needs more than a power washing. It needs a mercy kill. The thing is over 25 years old, and the previous owners absolutely did not take care of it. Boooo.

      PS. Why do new decks cost a million dollars? Hmm?

      • Reply Caitlin August 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm

        I had a 20yr old deck, never maintained much and power washing made quite the difference! It went from an ugly green-grey to a nice, sunny brown color. All I had to do was seal it after(multiple coats, so I could slack off in the future) and ta-da! It was like new! :)

        • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm

          Oooh, that sounds pretty sweet. Unfortunately, our issues are more than cosmetic. The wood is all yuck and falling apart. I’m jealous of your deck, though! :)

  • Reply Maggie August 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Absolutely brilliant!!!

    As for the curling paper – that happens to me when I am putting the mod podge on too thick. Try for thin coats of it.

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Hmm, I tried using a brush and then a sponge.. aargh. I think I need to watch a tutorial. Thanks, Maggie!

  • Reply Krystal August 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    This is such a great/cute/fantastic/clever idea! Great job!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Those are some awesome adjectives, Krystal! Thanks so much. :)

  • Reply Dawn August 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Oh! Tooooo cute! Again I have the urge to run out and get the supplies… except I know they’d sit in my garage and/or basement and I’d wonder next fall what I got them for. You are absolutely amazing!

    • Reply Roo September 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

      I need to find more five minute crafts, Dawn. That’s more my speed. :)

  • Reply Lori August 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Genius. Positively genius. This is truly a unique project. Well done!

    • Reply Roo September 1, 2010 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Lori! I’m so glad you like it. :)

  • Reply Holly Do. August 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm


    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks, Holly!!

  • Reply Kelly W August 31, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    This is such a great idea!!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks, Kel-dub! :)

  • Reply Bev @ FlamingoToes.com August 31, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Oh my goodness you are too, too creative!! I love the little windows and door you mod podged on the side. It’s so great!!!
    But your poor little people!! Save them from the deck. Save them!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      No way, Bev. They, like the deck, all need to be mercy killed.

  • Reply Papgena August 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I saw you on csi project, that’s very, very creative!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Madigan at madiganmade August 31, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Awesome idea! What a colorful little world for your girl to play in. Clever upcycle!

    • Reply Roo August 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Madigan! :D

  • Reply Tara August 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. This is ADORABLE!!!! I love it!!

    And I, also, have 4 glasses on my nightstand right now. Soon to be 5 when I carry tonight’s upstairs…

    • Reply Roo September 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

      Tara, it’s a disease. I need to be cured!

  • Reply Sarah Hinson August 31, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    This is absolutely, over-the-top adorable! I have some random drawers that might have a new purpose. Thanks for sharing!
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah :D

    • Reply Roo September 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

      Thanks, Sarah! I’m glad you like it!

  • Reply Donna September 1, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I love it! Who would think to make a dollhouse out of old beat up drawers!

    • Reply Roo September 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

      Aw, thanks, Donna!

  • Reply margie September 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I love this idea. soooo cute!

    • Reply Roo September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Thanks, Margie!

  • Reply Janimal September 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    That is completely and totally adorable! I think the roof is my favorite part. Lovely strips of paper and the birdy is a wonderful touch. Well done!

    • Reply Roo September 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Oooh, thanks! I like how the roof turned out, too. I was just going to spray paint the top, but I’m glad I tried this!

  • Reply Amanda Sanborn September 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Great dollhouse! I’m just getting familiar with the mod podge myself (so much that I swear I call it “modge podge” everytime) and I just read somewhere that you should put a thin layer on the paper and the surface that you are applying it to. I guess it sticks better when its sticking to itself! ; )

    • Reply Roo September 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Thanks for the tip, Amanda! I will definitely try it. :)

  • Reply Eileen Hughes September 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    It came out gorgeous. You would never know it was your first time with it. I still call it modgepodge. I love the joker joke with the little dolls. Now I am curious to see what you are planning for the rest of that nightstand. p.s I do the same thing with the water glasses. I usually bring them down when there is about 3 of them piled up

    • Reply Roo September 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Eileen, the sad fact is when I finally get around to clearing off the nightstand, I usually have to take two trips.

      I can’t wait to show you what I’m doing with the rest of the nightstand. :)

  • Reply Rachelle September 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

    What a cute idea! I never would have thought to do this! Awesome

  • Reply randee parker September 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    so cute, inside & out! i love the curved roof.
    looks really good for being your first time.

  • Reply Lindsey@ Piecefully Home September 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Great idea!! I love how cute this turned out. :) And using paper instead of paint to decorate it with gives it such character. What fun memories you’ve just made for your child!

  • Reply AprilG September 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I absolutely love this. I am going to link to it in my Pinkie’s Picks for tomorrow and I’m going to show it to my husband and tell him to get it done! He’ll ignore me, of course, but I’m at least going to try.

  • Reply kim @ seven thirty three September 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I love a great redo! This is amazing. I am currently working with my dad on refinishing my old doll house (he had made for his mom and then I got it). He’s doing the sanding, nailing, etc and I’m going to be doing the inside. I can’t wait to get started and you gave me the great idea of using mod podge.

    Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

  • Reply Fini September 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Great idea. I like the double sided dollhouse. Kids can play facing each other. I can imagine them rearranging/redecorating their house and then exchanging sides to the what the other has done. And putting them back to back eliminates the risk of the house toppling down and hurting little piggies or pinkies. Pure genius!

  • Reply Cecily September 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Um, that’s just crazy brilliant. Crazy. Brilliant. And super pretty. :)

  • Reply TapyDeeva September 3, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Thanks for writing, I very much liked your newest post. I think you should post more frequently, you evidently have natural ability for blogging!

  • Reply Michelle L. G. September 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    the waterglass museum on your bedside table is the story of my life.
    except i don’t just leave them (read: waterglasses and coffee mugs) to congregate in one place, but sort of abandon them at random locales throughout the house.

    my husband says i’m the queen of leaving one swallow of liquid in all my glasses (duh, the last swallow is usually luke warm and unappealing… and i’ve probably gotten distracted and forgot that i even HAD a glass/mug of liquid… i may even have decided that i’m thirsty again and gotten a new one. no joke.)
    glad to be united with you in the shame of rampant glass usage. :o)

    • Reply Roo September 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm

      Sure, our husbands can just cry to each other.

      And that last swallow is always backwash.

  • Reply Marie September 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    This is to die for creative. Now when I see a chest of drawers on the side of the road that someone is just tossing, I’m going to snag the drawers! So great!

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    How could you NOT have won, serriously??!! Congrats!

  • Reply Bev @ FlamingoToes.com September 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    You WONNNNN!!!! I’m so tickled. I saw the CSI post and did a little shout! YEAH ROO!

  • Reply denisemarie September 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    adorable!! She is gonna spend hours playing and imagining with it.

  • Reply Holly September 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Congrats on your CSI project win!!! I knew you would win ;)

  • Reply April September 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Oh my gosh, this is precious!

  • Reply Erica September 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

    hey roo!!! totally love this idea, it is amazing, and you did a fantabulous job!

    soooo u may have already discarded the actual draws that go in the night stand or figured out some other cool idea to do with them, but i saw on some crafty show that u can line the draws up on the wall and make shelves…i am posting a link of a photo to kind of give u an idea! i think it is kinda cool! :)


  • Reply Vanessa September 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    How incredibly cute and creative!

  • Reply Vanessa September 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    How incredibly cute and creative!

  • Reply veronica September 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    What a great idea!!!! My daughter will love one!! And congrats on your win!

  • Reply Garilyn September 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Love it, so creative and cute! I may have to curb watch for some drawers!!

  • Reply Tasha September 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    OMG! I LOVE love Love this! I HAVE to do this! Can I feature you on my “Try it Tuesday” on my blog! I am new to this blogging world, so I don’t have many “followers” yet, but I have to do this!!! LOVIES!

  • Reply KasiaJ September 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    What a fantastic upcycling idea! I admire the your vision- I could not have thought of something nearly as cute as your sweet dollhouse when looking at a pair of spare drawers.

  • Reply Laura September 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    What a great idea. It turned out beautiful!

  • Reply Heather - Dollar Store Crafts September 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    This is super cute!! :)

    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:16 am

      Thanks, Heather! :D

  • Reply Amy Jo September 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I love the dollhouse!!! Great job on making something totally unique. You put a lot of time into making that adorable, I can tell!

    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

      I did, actually. BUT if I was an experienced Mod-Podger, I think it would have gone more quickly. So, next time I’ll be speedy. :)

  • Reply Melissa September 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my goodness this is amazing. Clever re-uses make me happy but this makes my little girl heart happy!

    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:18 am

      Yeah! I love living vicariously through my girls.

  • Reply EvaBabeDesigns September 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Love it!!

    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

      Thank you, Eva! :)

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    gave you an award at my blog


    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

      I love awards; especially this one. Thanks, Kim!

  • Reply Jenn September 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

    What a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Tot Tuesdays. I’ll be featuring you tomorrow. Have a great day.

    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:23 am

      Jenn, thanks for featuring me! I love your site. :)

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  • Reply Jan Mullis September 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

    So creative. LOVE IT! Great job!

    • Reply Roo September 10, 2010 at 1:23 am

      Thanks, Jan!

  • Reply Nancy J September 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    um that might be the most clever thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously. You are a genius!

  • Reply Amy September 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    This is amazing- so adorable and something I might actually be able to build:) I also just about died reading your post- such funny commentary! Definitely following along now.

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  • Reply sisters4saymoreismore September 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    i DIE over this!!!!! my girls would freak out! it took me forever to find their doll houses and now i wish i made them!!! maybe i should make a doll town… ok… now i’m going nuts… they would love that though!


  • Reply ANKH September 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Not only is this one of (if not thee) best recycle-craft I have ever seen! But I couldn’t have found it at a better possible time!

    Just yesterday I was wondering what I could do with the 6 spare drawers I have in storage! They came from what was left of a water bed that was damaged. I just couldn’t justify throwing away all that wood, so they ended up in my shed…

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I will be linking back to you on

  • Reply Anna M. September 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Oh my gosh, that is amazing. The only thing I have ever thought to do with old drawers is for under bed storage.

    • Reply Roo September 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      Anna, that’s a pretty sweet idea, actually. :)

  • Reply jenxo September 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

    this is such a cute idea, what little girl wouldnt like it…

    as to your paper bubbling problem…..you need to seal with modge podge first then stick your paper on….

    • Reply Roo September 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks! I’ll try that next time. :D

  • Reply Rachel September 29, 2010 at 2:46 am

    WOW- that’s genius! I love, love, LOVE your dollhouse! Heather of Dollar Store crafts emailed me about this and I’m so glad she did. I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

    • Reply Roo September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      Hi, Rachel! Thank you so much. Of course you can link to this! I’d be honored. :)

  • Reply Kerry - Kid Giddy October 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

    This is totally awesome! Great job! I think there should be a tunnel from one side to the other! So the friends can see through to eachother! This is adorable!

  • Reply Polly @ Helping Little Hands October 1, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    This is such a great idea! My girls would love it.

  • Reply creativejewishmom October 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I just love this! I was looking for a project to post to get my crafty linky party started, and I’m choosing you! Hope that’s okay, and I’d love to see you personally at the party as well. It’s always full of really great inspiration from around the world, starting each Sunday, all the best!

  • Reply Jenn October 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    That is incredibly sweet!! I’m going to do this for my girls for their Christmas present this year! How clever and as money is tight, this is a cute little idea!!

  • Reply Dorothy October 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I found you through Craftschooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom and I just had to say I LOVE this idea and your end result.

    This is fantastic!

  • Reply becky October 3, 2010 at 1:46 am

    i am in love with the simplicity and cuteness of it.
    if you had you know a jigsaw laying around you could totally cut some real windows in there too.
    i am digging the bubbly paper fake ones though. wink wink.

  • Reply Beth October 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Just one question…Did you turn the rest of the nightstand into another equally fabulous dollhouse? I mean with those drawers out of the way…
    Great tute! Gonna copy for our school’s Santa Shop, cause I think I can do these for under $5. With some generosity from Craig’s list!

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    THIS IS THE MORE ADORABLE DOLL HOUSE EVER!!!! I love everything about it….especially the way that 2 lil girls can play with it at the same time. THANK YOU for sharing your idea. LOVE IT!! Hugs from Texas, Tara

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    I want to play. I love your people by the way!

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    What an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    That is genius! I absolutely love your doll house and am off in search of some old drawers to create something I hope is half as cute as yours!

  • Reply Lori October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    This is incredible! I’m always coming across old decrepid nightstands, etc and the only thing I’ve seen the drawers used for are underbed storage. We several wee girls in my life, this idea is going to come in super-handy!

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  • Reply Heather November 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    This is such a cute idea. I am also in need of a night stand but don’t want something “new”. I’d rather have a beat up old stand that I can repaint or fix up. Now I know what to do with the drawers if I don’t need them. :)

    Thanks for sharing this fun idea.

  • Reply Seth March 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    That’s a great idea! I always see small nightstands at Savers for a mere few dollars. Next time I go, I will buy one. My daughter will love this.

  • Reply Mod Podge Amy April 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I may have commented already. But I am commenting again – I love this and you are funny. Cheers!

    • Reply Roo April 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Amy! I’m shooting you an email! :D

  • Reply Kelli April 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    What a fabulous idea!! My daughter would love this…I knew I should’ve picked up that nightstand at my neighbors garage sale this past weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Emily April 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    This rocks!! Now I know what to do with my sisters old nightstand that is collecting dust in our basement. It’s so ugly… now I can make it pretty again!

  • Reply Meghan April 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

    cutest project. ever. i love it. i want one for my daughter.

  • Reply Krissy April 5, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Love this! I too have issues with modge podge. I have learned the thicker the paper, the better. If you are buying scrapbook paper there is the thinner .25 paper and the thicker .99 paper. Go for the extra .75! It is so much less frustrating! Also, you would think less modge podge would make it bubble less but for some reason it needs to be pretty thick. It dries so fast that if it is thicker it works better. Last tip, use a pan scraper or a credit card to smoothe the paper. Honestly, the most important tip is the thicker paper. I don’t like to put the modge podge on top to seal. Just a personal preference but it always looks messy to me. I would rather just have the dry paper. Thanks for the cute idea!

  • Reply April April 5, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Can I just say that YOU ARE A GENIUS!?!? That is such a great use for those drawers and just so cute! I love this idea and it actually sounds like something I can do! I’m always afraid of “woodworking” projects, but this I may be able to handle. Thank you for sharing!

    PS: I’m visiting from TDC’s Before and After Party.

    PPS: I LOVE your sense of humor…you’re one funny gal! :)

  • Reply Jena @ Involving Color April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

    This is such a great idea! I know I would have loved this as a little girl. Just came across your blog and I’m a new follower.

  • Reply Jackie April 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Wow! This is genius. So creative imagining these drawers in a whole new way, like that! I love it.

  • Reply kara@elements-interiors.net April 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

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    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Whassup Wednesday!?? I love that! And I missed it. Will you email me for the next one? :)

  • Reply Phoebe April 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I saw this over at Polly Want a Crafter and had to come to your blog for all the details. This is so cute. My daughter and I are now on the hunt for unwanted drawers.

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Yeahhh, Phoebe! Let me know if you make it!

  • Reply debbie April 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Found you this morning after reading Polly Want a Crafter….this is SO UBER cute!…I will be stalking your tutes from now on!! Creative blessings, Debbie

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks, Debbie! :)

  • Reply Glenda April 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Brilliant! If I were not already obsessed with the Little Tykes dollhouse from 20 years ago, I’d be making this!

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Love Little Tikes! :D

  • Reply Cindy W. April 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    It is adorable. If you want to make a house you could close up, you could just turn those drawers to face each other and add a set of hinges or a piano hinge to attach each side to the board in the back. Then you could contain all of the little parts with a simple hook and eye on the front.

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Great idea, Cindy! My girls are still really little, so I didn’t want to risk pinched fingers. Maybe for when they’re older! :)

  • Reply Saundra April 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    This is totally cute! Genius thinking. I have the Little People house here for my grandkids — but they would love one like this. Found you tonight from Thrifty Decor Chick.

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Hi Saundra, thank you! :D

  • Reply Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 April 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    What a whimsical, creative and delightful repurpose! So clever and nicely done!

    New follower (by way of Flamingo Toes),
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Hey Jenn! Thanks so much! :) Love that Bev!

  • Reply CK April 16, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Oh, this is so sweet!!!!****

    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks, CK! :)

  • Reply Toqua's Crafts April 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    That is just too darn cute!! (However I don’t think my grandsons would like it as much as a train, truck, Transformer… ) LOL

    I’m a new follower! I’d appreciate it if you’d stop by my place; http://ToquasCrafts.blogspot.com (I don’t have the cute doll house you have though!!)


    • Reply Roo April 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Oh my gosh, you should totally make one for your grandsons! Paint one side black and one side red and make a Spiderman lair and a Batman den!

      • Reply Toqua's Crafts April 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

        Oh you’re full of cute ideas aren’t you!?!?

        • Reply Lori September 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

          Or… a train station on one side and a car garage on the other….

      • Reply Renee September 7, 2011 at 12:04 am

        Just found you through MoneySaving Mom, this is adorable, can’t wait to see what the rest of the nightstand project is!
        Anyways, I wanted to pipe in and say for boys it would also make an awesome Fire Station! Cut a big hole in the “shelf” and put a pole from top to bottom :) you have my creative juices flowing, thanks!

  • Reply Tsoniki Crazy Bull April 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve been wanting a dollhouse for ages. I toyed with the idea (for about ten minutes) of using a cardboard box but then realized it probably wouldn’t hold up. This would be perfect!

  • Reply Allison April 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    ADORABLE!!! If I had a little girl, I would totally want one for her!

  • Reply Yael April 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

    amazing! now all i need is to find some drawers worthy of such a lovely transformation… the hunt is on….

  • Reply Shannon April 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    This is ADORABLE!

  • Reply lace April 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    So cute! I love this.

  • Reply lace April 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Just had to comment again. I also have an absurd amount of water glasses on my bedside table all with varying amounts of water in them. I also refuse to take them down in a timely manner and end up having arm fulls of water glasses balanced precariously while navigating steep stairs and trying not to spill.

    • Reply Sherri September 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      lace….I, too, love bringing water to bed and always had so many all over the upstairs….my bedroom, my hubby’s man room (where I would take them and forget to grab them when I was going to bed after watching a bit of tv), and my extra bedroom (same excuse..we have a different dvr in that room, so different things to watch, ugh!!). Anyway, I decided to take plants upstairs and now I have a way to water them without having to specifically take water up fr them. It keeps me from having the glasses full of water to bring downstairs and I get my plants watered. Maybe it could help you too.

  • Reply Julia Wright April 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I love inventive toys for kids versus the run-of-the-mill plastic stuff in the stores. I’m definitely making my daughter a doll house now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply sunghee April 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Genius! Most wonderful doll house ever! WOW! Got here from ohdeedoh.com

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    this is amazing. not that mine would come out like this. but i will try. because i actually have some discarded nightstand drawers.

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  • Reply Mandy July 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Love this SO much! Thanks for a great idea. I want to get my little lady a dollhouse for her 3 year old b-day, but everything out there is so expensive and not going to last long. This will be perfect!!

  • Reply TrishBevill July 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

    This is amazing!
    We have made saints peg dolls –
    like these http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2008/09/alphabet-of-saints.html
    so we are thinking house on one side, Church on the other………
    I love projects with drawers.
    THanks for sharing!

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    Totally thinking I could make a firehouse/police station combo for my little guy!

  • Reply Taffy Massey September 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Absolutely awesome!!! This is a wonderful idea! I love scrounging for old furniture to refinish as my hobby, I just found a new hobby to add to it! Thanks :-)

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  • Reply Kellie September 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    That is absolutely adorable…might have to try that for my two granddaughters…that way they can both play at the same time.

  • Reply Jana @ The Summer House September 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    So clever!!
    I love it, wish I had girls…

  • Reply Carmin September 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Very cute! I have also seen Barbie condos made out of old three shelved baby changing tables.

  • Reply Lauryn September 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    wow! so so creative. i love this.
    plus the post was a crack up.
    thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Tora September 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I love it, and I can’t wait to try this out. Thank you for sharing this idea.

  • Reply Danielle @ The Frugal Navy Wife September 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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  • Reply Angela September 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This is pretty much awesome!!! I love it.

  • Reply Susan September 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The doll house is adorable. I have a granddaughter who would adore it. Our daughter-in-law is quite the crafter herself and has started making felt food. You can find her on Facebook. Just search on Felt Food. It is really cute! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  • Reply Melissa Taylor September 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    This is absolutely a great idea. Can’t wait to see what the other part of the night stand is used for.

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    1. This is awesome! My mom attempted to buy my daughter a little dollhouse, but the packaging was completely misleading and it ended up being a terribly cheap little thing with not really even enough room to play with the dolls in it. Though the dolls it came with were alright. Except they don’t bend at the waist.

    2. I think your dolls were adorable. Stop hating on yourself.

    3. As an unshy painter/drawer/non-real-word-user, I would probably just paint on the windows and paint the walls and floors mostly solid colors. It’s cheap, and doesn’t involve the frustrations you experienced. It’s also kinda lazy, so I’d probably at least try to add a cute rug or something so as not to feel like a completely lame crafter.

  • Reply Jennifer September 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    What did you do with the rest of the dresser once you used up the drawers?

  • Reply Mimzy Wimzy September 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I absolutely love this! Hmm, wonder if we have some old drawers around here….

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  • Reply Suzanne September 30, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I think this idea is fabulous…and as for the modge podge, you just put some grease proof paper, baking paper? over it and roll with a roller to get all the air bubbles out and the paper smooth.

  • Reply Dinah October 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Omg LOLFRY I luv this so much I am doing this for a Halloween haunted hotel diagrama I have to do for work I am beyond excited to do it

  • Reply dzinergirl October 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I think it is absolutely adorable and a very creative idea. Can’t wait to make one for my daughter.

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    Followed a link from Babble.com and I *love* this idea. There’s a place in Oakland called Urban Ore and I’m sure they would have the supplies to make this! Such an awesome idea & your writing is hilarious. :)

  • Reply Angie October 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    This is so cute!! =)

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  • Reply ashley November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    The modpodge will cause bubbling if you don’t let it dry all the way in between coats. You even have to wait on it to dry on the underneath of the paper before you add it to the top of the paper. I love modpodge! And sometimes, even if you wait the required amount of time, you still get a few bubbles. Nothing is perfect.

    • Reply Mary Lee February 20, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Thank you Ashley for the tips regarding modpodge. I will tell this to my husband. I beg him to this project for our little daughter.

  • Reply ashley November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Super cute idea by the way.

  • Reply Sharon Koenig November 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    That’s increadible. Very talented. I can’t paint either. I loved the two wooden dolls talking. This has given me some ideas. Thanks.

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    This is really, really cute!

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    You could pick up drawers when people throw out dressers on the side of the street. I think I would use the handles if available as a way to carry the house from one room to another. You could cut out doors between the two sides and put it on a plastic turntable to turn it around as we or maybe children play with it.

  • Reply Melissa May 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Awesome project — I can’t wait to try it… I was thinking that maybe I will extend one of the side boards higher than the top edge and make a chimney! Wouldn’t that be cute?

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    Ha,Ha, I read it all. I love your way of looking at things(reminds me to much of myself) and I love this concept and plan on using it for my 8 yr girl. thank you for shareing it with all ue littel ppl. haha.

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  • Reply Vrushali August 8, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Lovely…brilliant idea….

  • Reply Merry August 16, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Instead of Mod Podge, you could try using Spray Adhesive to affix your paper to the wood, then some Spray Varnish on top to protect it. Thank you for this idea!! :)

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    My daughters ugly old nightstand is getting a makeover today! I’m going o mod podge it using fabric. Wish me luck!!

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  • Reply Lindsey November 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    When I first saw this I thought about the drawers in our neighbors burning pile out back… but we have a set of drawers in our garage that I’ll be using soon on a project inspired by you. At first I though I could do this and sell it as I have boys that wouldn’t care to play with a dollhouse, but have since changed my mind.

    I do believe that I will be making a similar version to fit my boy’s love of the hero world. Between Spiderman and Batman I should be ale to come up with enough colors and patterns to make an interesting sort of house for them to use their villians and super heroes with.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Lucy January 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This is great and if you were not using the nightstand for something else it would work great for putting the dollhouse away if you didn’t screw them together.

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    Love this!! I’ve been wanting to make a dollhouse for my little sister for about a year now. She (and her twin brother) just turned 3 and with Christmas coming up I was thinking about making them each something special.

    What did you use the rest of the night stand for? I can’t seem to find it.

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