I was very fortunate recently to partner with Porch.com and Wayfair to create a dollhouse out of a bookshelf and donate the finished product to a hospital. I chose Phoenix Children’s Hospital for my donation spot and got to work!
When asked to donate my time to the #giveahome project- it was an easy yes. My daughter was hospitalized twice in the past few months. Her last hospital visit was 6 days and she was allowed to play in the playroom the last 2 days (you are only allowed in under certain conditions). She was so bored in her hospital room with only my husband or I to entertain her. Of course, my husband and I are awesome, hilarious people who can both sing the entire Frozen soundtrack by heart- but she wanted more. She loved the playroom. I truly hope this dollhouse can bring some joy to children who are at the hospital, I know the playroom made her days easier and she came home quickly, which is not the case for many kids.
Anyhoo, enough about that and onto the dollhouse!! When I think of kids- I think COLOR. I wanted a whimsical, colorful spot of happy all wrapped into a house of fun (does that make sense?)
I did not want perfection- although I did use some stenciling and painter’s tape, I liked the whimsical, brushstroke look for the dollhouse. It is probably fairly clear what I did not use a stencil on 😉
I used non-toxic paint and sealer (Please stick..!!)
I used this bookcase from Wayfair. I purchased Haba Dollhouse Furniture and a set at IKEA. The IKEA set had a pink couch- perhaps the only time I will have a pink couch in my house. I will miss it.
To create the top of the dollhouse, I used wood shelf brackets from Home Depot that had a decorative edge. I then cut a piece of wood to join them so that the roof was the length of the bookcase. Also, by “I” I mean my husband did all the cutting and drilling. I am on a self ban from power tools because I suffer from #hugeklutzwhoendedupinemergencyroom3times