Photo Credit: Ambrosia Creative
I find myself constantly drawn to the clean and simple lines of mid-century modern architecture. Moving to Palm Springs or even into an amazing pre-fab modern home isn't a reality, but at least I can construct a simple dollhouse for my kids in a similar style! This IKEA bookshelf hack uses just a few materials (real wood, even) and is easy on the wallet.
What you'll need:
(2) IKEA RAST nightstands
Titebond III Wood Glue
White interior paint (the grade used for molding & baseboards)
Small paint roller
Minwax Water-based Polycrylic Finish
Large sheet of plywood or nicer quality wood board 24"x48"
(4) 1/4" x 1 1/4" dowel pins
Jigsaw or rotary saw
Medium grit sandpaper
Fine grit sandpaper
Flat, heavy object for weighing pieces down
Power-drill with 1/4" drill bit
Measuring tape and/or ruler
IKEA HUSET doll furniture set
Scrapbook or patterned paper
AmbrosiagirlOpen up one RAST nightstand set and set aside the shelves. Before assembling the pieces, saw off 3" from the top of each side piece. The "top" is the end where the three pre-drilled holes are closest to the top. Lightly sand the sawed edges to a smooth finish.
Assemble the two sides and bottom shelf pieces together according to instructions, but don't attach the top shelf piece (we won't be using this).
This is the first floor of the house. Set aside.Open up the second RAST nightstand set. Saw 1-- 1/2" off from the top of just one of the side pieces. This will form that signature mid-century sloped roof! Lightly sand the sawed edge down.
Alternative route: Assemble the entire (second) RAST set as instructed if you prefer to have a flat roof for the house.
Assemble the two sides and bottom shelf pieces together. Do not attach the top shelf (we won't be using this piece either). I attached the shorter side so that it's on the right side of the house.
This is the second floor of the house. Set aside.
Fit the second-floor onto the first floor, aligning the holes of the top piece onto the pegs of the bottom piece. My holes didn't align exactly so I drilled a longer hole.
While the roof is drying, paint the interior and/or exterior of house. Also paint the flat backside piece. I left my roof and outside natural, but gave all surfaces a coat of Polycrylic Finish so little hands won't catch any splinters when the house is ready for play!
When the roof has dried, attach the back piece to the house with wood nails. You'll have to prop the bottom part up with your foot while you hammer the edges in, starting at the top. Take care that your nails go straight into the wood and don't go out the sides (thus cracking the wood).