In my last post HERE I shared my DIY American girl dollhouse made out of 2 bookcases. It would make a great dollhouse for any 18 inch doll on the market. I mentioned that I was going to share how I decorated each room, where I bought the accessories and how much I spent. It’s not that I don’t love the actual American Girl furniture and accessories, but the prices are INSANE. This is my thrify and economical alternative. I have 6 rooms to share, and here is the first: the dining room – top right hand corner of the dollhouse:
Let’s start with the furniture…
A girl’s best friend when making a dollhouse is the thrift store. You heard me right. Our local thrift store was a gold mine for me while decorating this dollhouse. Our local thrift store is Value Village. I made 2 trips over the course of a couple weeks and just from those 2 trips I found enough furniture to finish furnishing this dollhouse. Don’t think I was scouring these thrift stores for years looking for this stuff. I seriously found all these goodies within 2 trips to the store. They get new stuff all the time and you would be AMAZED and what you can find and re-purpose.
Here are the furniture pieces I purchased for this room:
An old jewelry box makes a great dining room buffet for our American girl dollhouse. I removed the old hardware, removed the awful orange velour fabric, spray painted it robin’s egg blue and added beautiful crystal hardware. It was so easy and it looks great now!
Did you happen to notice that price tag?? That’s right. $2.99. I bought the new crystal knobs off Amazon for $6.00 for 10 – see link below, and used a can of spray paint that I already had.
Now let’s look at the buffet hutch I made:
To be quite honest, I’m not even sure what this little shelf thingy is supposed to be. Whatever it was though, it made a perfect hutch for our American girl dollhouse. I removed the ugly heart knob, spray painted it white, used chevron scrapbook paper that I already had to line the back of the shelves, and attached a new crystal knob – leftover from the buffet above.
This score was $4.99. I used white spray paint, scrapbook paper that I already owned, and a crystal knob from the set I purchased above (10 for $6.00). It’s perfect.
And finally, I made a table:
This table for Ellie used to actually be a napkin holder I think. It was made out of really nice wood and I actually wood have left the wood as is, but the previous owner had written in pen on the top and I had to paint over it. For that reason, I spray painted just the top of the table pink. It’s perfect. She does need some chairs now though.
This table was $3.99 and I used some pink spray paint that I already had.
And how onto the accessories:
I found this set of dishes at value village once again, for $1.99. It was wrapped in a little baggie on the wall where all the little small knick knacks are. These were a real score and they are PERFECT size for Ellie.
I bought these cake stands from Michael’s. When shopping at Michael’s, DO NOT forget your coupons. They regularly have 40% off coupons and sometimes have 25% off entire order including sale items. I love my coupons. The larger cake stand had a dome on it, but I accidently dropped it and broke it. Oopsy. I believe the large one was $11.99 and the smaller one was maybe $6.99. I then used coupons to get these items for 40% off. I work about 2 minutes from a Michael’s store so I will go multiple days if I need to just to keep getting my 40% off 1 item I used a cake that we had from another doll set at home.
The chandelier (like the one pictured above, only in blue) was purchased at Michael’s. They are actually meant to be locker lights and they have real working lights. You don’t need to wire them in either, they take batteries. You can set them to motion sensor so that they only go on when your child is playing with the dollhouse, or you can turn them on and off. THEY ARE AWESOME. This particular style of locker chandelier comes in pink, white, blue and black. I used blue in the dining room. It was $24.99, but it was 50% off that day, so I got it for about $12.50. I used double sided sticky tape to attach it to the ceiling. These are out in stores RIGHT NOW in the back to school sections. Get them now before they’re gone.
Here are some more dishes. I bought the orange and green bowls on the far right from Walmart for about $2.00 for both bowls. The 4 stacked ceramic bowls in the middle were purchased at Michael’s for about $4.00 after I used my coupons, and the dishes set on the far light were purchased from Value Village for $1.99 in a baggy in the knick knack section. Another thrift store score!!
These apples were also purchased in a plastic baggy in the knick knack section of Value Village for 1.00. They are PERFECT size for Ellie. I got a HUGE bag of them too. There’s probably about 40 apples.
The menu chalkboard was purchased from Michael’s in the clearance section for $3.00 for 4 or 5 chalkboards with different coloured frames.
The tablecloth was purchased from Michael’s for a few dollars after I used my coupon.
The colander, white and blue bowl, and canning jar of peaches are actual American Girl accessories that I had purchased off Ebay some time ago. I can’t remember what I paid for them, but great deals can be found on Ebay.
So, there you have it. Ellie’s dining room looking sharp and thrifty. When shopping for doll house accessories, use your eyes. I find myself constantly thinking “would this work in the doll house” everywhere I go. You’ll be shocked at what you can find! I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for the next room.
Here are some of the items I purchased for this dollhouse, although not all were purchased from Amazon (like the chandelier which is quite expensive on Amazon):