Victorian Doll Furniture - Canopy Bed - Fits Barbie Size Dolls
"The Ultimate Barbie Bed"
DOLL ROOM BOX PROJECT-
Fits 9 - 16 inch dolls
Hello and welcome to a project inspired
by the great people over at the
Ann Estelles World Forum on Yahoo. Several
of the ladies there were asking me about making a
room box to display their dolls in settings with an
emphasis on photo-sets ups. While I could make a
room box for general sale, they would all tend to
look alike. So, I put together an easy to follow
project that can be made for under $25 and done on
your kitchen table over a weekend......
One of the problems I found is that a standard room
box just isn't big enough to use for picture taking.
For this reason, I decided on the following size.
Naturally, I made a Victorian room box. The steps
below allow for a great deal of room for individual
taste and period decor.....have fun, Tom
DIMENSIONS: 30 inches wide, 20 inches tall
and 15 inches deep.
STEP BY STEP
The first thing you will need to do is gather
materials and clear off your kitchen table. I used a
standard three pack of white 1/4 inch foam core
poster board available at any Staples type store for
about $10.00 for the three pack. You will also need
an exacto knife or box cutter, to cut the board and
a can of #M Super 77 spray mount adhesive, also
available at Staples or a hardware store. A small
can goes for about $4.
PICTURE OF MATERIALS
Using a long straight ruler, cut the pieces to
the required size and tape them together from the
back using a strong tape like a wide role of duct
tape. When finished it should resemble the picture
PICTURE OF CUT AND TAPED POSTER BOARD
The next step is to apply spray mount to your
wall paper. Measure and draw a line with a pencil to
have a straight line to use as a placement. Be
careful not to use too much and take your time.
Smooth out any bumps or air bubbles with your hand.
Find a wallpaper design you like and have it color
photocopied on 8 1/2 by 11 sheets. You will need
8-10 sheets. Cost about $1 per sheet to photocopy.
You can find free wallpaper examples at any flooring
PICTURE WITH WALL PAPER
Rather than go wall to wall and floor to ceiling
with wallpaper, I decided to use a 1/4 inch strip of
redwood as a chair rail. Any thin piece of wood will
do. HINT: Don't use too large or thick a piece. Cut
to desired length and wood glue to the bottom of the
wall paper. This will also hide any mistakes you may
make in lining up your wallpaper to the line you
drew. I put the chair rail 5 1/2 inches up from the
floor. The wall paper could go below the chair rail
as well. Depending on the look you are going for.
PICTURE WITH CHAIR RAIL
IMPORTANT! Beware of interlopers........your
project at this stage will start to draw unwanted
PICTURE WITH INTRUDER
Once your chair rails are dry and glued securly,
you can apply your desired flooring. Either carpet
or wood flooring. I used matching thin redwood
highly polished strips. Do not glue down your
flooring. Just cut it to size and see how it looks
for now. I used solid wood for this project as I
wanted to highly polish it. Another way might be to
purchase one square of flooring, 12 inches by 12
inches, from your local hardware store and have the
square color photocopied. Cut the pieces to size and
spray mount them to the bottom of your box. I like
the idea of a wood looking floor as a base so you
can add a carpet or throw rug to change the look of
PICTURE WITH FLOORING
For a top crown molding, I used simple strips of
screen door trim available at any hardware store for
about $2 for eight feet. Cut to size, stain and glue
in place using wood glue. This will also hide any
mistakes in your top end of the wallpaper and give a
nice three dimensional look.
PICTURE WITH TOP CROWN MOLDING
Using another strip of screen door trim repeat
the process and make your bottom baseboard molding.
Leave enough room to slide your flooring in and out
so it may be changed for future photo sets ups to
even allow for carpeting to be tucked under it if
PICTURE WITH BASEBOARD MOLDING
Here is a picture with all the flooring and
baseboard strips in place. For this picture I only
have the initial coat of spray lacquer. I will add
about 5 more coats to obtain a highly polished look.
Spray clear gloss lacquer is available at your local
hardware store for about $4 a can.
PICTURE WITH FLOORING INSTALLED
You now have a functional room box with
removeable flooring and the ability to insert
pre-made panels of different wallpaper to change the
room scene. Now all you have to do is find a place
to put it.
PICTURE OF FINISHED ROOM BOX
PICTURES WITH 10" ANN
ESTELLE DOLL, FURNITURE, AND SETTINGS:
- This room box project was designed around photo
set-ups and to be easily made on a kitchen table
with little or no tools. By adding trim to the top
and front, a permanent display room could be
created. I left a white space above the top trim of
about two inches, as I may want to put in little
square wood panels to complete a true Victorian
look. This space could even be used for popular
stencil art. While I used foam core art board, the
room sections could be made from 1/4 inch plywood as
While this box is fairly large, 15 inches deep, I
also decided to make an extra piece of flooring,
about 6 inches wide. By placing this extra piece in
front of the box, the depth is greatly increased for
taking head on photos when needed.
The reason I only used duct tape to secure the
sections into a box was to allow for easy break down
LIST OF MATERIALS:
1- three pack of foam core art board
small can of #M Super 77 Spray Mount Adhesive
10 sheets of 8 1/2 by 11 photocopied wallpaper
1- six foot section of baseboard trim
1- 6 foot section of top trim
Flooring of choice
Small tube of wood glue
roll of duct tape or other strong wide tape