Here at GLTC, we're huge fans of versatile furniture. For example, sturdy beds that will see your child from toddler to teen. Or, toy boxes that keep clutter at bay in children's rooms but that also act as handy benches when placed in hallways. And our range of tactile rope storage baskets that look just as great in grown up living rooms as they do kids' bedrooms.

When designing our products, we always think about the different ways in which they can be used with the goal of them being in your home for many years to come in one form or another. It might say 'bookcase' in the description, but that doesn't mean that it has to be used solely for storing books!


Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house

One range which really lends itself to being used in many different ways is our fabulous Townhouse collection - bookcases, toy boxes and shelves in a super cute house-like design. Of course you can use them for books, toys, treasures and picture frames but with their sloping roofs and sweet window detail, they make the perfect dolls' houses, too. Particularly, the Large Townhouse Bookcase. So, over the next few months, we're going to be transforming a bookcase in to a beautiful dolls' house, making each room unique with GLTC-themed handmade touches.


In this first post, we're going to tackle building and wallpapering your bookcase. If you want to follow along, here's what you'll need:

  • The GLTC Large Townhouse Bookcase
  • Screwdriver
  • Children's wallpaper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue


Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house

Begin assembling the bookshelf as per the instructions, stopping when you complete step 10. At this point, you'll be left with four back panels (I, J, K and L) but before screwing them in to place, it's time to decide which wallpaper to use for each room.


Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house

The easiest way to choose which wallpaper you want for each room is to decide how each room is going to be used ... much as you would in your own home. With seven spaces available, we decided on the following (from top to bottom, left to right):

  • Playroom
  • Nursery - Woodland Animals Wallpaper (discontinued)
  • Shared children's bedroom - Dinosaur Children's Wallpaper (discontinued)
  • Parents' bedroom - Confetti Spot Children's Wallpaper (discontinued)
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living room - Grey Stardust Children's Wallpaper (discontinued)


Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house

Measure each individual room space and cut out your wallpaper ever so slightly wider/larger so that it sits neatly with no edges visible once the back panels are screwed in to place.

Using your paintbrush, spread a thin layer of glue onto the back of your first piece of wallpaper making sure that it reaches the edges. Place the wallpaper onto the appropriate back panel, pressing down firmly. If you come across any stubborn air bubbles, try easing them out with a rolling pin.

Once you've finished pasting all of the wallpaper on to the panels, it's time to screw them in place.

Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house


Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house

Now your newly decorated dolls' house is perfectly wallpapered, it's time to choose the dolls' house furniture and accessories that will make it completely and utterly Instagrammable. Keep an eye out for next month’s blogpost where we'll be adding some creative dinosaur-themed touches to the shared children’s bedroom.

Transform our Townhouse Bookcase into a beautiful dolls' house

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