Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dress Up Storage 2

A few years ago, before I was brave enough to tackle wood projects on my own, my good friend Anthony and I built this Dress Up Storage shelf for my kids.

Little did I know that in just 2 short years, I'd be building a newer version of that one on my own for 2 very special little girls.

I used these plans, Dress Up Center, from Ana White, followed her instructions, and in a few hours (minus time to paint) I was done. Saa-weeet!!

One of the things that makes this project so quick to build is the fact that you can buy all the lumber in 4 foot lengths, no need to cut anything!

My pile of lumber waiting to be put together.

Okay, wait, I lied a little bit. This is the one spot where I used a saw. I used a jigsaw to cut out the detail on the side boards. 

I also put a base coat of paint on some of the boards before I started building. Then I ran out of white paint, so I just skipped the rest.

One giant lesson I've learned over and over while building these shelves is to pre-drill the holes for the screws. It makes putting things together SO much easier, and the wood is less likely to crack, especially near the corners and the edges, as I'm attaching the sides.

That top shelf was nice and tight, had to hit it with a mallet a few times to convince it to get into place.

I got the whole thing built in about 3 hours, spackled over all the screw holes and sanded the whole thing. Then, I went to the store to get some more white paint and finished the base coat.

The next day, I put on 2 coats of Disney Princess Pink (that's the actual name of the color), I guess my daughter's not the only one who lives in a pink world!

Once that was dry, I added the lettering. And I liked it, but I thought it needed a little something. That is a lot of pink, after all.

So, I added some little flowers across the top piece, which mirror the shape of the knobs on the sides.

I bought the flower knobs on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics just because I liked them and really wanted them, thank goodness I had this project to put them on! They will be great for hanging purses, necklaces, hairbands, wigs, or whatever else the girls can think of. 

And that was it, really easy and quick to build, two of my very favorite things. It's also nice and big, lots of room in there for princess dresses! I hope they love it as much as I loved building it for them!

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  1. What a cute idea! My niece would love this.
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  2. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Bowdabra a linking up your awesome project! We appreciate it!

    Have a lovely a week,
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