Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY DRESS UP STORAGE

It is no secret that I have a little diva on my hands.  My Miss Priss loves to dress up and always wants to wear heels!  Every year after Halloween we stock up on clearance dress up items for year round play.  This has led to an overflow of dress up in my home.  Until now I had everything shoved into one of those storage ottomans from Target.  Nothing was organized, everything was always all over the floor once Miss Priss found what she was looking for and this OCD Mama had had enough!

I had been searching for a while for the best piece of furniture for the best price possible that I could change into a dress up storage center.  Our new Salvation Army store opened right across the street from our neighborhood a few months ago and JACK POT! 


I was able to get this dresser for a great price and there was really nothing wrong with it.  I originally wanted to take the doors off so that the dress up would be out in the open, but I then had other plans.  I turned this...


into this...


First we removed all of the hardware out of the dresser.  We ended up replacing it with some silver hinges that I found at Lowes that looked more sleek than those that originally came on it.  We then primed the dresser with two coats of Kilz Primer.  

The next step was to paint it the color we wanted.  I chose a Classic Grey which matches perfectly in Miss Priss' room.  We painted the inside of the doors as well as the inside of the dresser.  We left the inside of the drawers wood grain as they would not be seen.  

I was able to score these oversized pink crystal knobs at the Salvation Army Store as well for only $4 for all four!  They are huge and lavish which are perfect for a dress up dresser!

I then stenciled the same vine flower that is on the walls in Miss Priss' room onto the front doors of the dresser with acrylic paint.


I wanted to give her a place to display her jewelry that she loves so very much, so I bought some hooks with adhesive on the backs from the Dollar Tree and then bedazzled them with sticky stones from Michael's.  These cost a total of $3 for the four and I had stones left over.

I stuck these hangers on the inside of one of the doors for easy access.  No more tangled bead necklaces lost in a drawer.


On the other door I hung this beautiful mirror that I got half price at Hobby Lobby.  It is hung with one of the left over screws from the hinges.  They were a perfect length to not go all the way through the door.


In the drawers I placed three plastic shoe boxes without the lids that I purchased from the Dollar Tree.  These hold all of the tiaras, glasses and hats as well as other small accessories that needed a home.


We then hung a tension rod inside the dresser and hung up all of Miss Priss' dress up items.  
Her shoes are lined up neatly at the bottom of the dresser.




She absolutely loves that she can now find everything neatly in one place without having to dig through it all.  It is the perfect height for her also (even without the heels...hehe).

For a finishing touch I purchased a chalkboard hanger from Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon and wrote "Dress Up" on it with my new Liquid Chalker Chalk Pens.  I think it brings it all together.
I am so happy that this is done and it looks fantastic in her room. I was able to accomplish this with about $100.00.  That is less than what they sell the pre-made ones for online.  

We are both very happy for very different reasons. Ha!  How do you store your dress up?  

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17 comments:

  1. Ahh, love it! Makes the little girl in me happy. ;D

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  2. This is adorable and makes me want to go it and revamp something!

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  3. It turned out so cute! I love the colors and everything. My boys have costumes and things they like to dress up in, more my youngest now. I have them stuffed in a box and an old suitcase (hangs head). Thinking he needs a superhero wardrobe. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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  4. The facilities are well lit and VERY neat and clean. Plus they are open 7 days per week. If you need a place to store things, this is the place!

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