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Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

November 24, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Creating a dress up center for your little princess (or prince) is easy with these straight forward plans. Features a large open base area perfect for accessories and a hanging bar for outfits.

Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage
Dimensions: 
36" x 36" x 12"

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 10 foot 1×12 board
1 – 6 foot 1×10 board
36″ long 1″ diameter dowel
2″ screws

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Sides, round top corners 3″ down with a jigsaw)
1 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Bottom)
2 – 1×10 @ 34 1/2″ (Sides of Storage Box)
1 – 1″ diameter dowel @ 34 1/2″ (Closet rod)

Step 1

Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

Storage Box

Predrill holes along the long edges of the bottom with a countersink bit. Then apply glue to the bottom edge of the storage box sides and screw the bottom to the storage box sides with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 2

Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

Sides

Cut the arch shape from the sides as shown above. I’ve done this quite a bit, and it’s easier said than done to get two arches that match exactly with a jigsaw. What I do is create a pattern by folding a sheet of 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper in half and cutting out an arch shape. Then I trace this pattern on to the wood and carefully cut to the outside of the traced line with a jigsaw. Then I clamp the two boards together, and sand, sand sand with coarse sandpaper until the ends match. Another trick if you just can’t get the ends to match is to round the cut edges, so it’s not such a sharp line – then it’s more difficult for the human eye to see that the ends are not a perfect match.

Once you’ve cut the ends, predrill pilot holes along the bottom and side edges 10″ up (I center mine 3/8″ in) and screw the sides to the storage box. Oh, apply glue to the ends of the storage box first, and keep your outside edges flush.

Step 3

Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

Closet Rod

Now there are several different ways you could attach the closet rod, but I liked the idea of actually gluing and screwing it in place because the top would then have some support to keep the sides in place. So measure down 3″ and to the center of your tops and predrill pilot holes. My trick . . . thread your screws through so the end is just barely showing through. Then line the screw tip showing through to the center of the dowel. Apply glue and screw it together. Do the same on the other side.

Step 4

Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

And here is what we’ve got with 2″ caster wheels and 6″ letters. Is this just for princesses? Because I LOVE this, even for a big girl closet! Hmmmm . . . now you got me thinking.

Step 5

Craftiness is Not Optional’s Dress Up Storage

And here is what the dress up center would look like with a top shelf. Really cute and more function! You could easily add ledges with 1x2s to keep the stuff from falling off the shelf too. Just cut two of the bottom pieces (another 1×12 @ 34 1/2″) and add it in place of the dowel and move the dowl down about 2″.

Thanks so much to Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional for sharing her beautiful project with us today. And have a blessed Holiday tomorrow, make sure you check back late tonight/early morning – I’m posting the best deals I can find on tools for Black Friday, and with the deals out there this Black Friday, everyone should have an opportunity to build next year. The deals are amazing, and for those of you who know about tools, tools NEVER go on sale! And please, if you know of a special deal, please stop by and comment because everyone deserves the ability to build for themselves.

Finishing Instructions

When I first saw this dress up storage center from Craftiness is Not Optional, I really did not think I could provide a more simple, functional design for you.  There are just so many brilliant crafty people out there, and I'm always impressed with what a crafty person can come up with.  You must go visit Jess here for not just the details on the paint and cost of this dress up center, but for lots more amazing tutorials.

Isn't it adorable?  I love the idea of simple for a dress up center because the dresses are so ornate in contrast.  You could add a shelf above, or a mirror on the end (love Jess's hooks) or caster wheels.

Here is how I would build Jess's dress up center from pine or MDF boards.  If you have 3/4" Plywood Scraps, Jess gives details on how she built hers for $9 here.

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