Dress Up Center - No Cutting Required!

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Dress Up Center - No Cutting Required!

No cuts required to build this dress up center! Free easy DIY plans from Ana-White.com

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Author Notes: 

Guess what we did yesterday?

We got up at 4:30 in the morning.

We don't know what the exact temperature was, but it was well below -50 F because that's as far as our thermometer reads. I tell you - hot business idea - make themometers that go down to -75 F - there are TONS of crazy people like us that would buy them!!!!

And we (bringing the Ram along for company, comic relief and airplane pillow) traveled to Los Angeles to be on the Home and Family show!!! They have asked me to come down and show viewers a few easy, inexpensive projects for Christmas gifts! They really had to twist my arm ... leave Alaska with it's four hours of daylight and weeks of -40+ weather for Sunny California?????

Because I love you, you are going to get the plans a day earlier than anyone else! The show runs on Thursday morning (check your local listings now!) on Hallmark Home and Family and I will be building a NO CUTTING REQUIRED Dress Up Center! That's right, no cutting required - just grab boards off the shelf and start building! Kinda like a no-bake cheesecake or Ricearoni - doesn't get any easier than this!

Just add boa!

Of course, I've got you covered with the plans below, but I hope you can tune in and watch me build this dress up center on Hallmark Home and Family Thursday morning! See you in the morning!

Shopping List: 

4 - 1x12 @ 48”
2 - 1x10 @ 48”
1 - 1x6 @ 48”
2 - 1x2 @ 48”
4 - Caster Wheels with screws for attaching
1 - 1 1/4” closet rod
2 closet rod pockets
Trim screws
Wood glue

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

No cuts required!!!!

Step 1: 

Attach bottom to the sides. This will create a compartment in the bottom for shoes and accessories.

Step 2 Instructions: 

This is optional if you want to use a jigsaw to cut out the top of the sides - it’s totally up to you!

Step 3 Instructions: 

Attach sides to the bottom compartment with screws.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Now the back - this will provide a back for the top shelf so little shoes and hats and crowns stay on the top shelf. Just screw to the sides.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Now for the top shelf. Just attach to the sides and the back.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Just because it’s DIY doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make something nice! These aren’t absolutely necessary, but at $1 for both, these little boards called 1x2s will strengthen up your shelves and give your project a finishing tough. Just screw or nail to the top shelf and ends.

Step 7 Instructions: 

You could use a shower curtain rod here, but I just went ahead and got some closet rod pockets and a closet rod that was already the right length - 48”! So all I have to do is attach the closet rod pockets inside the dress up center and put the closet rod in!

Step 8 Instructions: 

Now just add the caster wheels and personalize the dress up center so your little one knows it was made just for them! And that’s it - we are done!!!!

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

I think you would want to trim off and square up the ends of each board, especially if you bought it at Big Blue or Big Orange. Lots of sanding before assembly also.

Jake

I can't even fathom temperatures that cold. It was once 30 degrees below here in MI shortly after I moved here and I wanted to leave immediately. Now it's starting to get in the 30s and hitting the 20s at night and that's cold enough for me! I don't know how you all have been functioning in the Momplex without heat thus far! I'd be on the first plane to sunny California as well! Thanx for all that you do! Cute build!

Ana,
Do you make your own letters that you put on this project and the toybox for Grace, if not where do you get them?

Thanks everyone! I hope you get a chance to watch - really was super fast and easy to make. The jigsaw cuts at the top sides really made a big difference too - but not necessary! Don't forget superheros would love this too!

The letters are from the craft store and just glued on. I don't know if you can see, but it's actually a very royal glittery gold paint! Fit for a princess for sure!

Hope you love the segment!

Ana

I was just thinking about finding something like this to buy, but I stumbled onto this on Pinterest and will be making one instead! Thank you for offering the easy to follow directions for free! :)

I was in the process of modifying the other dress-up plans but making it a little taller to accomodate for tall 6yo (but still usable for my 2yo). Other than the beautiful jigsaw touch, its essentially was I was attempting to make! You have just made it easier for me now to finish :) Hopefully it can be done on time for a 24th nighttime delivery. Might let the paint dry overnight... lol Thanks Ana for sharing.

I was in the process of modifying the other dress-up plans but making it a little taller to accomodate for tall 6yo (but still usable for my 2yo). Other than the beautiful jigsaw touch, its essentially was I was attempting to make! You have just made it easier for me now to finish :) Hopefully it can be done on time for a 24th nighttime delivery. Might let the paint dry overnight... lol Thanks Ana for sharing.