Pumpkin is my girly girl.  She loves everything princess and baby doll, bows all over her head, and playing dress up.  We have accumulated quite a collection of dress up clothes, so for her birthday I made her a Dress Up Wardrobe from an old TV stand.  This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but just hadn’t found the right piece of furniture.  Luckily one week before the big 2 I found exactly what I was looking for.

TV stand turned dress up clothes wardrobe #upcycle #diyWell, not exactly what I was looking for.  The size and shape were perfect!  Exactly what I was looking for.  The finish was laminate.  Not quite what I wanted.  and the price was a little more than I would have liked.  But it was a sturdy piece and I was on a time crunch, so I rearranged the carseats and hauled it home.

Upon arriving at home I realized that it had been in a smoking home.  As hubby and I were taking it out of the car you could just smell it.  (I didn’t notice in the great big thrift store or when the two guys from the thrift store loaded it into my car for me)  A lot of scrubbing ensued.

DSC_7993That’s not even the nastiest rag!  So, after spending almost 2 hours scrubbing every inch of this thing I hit it with the palm sander to rough it up and gave it a good coat of primer.  And then two coats of paint (with a few drops of Purify essential oil in it for good measure).  And I spray painted the hinges.  I found some clearance knobs at Hobby Lobby (marked down to $2 a piece).  And I made an insert to fit the back.

I started with two pieces of foam board, taped them together, then cut them to size.

DSC_8106I had also picked up a yard of fabric at Hobby Lobby, which I wrapped around the piece of foam board and taped in place.

DSC_8107I popped that into the back of the unit, attached a tension shower curtain rod that I picked up from Target for a few bucks and my wardrobe was ready!  (shoud out to my father-in-law for adjusting the door fronts and cutting down the knob posts for me while I was decorating the birthday cake).

Upcycled TV Cabinet turned Dress Up Clothes Wardrobe #diy #upcycle As you can see by the matchy matchyness the paint was leftover from previous painting jobs in the playroom such as the light switch and the jewelry box.  I love it!  The pink is perfect for a dress up clothes wardrobe!  And the gray and white stripes on the back looks so sophisticated.

Upcycled TV Cabinet turned Dress Up Clothes Wardrobe #diy #upcycle I kind of want to go back to Hobby Lobby and buy more of that fabric and do who knows what with it!  I also bought two packs of hangers.

Upcycled TV Cabinet turned Dress Up Clothes Wardrobe #diy #upcycle Which you can see was not enough.  The dinosaur tails aren’t on a hanger and we still have two outfits that haven’t yet found their way into the wardrobe.  Can you say dress up clothes horse?  And you can barely see that pretty fabric in the back!

Upcycled TV Cabinet turned Dress Up Clothes Wardrobe #diy #upcycle The lower area is accessories storage.  Shoes, headband, glasses, purses, Elephant & Piggie heads.  And the Thirty-One Littles Carry All holds jewelry.

I was hesitant to bring another piece of furniture into this room and hubby wasn’t too sure about it either, but we really had outgrown the clothes bin, so this dress up clothes wardrobe was much needed.  Pumpkin loves being able to see what clothes she has and both girls are good about putting things back in the wardrobe (even though they need a little more hanger practice).  In the end everyone is happy!


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2 comments on “Dress Up Clothes Wardrobe”

  1. great job on this! That color is GORGEOUS that you used and I bet she loves it! This turned out to be a great piece!

  2. What a cute idea! I was originally thinking this was bigger (like a big armoire) from the first picture and was a little curious about how the kids were going to access the costumes hanging up, but the after helps with the scale. This looks like a perfect piece of furniture for dress-up clothes.
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