Dress Up Headquarters

Like the bad blogger that I am (honest, I’m working on it!), I don’t have a before shot of this.  Just picture your standard, tall dresser.  With missing drawers and broken supports.

Here’s a shot of the back of the dresser so you can see the original “look” it sported!

This dresser sat in my parents’ shed for many, many years. I’m not really sure why nobody ever got rid of it, but I’m glad they didn’t!  The frame itself was very solid and I loved how the sides looked like horizontal “planks”.

So, with plenty of eye-rolling from my hubby, I took the dresser home and got to work.  I completely gutted the inside and took a hand saw (is that what they’re called??) and just sawed away all the drawer supports.  I tried to get everything as smooth and flush on the sides as I could. Then the eye-rolling husband (who is actually super supportive and only does the eye roll if it’s accompanied by a smile) cut a piece of plywood for me to fit on the bottom. We nailed that in place and then I painted the whole thing with some oops paint I had picked up somewhere along the line.

Then I took some batting I had laying around and stapled gunned it to the inside walls.  Next I found some fabric (yes, I have A LOT laying around!!), and stapled that all around to cover the batting.  Hot glued some ribbon on top cover up the staples and the inside was looking good!

I found a curtain spring rod in the basement from the previous owners that I stuck in the inside and used my Cricut to cut some vinyl out to label the bins. I picked the bins up at The Dollar Tree a couple weeks ago thinking I would use them for Easter baskets and then forgot about them!

I had some wooden knobs I was going to paint and try to screw in, but then BAM!! I remembered I had some flower knobs leftover from a dresser I redid about 7 years ago!  I can’t believe that not only have I not done anything with these in 7 years, but that I knew exactly where to go to find them!!

I hot glued 4 on one side for necklaces and 2 on the other side for hats.

Rearranged some things on top and we were ready to call it a day!

The best part?? I managed to do the whole thing and only spend $2.12 out of pocket for the bins!  Everything else was free or pulled from my stash! This could easily be modified for a boys’ room to house all the superhero get-ups I know you all have!

This project is my first entry in the American Crafters competition at Nap Time Crafters!  The theme for this first week was Trash to Treasure!

Please take a second and hop on over and vote!  And let’s make a deal… hows about you vote for your favorite project… whichever one that may be!!  Mmmkay?

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Hi, I'm Natalie and I like to move slowly (like a turtle, if you will)! I daydream about minivans, painting walls and eating fudge with a spoon. Welcome to my little computer home where I share my family's adventures as we live life from the slow lane!

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  1. omw, I am in awe! This is such a CUTE idea! I think I might steal it 😉

  2. my husband put his foot down when I tried to convince him we didnt need our dresser anymore… poo… so im off to find a junky one to make because you are GENIOUS!!

  3. It’s soo beautiful! Have a good weekend!

  4. holy cow this is such an awesome idea! you did a fantastic job! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. love this! i’m totally doing this in a few years when carly can enjoy it!!

  6. I love it! I have a cheap, junky dresser with a few broken drawers that I might just try this on! My girls would love it if I could get mine to look half as cute as yours!

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  7. I really love this Natalie! Posted about it on Craft Gossip this morning :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/girls-dress-up-station/

    Thanks for inspiration!

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here:

  8. AWESOME!!!!

  9. Wow! What a great Idea!

    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  10. nila1920 says:

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuute! love the way this turned out! you are a creative momma:D

  11. How cute is that?!! My little girl would looooove it! Great job I love,love,love reusing things!!

  12. GeorgiaBE says:

    CUTE! My little ones always make a mess of their dress up–maybe I need something like this!!

  13. Melanie says:

    Love it!!!

    I would love for you to come link up your post at my “Encouragement is Contagious!” linky party! And… please link up some of your other favorites from blogs you love! Then, those bloggers will also get lots of unexpected, encouraging comments!


  14. Heather @ Decor-ganize Crafts says:

    I love this! I’m going to feature it on my blog tomorrow. Stop by and grab a button if you like!

  15. Rachel Sue says:

    This is so cute! I would love to feature it on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to grab a button! Thanks!


  16. I love love love this! You did such a great job! Very cute!

  17. I found your post via Pinterest, I LOVE this so much, I have been trying to find a creative way to store all dressup clothes my 2 year old daughter is already amassing and this is perfect!!! pure genius!

  18. @BriannaThanks so much, Brianna! Be sure to post a picture if you make it- I’d love to see the different versions people come up with!

  19. This is so cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Oh to be a little girl again…. Fun and clever!

  21. This is adorable! I showed it to the eye-rolling hubby in my house and he agreed. The next day he happened across an old dresser that someone had put out for the garbage… destiny! My girls are gonna love it. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  22. great idea!

  23. Thank you for this! I just made a version of this for my girls and they love it. Thank you for the inspiration!

  24. @KimberlyThat’s great, Kimberly! That makes me so happy! I’d love to see a picture if you wouldn’t mind sharing!

  25. Love this!! What a great way to wrangle all those fun dress up pieces that end up everywhere. I think this would make any little girl feel like a movie star. Great job!

  26. I love this SO much, I just had to share it on my blog!



  27. Just found this on pinterest and I am already hunting an old dresser down! AWESOME!

  28. Can not WAIT to do this for my little girl! I have been pricing these online and wasn’t willing to pay the $162 for the one I wanted. The dresser in her room already has two broken drawers and we were talking about getting rid of it anyway! This is such a perfect solution!

  29. Did you sand before painting? I’m so nervous to try painting old furniture, but don’t really want the trouble of sanding. Please help!

  30. I love this idea! A friend told me about it yesterday and I was so excited I managed to find an old dresser today :) I can’t wait to get started – I had bought a bunch of costumes as Christmas presents for my 3 year old son who loves to dress-up and was wondering how to “put them together”. Now I know :) My husband is already rolling his eyes and the dresser isn’t even here yet … hopefully when he sees how awesome it is he will change his tune! Did you prime the dresser before painting it? What kind of paint did you use?

  31. This is such a cute project. I just found an old dresser to try this myself. So great you were able to use things you already had to

  32. I’m in the process of this project and just wondering what the purpose of the batting is? To cover up anything that may be scratchy?

  33. @LindsayHi Lindsay! The purpose for me was to cover up all the rough edges on the side walls. When I sawed away all the drawer supports, I got as close as I could to the side walls, but it still wasn’t smooth. I suppose I could have sanded and worked at it to get it flush with no jaggedy edges, but it just seemed easier to cover it with batting! I suppose that will be different for everybody, though, depending on the dresser they use! Good luck and I’d love to see a picture when you’re done!

  34. @MyleneI didn’t prime, because I hate those prepping steps, but go for it if your dresser is dark and you’re using a light paint! I have no clue what kind of paint I used, because I found it in the oops sections and had it for quite awhile before I used it for this project!

  35. @AnonymousI didn’t sand before painting, because this dresser was already in pretty rough shape and had been sitting around for a LONG time. If you have a fairly new dresser with a smooth surface, I would definitely rough it up with some sandpaper first or else prime it! Good luck and I’d love to see pictures!

  36. @DanielleI know, Danielle!! Isn’t it crazy what they charge online!? That’s awesome that you already have a broken dresser to use! I hope nobody’s going around breaking perfectly good dressers to do this with! There are so many junk ones all over Craigslist for free! Good luck and come back and show me a picture when you’re done!

  37. Such a great job! I’m linking to this in my “gifts for girls”. :)


  38. You are genius! I was going o have my Dad build one for my daughter but I can TOTALLY do this. My friend even donated a dresser!!

  39. I just saw you on sugardoodle… LOOOVEEE it!!!! I was looking for an idea for my little girly and all her “princess” dresses.. This is it.. Let’s see if mine turn out as fabulastic as your. Super cute.. ::))

  40. I saw this on pinterest and am now on a hunt for an old dresser! I’ve been spinning my wheels trying to think up a way to hang up all the dress up clothes we have!!!!

  41. Phyllis says:

    For any Mom or Nannie (me) who has a collection of dressup clothes and accessories, this is a perfect project. Perfect. A dressup storage area like this, kid size, easy to organize, and so cute to boot, this should encourage all little ones to put their dressups back in their place. Awesome project.

  42. We gave a randome dresser in the basement whose drawers don’t open. I am totally doing this to it as a Christmas gift for my girls!

  43. Thank you for the inspiration! I borrow this and link of course

  44. I get pleasure from, result in I found exactly
    what I used to be looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt!
    God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  45. I think this is the best converted dresser I’ve seen…wow…what did you do with the drawers?…You can accessorize the dresser with the drawers by using pre-made furniture feet, paint or decorate to match the dresser or not for another use like stuffed animals, toys, books…etc…

  46. how did you get that little curtain rod to hold those dresses? I tried to use a tension rod, a big thick one, in ours and it just kept slipping off…I guess they have too many costumes? lol Any tips?

    • Hmm, we never had any issues with this and my daughter used it almost daily for a couple years there. It could be because the inside of our dresser still had a little lip on each side where we sawed away the drawer supports. I wonder if you could just nail a small piece of wood on each side or a hook that it rests on? I hope you find a way to make it work!


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