This last December our little princess turned 2! It’s probably not be the last time you’ll see me write this, but TIME GOES TOO FAST! I will definitely share the creative details about her very special, “Mackenzie’s Favorite Things” birthday party eventually… But the gift we gave her deserves its very own post.
One of her “favorite things” is, like most little Princess’, to play dress-up! So my husband and I decided to create something she will have many memories with. Her very own Dress-Up Station!
Isn’t this just
darling, amazing, perfect, special?! (I couldn’t choose one word!) I know it looks like a ton of work, but honestly, YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! And here is how!
First we found an old entertainment stand that we could re-purpose. I have also seen other ones where they used old dressers or armoires, or even an old gun cabinet? So the options are pretty much endless. This one we actually had GIVEN to us by an old friend. She had sentimental attachment to it, but didn’t have room for it. So she was excited to give it to us knowing that new memories would be made. (Thanks Amanda!)
After we figured out how to fit this puppy in the back of our van, we took it home and actually got to work immediately. What was supposed to be a surprise that only the Hubs and I knew about until the reveal, quickly changed when the kids discovered us and wanted to help. They are ALWAYS looking to be creative. Wonder where they got that from? Aren’t they stinkin’ cute?! Rain boots and diapers.. that’s how we roll.
We started out sanding, and then wiped it down with a damp (not soaked) cloth, making sure we got all the dust off. We also decided to take out the inside cupboard for two reasons. 1. It will then allow for more hanging storage and 2. Even though it was “non-breakable” glass, I didn’t want to take the chance. And when I say “non-breakable”, my husband literally took a sledgehammer to it and nothing happened!!
At this point it was ready to paint! Luckily we had some great paint left over from our kitchen Reno, so we used that! My hubby graciously helped with this part, and sprayed the paint on with our paint gun. Pretty simple process: clean, easy, and quick! We let it then dry overnight.
That next day I went shopping for the fun stuff!! I found some mix matched hooks and hardware at a discount store. I also found some adorable butterfly mirrors that just stick right on, and a poppin’ colorful mirror! I then went to the fabric store and picked out two fabrics. One for the back of the stand, and then one for the curtains. (I’ll list all my supplies at the bottom of this post.. you’re welcome!)
Once I came home we got to work assembling everything. First we replaced the hardware on the drawers/cupboards. Then we drilled the holes for where we wanted the side hardware to hang. After that we placed the mirror on the side, the curtain rod on the front, the shower curtain rod on the inside, and the butterflies on the sides.
The fabric, I think, was the most difficult only because I’m not that excited to use a staple gun. Something about the movie Home Alone makes me forever nervous with these! After ironing the fabric I literally just stapled it to the back of the furniture piece. You could probably leave this open if you wanted, but I like the magical feeling that the pop of color gives, and the beauty of how the sunlight gives it a glow inside.
I then just sewed the simple pocket curtains for the front. I didn’t even really measure this, because I knew that I had the right measurements overall. So I just eyeballed it. (That is the artsy-ness in me that drives my engineer husband crazy.) After they were sewn, I placed them on the rod. The curtains give it a nice finished look, and also allows for the mess inside to be hidden if needed.
EEEEEE!!! By this point it was all coming together so nicely! The birthday girl was in bed for a nap, so by the time she woke up we could have the “reveal”. She was absolutely thrilled to pieces!!! Not to mention, I had gone after Halloween and purchased all the Disney princess costumes 50% off.
Since then we have had many Tea Parties, Fashion Shows, and Princess Role Play. Every time she plays with it I can tell she feels like a princess, and I know that we will have many more years of amazing memories to come!
10 Decorative hardware pieces
Curtain rod with hooks
Mirror of choice
Butterfly mirrors (Optional)
Shower Curtain Tension Rod
Fabric for back (Matching Height & Width)
Fabric for curtains (Width X2)
While you’re feeling creative… Stop over at my friends page, Old House to New Home! Today she posted a awesome DIY Dress-up Station too!!