Kid’s Dress Up Station
I have many compulsions and neuroses which include an anxious type of yearning for hand cream, folded socks, the colour teal, Ryan Reynolds and….organization.
Little did I know that the heavens were listening when I went on a rampage through our playroom trying to re-organize the kids dress up clothes because all of a sudden Ryan Reynolds was sitting on my couch folding teal socks. Okay, maybe not. However, the next day I slowly cruised by the thrift store and there, sitting in the parking lot was a vintage wardrobe. Not antique, not fancy, not even all that attractive actually – but it would be mine, oh yes, it would be mine.
Its price tag of $44.99 was a little rich for my thrifty tastes, so I pimped out my mom to use her Seniors Discount (and her truck) and got it for $35 – thanks, Mom! The cashier was also hard-pressed to believe my beautiful mom was over 55 (just barely, right Mom?) I hope I get those genetics!
Anyways, so enough jibber jabber – let’s move on to the transformation of this kids dress-up station. For the actual HOW-TO please refer to the post “How to Paint Cabinets and Furniture”
Here’s how this bad boy looked when I found him…
While it earns points for being solid wood, someone had used a semi-transparent blue stain on it and it was ticky-tacky.
Inside the cabinet area, there was wallpaper backing that was older than dirt. So I used a simple mix of fabric softener and warm water (1:4) and soaked it for two minutes and it came off easy-peasy using a plastic scraper – phew.
And here is how it turned out…(drum roll please)
I couldn’t decide between painting it pink or chartreuse – so I decided to live on the wild side and I’m glad I did – it’s cutie patootie!
As you can see, the clothing roll-out on the right side of the cabinet is perfect for Tim’s, I mean the girl’s princess clothes (and there’s a Woody outfit in there too).
The clothing area had been painted with oil paint underneath the wallpaper, so I sanded it and spray-primed it (which is a lot faster than painting) and then sprayed it out with white semi-gloss paint. The drawers (which were unfinished wood) got the same treatment. For pieces like this – especially interiors, spray-paint is an easy and quick alternative to brush and roller.
There’s a separate pull-out each for purses, necklaces, shoes and magic wands. I used the big bottom drawer for hats as we have quite a few cowboy hats in our dress-up collection – yippeekiyay!
This piece was a diamond in the rough just waiting for a little bit of KLC.
The total cost you ask?
- Cabinet – $35
- Quart of Paint and roller – $30
- Wallpaper scraps – free!
- New knobs and hinges – $15
Total project cost $80
If you liked this, you might also like my Painted Pink Piano Project!