Guys, I am so excited about this post. This may be the cutest thing currently in our house. I can’t stop looking at it! So if you have little girls, you know that they love princess stuff. They need dresses, shoes, purses, tiaras, jewelry. And there is never too much. They NEED it all. Or maybe that’s just my little princess…
So while I love her having all her princess accessories, I hate that they are scattered all over the house. I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear “Mommy, Where is my light blue tiara with pink stones?” And of course I can only find the dark blue tiara because there is no centralized spot for all the dress up gear in our house. We have it here and there and it was really starting to drive me crazy.
With our little one’s birthday coming up, we knew it was the perfect time to make her something to organize all the princess stuff and of course I knew the wonderful girls over at Shanty 2 Chic would have plans for something great. Ryan and I had the best intentions and planned to start this at the beginning of February, giving us two weeks to get it done. Well of course life happens, stomach flues strike, and backs get thrown out, and next thing you know it’s two nights before your daughter’s birthday and you just have a pile of wood. Oops!!
Needless, to say, we had to build this diy dress up storage center in a hurry. We hustled after bedtime for two nights in a row and got this done in about 6 hours total. It was honestly an easy build and the plans were so easy to follow. It was also very inexpensive. We spent less than $50 dollars total. We already had 2 of the 1X12’s, paint, and screws, so we didn’t need to purchase any of that. The most expensive part were the knobs on the side! I could have gone cheaper, but these were exactly what I was looking for, so I just went for it. The knobs are Home Decorator’s Collection from Home Depot and were $2.88 a knob. The bins are both from HomeGoods and I think they are adorable and girly.
Here’s what I love about this diy dress up storage cart. This side with the knobs is perfect for hanging purses, necklaces, umbrellas, etc. Hanging them keeps them out of the bins and all tangled up. The other side of the cart is empty for now, but I plan to add a mirror.
The shelf space is great for additional storage. I plan to put a tray on that top smaller shelf to hold miscellaneous items. The other two bins hold crowns, scarves, and other bigger accessories. I need to find one more bin to fit on that empty shelf. I had bought another, but forgot to account for the trim taking up space, so now it doesn’t fit.
The bottom space, since it has a little lip from the trim, is perfect for dress up shoes. You can fit about 8 pairs of little shoes here!
So what does our little princess think of her DIY Dress Up Storage Center? She loves it and has taken to calling it her Princess Command Center, which I love! You should definitely give this a try if you have a little girl, don’t be afraid of building things from scratch! Once you get started, you’ll find it’s addicting and want to keep building!
I am going to share our tips, but for the step by step plans, please go here. We followed her tutorial exactly and found it very easy to follow. We did leave off the casters for now. I am still deciding if we want this to be mobile or not!
Tips for Building A DIY Dress Up Storage Center
1. Have your large pieces of wood cut at the store for you. Lowe’s does this free of charge and it will save you some time. The tutorial uses a large piece of plywood, but we went the route of the 1X12’s because we already had 2. By having Lowe’s cut these big pieces for us, it saved some time and ensured straight cuts.
2. Make sure the wood you buy is very straight. Bowed or crooked pieces are going to show gaps in your edges.
3. We used a Kreg Jig pocket hole tool for this, which I had bought for a previous project. If you plan on doing any furniture building, I really recommend this. It makes building projects much easier. The whole point of it is that it creates pocket holes in your wood which hide the hardware. In this project, the only screws you can see are the ones holding the dowel rod.
4. Caulking is your best friend. If you do end up with slightly bowed wood, caulking the shelf seams hide any gaps or crooked edges.
5. Use a paint with primer. We used White Dove by Benjamin Moore, color matched to Valspar’s Paint and Primer Ultra Paint. A paint with primer saves you a lot of time. The coverage on this paint was great and I only had to do one coat with some touch up.
6. The original plans glue the knobs into the side into predrilled holes. We just used the screws that came with the knobs. We screwed them in under each shelf so that the screws aren’t visible.
I hope you give this a try! It really was easy and has made life much more organized around here!
My friend Danielle is posting a DIY Dress Up Storage on her blog today as well! Check it out HERE!