DIY Repurposed Dress Up Nook

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One of the many upsides to moving often is the inventory of furniture you can accumulate. Before each move we go through each room and decide what gets donated, goes up for sale, and comes with us. Although quite a bit gets sold or donated we tend to keep those versatile pieces, like bookcases. When I was trying to plan the layout of the playroom I knew it was time to add some dress up to the mix. Parker’s imagination has started to soar and Caity copies almost everything he does. I didn’t want to spend too much money on something so I shopped around the basement and decided to repurpose one of our old IKEA bookcases. This bookcase has moved with us 4 times and has really held up.

Prepping Cabinet

The first step was priming it. I am not an expert in painting furniture so we asked the counter at Lowe’s and this is what they recommended. It seemed to work well and really helped when it came time to paint. I ended up doing three coats to get the deep purple I was looking for. Then Rob used his awesome lazer level to add a clothing bar.

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I’ve become a little obsessed with vinyl and recently saw this quote on Pinterest. With the way my kids dress up, it is perfect for their dress up nook. The mirror was part of a set of three from Winners and the knobs are custom for Amazon (here). Since they are technically drawer pulls I had to drill a hole from the inside out and then insert the screw.

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I created the print in Photoshop and it is available in my shop, designsBYmcm, on Facebook as a digital download for $5.

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Even if they are artificial I love having flowers in every room. Usually I put bouquets together myself but found this at Michaels and loved the combination. I had purchased various sizes of pearls in bulk for a few projects and thought it was a nice addition to the mason jar.

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3M hooks were a great temporary way to hand all of their hats. As their collection grows we can swap them around for the best fit.

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Most of the kids dress up consists of Halloween costumes purchased 75% off after the 31st, consignment sales, and a few are the Imaginarium and Melissa & Doug sets from Toys R Us.

Dress Up Collage

Imaginarium: Train Conductor  |  Vet  |  Pilot    Melissa & Doug: Fire Fighter

Before and After

I am so happy and a little proud with how this turned out. It ended up costing about $20 since the bookcase was repurposed and took a day to prime, paint, and add the embellishments. The kids love it and I have noticed that they are more likely to go over and start playing dress up since everything is visible and organized. Now if they would only learn to use 1 costume at a time!



  1. LuAnn Meyer May 23, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Are you sure that conductor hat and whistle aren’t Rob’s from the Strasburg Railroad? He has a matching set!! I think some little love needs some dance dress up!

  2. Kiddos Canadian Playroom Reveal January 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    […] I have been collecting dress up clothes for quite awhile but the kiddos never seemed interested in them. I started to wonder if it was because everything was crammed into a bin, out of sight out of mind kind of thing. I decided to rummage around the basement and see what I could come up with. Having a place to display and store everything has made it a lot easier and more fun to play dress up. You can see the tutorial and full transformation here. […]

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