I started to sketch out various closet ideas to hold their dolls, dresses, shoes, etc. My original plan was to build this completely from scratch, but one day while out at Target I stumbled across a 2 door organizer which was roughly the size of one of my sketches. This provided a great starting point which brought the cost of each closet (I needed to make three) down quite a bit. With another $10 worth of supplies, I was able to adequately spoil my girls.
Step 1: Supplies
- 2 door organizer (available at Target.com)
- 5/8" x 9.75" x ~22" melamine shelving (I found this at Menards)
- 3/8" dowel rod x 12", painted white
- small shoulder hooks. I got these at Ace. You want something dainty with the thread length short enough to not go too far through the door.
- small mirror, I use a 8"x10" oval scalloped mirror that I found at Hobby Lobby
- mirror adhesive mounting pads (I found them at Menards)
- two wood screws (#8 x 1")
- Radial arm saw
- Router with 1/4" straight bit
- Drill Press (regular hand drill will work)
- 3/16" bit (brad point and regular)
- 3/8" brad point bit
Step 2: Add new holes for shelf
Step 3: Dado the top panel
Step 4: Assemble (mostly)
Put the shelf supports into the bottom sets of holes and the custom holes that were drilled in the earlier step. Place the two shelves on their respective supports. The center divider will go from the top shelf into the groove in the top panel. Measure this distance and cut the additional 5/8" x 9.75" shelf to that length. The secret to getting a chip free cut in Melamine is to use a good quality blade and to cut the shelf with two passes. The blade chips the surface on the side away from the blade (e.g. w/ a Radial Arm saw, the bottom edge). So set the height of your saw blade so that the blade only cuts 75% of the way through. Cut across one side, flip over and finish with a cut on the other. Using this method, the cut should be chip free, but even if you get small chips in the divider, they will probably be hidden in the channel in the top panel.
Step 5: Attach vertical divider to shelf
Step 6: Add closet rod
When installing the dowel rod, the screws holding in the top panel on that side will need to be backed out so that there is sufficient play to get the dowel in place.
Step 7: Add hooks for shoe organizer
Instructions for creating the shoe organizer can be found on the blog A Musing Mom Speaks.
Step 8: Finishing it off
The last thing to do is to lay the cabinet on its back and install the mirror. Use 3-4 mirror mounting pads to set the mirror in place. The location of this is not important, but I aimed for around 1 1/2" down from the top panel.
That's it. You're done. Deliver and watch those smiling faces enjoy a new home for their doll and accessories.