DIY Dress Up Station With Vanity




About: I am a believer, father, husband, woodworker, maker, content creator. I believe that we should all love what we do and if you love to make stuff like I do I would consider myself a success if I can inspire y...

My daughter loves to dress up, in fact I think she owns every Disney Princess dress there is. If you have someone in your family who loves to dress up as much as my daughter, this build is for you!

Step 1: Supplies and Cut List

Rough supplies you need

  • 1 4'x8' 3/4" sheet of plywood
  • 1 15 1/2" x 15" pine board 3/4"
  • 1 16"x16" Mirror
  • 1 1/4" Dowell Rod 26" Long

Tools and Supplies You Need

  • Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw
  • Sand Paper
  • Drill and Drill Bits and Forstner bit
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Screws
  • Straight Edge
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Razor Blade
  • Paint
  • Roller
  • Wood Puddy
  • Wipe on Polyurethane

Tools and supplies I used but you don't NEED

  • Chop Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Bandsaw

Cut List

  • 3 - 48 1/2" x 15 1/2" for sides
  • 1 - 15 1/2" x 39" For Bottom
  • 1 - 15 1/2" x 25" for bottom shelf
  • 1 - 15 1/2" x 6 1/2" for lower divider
  • 5 - 15 1/2" x 11 3/4" for shelves
  • 1 - 15 1/2" x 9 1/4" pine board for vanity
  • 2 - 11 1/2" x 1 1/2" pine board for vanity support
  • cut down dowel rod to 26"

Step 2: Cut Down Plywood

The first step is to cut down all the plywood for the bottom, sides, dividers, and shelves. I used a saw guide, clamped it down to the sheet and made all of my cuts.

Step 3: Draw Out the Rounded Top and Cut Out With Jig Saw

I put a nail in the center of the board, and tied a string from the nail to a sharpie. I made a circular shape on the top and then cut it out using my jig saw. There are three pieces that will be exactly the same so I just laid the first board on the next one and traced the top shape and repeated.

Step 4: Screw in the Bottom to the Sides and Lower Shelf Divider

I drove three screws from the bottom into each of the "sides" (including the center piece that looks like the sides) and into the lower shelf divider.

Step 5: Drill the Holes for the Dowel and Assemble.

I used a forstner bit here to drill into the side and middle pieces so I can insert the dowel which will hold the hangers later. I then put drilled pilot holes and screwed in all of the shelves. I made the shelves evenly spaced using math but if you have certain things on certain shelves you can make the gaps between the shelves any height!

Step 6: Cut and Assemble Vanity

I cut down the pine board on the table saw and used a paint can to draw the rounded edges on the corners. I cut this out on the band saw but this would be just as easy with a jig saw. Then I cut down the small strips of pine to have 45 degree angles on either side and drill the holes in at an angle. I then screwed the support from the vanity into the side of the dress up station.

Step 7: Decoupage the Shelves and Vanity

This process was really cool and I made a video highlighting this process on my youtube channel. It's really simple though and it added a really personal touch to this whole thing. First you paint mod podge onto the board, then lay the fabric down, and then mod podge on top of it. Let it dry and then I even gave it a ligh sanding with 400 grit to smooth out the layer of glue on top.

Step 8: Paint and Wipe on Polyurethane

The last things I did was cut down the legs of a chair I found so my daughter had a small chair to use at the vanity. (this is completely unnecessary you could buy a nice small chair anywhere). And I used latex paint to paint this whole dress up station down. And finally after giving that a light sanding and second coat, I put on two coats of wipe on polyurethane and it was all done!

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    8 Discussions

    Penolopy Bulnick

    9 months ago

    Is it bad I want this for myself? It looks like so much fun and, best of all, it's PINK!

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    10 months ago

    That's awesome! My sister would love one of these!

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    10 months ago

    What an awesome gift! I'm sure that she absolutely loves it :)

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