Monday, October 29, 2012

Nightstand Turned 18" Doll Closet Tutorial

nightstand turned American Girl 18" doll closet
This is my second in a series post about recycling/repurposing clothing and other items for use with an American Girl or 18" Doll.
 
I was at a garage sale several months ago and I saw 2 wooden nightsstands for $5 each. I snatched them up because the were very sturdy and had lots of life left in them. My daughter's room is not very big so I was not sure what I would do with them at first. After some thought I decided to turn them into a closet for doll clothes. Here are the instructions for making an inexpensive doll closet.

Step 1- Get an old nightstand with sides and drill a hole in each side for a dowel rod.
Nightstand into Doll Closet drill hole
Glue the dowel rod in place.
Nightstand into Doll Closet put in dowel
Step 2- Prime & paint the closet.
Nightstand into Doll Closet paint 
Step 3- Decorate the knobs. We went through my old earrings and my daughter picked out this pair. I removed the wire and glued them onto the existing knob.
Nightstand into Doll Closet apply fancy knob
Step 4- Hang clothes & fill the drawers!
Nightstand 18" American Girl Doll Closet
I gave the 2nd nightstand (with the dowel already in place) to a friend and she painted it pink to match her daughter's room and added some wooden knobs (painted white) that she picked up cheap at the store. We both used leftover wall paint for our respective closets.
Nightstand American Girl Doll Closet

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44 comments :

  1. Those are great! I hope Dolly doesn't expand her wardrobe past her cute closet!

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  2. cute, i may do that with chloe's changing table!

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  3. brilliant!

    Michelle

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  4. what a great idea! they turned out so cute. good job!

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  5. Love this idea! My husband converted a wall bathroom cabinet into a doll armoire for my daughters, but they are completely out of space. I may have to keep an eye out for old night stands at garage sales. (or maybe I should just stop buying doll clothes for tmy daughters LOL)

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  6. this is so sweet! I saw you on the Adventures of a DIY mom link party

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  7. Those are very cute. What a wonderful idea for a special Christmas gift for a grandmother to give her grand daughter. HUMMMMM Thanks so much.

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  8. What a great idea! Wonderful re purpose! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  9. Great idea for those old nightstands!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. Brilliant! I would love for you to add this to my Mom's Library Link-Up.
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/10/moms-library-link-up-3-for-me.html

    Thanks,
    Julie

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  11. I have my son's old nightstand in my garage waiting for a home. This will be perfect for my daughter's room. I'm so happy I saw you over at Today's Creative Blog. I host a blog party also called Our Favorite Things, I would love to have you join.
    http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/10/our-favorite-things-link-party-20.html

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    1. So glad you were able to link up. Have a great week.

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  12. This is such a great idea! I see these type of nightstands all the time! Would love for you to share this at my party!

    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/10/gettin-krafty-with-it-halloween-eve.html

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  13. The little princess in our house just received an American Doll for her birthday. What a great idea for accessory storage! Thanks!

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  14. adorable! I love repurposing furniture to use for kids things! I'd love for you to share this at my party http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/10/pin-inspiration-1101.html

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  15. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  16. Love it! I wish I had one of these as a kid. I might have to adapt it for Build-A-Bear!

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  17. This is a fabulous idea. I did something similar for my son's MANY costumes and dress-up clothes.

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  18. I wish I had a little girl for this. Too cute! Great idea!

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  19. Newest follower here! I found you through the Wednesday link up! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more!
    -meandmr.com

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  20. Adorable! What a good idea, I have two boys. A little girl has got to love this!
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  21. What a great idea! So adorable! I would love to have you come share some of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  22. What a cute idea! I know a few little girls that would love this!!

    Thanks for partying with us this week @ Keep Calm & Link Up! We're thrilled you chose to party with us :o)
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  23. How genius is this?! Now that I have a daughter, I can do all these cute projects! Pinning it ;) Thanks you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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  24. What a great idea! love it if you shared this at my linky party on Friday at OneCreativeMommy.com. This would be perfect any doll clothes, I think!

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  25. I absolutely love this and I think this is so smart! I have featured you with this week's Blog Stalking Thursday! Don't forget to stop by and grab a feature button! http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/11/blog-stalking-thursday-66.html Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Such a fantastic idea, I love it!! Going to have to remember this for my daughter.

    Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner, you were featured today :)

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  27. Thanks for sharing this at the ‘Or so she says …’ link party! Hope to see you again this week (link party runs every Saturday – Tuesday). We’ve also got a fun “Favorites Things” giveaway going on right now. Please check it out! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  28. Hi, Diana. I'll be featuring this fantastic idea later today at OneCreativeMommy.com. Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like.

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  29. Looks awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  30. very nicely done! Please consider sharing at Repurposed Ideas Weekly.
    http://repurposemylife.com/repurposed-ideas-weekly-14-lamp/

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  31. Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursday, much appreciated.
    I loved this idea, so cute!
    I will be featuring this post today, so do come on over and grab a button :)
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  32. Lovely idea ! Thanks for sharing:) the idea of decorating the knob with earring is fantastic! I will keep this idea in mind and will save some of my earrings with blunt edges which can be used easily.

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  33. Thank you for sharing at my party! I LOVE this idea! I even have just the night stand to do it with!! Thanks so much!

    Shelley
    www.piggyinpolkadots.blogspot.com

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  34. GREAT idea, Diana! LOVE it!! :)

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  35. awesome idea! I-m so in love with the recycling and always happy when I find a new way to recycle.
    Found this post via Freakin Friday and can't wait for another PinMe party of yours!

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  36. I came over from 2 Crochet Hooks! Diana, you're insanely brilliant! Are you sure you don't want to be my neighbor?!!

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  37. Thank you for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Your handy diy doll closet is the Hostesses pick! Stop by and pick up a Featured button, you deserve it! Thanks again!

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    1. Guess what Diana!! Your DIY Closet here is the Best of the Best for Novembers Snickerdoodle Sunday! Post goes up tonight, stop by and pick up your special button! Congrats!!!

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  38. Awesome night stand doll clothes closet. My great-grand daughter would love it!!
    Cheryl H.

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  39. Awesome night stand doll clothes closet.

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