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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