Monthly Archives: December 2013

Princess Dress Storage Corner

Dress Up Shelf - Final Close

We have a small area near the bottom of our stairs that is PERFECT for a little wine cellar.  This project is about the princess/dress-up area that is there instead 😦  To be fair, building a wine cellar or wine storage area (I even thought of temperature and humidity control) would be pretty time-consuming to build and probably expensive to boot.  Maybe one day…

Despite my pouting, we did have an actual problem to solve with this project.  My girls love to dress up and pretend.  All their princess dresses and dress-up stuff was thrown into a bin that usually ends up strewn across our entire basement.  My wife had an idea to build some sort of “coat tree” that could be put into the corner for hanging the dresses.  After taking a look and going over some options, I came up with the idea of building corner shelves that could also be used for hanging dresses.  My wife thought it would be a good idea to add a second shelf as well.  This is a pretty simple project, but seems to do the trick for wrangling dress-up stuff (it is TERRIBLE for wine storage though).

Supplies:

  • 1×4 pine board
  • laminated pine panel
  • wood glue
  • brad nails
  • 14 rubber coated mug hooks
  • screws
  • paint
  • string (for making the 1/4 circle shape)

Tools:

  • Circular saw (optional)
  • Mitre Saw
  • Brad nailer
  • Scroll saw or Jig saw
  • Router + 1/4″ round over bit (optional)
  • Sander + sandpaper (150 & 220)
  • Drill & Drill Bits
Cut out pieces for the shelf

Cut out pieces for the shelf

I used a string that I pinned down in the corner of the laminated panel with my finger to draw 2 1/4 circle shapes.  The trick to drawing the 1/4 circle shapes is to use string that doesn’t stretch easily and just keep a steady hand while holding your pencil to make the arc.  I free-handed the shape on the end of the 1×4 pine, cut it out on my scroll saw and used the first piece as a template for the other 3 pieces (to make sure they were all the same).  I used my circular saw to make a bunch of rough cuts around the arc… essentially to remove material.  This makes it easier to use my scroll saw, but if you are going to use a jig saw you shouldn’t need to do this.  After some sanding, I used my router with a 1/4″ round over bit to round off the top outer edge of the shelf.  This step isn’t required either, but I would at least sand the edges.  Add some glue and nail all the pieces together.

Both shelves are assembled

Preview Changes Both shelves are assembled

I decided to paint these shelves to match our baseboards.  All that was left to do was hang these up in the corner using some screws and install the mug hooks.  I pre-drilled all my screw holes to prevent any splitting of the wood.  It was definitely helpful to draw out my hook pattern on paper before installing the hooks.  This was the most time-consuming part of the whole project because I am anal about things being evenly spaced.  Here are some final pictures of the corner shelf/dress hangers.

Dress Up Shelf - Installed

Dress Up Shelf - Hooks CloseUp

Dress Up Shelf - Final Close

Dress Up Shelf - Final Far

While this is definitely not as fun as a wine cellar, this little project definitely made my girls and wife happy.  The girls have easy access to their dress up stuff and my wife doesn’t have to come get a bin down every time they want to do it.

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