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DIY Ballet Barre and How to Hang Wall Decor on a Chair Rail

Oh, be still my mama heart! I think this latest project beats our DIY storybook art, kiddie desks, and reading nook in terms of cute little girlness factor.

Or maybe that’s just the former ballerina in me being completely biased. We built a ballet barre in Olivia’s room and she has been nonstop twirling in front of it ever since we finished it this weekend.

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Isn’t it sweeeeeeeet?! I wish I’d gotten a picture of Olivia dancing in front of it, but she was at preschool while I snuck in here.

This project is really a repeat since we built a ballet barre in her old room at our last house too, but we gave it a little more oomph this time.

And we also had a new challenge of hanging it on top of a chair rail, so I thought I’d share our solution if you ever run into the same problem.

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We wanted to make sure these mirrors were super anchored to the wall, but we didn’t want the limitation of centering them on studs. So we anchored the 2″x4″ boards to the studs instead to give us something to attach the mirrors to and give us plenty of room to jut out the mirrors so that they would lay flat on the wall with the chair rail running behind them.

The Steps

1. We first measured and cut the length of our 2″x4″ boards to the width of all 3 mirrors we planned to use (plus accounted for 3″ gaps between them).

2. Then we marked the height on the wall where we wanted to hang the tops of the mirrors and secure the barre.

3. Using a stud finder, we marked where the studs were on the wall so that we would  know where to secure wood screws into the 2″x4″ boards to anchor them.

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4. We placed our top 2″x4″ board first and used a level before screwing the board to the studs we’d marked.

5. From there, we repeated those steps on the second 2″x4″ just below the chair rail for where we would hang the barre later.

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6. To hang the mirrors, we screwed Hangman hangers to the top 2″x4″.

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7. And to help the 2″x4″ boards blend into the wall, we primed them and painted them with the wall colors we’d used previously.

8. Once the paint was dry, we placed the mirrors on the Hangman hangers.

9. To hang up the barre, we placed the shelf brackets between the mirror gaps underneath the lower 2″x4″ and secured them to the drywall with 50 pound anchors and wood screws into the 2″x4″ board.

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10. Then, we screwed the wooden dowel rod into the shelf brackets. We chose to prime and paint our dowel rod, but you could leave it wood and just seal it with polyurethane or polycrylic if you preferred.

That’s it! The 2″x4″ trick can come in handy anywhere you need to hang a piece of wall decor on top of molding anywhere.

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If we ever need to move the barre up when Olivia grows in a few years, we can just take the mirrors down, unscrew the lower 2″x4″ and move it up above the chair rail, repaint, and reattach the dowel. That is if she’s still twirling around in a few years. Something tells me she will be though.

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This room makeover now only has 4 things left on the to-do list! It’s turned out even sweeter than I imagined.

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Here’s what’s left:

  • Paint walls/ceiling/trim/doors
  • Hang wallpaper
  • Put together bed
  • Find a light fixture to work with a canopy bed on 8′ ceilings
  • Hang Roman shades
  • Find a cozy rug that doesn’t distract from busy wallpaper
  • Haul in nightstands from master bedroom
  • Paint thrift store lamps
  • Get bedding
  • Put up curtains
  • Paint dresser
  • Hang up artwork

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And if you want to know about any of the sources we’ve used in this space so far, you can find the all here:

  • Wall color: Behr My Sweetheart
  • Trim/ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
  • Wallpaper
  • Bed
  • Roman shades
  • Light fixture
  • Rug
  • Nightstands (Craigslist makeover)
  • Lamps (thrift store makeover)
  • Large butterfly wall decor (this one, this one, and this one spray painted white)
  • Skinny mirrors

Hopefully, next time you see this space it will be finished! So ready. And I know a little girl who is ready too.

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9 Comments

  1. What a cute idea for your precious little Olivia! Her bedroom is just beautiful! You and your hubby have done such a fabulous job! Blessings!

  2. Hi Lauren, can you please put the link in for the mirror tutorial, I tried searching your blog but can’t seem to find it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  3. This room is sooo adorable! Love the ballet bar idea! The tutorial is so amazingly thorough with the pics! Great idea because of the chair rail!! The butterflies above it are just perfect too! Who would have thought of spray painting them but you!?
    I just found you and enjoy decorating blogs on my days off! Thank you!

    Kathleen

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