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DIY Dress Up Rack from a Repurposed Bassinet Cradle

I nearly gave my husband a heart attack last week…

Normally if people blurt out “Stop the car!” it’s for some dire emergency that you know…is a real emergency.

My emergencies usually involve some random piece of junk that needs to be rescued. Sometimes you just can’t help seeing the potential of a future DIY project sitting on the side of the road.
DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

It has been yard sale city around here lately, and even though I like to swoop in to grab up the sad castoff furniture, this one random bassinet cradle stand caught my eye, and my wheels were turning at lightning speed.

I hadn’t planned on hitting up the yard sales the day I nearly gave Robert a heart attack, but sometimes these things just jump out at you and beg you to take them home.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

And for $3, how could I leave this little guy to fend for itself? It needed me.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

As fate would have it, I’d had a plan since the beginning stages of Olivia’s bedroom makeover plans to build a dress up rack. I figured it was going to cost around $40 and take a few hours. But this lucky find was dirt cheap and took a total of 15 minutes max. Can’t beat that!

Here’s what I used for the DIY Dress Up Rack: (Affiliates used below and noted with asteriks.)

I primed the stand first and gave it a few light coats of the Krylon Dover White spray paint.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

To attach my dowel rod to the stand, I used wooden rod sockets as anchors.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

I cut my dowel rod down to the width of the bassinet stand and fastened the rod sockets on each end to put in place.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

I later decided to paint the rod sockets to match the bassinet stand using more primer and Dover White.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

Robert used a wood screw on each end to attach the dowel and rod socket where the rack hooks used to be that held the bassinet.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

Boom. The easiest, cheapest dress up rack on the planet (as far as I know, anyway). I don’t think Olivia has enough pink costumes, do you? Sheesh!

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

With the ballet barre, glammed up play vanity, and this dress up rack, it is a world of fun in this bedroom now.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

Soon, I hope to have a play rug in front of the dresser and dress up rack too. We’re getting so close.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

I’ll be putting a big shelf above the dress up rack too for some dress up hats and something decorative for her blank wall there.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

Our next steps are to add a canopy over her bed, frame out her window, and add curtains. Sometimes finding the time to do it all is the hardest part, especially since we usually work during naptime…but that’s hard to do when you want to work in the room where your kid naps.

DIY Dress Up Rack Repurposed Bassinet Cradle | Bless'er House - This is so easy!  Great way to reuse baby furniture little ones have outgrown!

And um…do you see someone hiding under the bed there? Lola always has to be in on the action, ya know.

What do you think? Worth the mini heart attack? No husbands were harmed in the making of this project, I promise. 😉

Update:  See the full bedroom makeover reveal here!

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20 Comments

  1. What an awesome transformation!! And a great way to preserve the memories!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday party last week!!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

  2. Lauren, I think my hubby would have just rolled his eyes and kept going! What a great vision. I wish my girls were still little, they grow up so fast. So, I am dying to know what you are going to create with the rest of the cradle??? Hints? Light fixture? Garden planter? Table? Oh, the suspense!!

    1. Haha I know I get my fair share of eye rolling but over the past two years he’s learned to trust me on these things, I guess. 🙂 I WISH it had the cradle with it, but it was just the rack being sold. It would have made a really cool planter! I like that idea.

  3. My four-year old self is so envious. You guys are great parents to give your daughter such a magical ballet room.

  4. Love it! When my daughters were little I made them a dress up trunk for Christmas one year. I hit up Walmart the day after Halloween and scored a lot, but I also made them a princess dress, a Pocahontas costume from fake suede, a Jasmine outfit, scrubs to be a doctor,etc. They played for HOURS! One of the things you may think of adding to her dress up area is a full length mirror at her level- and I know you can make it cute!!

    1. I’m planning on doing the same thing after Halloween this year. My mom saved all of my dance costumes from when I was little too so those are a lot of fun for her now. 🙂 We have a full length mirror on the other side of the room along with a ballet barre; I just didn’t get a shot of it in this post. We have a blast in here!

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