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Glamour Barbie Closet Makeover

30 Jan
Barbie Closet
Designed by Kathleen Heady

I came across this doll Armoire while I was out thrifty shopping. I picked it up for $1.99. It was in good condition but, outdated and was asking for a makeover.  So decided I was going to glamify this old Armoire into a Beautiful Glamified Barbie Closet. Below is the before and after picture side by side and the step by step process I did to transform this closet from drab to glam.


BEFORE                                                   AFTER

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Step 1:

I sanded the Armoire down and then spray painted three coats of primer paint onto the Armoire. I allowed 15-20 minutes between each coat to dry before applying the next coat.


Step 2:

I applied the gold spray paint. Again three coats allowing 15-30 minutes per coat to dry.


Step 3:

The fun part begins! With a hot glue gun I glued my little colorful beads onto the top portion of the Armoire to add a little sparkle. New door handle. Next I took the handle off which then I had to go back out to the garage and re-sand, prime and paint the front of the Armoire. Once that was done I added the crystal bling knob to the front of the closet.


Step 4:

Originally I was going to use craft paper and hot glue it to the Armoire but then I remembered I had some fabric stored that happened to be blingy so I pulled the sewing machine out and cut I cut each piece to fit the middle of the Armoire and inserted the piece of craft paper design that I liked in between the fabric and sewed it all together. Once it the fabric piece was sewn I hot glued it to the Armoire.


Step 5:

More Beads!!! I decided the Armoire needed some more glam so I added more beads to the side of it and in the middle where I had laid the fabric piece down. I hot glue each bead onto the Armoire with the hot glue gun.


Step 6:

Closet bar. I installed the Closet bar using a bamboo skewer. I cut it to fit the size of the Armoire and then sanded the sides down. Then I primed it and painted it Silver. I used 1/4′ washers to install the bamboo skewer by simply gluing the washers to the inner sides of the Armoire and then inserting the bamboo Skewer adding a touch of hot glue at each end for a more secure fit.

Barbie Closet

Step 7:

Jewelry boxes to store all of Barbie doll shoes and accessories.


All Photographs photographed by Kathleen Heady are Copyrighted.


Thrifty Finds Before & After Barbie Closet Makeover

21 Jan

Thrifty Finds Before & After Barbie Closet Makeover

BEFORE                                   AFTER

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Week 3 Thrifty Finds Jan.

Bargain: $1.99

Designed by Kathleen Heady

So I found this Doll Armoire while thrifty shopping and just had to get it. I knew I was going to make something out of it. When I got home with it I decided to go glam gold on it as I had extra gold spray paint leftover from my last dollhouse project the barbie sofa makeover and decided to make a matching piece to go along with the sofa piece. Let me know what you think and stay posted for this do-it-yourself: “Barbie Dollhouse Closet Armoire Makeover” project post coming soon and find other links and DIY dollhouse projects by other bloggers on my dollhouse page.

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Barbie Closet Remodel

6 Jan


After Photo

By Kathleen heady                                                     

Barbie Closet Remodel How-to

My daughter has a sturdy Barbie closet however not the most “chic” one. Her Barbie closet was actually in desperate need of a makeover. As you can see the closet was not very useful as it no longer had any bars to hang clothes, drawers to store her doll shoes or accessories. As well as no hangers to hang her doll clothes. So that’s when I stepped in and decided to do a “Barbie Closet Remodel.”



Here is the before photo of this closet. It was in desperate need of a makeover.



Need creativity, a few tools and some very “chic” materials. Oh! And a glue gun is a must. So here are the basic materials needed for this project.

The List:


Glue Gun/ Glue Sticks

Decorative Constructive Paper

Jewelry boxes or any little boxes

Ornament hooks

Jewelry Pieces

Bamboo Skewers




And…Anything else you can find

So let’s see, do we have everything?

Regardless it’s okay if you don’t. Things can be added later however, a glue gun and decor is a must. And, warning, Things are going to get pretty messy and change as you go along , you will find doing a project like this, can go in any direction as I did. For example, you may find that you want to use fabric instead of construction paper. Hopefully this project will lead you to get creative in your own way for a barbie closet project. Now before I began this transformation I found a good working spot with plenty of space.


Photo of Blank Shelves

Adding Shelf to Closet

The shelves inspired me to go use jewelry boxes and insert them to fit each shelve. How I did this, was  to add another shelf to have more space for “Barbie” storage. It was really simple actually to create the new shelf with a little bit of cardboard, hot glue and constructive paper.

Step 1:

Take a piece of cardboard cut to fit size of area. Then hot glue craft paper for matching design then insert piece into closet and hot glue to the inside of walls where shelf is being added.


My next step, was the construction paper. This by far , was the fun part. With a small booklet of designer constructive paper I picked a variety of patterns to decorate each “barbie” storage box a little different from the next.

Before starting Step 2 & 3:

Hot Glue only one side of the jewelry box at a time as the hot glue will dry quickly. It’s also best to go slowly when laying  the constructive paper around top edges of box so that it will be straight.

Step 2:

With jewelry box in one hand hot glue each side one at a time, then apply the construction paper going around each side of the square box. As you can see below I started hot gluing the front first from one side then going around each hot glued side with constructive paper and folding the excess underneath the jewelry boxes.

Step 3:

Add crystal knobs to each jewelry box. Place knob in center of box and then hot glue it. Let dry.


Remember….BEFORE =DRAB



Adding Glitter

As you can see I added glitter to the top of each box as I wanted to add a little sparkle to this new and improved fab closet.

Step 3:

Add glitter. I did this with Elmer’s glue by lightly applying a little glue to the top edges of each box. Then sprinkling the glitter to the glued edges. Very simple and very fun.

Also I recommend having a handy hand vacuum nearby as the glitter part is by far the messiest part but, Super Fun!


Hanging Bars & Hangers

After the boxes were done I inserted the new hanging bars and hangers my daughter made herself out of ornament hooks so she could finally hang all her new Barbie clothes she got for Christmas.

Step 4:

This was simple. With a hot glue gun, take the Bamboo Skewers cut them to  fit inside of the closet, then insert each bamboo skewer in place making sure its a tight fit then hot glue.

Result: New Clothing Bars and Hangers for Barbie clothes

After Photo

Final Result: Functional Fab “Barbie” closet that not only can store barbie clothes but is beautiful and easily updated.

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