Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Play Vanity

diy kids play vanity and stool

It's another handmade holiday diy gift build plan from Ana White and this week we're happy to bring you this kids play vanity.

diy kids play vanity

The cutest little vanity with a drawer and mirror built just the right height for pint sized girls.

And you can diy the vanity stool with slipcover to complete the build:

diy kids vanity stool and slipcover

handbuilt holiday gift plans 2013

It's a simple build utilizing stair balusters for legs and costs about $50 in supplies.  
The mirror itself was an additional $25 and I built the stool and slipcover using scrap wood, fabric I had on hand and a store bought stool cushion for $12.

kids play vanity with stool and mirror

pottery barn kids whitney play vanity

diy kids plan vanity details
 The play vanity is extremely sturdy even with the weight of the mirror.  The corbels provide additional support and I added 1x2 vertical brackets on the back side (see down below) to keep the mirror in place.

I choose a simple 3/4" moulding for the top surface edge which mimics the routing on the corbels:

diy kids play vanity mirror detail

How to build a kids play vanity:

1. Follow Ana's plans and construct the base vanity.

I cut the balusters like this:

how to build a kids play vanity

And assembled the frame using pocket holes. 
Use the top cut off portion of the baluster as your spacer when attaching the drawer mount part of the frame:

frame for vanity

Attach the top using pocket holes:

attaching vanity top

build vanity drawer

 2. For the mirror make a frame to fit over your mirror:

diy mirror frame

Attach the mirror to the back side of the frame using mirror clips:
** Consider painting the entire mirror frame and corbels before attaching the mirror!

mirror clips to hold mirror in place

Cut the corbels to the proper width:

trim corbels to fit mirror

And attach to side of mirror using pocket holes:

diy mirror for vanity

3. Prime and paint everything two coats Benjamin Moore simply white.

4. Secure 2 - 1x2 boards to the back of the mirror and then to the vanity base:

how to attach mirror to vanity

I used a 1/4" spacer between the 1x2 support and the mirror frame:

how to attach mirror to vanity

5. Build the stool using Ana's plans here.
Modify the leg height to 12 1/2" and the seat to 12" diameter circle to fit properly under the vanity.

diy kids stool

6. Purchase a premade foam cushion and make the slipcover following my post here.

diy kids vanity stool and slipcover

1 comment:

  1. Job well done! I love it! Soo cute! Thanks for sharing this!