This cabinet hung in our powder room when we moved in. I considered putting it back up once we finish updating that space since we don't have much for those walls, but we really don't need it for storage in there. Buying and arranging little bathroom items simply to give it some purpose just doesn't appeal to me.
Sophie got an American Girl doll from Santa last year and has acquired a few little outfits. Until now we've stored them, like so many items, in shoe box sized storage bins in the playroom.
The idea came to me months ago to take out the middle shelf from this cabinet, add a tension rod, and buy some little hangers to transform the cabinet into a mini wardrobe, but it wasn't until this recent holiday break that Mike and I snatched up ten minutes and made it happen. For real, it took ten minutes to unscrew the sides and back, pull out the shelf and its dowels, and pop it back together. We had the tension rod on hand, and the hangers arrived on the doorstep two days later via good ol' Prime.
If I'd been thinking properly, I would have taken this project on a couple of weeks ago and made a Christmas gift out of the wardrobe. Sophie loves it, and even Michael enjoyed hanging the clothes up the first time.
Of course, if you don't have an old cabinet hanging around waiting for new life, this would be a great swap site, garage sale, or thrift store item to hunt down.
Below are the hangers we used. I got the smallest ones for 18" doll clothes that I could find, knowing that anything much bigger than 6" wide would not fit in our cabinet.
With new wardrobes like the Melissa & Doug Wooden Doll Armoire running about $50 each, I feel like we upcycled that cabinet effectively.