Hi friends! I wanted to share with you how we made Paisley her own Ballet Barre!

Materials:

  • Wooden closet rod
  • 2 Handrail brackets (4 small screws & 2 large screws included with brackets)
  • Wipe-on Polyurethane
  • Rag
  • Gloves
  • Level
  • Hand Drill
  • Screw driver
  • Stud finder
  • Sandpaper (400 grit)
  • Router with round over bit (Optional)

Instructions:

First of all, measure your space. We had minimal room between her bed frame and closet mirror but it measured to about 5 ft. The wooden rod size we got measured perfectly in that space. If you go with a longer length than this, make sure to get extra brackets to hold up the rod!

Choose your hardware. They have many different colors and types of brackets to choose from. Ours was chrome plated (btw the screws were included).

Prepare the wood. Jeff used a router with a round over bit on the ends so there were no sharp edges. This step is optional. You can use sandpaper to achieve a similar finish. Then he sanded the whole rod and then wiped it down with a damp rag.

Sanding the edges

Then he put on some gloves and used the wipe-on polyurethane with an old rag to coat the pole. Let it dry for an hour or longer. Then sand it and wipe it down with the damp rag. Then apply another coat of the polyurethane. Basically just follow the directions on the Wipe-on Polyurethane bottle. He did this process 3 times to get the perfect smoothness and shiny finish.

Don't forget to wear gloves for this step.
Coated the rod with poly and sanded it down 3 times.


Placement. Have your toddler stand against the wall and measure how high you want the barre to be. I’m not a pro at measuring this out but we just guesstimated and had her place her foot on the barre to a height she could reach.

Time to assemble! Use your stud finder to find the studs and then drill in your brackets. Make sure to use the level to make it even. Then drill in the pole.

Pro tip: Mark 1 hole and drill a pilot hole. Then attach the rod onto the bracket using that 1 screw. Then mark the rest of the holes. This way the holes will line up better!


That’s it! A little bit of prep work but easy installation.

Our little ballerina is ready to dance! Good luck with this DIY!