A few months ago I participated in the One Room Challenge put on by Linda from Calling It Home. Since the holidays came shortly after the mad rush of the ORC I am just now getting to my Ballet Barre post. If you have been following my blog at all you might be familiar with my Workout Room Makeover I did for the ORC. To take a look at the challenge back in October check it out here:
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR BALLET BARRE
- Dowel 2 inches x 48 inches
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Chop sawStain
- Sand paper/sander
- 2 hand rail brackets
- Stud finder
- Dowel – 44 inches
Step 1) After the cuts are made I applied two stains and layered them starting with Minwax Dark Walnut then Weathered Oak then one more time with Dark Walnut. I then lightly sanded the dowel to age it.Next it is time to place the dowel on the wall. After some research I found that the height to place a ballet barre will vary based on the height of the person using the barre. Therefore the height for a child will be lower than an adult or a short adult vs. a tall adult. Place the barre at about the height of your elbow/lower ribs area. My barre is at about 41 inches high.
Step 2) I used a stud finder to find the studs on the wall and used the handrail brackets to mark the spots to drill. Since a stud is placed 16 inches apart I was able to place my brackets about 32 inches apart. Once I picked my spots I drilled holes for the handrail brackets and drove the screws into the wall. The handrail brackets came with three screws. Step 3) I centered the wood dowel on the handrails and then marked the wood dowel for drilling the holes using the hand rail bracket. Step 4) Then I placed the wood dowel on the handrails and screwed the brackets in place to attach the wood dowel.