How to Make A Tardis Wardrobe



I had to laugh at the title, not something you are going to do everyday, once in a lifetime maybe, even for a Time Lord. But if you have a Whovian in the family, it is going to make them seriously happy. The useful thing about this, is it can be transformed back into a blue wardrobe in seconds. I’ve also matched the blue to the whole room colour scheme, so if my daughter ever decided she doesn’t want a Tardis in her room, we just whip off the printables and she has a very classy Dulux Venetian Crystal Blue wardrobe. I suspect she might pass it to her brother as she grows though.

Since our Dr Who Experience, with Visit Wales, my two have become completely obsessed with Dr Who. I had been wracking my brain to pull my eight year old daughter’s bedroom together for weeks, as she wanted it to grow up a bit. On Pinterest, I spotted a tardis wardrobe. The one I saw had the windows painted on, which I didn’t want, a) because I am too impatient and b) because I liked the idea it wasn’t a permanent feature and c) printing looks sharper than my painting skills – so we made the windows and signs using a home printer instead.

The windows were the fiddly bit to find, I used this desktop background made by One Geek Girl, (do check out her other Dr Who ideas!) I had to crop the window bit and fiddle about a bit to get them to print the right size. You can get the other signs easily by image googling ‘Dr Who signs’ and ‘St John’s Ambulance sign’. We used photo paper for a nice sheen.



We made the police sign stand up by blu tacking it to a piece of plywood which we blu tacked to the top of the wardrobe.



My daughter had a mix of really mismatched furniture, some of which she has had since she was born, so I decided the easiest thing to do would be to paint some of it. The room was also crying out for a spruce up, and so the walls were painted too. We used Dulux Venentian Blue for the wardrobe, and Dulux Niagara Blues 4 behind the wardrobe and on the facing wall with Dulux Mineral Haze 4 which has a greyish tint on the other two walls, you can see them both below. You might recognise the Venetian Crystal from my travel themed hallway – I had just enough left over to cover the wardrobe.

My daughter really enjoyed helping with the painting.



I will do a full room reveal next month, as part of my New Home Resolutions, this bank holiday has been dedicated to putting the last of the pictures and shelves back up, and finishing both kids’ rooms. But for now, here is the Tardis, are you ready?

As soon as you stop by her room it’s pretty clear something awesome is in there, and I think we’ve done a great job of blending it into the room too, it’s still a little bit feminine, we’re thinking Doctor’s companion, not total Sci-fi take over!



So here it is, one Tardis wardrobe.

By the way, I know the signs are on the wrong doors, but there were some stickers stuck to the door that she didn’t remove properly before painting, so the Police Telephone sign does a good job of hiding them. I digress, I’m nervous to see what you think, it’s time!


Might have been one of my proudest parenting achievements yet. Except now he wants one too…



How to Make A Tardis Wardrobe – What you need

Printer photo paper
Printer ink
Small piece of wood
Blu tack
Old wardrobe
Dulux Venetian Crystal 1 in Satinwood. I used about half a 0.5L can. It took two coats with no primer or undercoat. My local hardware store mixed it up, I don’t think you can buy this one off the shelf.
Dust sheet

We are on the hunt for a blue light to put on top, if you see anything let me know!

I’ll leave you with our Dr Who experience, made by a professional crew for Visit Wales, read more about that trip and other awe-inspiring Welsh holidays that will stay with you forever here.


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  • Reply Mammasaurus

    Love this Penny! Have pinned x

    30/04/2015 at 11:17 am
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Thanks Annie – it made me happy x

      30/04/2015 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply The Ana Mum Diary

    Oh this is BRILLIANT! Pinning it now!

    30/04/2015 at 11:29 am
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Thanks Amanda x

      30/04/2015 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Midlife Singlemum

    Brilliant. I have to confess I thought this was going to be a fashion piece about fitting all you clothes into a seemingly small wardrobe.

    30/04/2015 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Ha ha ha ha – def not qualified to do that, but thanks for the idea, would make another fab post idea!

      30/04/2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Kate Takes 5

    Brilliant! Such a clever idea!

    30/04/2015 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Thanks Kate x

      30/04/2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Babes about Town

    This is literally so brilliant. I doff my hat to you lady. On those days when parenting is especially hard, go stand in front of the wardrobe and pat yourself on the back for doing a stellar job!

    30/04/2015 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      You say the best things Uju thank you – great idea – I will! x

      30/04/2015 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Nikki Thomas

    That is amazing! What a lucky girl to have such a clever mum. As a life long Dr Who fan I would love one of those myself

    30/04/2015 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Do it Nikki and then you can always hide from the rest of the family in it for 5 mins peace 😉

      30/04/2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply 1978rebecca

    This is awesome! I love it so much!

    30/04/2015 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Thanks Rebecca!

      30/04/2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Marianne

    Amazing wardrobe and DIY skills. What a fabulous upcycling project, you must be very proud

    30/04/2015 at 5:28 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Thanks Mari, love it when a plan comes together – and your scarf is famous – thank you!

      30/04/2015 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Thinly Spread

    Ohhhhh! This is FANTASTIC! Well done you!

    30/04/2015 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Thanks Chris x

      30/04/2015 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    As a massive Dr Who fan, I think this is genius, Penny. Absolutely inspired. I’d have it in my bedroom, for sure.

    01/05/2015 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply The Alexander Residence

      Rachel, thank you – glad to hear you are a fan!

      02/05/2015 at 7:28 am
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    I love this wardrobe! I was just going to paint a white one red to transfer to my son’s room from my daughter’s but you’ve got me thinking now. I wonder if I could turn it into the Death Star…

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