Rea’s Matchbox Dressing Table

My mammy and my older sister made the dressing table for us. It was modelled on our Nana’s dressing table in her bedroom.

They used matchstick boxes and leftover wallpaper, along with buttons for handles. Cardboard was cut out in the same shape as the mirror and the mirror piece was glued into place. It was great to play with as the drawers moved in and out!

Mammy told us all the story of how she learnt to make them.

When she was in primary school there was a cupboard with a glass door in their classroom. Her class had the great idea of making it into a doll’s bedroom.

Her older brother Jack helped make the furniture for it.

Donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland by the Finegan family, Dublin 2024