More office updates! Woo-woo, it’s almost done & I am l-o-v-i-n-g the direction this room is headed. The style, the storage, and most of all, the function it offers me for my daily routines is fabulous. My DIY Vanity tops this functionality list and makes my mornings a lot more organized and a lot less hectic.
Like I mentioned a while back, I’m a do-your-makeup-sitting-down kind of girl. I enjoy putting on a little music in the morning and sitting down to relax while applying some serious layers of glam. However one year later, I did not love the traditional vanity “look” in this room- just too small for this wide wall and never offered me the amount of storage and table top space that I needed. (Side note: The mini vanity is enjoying a new home with a very loving recipient, rest assured she’s in great company). So I replaced my previous vanity with this DIY concoction that’s much more “me” and much more spacious…
I had a hard time finding a piece of furniture that was very wide, yet very thin, and allowed me to pull up a chair in front of it. So I ditched the idea of purchasing a piece of furniture and picked up this IKEA EKBY ALEX shelf that had drawers in it instead. It was long, thin, and allowed me to sit at it… how perfect?! Then the thrifting stars magically aligned, and I randomly scored this $6 (yes… you read that right) vintage mirror that seemed to be made to for this exact location. Thank you, Goodwill. It’s extremely sturdy and has hints of mid-century charm, which I totally dig. Plus…. $6?! I would be crazy not to snatch that sucker up and use it for something!
The drawers are perfect because they offer some serious storage for my makeup and getting ready must-haves.
I glammed up the top to make it functional, and of course, a tad fashionable. Maybe I went a little too far because Matt asked, “Why is that bear wearing a belt?”. Hmmmm… that’s great question.
On the other side of the “counter”, I added a few thrifted storage containers for some more of my makeup must-haves as well as a few other “fun” items. Here’s when I asked Matt, “Why are you wearing a mustache & glasses?” Hmmm… another valid question.
Rounding out the vanity is this mid-century yet slightly modern inspired cloth chair that I scored from Ross for Less. It was on super clearance for around $45 and super comfortable. Plus, I love the grey. I think I’m going to use this chair as inspiration for my curtain choice.
And do you spy those white IKEA storage boxes? I keep my blow dryer, straighter, curling iron and other hair products in there. When you only have one bathroom in the house, you do what you gotta do.
And in case you forgot, here’s a mini tour (and tease) of how the whole office is shaping up.
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Fact: I have never really put on my make-up while in a bathroom. I know a lot of ladies are totally cool with the normal tradition of brushing on their glam in the same space they brush their teeth. Me… not so much.
It’s just something about leaning over the sink to awkwardly apply my mascara that just doesn’t work for me. Call me high maintenance. Call me crazy. Just don’t call me into the bathroom to do my make-up… ain’t happening.
So when I spotted this little vanity at New Uses, I knew it could be my ticket out of the dreaded bathroom glam session.
Yes, it was a little out of date, and yes, the parrot had to go, but overall… I could see some major potential in this unique piece.
I hauled her home and sanded this pretty little lady down to her bare bones.
After the sanding process, I washed her down to remove the dust. I picked up two bottles of new spray paint (Krylon to be exact), and sprayed every square inch of her…twice.
After her makeover, I hardly recognized her!
I added a few new knobs from Menards, a few accessories, my make-up essentials, a drawer organizer…. and my new space was all set to go.
Good bye dreaded bathroom, hello functional vanity.
Shelves, drawers and some generous table space make up (pun intended) the must haves for any vanity.
I added a little china saucer in one corner to hold some of my daily accessories. You can easily find a saucer like this at any thrift store. (Rookie Tip: don’t pay anything over a buck, if they’re lone rangers… they should be less than that)
The shelves are now home to my perfume, some candles, and a cotton ball holder. I picked up the two sided make-up mirror from Bed, Bath and Beyond. (Don’t forget that 20% off coupon)
I love that this drawer allows my make-up to be out of sight from guests. Plus, it’s large enough to hold this fabulous organizer, which is a great way to keep each item in its own little compartment. (more details about this coming soon).
And what kind of makeover would this be without a hint of coral?
Recognize the seat? These two DIY projects have quickly become inseparable. I have officially added a large mirror to my DIY to-do list, to make this a DIY triple threat.
But for now…I’ll take two-of-a-kind!
Who knew that these two pieces had such potential for glam and function? Thanks to New Uses, I have finally escaped the awkwardness of putting my make-up on in the bathroom and have created a space that not only works for me, but reflects my style too! Talk about a double play?!
Does anyone else avoid putting make-up on in the bathroom or am I the only crazy one? Any other creative vanity tips, tricks or ideas. I’m all ears…
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