How to Make a DIY Vanity from IKEA

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.

My New DIY Vanity

This DIY Vanity is perfect for our home office
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 tabletop 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.

Using IKEA Shelves as a DIY Vanity

I couldn't be happier with how this vanity turned out
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?!

Vintage Mirror

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 storage for my daily needs
The drawers are perfect because they offer some serious storage for my makeup and getting ready must-haves.
I added a few accessories to the top to dress it up
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 a great question.
A few key items help spruce up the vanity
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.

Unique touches from the vanity

My New DIY Vanity Setup

The home office is my new sanctuary
Rounding out the DIY 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.
The rest of the office is coming together as well
And in case you forgot, here’s a mini tour (and tease) of how the whole office is shaping up.
The new vanity and chair
-The New Vanity (obviously)

This sofa and coffee table are great additions

-The story behind the table & couch

The completed desk and gallery wall
… and a sneak peek into the finished desk/gallery wall! All of the printables on our wall are FREE, and I can’t wait to share each of ’em with you!


The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.