Makeup Vanity Ideas


There's no need to put your makeup on at the bathroom sink when you can create a makeup vanity that will both store your makeup and give you a great place to put it on.

Make Your Own Makeup Vanity

  • Making a vanity is one of the easiest DIY home decor projects imaginable. All you need is a flat surface, something to support it with, a chair or stool and a mirror. Add a couple pieces of fabric to tie it all together, and you've got an elegant vanity.

    To make your own makeup vanity, you'll need two narrow shelves or storage cubbies of the same height to serve as your vanity's side supports. These shelves or cubbies should be wide and deep enough to firmly support a top while also allowing space between for you to pull a chair or stool up, and they should be a comfortable height for applying makeup while sitting down.

    Add a flat surface that's deep enough to serve as a vanity top by re-purposing a scrap piece of wood, or visit your local home improvement store and have a piece of MDF or wood cut to size. If you plan to cover your new vanity with a piece of fabric, pick up a piece of cut glass or plexiglass the same size as your new vanity top. It will give your vanity a smooth, finished look that's easy to clean.

    Securing your MDF or wood vanity top to your side supports is as easy as inserting a piece of non-slip rubber drawer liner on top of each of your side supports before setting the vanity top. Non-slip rubber drawer liner keeps your top secure without nails or screws.

    Making a vanity is simple, but it can be even easier if you own a narrow table or desk that can be re-purposed. In that case, all you have to do is dress it up, either by adding fabric to cover it or adding glass or plexiglass to the top to protect it.

    If you plan to dress your vanity up with a piece of fabric, choose a piece that is large enough to drape from the vanity's top to the floor. If you are super-crafty, you can make your fabric cover even more useful by cutting and hemming a slit in the middle to allow easier access to the shelves or cubbies underneath. The glass or plexiglass will go on top of the vanity, over the fabric, so that clean-up is a breeze.

    You might want to purchase enough fabric to cover the chair or stool you'll use with your vanity for a coordinated look.

    As for your mirror, you might want to hang a large mirror on the wall behind your vanity, or just use a table mirror.

Making the Most of Your Makeup Vanity

  • Now that you've made a makeup vanity, make it special by adding touches that are useful and lovely.

    For a country theme, try storing your cotton swabs and other necessities in old, mismatched jars. Use an antique mirror behind your vanity and baskets to store your cosmetics and other items.

    If your room is more contemporary, a large frame-less mirror hanging behind your vanity will give it a modern look, as will storing your cosmetics and other items out of sight under your fabric skirt.

    For a vintage 1940s vanity, use a satin or velvet fabric for your vanity, along with an ornate mirror framed by sconces. Top your vanity with vintage glass powder-puff canisters and perfume bottles for instant glamor.

    Whatever your style, don't sacrifice function for form: Cluttering your vanity top with pretty nicknaks will make making-up a chore. By selecting decorative items that do double-duty as storage containers, you can create a beautiful--and organized--vanity.


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