Sunday, April 14, 2013

DIY MAKEUP VANITY ON A BUDGET



I am sharing how to make your very own Makeup Vanity on a budget. The design is all in your hands and you can get the same great look for a great price! Continue reading below on the steps I took to make sure I got exactly what I wanted.





Do your research: I got inspired to create my own DIY Makeup Vanity from Pinterest. It sparked my interest and I viewed a lot of blogs on how people created their own and put together my own list of materials. I also searched on Google & Youtube for DIY Makeup Vanity. There are several ways you can create one, just do your research and see what sparks your interest to be creative!


Materials needed: 

1. Table/Desk: The very important item you need is a table/desk that you want to use as your vanity. You want to make sure that you will be happy with it and that you have the desired space/storage you need for your makeup. Look at Wal-Mart, Target, or even thrift stores! Be creative.

I purchased the Micke Desk from Ikea for only $49.00. The size worked perfect for the small space in my bedroom, and I wanted something that had a drawer to store my makeup. 



2. Mirror: I wanted something simple that would fit perfectly along with the width of my desk.  You can use any size that you want, framed or frameless. I wanted a frameless mirror and I found it at Lowes for $13.97. Keep in mind that you will need to purchase mirror clips to be able to hang your mirror on the wall, I found mine at Lowes for $2.97/pk.

3. Wall Lamp: In order to achieve the perfect "Hollywood Lighting" you will need wall lamps! Typically they are used for bathroom lighting, but there is a way to install them wherever your Makeup Vanity is set up. I used two on each side of my mirror to have the lighting I wanted, and will allow me to have the perfect makeup application every time. I purchased the MUSIK Wall Lamps from Ikea $14.99ea. Most, if not all wall lamps that you can purchase from your local Home Depot or Lowes are just too big and bulky for my taste.

Installation of Wall Lamp: There isn't any special way to install the wall lamps, its your choice on how many wall lamps you want, I've seen some people have one or two, its depends on your preference and the look you want to achieve.

Important: Your wall lamps don't come with cords to plug into the wall. Therefore you will need a base switch cord, these are normally for lamps, so you will need to cut the candelabra part of the base switch cord, twist the base switch cord wires to the wall lamp wires and secure with a wire nut connector. If you are unsure on how to do this, search YouTube and there are several videos on how to do it!  I purchased the base switch cords from Lowe's $5.63ea.




4. Lighting: This is very important to be able to achieve a great makeup application every time. You will need natural or daylight lighting, or clear light bulbs. You DON'T want light bulbs that give off a yellow glare, you just won't get a great makeup application. The bulbs I purchased were GE Reveal Clear 40w. I was able to purchase them from Wal-Mart & Target. $5.99 per 2pk. You'll need to make sure the base of the bulbs are as small as the ones pictured here to fit in the MUSIK Wall Lamp if you decide to purchase the wall lamps from Ikea.




5. Makeup Containers: There are so many different ways to store your make up, I found acrylic containers from The Container Store. They fit perfectly in my desk, and glad that I purchased them! You can purchase some that are sectioned, but I bought the open tray kind so I wasn't limited to the size of makeup I stored. There are countless alternatives and storage containers to use, you aren't limited to only acrylic containers. Find what you want for your own creative space. The acrylic containers were $5.99ea. 3 of the acrylic containers pictured below fit perfectly in the MICKE Desk from Ikea.

6. Seating: You can't forget this! I purchased the MARIUS Stool from Ikea for $5.99. I didn't want something too big for the space in my bedroom, and this easily slides underneath the vanity. 


And that's it! I hope this inspires you to be creative to get the vanity you desire!  Please ask questions if you need any help! 

Also.....I have to give credit to my awesome patient husband who put my Vanity together!! 









29 comments:

  1. What should I type in YouTube to find how to attach the cord to the vanity lights? Thankyou

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  2. How did you get the lightbulbs into the socket? I' having trouble getting them into mine.
    Thanks!

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    1. You may not have the correct size light bulbs :( ....you will need to get a light bulb with a smaller socket.

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  3. Wow, this is exactly what I've been looking for!
    Thank you!

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  4. I just ordered the same desk and I want to order the container bit before hand, can you tell me the internal measurements of the drawer please?

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    1. The acrylic containers I recommended in this blog from The Container Store were the perfect fit. They measure 9-1/2" x 6-1/2" x 1-3/8" h and 3 fit perfectly in the drawer. :)

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  5. Amy, I dont see the same color desk. Is your black and white with a silver leg? Did you order it in the US?

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    1. Hi Kiera. Yes the desk I have is black/white with the silver leg. I purchased it in the store in the US. The same color desk could probably be discontinued in that color.

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  6. Thank you.. this is perfect. I have purchased everything and am building this for my wonderful girlfriend. My question is, should I go with three lamps or is the two Musik Lamps I purchased from Ikea enough?

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    1. That's awesome! She'll be so happy with the turn out! Two of the Musik Lamps are plenty and works good enough. I personally think with 3 lamps it will get too hot with the lighting.

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  7. Im sooooo happy I found this !!! I already had purchased this desk and mirror for my vanity but had trouble finding lights! This is awesome thank you !

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  8. I just built this! Thank you for this awesome post; so detailed and the pictures were so helpful. Now I have the vanity I always wanted!

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  9. This was exactly what I was looking for. I got the bigger desk since I have a beauty room. And I got a framed mirror from IKEA.

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  10. Ahhh this was exactly what I have been looking for! I was wondering if you could explain to me in a little more detail on how to install the base switch cord? I am not the handiest haha, but thank you!

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  11. I can't seem to find a mirror that's big enough but not too expansive. Where did you get yours?

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  12. How many base switch cords did you buy?

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  13. This is great! I want to do something like this and I also want as such awesome man as yours haha :D

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  14. Thank you! This is what I plan on giving my teen bathroom hog for Christmas!

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  15. LOVE your idea! And you did an excellent job of breaking it down step-by-step.
    What I "really" needed to know is, you mentioned vids on Youtube. Could you please list any links you may have to those videos or possibly even the exact search term you used? That would be so helpful.
    This will allow me to complete my daughters project!
    ☆HAPPY NEW YEAR☆

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  16. Happy New Year,
    Love this idea. I was going to do the floating shelf makeup vanity instead but your idea is far better. I hope the desk fits the corner I chose near my closet, since my room is small. I plan on using a small table lamp instead of wall mounted lights.Thank you for the step by step instructions. M

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  18. Doesn't the wattage for the light fixture have to match the wattage for the base switch cord? I'm having trouble finding a cord with big enough wattage for the 3 bulb vanity light I have.

    Thanks!
    April

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