Tip Tuesday: Easy DIY Makeup Station

Tuesday February 26, 2013 by Alexandra C.



Every chick needs a battle station. A fortress of solitude where you get ready to face the day, store all your precious pieces, and can sit back and spend some quiet time alone. In this case, we're talking about your makeup vanity. 

A proper vanity doesn't usually come cheap and can be hard to find. So when we recently stumbled upon a super duper nifty DIY option for a vanity made from Ikea, hardware and dollar store finds, well-- we knew it was a winner. 

Check this DIY'd baby out: 


This entire cost of this project is around $150. As long as you have a few basic Ikea-worthy construction skills, you should be able to pull this off. 

Here's what you'll need: 


1. Ikea Vika Veine Desktop Table in Brown, White (C$99.00, each)

2. Ikea Adils Leg (C$3.50, each)

3. Sylvania Golden Dragon Bright White LED Light Brushed Stainless Finish (C$14.99)

4. Sylvania Linear Dragon Bright White LED Light (C$16.95)

The battery operated touch lights are attached with velcro as are the pouches to hold brushes, made from felt from the dollar store. Trays and baskets are stored on the interior. 

Easy peasy, no? This modern look is a nice take on the traditional vanity. I love the contrast of basic dark brown and white. The clean, simple design looks great in any space. 

Full instructions and images via ikeahackers.net

What do you think of this DIY project? Is this something you'd try?

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8 Comments

on Oct 18, 2013  Jess M said:

Hi there!

My cousin told me you had featured my vanity on your website!!! Thanks for the post! :)

Jess M, Sydney Australia

on Feb 28, 2013  sbonin  531 said:

I would definitely do this. I've been considering how to configure a dedicated makeup space. May make some modifications on this original design.

on Feb 28, 2013  ellstar  3,678 said:

If I had the space, I'd set that up in a heartbeat!

on Feb 27, 2013  shanaz  4,653 said:


This idea is so beautiful! I especially the velcro felt brush holder... how neat!! We need a video tutorial now;)

on Feb 26, 2013  flower  4,155 said:

too much trouble

on Feb 26, 2013  takoda  25,727 said:

We don't have an Ikea where I live, bummer! :( I sure wish someone would build one here and soon!! I hear so much about the different things you can buy there and for good prices too. I have all of my makeup and makeup tools in cardboard boxes of all things and could really use this. For now I'm just trying to find a nice makeup case that will hold everything I have in one place.

on Feb 26, 2013  fredamans  7,391 said:

Great idea!

on Feb 26, 2013  smiley_gen  3,600 said:

I could absolutely use this! I have the tiniest bathroom!
I wish I could do his and hers! My make up and his shaving stuff.... ;)

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