Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: My DIY Vanity

When we moved into the new house (I think I start every post like this these days, sorry about that), I wanted a vanity for our bedroom.  The bathrooms lack counter space so I need a place to do my makeup and hair until we replace the bathroom vanities.  I haven’t been able to find something that I like, that matches our master bedroom, is the right size, and is affordable.  I’ve shopped, stalked Craigslist and antique shops, but I just haven't found anything that really fits the bill.  Sooooo I had to get creative.

Do you remember when I renovated our master bedroom in the summer of 2011, and I had this armoire? DSC05830-2
Well I figured that I could easily use this piece of furniture for a vanity!  There was a TV in it and some swim suits, but that’s about it.  We never used the TV so we donated it and now this armoire is my vanity.Collage 1
What do you think? 
After donating what I used to keep in the armoire, I made it a vanity and designated each drawer for either makeup, hair care, or delicates.  The great thing about this, is that the drawers are large and deep enough to hold everything which clears out a lot of space in the bathroom closets.  I also love how I can just shut the doors at the top and no one can see inside.DSC_0835-3I really had everything for this project except the stool which I purchased at Marshall’s for $30 (I negotiated 20% off because a foot was missing and I replaced it myself) and the double sided cosmetic mirror for $14.
I love the scrolls on the back of the stool.  I think it looks so traditionally romantic.
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In the mornings when I get ready I can sit and have my tea while having everything at my finger tips.  Collage 2

I just might keep this as my vanity even after the bathrooms are updated ;-)6f93fa4c579d11e2ab9022000a9f14bb_7
Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you just totally changed it’s function to make it work better for you?

15 comments:

Domesticable said...

Negotiating Marshall's. love it! I need to do that more often. I love this set up and how everything is behind doors. Much neater!!

Domesticable said...

Stupid iPhone. Much neater that way! I try to keep as much as possible behind doors.

DaisyGirl said...

That's such a great idea! I love things like this! So resourceful!!

Meg Cady said...

FANCY.
Oh I get to see you this weekend! CUE Excitement!!!!!

Erin Reissig said...

dude! That's a pretty awesome idea. I'm in the process of turning my armiore into craft storage.

The Heights Life! said...

What a great idea!!! Love this!! Cannot wait to see you on SUNDAY!!!!!!

Morgan said...

What a great idea! Don't think I would have thought of that!

Joy said...

Way to go Darbs!!! It's perfect... and I wish I had something to just close the doors on when people come over and see all my hair and make up stuff all over the countertop in the bathroom. it's awful I tell you...

Emily said...

What a clever idea! Looks good.

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

A vanity! Oh, so grown up! ;) I would love to have my stuff that organized! Nice work, girl!

Susan Fleming said...

great ideas keep them coming

sherri lynn said...

What a great idea! I love that you can close the doors so that no one can see in there! I haven't had a vanity since we've been married so I keep all my makeup, etc. in the bathroom and get ready in there. Thankfully there's plenty of cabient space for all of it ha!

Kristine @ Lovely Again by Kris said...

Perfection! Such a great idea! :)

A Blessed Home said...

I love your idea!! I too did something similar with the help of my hubby. We transformed a tv cabinet into a sewing cabinet.. Like you, I love the way it is hidden...My secret little space..

Blessings from Stephanie
www.ablessedhomeblog.com

The Cavallaro's said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE and what a great idea (I would never have thought of using an armoire as a vanity!) And I love that you were able to fit so much stuff in it (I need one of those because I seriously have NO space at ALL in my bathroom!) And now you have all that "extra" space in your bathroom for other things!!!!

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