Have you ever needed a place to do your makeup and get ready for the day? You can do it on the bathroom counter, but a vanity will give you that final, luxurious touch that will make you feel like a vintage starlet. They are simple to make and even easier to set up!
Method 1 Setting Up
1. Select your vanity. You can either buy one from a store or make some room on your bathroom counter. Look for something with drawers to store items you don’t use often or that need to be kept out of direct sunlight. Some products, such as anti-aging creams, deteriorate when exposed to sunlight.
Old desks make excellent vanity bases!
Thrift stores and garage sales are excellent places to pick up vanities at reasonable prices. Don’t be concerned about the colour; you can always repaint!
Can’t seem to find anything? Place two sets of drawers of the same height 2 to 3 feet (60.96 to 91.44 centimetres) apart. Cover them with a matching tabletop and secure with industrial-strength glue.
2. If desired, repaint the vanity. If you purchased a piece of furniture at a thrift store or garage sale, it may require a fresh coat of paint. Follow these simple steps to repaint an old vanity with interior paint or spray paint:
Take apart the vanity and place the pieces outside or in a well-ventilated area.
Lightly sand the vanity and wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
Wait for the primer to dry before applying another coat.
Apply two to three coats of paint. Each coat should be applied at least 20 minutes apart.
Reassemble the vanity by bringing the pieces back inside. If desired, replace the knobs.
3. If your vanity does not already have a smooth top, consider adding one to make cleaning easier. Glass, Plexiglas/acrylic, or even mirror can be used. Make sure it’s the right size for your table, or have it trimmed down by a framing shop.
4. Look for some comfortable seating. A simple, cushioned stool is ideal, but an upholstered chair or stool is the most luxurious. If you don’t like fancy things, you can also use a simple chair. If the chair lacks a cushion and you want to make it more comfortable, you can always purchase a small cushion for it.
Choose an upholstered chair or stool that complements your decor.
Method 2 Adding the Necessities
1. Select a mirror with a thick, sturdy frame that matches the décor of your room or vanity. A mirror with a thin, delicate frame should be avoided because it will not withstand being hunted. The mirror can be round, oval, square, or rectangular in shape. You probably don’t need another mirror if you’re using a bathroom counter.
If you don’t like the colour of the frame on your mirror, paint it! However, remove the mirror or mask it off with painter’s tape first.
If you can’t find a suitable mirror, a picture frame will suffice. Instead of glass, use a piece of mirror.
Consider a vintage oval mirror with an ornate frame for a feminine touch. Paint it white, ivory, a soft pink or blue, or a combination of these colours.
2. While you’re sitting, place the mirror at eye level. Sit in your chair at least one foot (30.48 centimetres) away from the mirror. Make a note of your eye level, then stand up. Hang the mirror at the appropriate level.
Do not place the mirror against a wall. It won’t be very stable, and your reflection will be warped as a result.
You can also get a mirror with a base that stands on its own. Consider purchasing one that has lights attached to it.
3. Make the most of natural light. Place your vanity near a well-lit window if possible. Natural light will allow you to see your makeup’s true colours. It will also provide you with even, consistent lighting.
Attempt to position your mirror so that it reflects light. It will also give the illusion that your room is larger.
4. If you must use an artificial light source, choose fluorescent lights with a white hue. It’s the closest thing to natural light. Avoid using lights with orange or yellow tints. They are too dark and will cast an excessive number of shadows. They will also yellow or orange-tinted your makeup.
Method 3 Organizing Your Space
1. Understand the significance of organisation. Keeping a vanity requires a lot of organisation. You will have difficulty finding what you need if your items are not well organised. Your vanity will also appear cluttered and unappealing. There are numerous ways to organise a vanity, and this section will discuss a few of them.
This section does not require you to complete all of the steps. Use them as inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.
2. Using tiered cake stands, arrange your perfumes, nail polish, and creams. Clear, crystal-cut cake stands or painted porcelain cake stands are ideal for a feminine or vintage dresser. You can also purchase a metal cake stand and spray paint it any colour you want with glossy spray paint. If you can’t find one, follow these simple steps to make one:
Place a glass candlestick on top of a glass plate and glue it down. Use epoxy or a high-strength glue.
Glue a smaller, coordinating plate to the top of the candlestick.
For the next tier, use a smaller candlestick and plate.
If desired, spray paint it and allow it to dry before using it.
3. Decorative trays can be used to store similar items, such as creams or nail polish. Choose small trays; your items should be able to fill the tray without taking up too much space. Metal trays will look the most elegant, but plastic or glass trays can also be used. Make certain that they complement your vanity!
If you’re going to use a wooden try, consider decoupaging vintage or Victorian-themed images onto it.
4. Fill jars and glass containers with makeup brushes, eyeliners, mascara, and q-tips. Small items, such as eyeliner and q-tips, should be stored in the smaller containers. Fill the bottoms of the larger containers with glass gems and store your makeup brushes in them. They will aid in keeping the brushes upright.
You are not required to keep the jar lids. If you decide to keep them, consider painting them a bright colour to make them stand out.
5. Put desk organisers in the drawers to keep your makeup, brushes, and other items organised. You can get them in clear, metal, or even wood. You can use the same colour as the inside of the drawer or a contrasting colour. If your drawers are white, for example, you could use black or even soft pink.
5. On top of your vanity, use mini drawers to store your makeup. Consider getting some that are clear and acrylic. They’ll keep things organised while still allowing you to see what’s inside.
Method 4 Decorating Your Space
1. Decorate your vanity to make it more appealing. Your vanity is now complete, but you can always make it look more cosy and personalised by adding some finishing touches. A vanity can be decorated in a variety of ways. This section will give you some ideas for a few of them.
All of the steps in this section are not required. Use your favourites as inspiration.
2. If you want to add some freshness, add some flowers. They can be genuine or phoney. You could even substitute flower garlands! Place a pretty vase that matches your vanity in the corner, close to the wall. Add the flowers and spread them out slightly to give the bouquet a fuller appearance. If you’re going to use a garland, place it above the mirror.
Fill the bottom of a mason jar with glass gems for a rustic look before adding the flowers. To add a splash of colour, tie a ribbon around the middle of the jar.
3. If you want to add some ambiance, get some candles. Set a pretty plate or charger on top of a candle that looks or smells nice (or both). Place the candle near the mirror, where it will reflect when lit.
Consider changing out the candles as the seasons change. Use floral scents in the spring, fruity scents in the summer, and spicy scents in the fall or winter.
You are not required to light the candle at all. Remember not to leave it unattended if you do.
4. If you have the space, hang some framed artwork on either side of the mirror. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it can make your vanity stand out. Photographs or paintings can be used. Make sure the frames you use complement the mirror. Choose simpler, thinner frames to avoid competition and clutter.
5. For a more feminine touch, consider draping something above your mirror. You can use a pretty light string, tulle, or even a flower garland. If you’re going to use Christmas lights, choose ones with a white cable; green will look too Christmas-y. Tie some pretty ribbon in the middle and at each corner of the tulle before it drapes down the side of the mirror. This will give it a more formal, curtained appearance.
6. Maintain a clean vanity and only display your statement pieces. Keep everything else in a safe place. While not quite decorating, keeping your vanity clean will make it appear more appealing. A cluttered, unkempt vanity will not look appealing. Keep everything in its proper place and tucked away. Tuck those hairbrushes and eye shadow pans away! Your vanity should only have decorative items and organisers on display, so tuck those hairbrushes and eye shadow pans away!
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