As promised, I decided to conquer something from my Pinterest boards since I had the time and on Saturday I headed to Ikea with Betsy to finally fix my makeup situation once and for all.
When we last left my makeup, I had it on the Ikea chalkboard.
It worked, but I found that I still didn’t trust the magnets to hold everything – those Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows are ridiculously heavy so they never held up. Nothing by bareminerals ever stuck because the lids are rounded (I could have done them backwards but I wanted to be able to see the color). Of course my palettes (the little mac ones aside) were too big to hang too. And the lighting in my bathroom is awful so I don’t really like doing my makeup in the bathroom.
Which lead me to leave all my makeup in a travel bag and start doing my hair and makeup in the hallway of my little apartment.
Yes, I would sit on the floor because I never did get around to putting the mirror back up after I re-painted my walls. But the lighting in the hall worked best, which was why I knew when I saw this on the now defunct MODG blog that I had to do it too.
NOTE – The EKBY GRUVAN shelf is no longer available at Ikea, but if you want to see the DIY anyway you can find the beautiful and so inspired original version with instructions at the original source on Ms. Tapioca’s blog.
And here’s my finished product:
By finished I mean it’s kind of a work in progress. I still need to get a chair and a few more trays to go with it. But there you have it – a really easy and fun DIY project – not to mention how girly and indulgent it feels to have such an awesome makeup table!
Now that I have it I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting there playing with my makeup and trying to follow along with tutorials on YouTube. My next task is to learn how to take a decent photograph of my own eye makeup because every time I try I fail miserably.
UPDATE (December 2015): Ikea has discontinued the shelf I used for this vanity. I no longer have mine because my makeup collection outgrew it and I couldn’t stomach trying to move it out of state. But it survived 3 moves before that and still looked as good as the day I first assembled it. If you can find one on craigslist, by all means snatch it up!
UPDATE (December 2016): The EKBY ALEX shelf is my best recommendation now that Ikea’s not making the shelf anymore. It’s a little more expensive and doesn’t have the glass top but the drawers have benefits too!