I've been in a major search for my makeup storage for quite some time now. The sterilite drawers were just not cutting it for me. I just don't like how they look on my vanity dresser cuz they're so plasticky to me (but, I do like the one that the Container Store carries which is a way nice plastic drawer).
After searching high and low from all the stores that I could possibly think of that carries some storage containers and what not, my last hope was IKEA. I mean they are bound to have something right? It's like the only place where you can buy everything for your house in one stop. It was my last place to check out since I've ran out of places where I can possibly find a small drawer to house my makeup. So I drove to Burbank to see if they have any.
And lo' and behold there it was. Something that I've been looking for. My makeup organizer.
So immediately, I picked it up. It was the last one with that style of drawers I wanted... it was definitely meant to be. And, the best part is, it was only $14.99! Not too shabby, but then again everything in IKEA is a DIY project, so obviously this was one of those assembly required. I didn't mind cuz I do have some extra time ever since the BF has been gone. But this project took longer than I thought since I started it over the weekend and just finished last night! But, I was being anal with how I was assembling it.
Anyway here's a picture of me getting started with it. This step was probably the most time consuming one. Staining the wood. I didn't like how the wood looked like, but it's the type that you definitely kinda have to paint or stain it to make it look decent if you care that much. So it took about half a pint of stain just to coat one side of each piece (except the bottom part of the drawers) for the whole box. I was not about to stain each side with four coats, so I only did the ones that has some outside exposure.
It was a painstaking ordeal, but well worth it at least for me. If you decide to get this, I suggest that when you're trying to assemble the drawers, try to hold it with rubberbands first to keep the corners together when you're trying to hammer the nails down. It also helps heaps if you have a nail gun. It'll seriously take a one-eighth of your time rather than you having to sit there and hammering away. I had my dad nail gunned most of the drawers so I could just finally finish it.
And here is the final product. I also put those slider foams(?) underneath the drawer so it doesn't scratch my vanity in case I do drag it on top of it.
Also, before I nailed the side of the drawers together, I lined the bottom part with a stick-on vinyl sheet (the ones that you use for the kitchen), so in the even that anything spills inside, I can easily wipe the bottom off, and I just didn't like how ugly the wood looked like without it too. HAHA. So I just chose a beige liner.
Here are some other options of drawers that IKEA has. Maybe you'll like the other styles better than the other? (Pointing out the obvious, my drawer is the one on the bottom right)
Here is a before picture of how my makeup station looked like. It's a bit cluttered because of the plastic drawers and containers I had. Oh, and the plastic drawers didn't match my furniture in my room, hence why I wanted to get rid of the plastic.
And here's how it look like now! Much better. I'm glad that the four coats of stain worked out just fine. I gave my new drawer an antique feel to it hehe.
Here's just a quick view of my humble makeup collection of what ever is visible in the image. Not all of them are pictured since they're in the drawers of my vanity, and I didn't really want to take it out. These storage items were from the Container Store. See how that plastic drawer (that I mentioned earlier) looks so much better? And that case that's holding my MAC palettes is just a DVD holder.
Here's the first row of drawers. Lots of crap in the middle. I don't have much MAC potted eyeshadows because it's either I depotted them or I sold it already.
And my lippie stuff. Notice how most of them are still in a box... especially my Dior. I haven't touched it since I got it from the Sephora F&F sale. har har.
And there's no third row. I didn't fill that one up yet.
But there you have it, another storage solution for those who might be in need of some organization in life. Ok, now I can seriously stop looking for it. I love organizing my makeup! Oh and this time, it'll be heck of a lot easier for me to sort through my stash! Wee!
How do you store your makeup?