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Hello and happy Tuesday! I’m back to share the plans and tutorial for my daughter’s DIY Makeup Vanity. If you missed the tutorial on how to make that pretty mirror with lights, check it out here. Honestly, this piece of furniture is so versatile – it can serve as a desk, console table, accent table… you name it! Because my daughter is 8 years old, going on 18, she’s using it as her makeup vanity. She’s into all things lip gloss and glitter these days.
Ugh, glitter: my Arch Nemesis.
I kept the design of this DIY Makeup Vanity very simple because I was racing against the clock – I had a LasikPlus procedure scheduled, so I had to get it done before my surgery. (By the way, if you’re curious about Lasik, I documented my entire experience on my Instagram highlights!) It took just two days to build and finish this project and we’re so excited with how it turned out! Read on for the tutorial for this DIY makeup vanity and download the plans below by clicking the gray button at the end of this post.
My friend Karen came over and helped me with this project, which also saved me some valuable time. If you can build with a friend, I highly recommend it. Building with a buddy can not only make better use of your time, but it’s a lot more fun too! While Karen was making the cuts, I was assembling the pieces together. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Earlier this year, I attended The Home Depot’s ProSpective Tool event in Atlanta and I was able to try out these new impact and drill drivers from Dewalt. It’s a part of their new ATOMIC line – they’re much more compact in size, brushless, and battery-powered.
The combo kit includes a drill/driver, an impact driver, two 20-volt MAX lithium ion batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. I love that it’s a smaller tool that fits into my small hands, but it doesn’t compromise on power or performance. The impact driver is about 5 inches from front to back while the drill/driver is about 6 inches from front to back and they’re both super lightweight at 2.4 lbs. Even with its smaller size, I didn’t notice any decrease in capability. They worked great for this project, especially when I had to fit the drill into tight spaces as I installed the drawer slides.
After drilling the pocket holes, assembly went pretty smoothly. The carcass came together quickly, so I turned my attention to building and installing the drawer. If you’re intimidated by installing drawer slides, don’t be! Here’s an easy way to do it.
How to build and install a drawer – the easy way!
First, measure the space where the drawer will go and build the drawer an inch narrower. Standard drawer slides typically need a 1/2-inch clearance on each side. Make sure your drawer is square – this will keep it from binding. To do so, measure the drawer from corner to corner, diagonally. These measurements should match. If they don’t, squeeze the long side together to shift the drawer into square and secure into place.
Next, there will be two pieces to each side of the slide – the piece that screws onto the cabinet and the piece that screws onto the drawer. Keep these two pieces together and screw the drawer slide onto the cabinet. Do this for the other side as well.
Then, slide the drawer box into place. Pull the drawer box out a few inches, along with the piece of the drawer slide that attaches to the drawer box. Attach the two front screws to the drawer box then pull the drawer box and the slide out more, then screw in the middle screws. Finally, pull the drawer out all the way, along with the slide, and drive the last screw at the back of the slide. I shared a video of this technique on my Instagram stories if you want to check it out.
The easiest way to attach the drawer face is to slide the drawer box in place, then position the drawer face and clamp it in place. Shoot a few brad nails from the inside, to attach the drawer face to the drawer box temporarily. Drill a pilot hole for the drawer knobs and install the drawer knobs. Now that the face is on, you can reinforce it by driving a few more screws from the inside.
Finally, I cut the remaining pieces and attached them to the vanity. Pro tip: use a foam insulation panel as your cutting mat, so you don’t damage your garage floor!
My daughter picked out this pretty Vintage Aqua wood stain by Varathane. She’s currently in an “anti-pink” stage. A quick coat of the stain followed by this water-based polyurethane, and I’m calling this DIY makeup vanity done!
If you’re in the market for a compact drill/driver and impact driver combo kit, check out the ATOMIC line from Dewalt at The Home Depot.
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