My New Dressing Table: Before & After

I had a small obsession with dressing table design and inspiration on Pinterest before we moved house in December. Going from a small flat to a house would mean enough space to have a dedicated dressing table area in my bedroom. I spent hours examining dressing tables online, and pictured that I would have a white dressing table and mirror. In the end, I went for a white desk in my office. I decided I wanted a silver, mirrored dressing table. I found the exact dressing table that I wanted in Homesense.

The finishing touches have taken a few months to complete, so it’s only now that I’m able to share my dressing table with you. This corner of the bedroom is the first finished area. The rest of the room is on its way, but we really need some new bedside tables to complete it. I’m so pleased with how this little corner has turned out.

The Before

When we moved in, the master bedroom had a purple carpet and magnolia walls.

Excuse the mess!

Dressing Table Design

I already had the dressing table by the time I took this photo. The chair was one we had in our old flat, and it has been backwards and forwards between the bedroom and my office (which is actually in the second bedroom). It’s now firmly back here with the dressing table. I also had some Muji acrylic storage, but that was it really.

The After

Dressing Table Design

The first thing we did, of course, was to change the carpet to a silver grey. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath.

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

I ordered some more Muji acrylic storage for my makeup. The 5 Drawer acrylic box holds my foundations, concealers, some eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, and bronzers. The tall thin set of drawers is the 4 Drawer Acrylic Unit. This holds lip glosses, eyeliners, mascara and eyebrow products.

Dressing Table Design

Then I have the 2 Drawer Acrylic Box in Wide. This houses blushers and primers. On top of that sits the 1 Drawer Acrylic Box in Deep, where I keep some other palettes.

Dressing Table Design

The little rose gold rhino ring holder is from Next! I love him. I don’t have as large a makeup collection as I used to have (which bordered on ridiculous). My days as a makeup addict have largely passed. I tried to pare it down and now I only have enough to fit in the Muji storage, and no more. Acrylic storage is great as it means everything is so easy to find. The Muji storage is pretty expensive, but it is very good quality and all fits together nicely.

I keep my makeup brushes in the Muji Acrylic Partition Desk Tidy.

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One of my favourite things about the dressing table area is the hairdryer holder. This little silver spiral currently only costs £2.87 which is just amazing. It comes with its own fixings, and is such good quality. It’s really sturdy and holds my hairdryer (an old version GHD Air) in place perfectly. I keep cotton wool in the Laura Ashley Large Ridged Glass Lidded Storage Jar.

I got the acrylic nail polish storage shelf unit from eBay. There are loads of different sizes available on eBay. This one measures 30cm wide x 49.5cm high.

Dressing Table Design

(Lots of the nail polish brands here are not cruelty-free. I am switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle but using up old polishes I have. Cruelty-free brands will soon be the only ones I use).

Dressing Table Design

I also got these mirrored floating shelves from eBay. One had unfortunately cracked in transit. The seller gave me a partial refund for this. I’m not sure what to do about it, as I do like the shelves and they’re really handy for my hair products. I think I’ll keep them for now and look to replace one of them at some point in the future.

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

One of my favourite new additions is this 3ft 6″ x 2ft 6″ silver antique-style ornate mirror, which (surprise, surprise!) I also got from eBay.

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

Dressing Table Design

The only thing that I think I’m missing now is a light. I’d really like a daylight lamp which is fairly small. It will be much easier to get ready in the winter with a better lighting situation. At the moment, the window is behind me when I’m getting ready and I need more light to see what I’m doing.

Other than that I really enjoy sitting at my dressing table now! It’s nice to have everything in one place. The drawers have my nail polish removers and nail tools, hairbrushes, and back-up/spare toiletries.

Now I just need to find the matching bedside tables, as we’re currently using the IKEA bedside tables in white that we brought with us from my old flat.

Do you like the Elephant’s Breath paint from Farrow & Ball? We have some left and might use it in another room. 

I hope you like the dressing table design. I’d love to hear your comments, and leave me links to your interior design posts as I’d love to see your before and after photos.


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  1. Ashleigh Allan
    September 22, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Wow that looks amazing

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    September 23, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Wow what a transformation
    Looks fab

  3. Sarah Taylor-Fergusson
    September 24, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    That’s a beautiful corner. Immaculate and soothing. Your silver grey carpet has given me an idea for downstairs here – do you think it might work in a living room space or do you think it is best suited to bedrooms though?

    • September 29, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah. Your wording is perfect – it is such a soothing colour. I think it would look absolutely stunning in a living room! It would give it such a relaxing feel.

  4. Jayne Townson
    September 28, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Wow, I love the before and after photos, what a difference. It looks amazing.

    • September 29, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Many thanks Jayne! It is so different isn’t it? I’m so glad I sorted it out.

  5. Susan B
    October 24, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Wow. It looks as though it should be in a stately home. I love the Elephant’s Breath paint too. Nice work.

  6. October 25, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    This looks awesome. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing this post.

  7. Kayleigh Watkins
    October 30, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Oh wow!! It looks totally different, much better storage and organization xXx

  8. Ren Taylor
    November 8, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Great before and after photos …what a transformation!

  9. Carol Thomas
    November 20, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Ooh I am glad I found this page. I am getting the biggest one of these storers off my husband for Christmas. I am s bit of a neat freak (well ok alot of one) and I like everything stored and at hand easily. This is going to make my dresser look so much better and easier to use. Your pictures have really helped me envisage mine

  10. Emma
    November 23, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Beautiful organisation

  11. Amy Fidler
    December 2, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Wow looks great x

  12. Carly Belsey
    January 16, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Wow yes I love the paint. This looks amazing and has spurred me into action to sort my dressing table out! Mine is a complete mess!

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