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.
When we moved in, the master bedroom had a purple carpet and magnolia walls.
Excuse the mess!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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).
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.
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.
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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