DIY Vanity Dressing Table

DIY Vanity Dressing Table. A vanity dressing table provides a place to store and apply makeup, perfume and jewelry. Installing a mirror and a small table in a convenient location allows you to prepare for a night out on the town in comfort. In addition to serving as a make-up table, a vanity tucked into a niche or corner is also a multipurpose space available for writing bills or perusing the Internet on your laptop computer.

Mother and daughter preparing for an evening event.

Things Needed

  • 1 board, 2 by 18 by 36 inches
  • 4 mounting plates
  • 4 table legs, screw-on
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Paint, semi-gloss enamel
  • Paint brush
  • 1 wall mirror, 18 by 24 inches

Step 1

Sand the board and table legs with fine grit sandpaper. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove all dust.

Step 2

Brush primer onto the top and sides of the board and the table legs. Allow to dry according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Sand lightly and wipe with tack cloth. Brush another coat of primer onto the board and legs. Allow to dry for at least 48 hours.

Step 3

Paint the legs and board with two coats of semi-gloss enamel according to the manufacturer's directions. Allow to dry completely.

Step 4

Screw the mounting plates to the bottom corners of the board, 1 inch from each edge.

Step 5

Screw the legs onto the mounting plates.

Step 6

Turn the table over and place against the wall. Hang the mirror on the wall, centering over the table and just above the table top.

Step 7

Arrange accessories such as a jewelry box, a pair of matching lamps on each side of the mirror, make-up and perfume bottles on the vanity dressing table. Place a chair or stool in front of the table.


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  • Home Made Simple; Easy Vanity Setup; May 2010
  • Hafele: Table Legs