You’d think by the look of my vanity its more for glamorous show than practicality, but it’s something I use everyday and cuts out alot of time looking for my hair and makeup products (it also doesn’t look quite so clean on a daily basis…) Our bathroom is TINY and inconvenient for getting ready. Luckily, we have a spare bedroom that acts as my husband’s home office, my crafting space, and my vanity area. With some handy organization products, I’ve been able to store my hair accessories, jewelry, and makeup all in one area; which is a feat since I own so much! For this blog post, I’m sharing my organization products that has kept my vanity tidy AND stylish!
French Provincial Desk (Antique) / Ghost Chair / Gold Mirror (Antique)
My vanity is actually a desk from the 1960s (Henry Link French Provincial Desk) that my dad found at a yard sale. It’s a common style to find around the antique circuit, and many DIYers have given them great makeovers. Originally this piece was a light color veneer wood with antiqued gold trim, so I modernized it a few times through the years, finally landing on this ultra white look that blends old with new. Though there are furniture pieces specifically designed as vanities, I find that desks have more storage. I used organizing trays within the drawers to separate my makeup and jewelry, and keep things tidier.
Acrylic Shelf / Sunglasses Art Print
This 6 tier acrylic shelf is actually meant for nail polish, but I wanted a way to display my sunglasses while also keeping them organized and scratch free. My collection of glasses has been building fast, so the extra space on the shelves will be no more soon! I like the clear acrylic so it doesn’t compete with the color of the sunglasses, but finding a shelf with some color or pattern could be great too depending on your space.
Wall Mount Earring Holder / Wall Mount “Curly Q” Jewelry Organizer
The “curly q” wall mount is actually purchased as a set of two, which I used to have mounted together. Since I don’t have a ton of necklaces, I moved the second to my closet to hang my wristlet purses. I spray painted them gold to match my antique mirror, and I love the looping design with plenty of hooks. My earring collection is quite large (all my stud earrings are actually stored within my vanity), so I added this earring wall mount. I actually intended to order ‘clear’ to match my other clear acrylic pieces, but accidentally ordered white…not liking the look of the white, I sprayed it teal with some spare paint. It’s a bit splotchy, and I’m not sure if I love it, so it may be replaced in the future with a clear one (pretty inexpensive, so easy to switch out). Organization wise, I love it though! It holds alot of earrings, and the shape of the holes allows you to hang both post and loop earrings easily.
Acrylic Bracelet Stand / Acrylic Makeup Organizer
I used to have a small decorative tray that I stored my bracelets in, however, you had to dig around to find a bracelet and sometimes I would forget I had certain pieces because I couldn’t see them. This tiered bar is perfect for keeping them in view and not clustered together. The same goes for my lipsticks; I prefer to have them on display so I can easily find which shade I’m looking for. There are some lipstick holders that are flat instead of tiered (perfect for when they are stored inside drawers) but I preferred the tiered so I could easily see each shade atop my vanity. I recently threw out a bunch of old lipsticks, so I’m excited to find new shades to fill my organizer! Lipsticks are my pop of retro color with my otherwise neutral makeup routine.
Kate Spade Lacquer Stacking Box / Glass Candy Dish (Antique)
I was gifted this beautiful lacquer stacking box from my favorite brand, and it stores my brooches perfectly! It’s lined with faux suede, which is helpful for delicate/vintage jewelry. Here is a link for additional stacking jewelry boxes I found on Amazon. For additional jewelry storage, I use this pretty antique candy dish. Antique candy dishes come in a variety of colors and shapes, and are a fun way to add both decor and storage to your vanity.
Antique Silver Perfume Tray (similar here) / Initial Mug (similar here) / Mini Eiffel Tower / Ring Dish (similar here)
The silver tray is more for decoration, but I actually find it useful for keeping a designated spot for my perfume. When you have a designated spot for certain items, it helps cut on time getting ready/finding items, and keeps things better organized. The gold initial mug is an older version of the current initial Anthropologie mug, and it’s a quirkier way for me to store my makeup brushes than a regular cup, that adds personality to my vanity.
The mini Eiffel Tower was a cheap trinket from my time in France, but turned into a great ring stand! Many ring dishes have a figurine like this in the middle, but I prefer using a trinket that reminds me of my travels. My actual ring dish I use instead for random bobby pins, safety pins, or anything hanging out on my vanity that I need out of the way. It’s a great store-all dish for small items.
Hat Boxes (similar undecorated boxes here)
I’ve used hat boxes for an assortment of objects throughout the years, because I love that I can decorate them how I like (or find unique vintage ones) while also keeping knick knacks stored around my rooms. These particular boxes I decorated with dotted wrapping paper, gold paint and glitter. They currently store all my hair flowers, which I have a surprising number of! I’m considering something with drawers for my flowers in the future (for easier access since I’m in the boxes frequently), but hat boxes are great for storing objects you don’t use on a daily basis, especially in your closet.
I hope you enjoyed this post and find some useful products for your vanity organization. Feel free to share your own vanity areas with me, I’d love to see your style and space!