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The Art of Vanity

By Linsibrownson

I’m the type of person for whom organization does not come easily. Neither does decorating or the coordination and display of pretty things. However, I’ve been longing for a little bit of both in my life lately.

I’ve longed for this for a few reasons. The first is that, in my secondhand shopping adventures, I’ve begun to acquire a lot more jewelry than I had before. Because I don’t have a proper place to store or display, it’s mostly just strewn around the house.

Where are my silver earrings? Probably on the sofa table downstairs …

I also am intent on breaking my habit of applying makeup while responding to emails. If you haven’t heard, multi-tasking is so 2009, and it makes the process of both email and makeup application take much longer than necessary.

What I need is a vanity; a special place for me to display my treasures, apply makeup and style my hair. Lucky for me, I had a white table that wasn’t being used. Also lucky for me, I had a box full of small glass containers left over from my DIY wedding (check out Part 1 and Part 2).

So I got to work on transforming a forgotten corner of my office into a beautiful getting-ready-station.

vanity before after

The Mallrats poster had to go (sorry, Kevin Smith), so I hung a gorgeous painting I picked up at Goodwill.

vanity storage behind

Because I had some not-as-pretty things to store – a makeup bag and a set of hot rollers – I propped the mirror up against a basket and stored them behind that. I used a few invisible, reusable glue dots to secure the mirror to the table.

vanity dishes mirror

I used my two FAVORITE finds from my wedding prop stash – cut glass ashtrays – and used them to display earrings and rings. I have 2 cuff bracelets which fit nicely on the top of the mirror frame, and hung my necklaces on the side.

vanity arrangement

For larger earrings, I used a flat ashtray. I also had both wood and ceramic dishes in the shape of a leaf to use on the project. I like the rhythm of it.

vanity sun print

My favorite piece of my new vanity is getting the opportunity to display my “sun print” I made with some girlfriends. On it, I hung the pearl necklace I wore at my wedding and a vintage enamel necklace from the 80s.


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