A new year is here. I always love to change things up and reorganize areas in my home this time of year. How about you?
One room in my home that needed a little bit of attention is my teenage daughter’s room. Recently, her interest in makeup has really picked up, and she needed a better spot to get ready in the morning. Today I am excited to share how I turned an old door into a beauty organizer in just a few simple steps. Let’s get started.
To build a makeup station like this you will need:
- An old door
- Wire baskets
- 1-inch wood screws
- Spray paint
- Digital craft cutter (optional)
- Black vinyl roll (optional)
- Transfer tape (optional)
Step 1: Find an old door.
Finding an old door can at first seem like a daunting task, but I promise it’s pretty easy. Check out your local second hand and thrift stores. Search online classified ads, Facebook groups or garage sales.
I found mine on Craigslist for $50. What a steal! It still had its original hardware and doorknob with a perfect vintage looking keyhole. I love all the little details and all that farmhouse chippy paint perfection!
If you aren’t a fan of the distressed look, a little bit of sanding and a fresh coat of paint would look amazing on this door. I chose to leave it just like it was though! I just used a damp rag to clean it up a little bit, and the door was ready to be transformed.
Step 2: Spray paint the wire baskets.
I found the perfect wire baskets to store all my daughter’s makeup and brushes. The only problem was that they were black and didn’t match the brown hardware of the door and the frame around the mirror which was brown as well.
This is a simple problem to fix if you find yourself in a similar place. Simply find some spray paint in the color you want (make sure it’s formulated to use on metal) and then spray the baskets. It only took one coat to get a nice coverage on mine. Let those dry before moving onto step three.
Step 3: Attach the baskets and mirror to the door.
Using a level and drill I attached the baskets to the door. These cute little baskets hang on a metal bar (that I had painted to match as well). Using wood screws I attached the bar to the door.
Then I hung the wire baskets on the bar. By the way, I found these wire baskets at Hobby Lobby (just in case you were wondering!).
The hardest part of this project was finding the perfect mirror. If your old door doesn’t have a cutout, then finding a mirror would be just a little bit easier! After much shopping, I did manage to find the perfect mirror. It cost under $20 which was even better!
Attaching the mirror to the door was pretty straightforward. It came with wire to hang it.
Then I attached a small wood screw above the door’s cutout and hung the mirror on that. Easy!
To keep my mirror from swinging side to side or getting a little bit crooked from time to time, I used two Command strips–one for both of the bottom corners of the mirror. The Command strips hold the mirror in place like a charm.
(Optional) Step 4: Add vinyl lettering across the top of the door.
One of my favorite things to work with is vinyl lettering. I decided to add the phrase “wake up & make up” across the top of the door. Since this door is in my teenage daughter’s room, I thought that phrase would fit her perfectly. Let me show you how easy it is to cut vinyl lettering.
You actually design vinyl lettering on your computer or tablet. Then you will send that cut file to a digital craft cutter that will use a small blade to cut the words out of a vinyl sheet. (If you already own a digital craft cutter. You can download the studio cut file for this saying here or the Design Space cut file right here. Pick the file that works best for your machine.)
You’ll remove the excess vinyl, leaving the words behind. Pretty cool, huh?
Then you’ll use a tool pick to remove all the insides of the letters like the inside of the A’s and E’s.
Next, you will put a piece of transfer tape over your letters. You’ll flip it over, and then carefully remove the white backing paper leaving the letters on the transfer tape.
Then you’ll put the letters where you want them. Gently rub with your fingertips and then peel back the transfer tape leaving the letters behind. I just love having perfect results every single time!
Step 5: Organize your makeup station!
Next, fill your bins with makeup and brushes, and then hang your scarves and necklaces on the little hooks.
I just love having a stylish, trendy, organized spot for my daughter to get ready for school.
Let me know what you think of this DIY in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Have you ever upcycled an old door in an unusual way? Let me know that as well.
And if you’re interested in finding more unique ways to store makeup in particular, check out our DIY makeup organizer ideas!
Don’t forget to pin this project for later!