Collections can be tough to find space for when you live in an apartment as small as ours is. And when you collect lipsticks, nail polishes, hair appliances and just about any beauty product you can get your manicured hands on, bathroom storage and organization can be especially challenging. So when Gwyneth spotted a discarded rolling cart next to our dumpster last week, we knew just what we’d do with it. And today, as Apartment Guide Blog Partners, we’re sharing our DIY and Apartment Guide’s tips for organizing your beauty space with you!
Now, we know it’s not too much to look at here, but with the images from our Pinterest boards flashing before our eyes, Gwyneth and I saw this piece of trash crying out for a transformation.
If you don’t have one of these at home or if you don’t have a magical dumpster like we do, you can pick up an inexpensive cart on wheels at Target or The Container Store to make your own Beauty Bar Cart.
Aside from the cart, you’ll need:
- Spray Paint (We used Krylon Satin Finish White Spray Paint)
- Decorative Paper (We found ours at Paper Presentation)
- Heavy Duty Contact Paper (We found ours at A.I. Friedman)
Since our cart came assembled, our first step was to take it apart completely. Once all the pieces of our 1’ x 1.5’ x 4’ cart were separated and taking over our entire 470 sq ft apartment, we began spray painting each piece.
While the pieces are drying, we got to work on the top. We placed our decorative paper right-side-down on our (extra clean) kitchen counter, gave the wood shelf a shot of spray adhesive and placed it on top of the paper.
Then flipped it over to make sure it was smooth, and wrapped it like a present.
Finally, we covered with protective, heavy-duty contact paper.
Once all the parts were dry, we reassembled our cart and got to the fun part – the styling!
A lucite tray from The Container Store wrapped with ribbon from M&J Trimming now houses our nail polish collection.
And now the space that houses our beauty essentials is a little more beautiful itself! If you’re inspired to organize or give your bathroom a makeover, here are two articles from the Apartment Guide Blog that you might want to check out:
Apartment Guide has tons of tips to help organize and make the most of your bathroom and all the spaces in your place, whether you’re living, looking or moving. Check out their blog for ideas or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest for real-time inspiration. And if you are looking to move, they have photos, floor plans and features to help you find the perfect apartment community.
mk & Gwynnie
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