It's been months since I have posted a blog or video. I needed a break to deal with family lose and find my inner happiness. One thing that helped was reading your comments and emails. I can't enough for your support in my dreams and will move on forward. I have to make my beauties proud!
During my time away from YouTube land, I posted some organization tips on my social media because it's therapeutic for me. I ended up getting flooded with comments and emails to share my makeup collection since my old video was deleted by YouTube. You can see my old post on the original vanity tour because I went in-depth with how I designed it and all. It's worth the read!
This video took longer to film so hopefully you watched all the way to the end. I would appreciate it. I shared three tips on how I keep track of my growing collection with the Snupps App, daily cleaning routine, and what to toss away because makeup expires eventually. I'm all about improving myself to be efficient. Have any tips keep things neat and tidy?
How I Designed My Vanity
with a measuring tape, I measured the width, height, and depth of the area I want my vanity to be in this nook.
Depth: 25 1/2"
I placed my old setup when we moved into our new place so don't mine the mess. I had the Vanity Girl Hollywood Broadway Tabletop Mirror on top of my Ikea Micke desk. I was determine to use this window nook better and took advantage of the height to store my growing makeup collection. There was no way I could cram a desk and two additional Ikea Alex 9 drawers in this tight nook. I really wanted those Alex drawers so bad!!!
It was frustrating at first that I couldn't keep my old setup but I got a brilliant idea when I saw the Ikea Pax wardrobe system. They come in different colors, sizes, and awesome accessories to cater to our needs. Instead of using it as a closet, this setup will be my makeup and hair station. I can hold all of my products in one area. I have to admit that I felt like a genius that day.
Step 2: Go to Ikea website. Click on the country you reside in. I clicked on "United States" because that's where I live.
Type in "Pax Planner" in the search engine and click search.
Click on "Planning Tool" to direct you to the Ikea Pax Wardrobe department.
Scroll down the page and look for "3D Pax Wardrobe Planner" then click on "Let's Get Started!" that is highlighted in blue.
Step 3: Scroll on the Pax Planner page to see if there is any setup that looks appealing to you. There are a lot so take you time. The prices varies from the size of the box and what add-on's are included. You can filter the search by clicking "Door" or "No Doors" to see what's inside the pre-made ones.
No door options:
Step 4: I was a bit overwhelmed of the options so I customized the Pax by selecting the measurements that would fit inside that window nook. The site will narrow down your search with to see what is best fit into the space you have.
Step 5: I Scrolled down to the one that looks like what I wanted with some minor changes for makeup storage.
I clicked on this one to begin designing.
Next, I clicked on "Start Planning" to begin my journey.
Step 6: Finally, on the software that Ikea provided to customize the way you want it to look in your room.
I moved the box narrow box to the left side because it will be my hair station by clicking each box and dragging to the direction you wanted. The big box will be my vanity area.
Since this is meant for hanging clothes and such. Just click on the item you don't want and trash it. The price will begin to go down.
I pretty much deleted everything inside to start with a blank canvas. Total for both empty boxes is $170.
Right box only is $80.
Width: 19 5/8"
Height: 79 1/8"
Depth: 22 7/8"
Left box only is $90.
Width: 39 3/8"
Height: 79 1/8"
Depth: 22 7/8"
Step 7: The fun part begins. Click on the inside of the box and the right side tab will pop up options you can do.
I added my interior organizers first like shelves and drawers to store my beauty products in.
Click on the items presented on the right side bar and drag it into the box. You can move it up and down to really see how much you can fit inside one box. On the vanity side, I added ten items and the total is $375. I think that is about the same price as my Vanity Girl Hollywood Mirror that was $500 when I received it as a gift from my fiancé 4 years ago.
I made my own Hollywood Mirror Lighting for $95 and it's still my favorite DIY project. Check out my tutorial here.
For the vanity side, I added:
For the hair station side, I add 7 items to the left side for $220.
Total cost without doors is $595. This is the current price. Prices will vary depending on the size of your Ikea Pax Wardrobe and add-ons.
I like the door options so I can hide my makeup obsession. There are two door style options, either hinged or sliding. I choose the hinged Vikedal style. I needed three of them. The mirror will make my room look bigger than it is. I originally purchased them for $39.50 each so the price went up to $50 each. It would be $150 for three mirror doors.
Step 8: Save your design and print it out. When you are ready to shop, just add it into your shopping cart.
Total Cost for my setup with the current price is $745 without shipping fee. Shipping free was $100 for me since I don't live close to an Ikea. It's my favorite furniture piece in my room. It was worth the investment because I have a plenty of storage space and it's unique.