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Semi DIY Vanity Table

Hey friends!

It’s been quiet around these parts because my kids are on spring break this week. While they’re off, I’m tackling Hannah’s room with her, and it never ceases to amaze me how much STUFF my daughter amasses from one massive purge to the next. The girl is a hoarder of nailpolish and sneakers and school papers and oh – SOCKS. Hair bands. Earrings. Water bottles and drinking glasses. Of my three kids, she hangs out in her room the most – doing homework, chatting with friends, or getting her artsy crafty on.

Since Hannah is heading to high school next year (!!!) she is due for a few tweaks to this room that we decorated when she was ten. High on my list of changes is a more organized study environment. I know from experience that if there are distractions like, say, cute nailpolish next to where a math book is open to torturous trigonometry, it is very easy to drift away from studying to other more interesting pastimes.

Part of creating a better study space for Hannah is separating her desk area from her beauty products. I recently brought in a bigger desk and hutch for her, and while I was at it I made her another area for the amusements of a teenage girl, aka “study distractions”.

I present to you a vanity table for H.

Because of it’s slim profile, it’s worked out really well in a room that already has a good amount of furniture and…..stuff… I thought I’d share this simple idea with you.

I just married a small piece of furniture (this little shelf unit that I put together years ago for one of the kid’s rooms) with a melamine-coated board from Ikea, and built a very rudimentary support at one end to create a workspace.

Melamine-coated particle board shelves can be found at the big box furniture stores; I bought this one at Ikea for $10. Turned furniture legs are easily found at Lowes and Hope Depot, but there are already a lot of different “legs” going on in Hannah’s room, so I just mimicked the shape and size of the shelving unit to give this vanity a more cohesive look and not make the room busier.

I think Hannah could hardly believe her eyes when I came home with this cheap cheesy chic plastic chair. It’s not exactly quality furniture, but I must admit that when I was trying out all the desk chairs at Ikea, I found this one to be the most comfortable. And hot pink!

A perfect place to do nails. And then go study trigonometry.

I can hardly believe this Friday is the last one of the month – you know what that means!
I hope you’ll join Pam, Kris, Jennifer and me in sharing your favorite project from the month of April! Link up any home improvement, design, DIY, or recipe, we’d love to see the best of your nest!
The kiddos and I are headed off on a little roadtrip to watch my niece Kate play college lacrosse in New York, so my ORC update will be later than usual tomorrow. I hope you’ll stop by to check out what I’ve discovered about building bookcases myself. (It’s been quite the education!!!!)
Have a great day my lovelies!

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Monday 28th of April 2014

Hi Lisa! The table is so cute and such a great idea! Your daughter reminds me a lot of my own.

Stacey {steward of design}

Saturday 26th of April 2014

Great job! Looks really good. I just bought a chair like that for my youngest in green.

Summer Hogan

Friday 25th of April 2014

I absolutely love this vanity! What a sweet addition for little girls!

Melanie Robinson

Friday 25th of April 2014

I love your clever desk idea with storage!! Loving that glossy hot pink chair, as well. The only pink I see in my house is mine ( in my House of Men! ) lol Boys need storage, but I guess not as much as teenage girls, right?! Enjoyed catching up on your latest project, Lisa!!

Kris @ Driven by Décor

Thursday 24th of April 2014

I can totally relate with the amount of stuff that tween girls seem to collect in their rooms - and it's all little and goes everywhere! That desk is so clever - you're the queen of DIY furniture! Hannah has to be loving it!