When we were planning our daughter’s bedroom makeover, most of the discussions centred around the huge loft bed we were building.
But our daughter was even more excited about adding something else: a ‘real’ makeup table. Did I mention she’s four years old! She’s literally closer in age to needing a crib than a tube of concealer.
I hoped she’d forget about the idea, but of course she didn’t. Since her massive loft bed was taking up a good portion of the room, I didn’t really want to add another piece of furniture. So I compromised by building a floating makeup table — really just a tray attached to the wall — and redoing an old (free) chair to tuck beneath it.
I raided my pile of scrap wood and started by cutting some 1x2 boards into eight 20-inch sections — just a bit wider than the chair — to create a tabletop.
I screwed them into some more scraps of 1x2 to make a big planked rectangle, and then I screwed pieces of 2x2 around the outside as a frame. That way, if there were tubes of lip gloss all over the table, the raised edge would keep them from rolling onto the floor.
It was looking pretty ugly at this stage, I must admit. That’s what happens when you’re recycling painted and stained wood from three different projects!
The plan was always to paint the new makeup table and the chair — which I’d gotten for free as a hand-me-down — a beautiful custom pink (Custom Blend #8 on their site). The very first items I bought for the bedroom makeover, in fact, were the two colours of Fusion Mineral Paint I needed to mix this particular colour: Buttermilk Cream and Fort York Red.
I put on a podcast and absentmindedly mixed the two colours (half and half) to make the new shade. It was only after I’d painted everything that I stood back and realized something — it was totally not going to work in the room.
The colour was gorgeous, but the plan for the room had changed a lot since the early stages. Everything was softer and more muted than I’d originally planned, and I didn’t think about the fact that the pink makeup table and chair were supposed to be right next to the new dusty rose curtains. Ugh.
It was time for Plan B ...
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Loft bed: Tutorial here
Wall colour: PPG's "Pinot Noir" from Kent
Sunburst mirror: HomeSense
White photo frame: HomeSense
Floral jars: Tutorial coming soon!
Chair fabric: Anne of Green Gables collection at Atlantic Fabrics
Chair paint: Fusion Mineral Paint's "Buttermilk Cream" from Phillips & Chestnut Victorian Salvage and Decor