Beauty Organization

If you are anything like me, your makeup is never kept in one spot (and often gets lost). Half my makeup will be in our bedroom, while the other half is in the car, my purse or the bathroom. I get ready in many different locations depending on how I am feeling that morning. I have been wanting to do a central makeup/beauty organization board for some time now. I just couldn't decide on the design and what I wanted to include.

I started by deciding what I needed to include. I needed a place for all my brushes, that was a given. I also wanted easy access to all my eye shadows. Shelves were also a must, a place to put larger bulky items I use daily. I know every post I say something about storage in an apartment, but it is so true! Storage is golden and often sparse in apartments. Our bathroom is fairly small and is already crowded with our personal hygiene items. Creating this separate organization station for my makeup was something I was really looking forward to!

When it came to design, I searched online for ideas. One idea a lot of people utilized for organization was mason jars, and I love mason jars, so those were a must include item. Beyond that, I didn't like anyone else's designs, so I created my own! Honestly the design is something that transforms and changes throughout the entire process. Do not get caught up in one design, rather, be willing to adjust and make changes when needed. I start my design process like most by first sketching it out. Once I have a general sketch, I head to the home improvement store and buy my supplies. This is where my design can change! If I cant find all the supplies I needed or wanted, I will ofter try to think of alternatives. Also, I will sometimes see something in the store that I never even thought of in the original design stage. Walking through a craft store or home improvement store is a great way to get inspired!

Supplies:

  • 2  7 1/4"x 34 1/2" boards (final piece is 14.5x34.5)
  • 2 3 1/2"x 14 1/2" boards for the shelves
  • sand paper
  • paint
  • spray paint
  • screws
  • sawtooth hanger
  • dowel rod
  • 4 eye bolts
  • 3 mason jars
  • glitter
  • mod podge
  • brushes
  • magnets
  • rare earth magnets (QTY depends on how much makeup you want to put on the magnet board)
  • 3 flat brackets
  • 4 L brackets
  • hose clamps

Step 1: Figure out what size you want your final piece. I knew I wanted mine to be long but not too wide. My final piece is 34.5" L x 14.5" W. This is completely customizable. You can make yours smaller, larger, or the same size. You can use one piece of wood, or two like I did. I liked the look of the 2 pieces of wood which is why I went with this design. Cut your wood to the size you decide on. My shelves are 3.5"deep by 14.5" long. Get all your pieces cut and ready to go.

Step 2: Sand everything down.

Step 3: Paint everything! You could stain yours, paint it, or leave it as is. I knew I wanted my mason jars to be copper so I selected a color that complemented the copper. Stain didn't work too well, so black it was. I painted the underside of my shelves as well since they will be visible.

Step 4: While these were drying I started attaching the rare earth magnets to the back of my makeup. Some makeup is too heavy or bulky to use with the magnets, which is another reason I wanted shelves. I originally bought this roll of magnet (shown in the image below), thinking I could cut it down and use it on the back of the makeup. It was not strong enough, this is when I bought the rare earth magnets. The rare earth magnets were way stronger! This is a great example of having a plan, and adjusting as needed. I super glued the rare earth magnets to the back of the makeup. Some makeup will need two magnets. Be careful, magnets like each other and can make this a messy not so fun experience... like I had! My advice would be to go slow and take your time.

Step 5: Spray paint the mason jars with the color of your choosing. I already knew I wanted copper so that's what I did. If you do plan on using glitter, I would recommend making sure you can get glitter in the color you want before buying the spray paint.

Step 6: Spray paint anything else you want to! I spray painted the dowel rods, the hose clamps, and the eye bolts. I understood the hose clamp and the eye bolts are not meant to be spray painted. The paint does chip off easily but I did not want them to be silver! So I spray painted them anyway! To be honest, I handled them as little as possible and not much paint has chipped off.

Step 7: I then spray painted a stenciled design on my boards. I started with several feathers, but because it got super sloppy by the 4th one, I ended up painting over 2 of the feathers. You do not have to do this step. I just wanted to add one more element to the final piece.

Step 8: Next I worked on the shelves (by this time they should be painted and ready to go). Start adding the eye bolts. They were not easy to screw into the wood. First I drilled a hole, then twisted them into the wood. Three out of the four split the wood, but not bad enough to not still work.

ATTENTION: You do not have to do this step either! I wanted a lip on my shelves so things could not easily fall off. This is one of those design elements that didn't come to mind until I was in the store walking around. You could use the eye rods like I did, and use wire instead of the dowel rod. You could build your lip out of wood or something else! Completely up to you!

Step 9: I then cut my dowel rod down to the proper sizes. I needed 2 pieces that would be long enough to fit through the two eye bolts, but not too long they passed the length of the shelves. I attempted to cut these down using a Reciprocating Saw, that was a bad idea! Left me with a jagged edge (see image below). I then used a Circular Saw with much better results!

Note: I am not an expert on power tools! I am learning with each and every new project I start.

Step 10: Glitter time! This is messy, prepping your area with scrap paper is ideal! I had scrap paper down and then a magazine I used to collect the glitter each time. I liked the look of the bottom of the mason jar being covered in glitter, but you may decide on a different tactic. First start by adding mod podge to a small area, add the glitter, give it a couple taps.... and then repeat. I worked in small areas at a time till the whole bottom was covered in glitter.....including my hands! Let dry.

Step 11: I let the mason jars sit for about 20 minutes,  then added a thin layer of mod podge on top of the glitter. This will help set the glitter so it actually stays on the jar! You could add mod podge to the top layer of the mason jar as well where it is spray painted. The spray painted I have learned chips easily. Keep in mind the mod podge will dry clear. It looks scary at first, like it will never look normal again....but trust me, it will look great once it fully drys!

 

At this point, all your pieces are done and ready for assembly! For Assembly I found it easiest to work from Top to bottom.

 

Step 12: Time to put the two main boards together. I attached three flat brackets to the back.

Step 13: While you are already on the back of the boards, add the sawtooth hanger.

Step 13: I then added my 3 magnet sheets to the top of my piece. These were the largest sheets of magents I could find, so I just went with it. You may be able to find something a little different. The last magnet sheet was larger than needed, so I just cut that one down.

Step 14: Now to add the mason jars and hose clamps. I first tightened the hose clamps so that the mason jars could be easily moved in and out of the clamps, without falling through of course. The hose clamps have little slits, so I drilled through one of those slits to make a pre-drilled hole for my screws. Once that hole was drilled, I screwed the hose clamps to the boards. (See picture above)

Step 15: Now to add the shelves! I first drilled the L brackets to the shelves then to the boards.

Step 16: Hang your board, add your makeup and ENJOY!

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The mason jars I used were really deep compared to my makeup. I stuffed some cotton pads in the bottom of the jars, allowing the makeup to be tall enough to see.

For the shelves, I added a box for the bulky heavy makeup that didn't get magnets.

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Thank you for reading... and craft on!