Monday, June 14, 2010

Before & After: A Vanity & Dresser

We were planning on showing you the whole apartment redecoration at once, but its taking a little longer than we thought and we just can't wait! Instead we'll show you piece by piece...

The Vanity & Dresser

The Problem: 2 people = 2 times as many clothes. We needed more storage space for casual clothes like t-shirts that were taking up valuable closet space. The book shelf that was previously in this location also served as a vanity and hairstyling station, but it often looked cluttered and didn't provide anywhere to stash less attractive beauty accessories (hairspray, makeup remover, etc.). In order to use the blowdryer, straightener or curling iron, I had to slide the shelf aside to access the outlet.

The Solution: We changed the smaller, light light colored bookshelf out for a dark wood, oversized dresser from Ikea (Malm 6-Drawer Chest). The big drawers provided space for all of our foldable clothing and the two smaller top drawers allow for much better vanity storage. We ran an extension cord through an existing space in the back of the top left drawer and made it into super-convenient hair tool and cord storage. Now instead of having to move the dresser, plug in the curling iron, then unplug and store it afterwards, I can simply pull it out, turn it on and stow it back away easily. For the top right drawer we used collapsible dividers, also from Ikea (Komplement Storage Boxes) to create a place to put extra beauty supplies. This allowed for a much prettier and less cluttered vanity top.

What do you think?

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