DIY Glass Top Makeup Vanity

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at

Up until recently I have been using an antique desk in my makeup vanity closet. It worked for a while, but the antique desk wasn’t cutting it anymore. The drawers would stick & were hard to open, there was not enough storage, & it just wasn’t practical. Having looked for a while for the “perfect vanity” The hubs and I decided to build one ourselves. We want it to be easy, cheap, sturdy, & with lots of storage. Not too much to ask right? I came up with some plans for a DIY glass top makeup vanity {You can choose glass, we chose plexiglass because of it’s durability} The see through top would allow me to store all of my beauty items in plain sight so it would be easy to use & I would be more organized. Now of course these photos are taken in our master bathroom where there is only a small window in the shower {Yah, I know} Also, it needs one more coat of paint, but I just couldn’t wait to show you this lovely desk that I have been enjoying…

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at

This desk was really easy to make & only took a couple of hours to complete…

We measured the inside of our closet to get the exact measurements for vanity.

We built a frame and placed a piece of plywood on top to make box with an open bottom. This is going to be used as the base of the vanity and where the legs will attach.

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Next, build another frame just like the previous frame, except this frame will be without one of the long sides of the rectangle. This is going to be placed on top of the box build in the previous step, and used to lift the plexiglass to allow for storage.

Placing dividers on the top frame from the previous step is used for organization and also for support to allow the plexiglass that will be placed on top to be supported equally and to prevent dipping of the plexiglass.


Once all items are fastened the legs can be attached.

We then placed the vanity into the closet.

For an accent piece we attached molding to the lower box frame to break up the look of the wood and also to conceal the screws on the front facing side of the vanity.


Lastly, place the plexiglass on top vanity. Based on the weight of the plexiglass we decided not to fully attach the plexiglass to the vanity to allow for a thorough cleaning of the top and bottom. We did purchase plexiglass adhesive to be placed along the top of the frame and dividers if we later choose to fully attach the plexiglass. So far, the plexiglass has not moved or created any problems being not attached.
DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at
I purchased the plastic containers at the dollar store. I was seriously impressed with the quality of them & how much they held. I am a hoarder of more than just furniture & even though I hardly ever wear more than concealer, eyeliner, mascara, & bronzer this is all just to fun to play with on special occasions to get rid of it ;)

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at
DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at
DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at


DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at
This post may have been a little premature because I still need to sand and do another layer of paint on the legs, but I just couldn’t wait to show you! & you may be wondering where I sit. Well, for now I have been using a stool that we just had lying around because I have yet to find the perfect chair for the vanity closet, but I will update you on that later when I find one. What do you think of the DIY vanity desk? Leave your thoughts & comments below or find me on Facebook & Instagram!


  1. Fantastic idea. It looks so great. I loved your antique desk but this is 10 times better!

  2. I love that! It looks awesome! I need to get a bigger mirror for my makeup table.

  3. Oh this is so clever! I love the glass on top creating all that great storage space! I’m a makeup hoarder too ;)

  4. Cathy Schmidt says:

    Oh so cool!!!!! I wish I had a “Vanity Closet” to use!! Sigh, they just didn’t build them in 1920′s Bungalows. If we didn’t have a basement, we’d be up a creek. More than their House Dress, Sunday Suit, and Shopping dress…. (maybe THEY used the basement too!)LOL BTW I love the colors of all make ups!

  5. Genius! I so need to come up w/ a solution for all my make up!

  6. This is a really clever idea. Good job!

  7. Nice job. Looks like something you would see in a salon.

  8. man oh man how clever and how i need this!

    so adorable and charming.

    hope you’ll visit me back.


  9. Such a cute idea, I love that you have a special place to get ready!

  10. Kim R. Dykman says:

    Good Job ! I wish I had some place to put such a great idea! I love that you can see what is in the organizer so you aren’t wasting time in the morning looking for just the right eyeshadow color etc. I also think it will be easier than ever to clean and because its clear you will more likely keep it clean! I can’t wait to see a really cute stool in front of it….I imagine something very colorful to put some pop in the area!

  11. Imaginative storage solution. But I’m more amazed at that makeup collection! Goodness! You’re a beautiful lady; you look like you’d hardly need any of it.

  12. What a cool idea! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers!

  13. This is a brilliant idea and I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m moving into a new house soon and hav managed to bag myself a whole vanity closet :D I’ve been trying to find the perfect desk but you’ve inspired me to make my own too! Thanks :D x

  14. Simply genius! Brilliant.

  15. Adorable! Where did you get your little shelf unit that holds your nail polish? I have been looking all over for one.

  16. Love it! Where did you get the little shelving unit that you have your nail polish in?? Super cute!

  17. I Really Like It. How Much Did It Cost?

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  19. I absolutely love love love this desk!!!! I have my stuff in bins and they are organized but I really need to find somewhere to put the bins. I want to do something like this but just don’t have anywhere to do it. It’s very creative and looks so awesome!

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