My daughter designed this simple DIY Makeup Organizer. I can't believe she is old enough for makeup. Kids grow up too fast! It can be made out of standard 1x4 boards from the home center, which are actually 3/4" thick and 3.5" wide. We bought the wire mesh trays and cups from the Dollar Tree in the office supply aisle. You can use just about any kind of saw, a hammer, and some nails. Power tools just make it easier and faster. Watch my video, then follow this Instructable to make one.
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Step 1: Cut the Boards
I used a wide poplar board that I had on hand, so I had to rip it into smaller 3.5" wide boards. If you buy 1x4s, you won't have to do these rip cuts. I cut 4 shelf pieces that were 12" long and two side pieces that were 26" long.
Since I used a wide board, I was able to cut an arched piece for the top. I cut this piece to 13.5" long and then cut notches in the bottom corners so it would sit on top of the sides. If you don't have a wide board, another straight piece of 1x4 will do just fine.
Step 2: Dry Fit the Pieces
I laid out the pieces to see how it will look. I decided to round over the bottom front corners of the side pieces. I also cut the corners off the top front of the side pieces. I've found that little details like these make projects look more custom, rather than just a bunch of rectangle boards nailed together. Adding curves also can improve the design.
Step 3: Assemble the Organizer
I used a brad nail gun and glue to assemble the organizer. I used a 5.5" spacer block to make sure the shelves were an equal distance apart. A regular hammer and finish nails will work fine. It helps to think ahead about how you will mount it to the wall. I glued on a thin cleat under the back of the top shelf so I can screw it to the wall.
Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches
I filled the nail holes with spackle, then painted it white using Rustoleum 2X paint. Sometimes knots show through paint no matter how many coats you apply. I spread a thin layer of spackle or putty over the knots so that the paint covers them up better.
To personalize it, I cut my daughter's initials out of thin black walnut on the scroll saw and glued them on. You can get wooden letters from the hobby store if you don't have a scroll saw.
Thank you for checking out my Instructable for this project. I hope you can use some of the ideas in this project to make something for somebody. Happy DIYing! Steve...