DIY Play Vanity Table

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My husband built this adorable play Vanity for our girls, and finished it JUST before midnight on Christmas Eve! He only started it a few days before at my request, and I love how it turned out!


I originally pulled up plans for a play vanity from my friend Ana White (who by the way featured plans she made from my Sliding Barn Door TV cover on her site here), but then we modified the vanity a bit to include legs.

One day in October, my 3 year old and I were roaming the aisle of a store when she spotted from a distance a big box with a picture on the front of a plastic toy vanity set. She stood there staring at it (the picture on the box) mesmerized and proceeded to tell me how much she wanted that. I think she saw the blow dryer, fake lipstick, brush, etc. I said to her, “oh, isn’t that cute…maybe for Christmas….” and I was eventually able to persuade her to keep walking. I thought she’d forget about it, but oh no she didn’t. Pretty much every day she started talking about how she was getting a “mirror table” for Christmas. I wasn’t too excited about the plastic one, but my wheels started turning, and I spoke to my husband with my puppy dog eyes, and requested he build one in the days before Christmas. I found the plans, but wanted to make a few changes.

I wanted legs with space under, so hubby got 2×2 wood and slid the other piece of wood right in.


As he built, he used “L” brackets on the inside, and used wood glue and bungee cords to hold pieces together while the glue tried. Then reinforced the piece with nails/screws after.

We used bead board on the outside that would be showing, it adds a nice element of texture.

Above is how he cut the bottom piece in order to fit right into the cubby with the existing legs in place.

the home depot

After the two side cubbies were made, it was time to pull them together. He put a ledge of the 2×2 in order to hold the desk part. Then another at the back to strengthen the mirror. I am SO excited about the mirror I found. I actually had one that someone gave me that we quickly realized was too big, so I ran out to Target crossing my fingers that I’d find something cute, and grabbed this gem! I think it was $20, which is more than my preference, but I did not have time on my side and it was adorably perfect!! (See my clothes? Christmas Eve rush).

Target mirror

I taped up the mirror part and sprayed it white.

mirror vanity

We built a “Y” out of the 2×2 to attach the mirror. It was a quick decision and I might have done it differently had I more time to figure out something, but it’s up against the wall, and works fine (see back of mirror in a few pics down).

My hubby and his brother madly spray painting the vanity at around 9pm on Christmas Eve.

spray paint

Though the idea was made for the littlest, it was a gift for both girls. On Christmas morning, it was the last to come out.

Christmas Present


The girls were very excited!

minnie mouse

Below is a good picture of the back of the mirror:

The girls got right to work (the cute Minnie Mouse set I found at the Disney store). Dad even got a head brushing;)

hair play

I love to see his face when he adores his girl adoring something he made for her.


hair style

Girls have played with it daily and even set up “Beauty Shop” hours and pricing.

diy vanity


The boys won’t turn down a chance, who doesn’t like getting their hair brushed?!?


It was a big hit!!! Let me know if you have questions, I’m sure I didn’t cover everything!

P.S. Teal tin baskets came from Target.

{Edited to add: The Girls Fancy Room Makeover Reveal is up, check it out!}


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