Remember the fabulous up-cycled makeup organizer I made last year? Unfortunately, it’s no longer in use now that I’m using a different vanity in our new home…That’s okay, it just gives me another excuse to create something new! My new vanity has lots of drawers, so this time I didn’t need as much surface storage for my makeup. This time, I wanted to create a “catch all” tray to keep my vanity top looking as neat & clean as possible when it wasn’t in use. Last time, I used recycled soup cans to create my makeup organizer, so in keeping with the up-cycled theme, I decided to use a cardboard box top this time around! Here’s how I created my DIY Up-Cycled Lacquer Makeup Tray…
DIY Up-Cycled Lacquer Makeup Tray [tutorial]
- 1 cardboard box top (I used one from an Ikea storage box I had)
- 2 colors, Americana Gloss Enamel Paint (enamel paint gives a shinny lacquer-look finish)
- Americana stencil (I used retro mod Mixed Media)
- small paint brush
- stencil dabber (optional, but makes life easier)
Apply two coats of your base paint color to the box top, waiting a half hour between coats.
Apply two coats of your trim paint color around the edges of your tray. My box top happened to have metal edges which made this part a bit easier, but you can improvise!
Allow the tray to dry for an hour (or until it’s no longer tacky)…
Determine how you’d like to position your stenciling, I stenciled the entire bottom of my tray to give it a chic, modern look.
Use the dabber tool to stencil your tray with your accent paint color.
Allow paint to dry for 1-2 hours before using your new DIY lacquer makeup tray!
Now at least your makeup mess will be contained!