{Tots100 Home Club} Dressing table solution

Dressing table before

Dressing table after

An hour was all it took in the end to rid my bedroom of the cluttered eyesore that claimed to be my dressing table, and create a fully-functional dressing table area that not only saves space in the room, but should also allow me to reclaim a bit of space for myself.

I had an early morning trolley dash round Homebase last weekend to pick up the bits I needed. I wanted to swap the console table I was using as a old dressing table for some kind of shelf instead, as keeping the floor free creates the illusion of more space in the room. Luckily I already had a shelf unit from Ikea in my office, though something like the Malvern Wall Storage Unit from Homebase could work just as well. A shelf unit with drawers is ideal for useful extra storage, but a plain shelf could also do the job.

The bits I picked up with my £100 gift card included:

White ceramic cupboard knobs and glass cupboard knobs: For hanging my necklaces for easy access.

Floating display shelves: I’d planned to use these to display my favourite shoes, but I picked up these great glass fruits in HomeSense a couple of months ago, and couldn’t resist putting them on display.

Ocean towel ring: Perfect for hanging my most frequently used scarves and belts.

Acrylic desk organiser: Keeps my everyday toiletries and makeup close to hand.

Tabletop magnifying mirror: Useful for applying makeup or plucking my eyebrows.

Orange spray paint: I planned to spray the top of the shelving unit with this to add a shot of colour, but predictably time ran out for me this week. Hopefully it’s something I’ll get around to doing in the next few weeks as I do think it’ll add something to the space.

I already had the mirror from Ikea, and I just added a green ribbon for a bit of colour. The acrylic jewellery box was a Christmas present from Asos, and the wonderful Kartell Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck (which I’m determined not to hide under piles of clothes) was a leaving present from my colleagues at my first ever proper job.

I’m rather happy to finally have a spot to pamper myself, plus I’m thrilled with how much more spacious the room feels. Instead of the dressing table imposing on the rest of the room, it seems to pull that wall backwards, allowing a greater sense of space on that side of the room.

If you need help getting started with your own project, head on over to the Homebase Facebook App where you can create a moodboard, ask an expert for advice, or show off pics of your latest home success.

Disclosure: I was provided with a £100 gift card from Homebase for this challenge



  1. July 14, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    It looks really lovely – and I love the idea of using door handles as hooks to hang jewellery from. Can’t believe this only took you an hour – very impressed! x

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:32 am

      I say it only took me an hour. Apparently I have done a certain husband a disservice by not credited his work too….

  2. Kelly
    July 14, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    Oh you are clever. I think it’s very ‘you’ and I love the floating shelf.

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:33 am

      I think the floating shelves are my favourite things too – I think I’ll keep changing what’s on display so I don’t get bored.

  3. Amy
    July 15, 2012 / 9:56 am

    Am inspired! Knobs are the way forward, have you no more nailed them on?

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:35 am

      The husband cut the sharp end off the nail of each knob, then drilled a hole in the wall, inserted a rawlplug and we screwed the knobs directly into the wall.

  4. July 15, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    Lovely ! Love the floating shelves and the ribbon on the mirror.

    I have that Kartell Ghost chair as well xx

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:35 am

      Love my Ghost chair. I wish I had more designer chairs at my disposal!

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:35 am

      How much are you paying?!

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:35 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  5. July 21, 2012 / 11:03 am

    OOh were did the bed come from please, that is the colour I need!

    The room is beautiful, I am finally getting around to working on mine, its always been painted but the whole room needs a revamp. The children have always come first and I was happy with that but now they are both 17, one does their own style and one likes absolutely no parental imput or sprucing, so my money is coming to me to properly do up.

    • Heather
      July 24, 2012 / 11:37 am

      The bed is from Feather & Black – it’s the Oliver bed in warm white.

      Good luck with your bedroom project. Nice that you’re able to treat yourself for a change.

  6. July 27, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    I love what you have done, I love the idea of the door knobs for necklaces, I never know what to do with them! Is that the Emily Peacock cross-stitch or tapestry kit over the bed? Did you do that?

  7. Olivia
    September 28, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    Hoping to do something like this in my room, it’s lovely! Where are the floating shelves from?

    • Heather Young September 28, 2014 / 8:34 pm

      Good luck with your project Olivia! The floating shelves were from Homebase.

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