Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The beauty room makeover! (So far)

This has been a long time coming.  Me finally organising the beauty room.  The beauty room is actually a teeny tiny box room in my house and after I wallpapered it a couple of years ago and bought my beloved Alex on castors in Ikea, I hoped it would be somewhere I could work, blog and film.  But the lack of storage was killing me.  I had a single chair bed that I sat on for filming but it took up so much room that the place was constantly messy.  As you can clearly see here...

I KNOWWWWWWW!  Filming became a chore and I couldn't find anything ever.  All I had storage wise was that very amazing leopard print box thingy and my beloved Alex units stacked together.  I needed to sort it out and so when payday came, I said goodbye to my money and hit up Ikea.  Twice.  On my own.

I have lots of little bits and pieces to do to finish the room and will film a room tour then, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek!

While I still have a lot to do in there, I wanted to give you a little update because the response on Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook has been great.  I snapped the whole process of me going to Ikea and putting everything together and felt that I had great support from everyone.  So thanks for keeping me going everyone!

I had it in my head that I wanted to get the Kallax units from Ikea.  Because I like filming in natural light, I wanted to have something that could store things but still look pretty in the background because I'll still be sitting in that corner facing the window.  The plan was to get the 8 unit Kallax but when I got to Ikea and felt how heavy the box was, I had to change the plan and ended up getting two of the 4 unit Kallax.  And it worked out better because if I need to move things around at all, it'll be easy peasy.  And they fit perfectly beside the Alex units which were surprisingly easy to move without having to empty them out like I thought I was going to have to do!

I ended up going back to Ikea the following day to pick up some of the Drona boxes.  I have a colour scheme for the room in my head, so picked up six boxes and they fit the Kallax unit perfectly.

Then it came to desk time.  Because the room is so small, I didn't want anything that would take up lots of space because I need room for lights and tripods when filming.  So I had a few options in my head and then wandered around the desk section of Ikea totally confused!  And the  I wanted something sleek, not too deep and preferably with a bit of storage.

Enter the Malm Dressing Table.  I'll be using this as a desk, a makeup station when I'm filming, as something to take product photos on and I love it!  It has a drawer that slides out for storage and will make filming easier once I move it into the middle of the room.  I ended up getting the Tobias chair on Sunday after looking about online for an acrylic chair and couldn't see anything like this for much cheaper.  It was spendy but I can tell you right this minute, it's so comfy!  And because it's clear, it doesn't clutter up the room.  I think we've established that I was a clutter fiend so I'm going to try and keep it nice and tidy!

So last Saturday was spent assembling all of these myself, with my tacky music blaring and I was purple with the heat.  Sunday was spent with sore muscles from it all but I was so proud of myself for getting stuck in and finishing what I started.  I wanted to put my makeup collection back on display because I love picking one out every day and I missed having my tray from Zara Home doing it's job and keeping my scents in one place.

I really wanted to have somewhere to display these hat boxes that my dad made nearly 20 years ago.  I absolutely love them and he won an award for them back then.  As mam gets the benefits of the blog every little while with an aul goodie bag, I wanted dad to have some part in this whole blogging thing.  So having them here in the room on display gives me comfort and I know a little piece of him is here.

Can we take a second to talk about my little fabric roses from Penneys?  They were €4 and I got them a few weeks ago, thought they were broken, realised I needed to put new batteries into them and now I'm a woman obsessed.  I want more and they are absolutely gorgeous!  If you see em, get em because they give the softest, prettiest glow to the room.  In love.

I love how cosy the room feels at night with all of my twinkly lights on and my wee lamp in the unit. I want a larger floor lamp for the corner behind the door and maybe a little lamp for the desk, but those are all things I can buy when I have money again!  I have ideas for photos and prints for the walls, so when that's all done, I'll film a room tour and show you everything.

But I just wanted to show you the fruits of my labour and give you ideas if you're thinking about setting up a beauty room/office!  Basically, Ikea is your friend.

Alex on castors
Kallax units
Knubbig table lamp
Drona boxes
Malm dressing table
Tobias chair
Tysnes mirror
Lights - Penneys €4


  1. Love it! It really looks great & you must be proud of yourself for putting everything together! I have that chair too - soooooo comfy! I can't believe your Dad made those boxes - what a talent! Looking forward to the video! xx


  2. Oh my god it's fab! I love these posts! I'm in the middle of doing my room (two undercoats on one wall... well it's a start...) Totally gonna go get that transparent chair. I lurve it all x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  3. Your room is just fantastic! I love it <3

  4. Loving it! I'm mid painting my office and am in the 'WHY did I think this was a good idea!??!?!' phase... but your snapchats have kept me going! oh and the pennys lights = FAB! x

  5. Saw your snaps - I'd be that excited about this room too. It's amazing! Siobhan xx

  6. What a fabulous room room :) Well done on putting everything together yourself :)

  7. It's looking amazing missus! Still waiting on my launch invite ;)
    Now when can you come round and assemble mine?! x

  8. wow! this is just gorgeous! you've done very well in your room. can you do mine? lol. :D

    much love from www.pinayontheloose.com

  9. I love it! I'd love to have a dedicated room for blogging, some day!

  10. I've really been enjoying watching you all weekend! The room looks amazing and I'm seriously so impressed that you managed to do it by yourself - I wouldn't have a hope! I've been watching you so much that Fiancé turned around to me last night and said 'is that that mad bitch again?!' (In the nicest way possible, of course!) haha

  11. Danielle BeautyblogJuly 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Ahhh your room looks great! And well done assembling it all yourself, it can be a right pain in the you know what!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  12. Ah it's like a haven in there! Great job on it!

  13. Your room looks fantastic great job I'm so jealous! I love that you have the hat boxes your dad made on display such a nice touch x

  14. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Thanks Sinead, I love the boxes so much and have minded them lots over the years :)

  15. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    That's exactly what it is!! I may never use the other rooms in my house!

  16. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Thanks Danielle, I don't mind a bit of DIY once I have my moosic and a nice cold can of Diet Coke!

  17. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Thanks a mill missus! The fiance is right, I'm a mad bitch alright and would never take offence to that ;P Loving your snaps too and I feel like I know you more now!

  18. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I'm hoping it'll make me a blogging machine!

  19. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Thanks lovely lady, hope you and bump are keeping well :)

  20. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Of course CJ! Once you provide the tacky music and a nice cold drink, I'll be there!

  21. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Now more people can fit in this version of the beauty room! I'll be over to help you assemble stuff no bother ;)

  22. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Thanks so much Vicki, I have a million ideas for the finishing touches and can't wait to get stuck in :)

  23. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Thanks Siobhan! I think snapping the whole process made me do it, I've started so I'll finish and all that ;P

  24. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Ah the mid job dilemma, good times ;) Snapping is a great way to get stuff done ;P

  25. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Thank you! I'm delighted with it :)

  26. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Thanks Becca, now I've no excuse not to blog like a lunatic! The chair is so comfy, and even better, only takes minutes to assemble, yeah buddy!

  27. Karen (lovelygirliebits)July 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    I'm very proud that I did it myself and that I managed to finish what I started! My dad was great with his hands, I treasure these boxes :)

  28. This looks soooo bloody great! Well done you for all your hard work, I'm really envious I don't have a spare room! Xxx

  29. The room looks deadly, so co-ordinated and organised and lovely! I love the hat boxes, that's so nice that your Dad gets to be a part of the blog too! x


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