Today I’m going to show you how to create an IKEA Makeup Vanity Cart that rolls around! It’s the perfect solution for a too-small, or shared bathroom. I love a good IKEA hack and this IKEA Raskog hack has to be one of my favorite ones to date! Keep reading to find out how I did it.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from IKEA and the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions and hair-brained ideas are 100% mine.
DIY IKEA Vanity Rolling Cart
Right now my twins are sharing a bathroom, although they both have laid claim to the bathroom left empty by my college kid. We will see who “grabs” that one first. Since they are twins and leaving at the same time every day this creates a bit of a bottleneck in the bathroom in the mornings.
Especially for my daughter. She is at the age where she would like to take a bit more time on her hair and makeup in the morning. She has a hard time doing that when her brother is crowding her in the bathroom.
So I created a simple IKEA makeup vanity cart to help her out. She can easily roll it back and forth between her bedroom and the bathroom, whichever is the easier place to get ready that morning.
Supplies Needed for IKEA Makeup Vanity Trolley
IKEA Raksog Cart
Metal Utensil Holder from IKEA
IKEA Godmorgon clear plastic dividers
Vinyl Lettering for the Front of the Cart – I made mine with my Cricut Machine- the font is called Budmo and can be downloaded for free online.
More info about the Makeup Cart:
The rolling vanity is a very slightly modified Raskog Cart. I have to tell you I LOVE THESE THINGS! I have 4 now. One for my office, one for sewing supplies, one for the “art” stuff in the kitchen and now this one.
How to add the Curling Iron or Hair Dryer Holder
It’s the handiest little cart (plus it’s super cute). To make the vanity take a utensil holder from IKEA and attach it to the side of the Raskog with zip ties.
To attach it, just string two zip ties through the top and two through the bottom, tighten very well and clip off the extra ties.
Now she has a place to hold her curling iron and flat iron. The metal utensil holder is just the right shape to hold them and since it’s metal she can place slightly hot curling irons in it.
I will say this is not intended to be used with a turned on, hot curling iron, just one that is unplugged and in the process of cooling down.
How to Organize the Makeup Section
Divide each of the 3 trays into separate purposes. I chose, Face, Nails & Hair, but you can use whatever you’d like. I cut out some vinyl letters for the cart too, to help keep it organized and for a bit of decoration (more info on cutting out the vinyl lettering below).
To organize the makeup on the top tray use IKEA Godmorgon clear plastic dividers.
The bottom shelf holds her hairdryer (it also can fit in the canister on the side) and a two more plastic bins, one large one for hair accessories and one smaller one for hair bands and bobby pins.
Even though she doesn’t do her nails every morning she definitely needed somewhere to keep all of her stuff, so we dedicated a shelf to that. We also found out that the large Godmorgon organizer is perfect for holding bottles of nail polish.
How to add Lettering to the Cart
You can cut the letters for the front of the cart at home yourself with an “e-cutting” machine.
The font is Budmo. It is cut with a Cricut Machine and white vinyl.
What is a Cricut? A Cricut Machine is an electronic cutting machine. It hooks up to your computer via USB or Bluetooth and cuts images that you send to it, much like a printer. It just cuts instead of prints. It can cut vinyl, paper, fabric, and much more. The images are all digital, you can upload your own images or buy images in Cricut Design space individually. You can read my full review of the Cricut Maker Machine HERE.
For information about Cricut click here. I LOVE my Cricut machine if you’d like to see more projects you can make with a Cricut just CLICK here.
About IKEA’s First59 Program:
A few weeks ago I shared with you one of the challenges that my family faces in the morning. Last-minute chaos. Most of this chaos is caused by us being slightly under prepared and a little bit disorganized. Right now we are dealing with two big issues when it comes to mornings. One, “I can’t find my clothes”. Two, “There is no room for me in the bathroom”.
With the help of IKEA and lots of inspiration found online I decided to tackle the second of these two problems, the bathroom. The clothing situation still needs to be addressed. But that’s a bigger project and I realized that I had a quick and simple solution to the bathroom problem.
A little bit of chaos in the morning can get me a little bit frazzled. IKEA has done studies and found that the way that you spend the first 59 minutes of your day can affect your mood for the rest of the day. They have made it their mission to provide simple solutions to help you make the most of those first :59.
After one week of use I’m happy to report a “so far so good” with the cart helping to streamline our morning routine. I’ll be sure to pop in here again and share with you how it works long term.
We have learned a few things to help us at the beginning of our day. We do things like, laying out clothes the night before and setting out breakfast bowls. Also, we make sure everyone’s homework is in their back packs.