Pretty Makeup Organization, or How My Husband Is Awesome

by Ginger on February 3, 2012

in Home is Where the Heart Is, Makeup and Beauty, Marriage

One of the earliest things I found on Pinterest  was this fun little makeup display:


I’ve been obsessed with it since then, because I think it would address some of my problems with my makeup (namely, that it either gets buried in my one little drawer to the point that I only every use the two things that are right up front or that it either spreads out all over my limited counter space driving my husband crazy and running the risk of being grabbed by two year old hands).

So, I put it on my 2012 To Do List and went merrily along my way, hoping I’d find some time to get to it during the year, despite my less than crafty tendencies.


Last week, N.C. called me downstairs. It was the night before we were going to celebrate his birthday and he asked me if I could come help him with something. I sort of assumed he wanted my input on what he was going to wear, or a restaurant he had found that he wanted me to look at. Instead, as I came into the room, this is what I saw:

using magnets to create a makeup storage frame
Sorry for the offcenter image, it was either that or lay down across my entire counter to get it straight on. I love y’all, but not that much.

That’s right. For HIS birthday, N.C. had made ME a gift. The thing I’ve been wanting for-evah. I was SO touched, and so excited to get it filled (this isn’t quite everything. He did an admirable job of picking out my makeup and applying magnets to them, but he missed a few. It’s fuller now).

I’ve been using it a little over a week now, and I LOVE it. It’s so easy to have all my makeup right there–it’s away from prying toddler hands, but out of the black hole of a drawer. I’m not scrounging for my brushes, or digging digging digging for that one little tiny eyeliner, because BOOM, they’re right there. And, as a bonus, because I can SEE all my makeup, I’m actually using more of my makeup–I’m pulling out the colors I forgot I had, or trying the sparkly stuff I never could find. It’s awesome.

So, yay to checking off a 2012 To-Do item, courtesy of an amazingly thoughtful husband. And even bigger yay to a husband who decided that for his birthday, he wanted to do something nice for me—you can’t win much more than that!

P.S. Logistics: it’s been varnished to try and help with any humidity, but we also have our sink/counter area separate from our shower area. I’m not sure if the paper would hold up great in a humid bathroom over the long term, but the varnish will probably help anything we might face.

Erin February 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Clearly, I am an emotional nutcase because this made me tear up a little. What a super sweet gesture!

Also? Awesome idea!

Cloud February 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Reading this made me think two things:

1. What an awesome husband you have. Hooray for awesome husbands!

2. I am clearly more geeky than is healthy, because I want something like this for my charger cords and other techie things. I own about 5 things of makeup total, so have no trouble finding them on the rare occasion that I wear anything beyond mascara. But I’m always digging for the right cable in my big bucket’o’cables….

Carrie February 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

It’s so cute!! I saw this on Pinterest as well – yours is cuter than the original.

Love it!

Tragic Sandwich February 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Somehow, I think your husband and mine would get along! What a lovely gift. If that would work in our bathroom, I’d ask Mr. Sandwich to do the same.

Life As Wife February 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

How awesome is that?! And yay for having a thoughtful hubby!

Ann Wyse February 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

That looks fabulous! (I even like it better than the original!)

Anne February 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Wow – that’s AWESOME!!! Can I borrow him for a week? 😉

andie February 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

That is awesome! And the best part is that it is out of the kids reach. I may need to get one. I mean get my hubs to make one!

Nanette February 5, 2012 at 11:05 am

That is just about the sweetest thing in the history of sweetness!

Rachael February 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

So cool! I would love one!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks February 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

That make-up board is brilliant. Seriously, what an awesome idea. Fun and funky and totally functional use of space. Love it!

Trina February 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

That is so brilliant! I didn’t see that on Pinterest, but I love the one NC made for you!

kate February 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

That’s an awesome man you snagged there! Great idea for organization that doubles as decoration, too. 🙂

Elizabeth February 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

How sweet is he?! It’s beautiful and fun and practical!

Cheryl February 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

How did I not see this post before?? I really REALLY want to do this! That’s a great surprise.

picturetalk321 January 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

omg I love this so much. Your husband is teh awe. Now how does it work? How do you get magnets on makeup and mugs? Glue? And what is the board made of?

Ginger January 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

The magnets we just glue on with a hot glue gun (well, my husband does, I’m not allowed to play with the hot glue gun after one too many burns). And the board is a thin piece of metal that’s covered with a pretty paper then painted/varnished. The metal he bought and had cut to fit the frame at Home Depot–he said it was pretty easy!

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