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Easy DIY modern dressing table



 original design go modern

 It will only take a couple of hours to make this dressing table if you have all the board cut to size. Made using 16mm SupaWood, the dressing table can be finished in your choice of colour.

The lift-up lid allows for plenty of storage inside the dressing table and you can fit a mirror onto the lid to create a modern dressing table with space for all your make up.

Buy everything you need for this project at Builders Warehouse.



A. 1 of 300 x 468mm - back
B. 1 of 402 x 468mm - base
C. 1 of 100 x 468mm - front
D. 1 of 80 x 468mm - front panel
E. 2 of 450 x 800mm - sides
F. 1 of 450 x 464mm - lid
4 x 40mm cut screws
Wood filler
Paint and equipment to finish

2 butt hinges and 16mm screws

Flap hinge and 16mm screws

Pattex No More Nails Ultra Interior adhesive

Mirror, cut to size 380mm x 440mm
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Countersink bit
120- and 240-grit sanding pads
Orbital or random orbit sander
Tape measure and pencil



Note: All holes are pre-drilled with a 3mm pilot holes and countersunk on the outside. Sections are joined together using 4 x 40mm cut screws.



1. On the back (front and back) measure and draw a line 80mm down and use this as a guide for mounting the base [B].


2. Attach the front [C] to the opposite side of the base.




Where possible drill pilot holes in all sections to prevent the board from splitting. For all projects we measure down - or up - 50mm from the edge and drill a hole in the centre of the edge.


3. On both sides [E] measure and draw a line (front and back) that is 100mm from the top edge. Use this as a guide for mounting the sides to the partially completed section. The drawn line indicates where the board is mounted to the base [B]. There should be a 20mm difference in height between the side and the back to allow for fitting the hinged lid.


4. Attach the front panel [D].


Here is what the completed unit should look like. Now all that needs to be done is to attach the lid and finish off.


5. Attach butt hinges to the underside of the lid using 16mm screws. Position these approximately 50mm in from the side edge and make sure that the barrel or pin of the hinge sits over the back edge.


6. Measure and mark 52mm in at each side on the back [A] for mounting the hinge onto the back. Secure the hinge to the back after sanding and painting is completed.


7. Fill all holes with wood filler and let this dry before sanding with 240-grit sanding pads.


8. Paint in your choice of colour using Plascon Double Velvet. You can apply paint with a foam roller and paintbrush, spray paint with Rust-Oleum 2X or Universal, or spray with a Bosch PFS spray system.



  • After painting, attach the lid by securing the butt hinges to the back frame.
  • Attach a flap hinge to the underside of the lid and side frame.
  • Use Pattex No More Nails Ultra Interior adhesive to secure the mirror to the underside of the top flap.


Janice Anderssen

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