Alex drawers....photos please :)

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I have been reading all the threads on how everyone stores their over abundance of makeup and skin care Smiley Happy

 

I see a lot of the ladies use the Alex 9 Drawer from Ikea. I searched their site however I didn't see any pictures of the drawers open.

 

Do you use smaller containers inside each drawer for lipsticks,eyeshadow, foundation etc? How do you organize inside the drawers?

 

I also saw an Alex on wheels with 6 drawers. Anyone have that one?

 

I would love to see pictures of the inside of your drawers if you're willing to share.

 

EDIT: I don't know of any drawers similar to Alex, so if you have other brands please share.

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I'm trying to decide whether or not to replace my current vanity with two sets of alex 5 drawers and the table top from ikea.  I have no makeup storage in my old one and have to store the makeup remotely.  The other option would be to get the acrylic drawers to organize.  I ordered a muji 5 drawer and it came cracked and now I'm second guessing it and wanting the drawers.  Someone decide for me please!

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@mspera80 I was pondering replacing my current setup with something similar. The Micke desk with 2 Alex 9's, but it won't fit in my space. I have opted for a different vanity and to just do 1 Alex 9.

 

I have a set of muji drawers sitting on my vanity - I'd ordered 2, but like you, one arrived broken. The Muji drawers aren't meant to sit on the ground right?

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@Libellules  So I didn't end up having room to replace the vanity.  I bought 2 Alex 9 drawers for inside the closet in my dressing room.  I DO NOT have enough product to fill them currently, but I will!  No, the Muji's are meant to be on a shelf/desk/vanity.  

 

I need to figure out where to store my brushes.

 

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@mspera80 Very nice! We picked one up yesterday, and I'm waiting on my actual vanity to ship.

 

For brushes, I actually bought a brush....book? This thing:

 

http://www.sephora.com/sephora-pro-easel-P395141?skuId=1670413&icid2=products%20gridSmiley Tongue395141

 

It is a bit large and awkward for my liking, but they got a bit dusty just in an open holder/container.

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Can't wait to see your vanity when you get it.  The Alex drawers were surprisingly easy to put together.  Like that book.  Never thought about that.  I hate cleaning brushes!

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Oh that's good to know! @mspera80

 

Yes, brush cleaning can get tedious.

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I've seen some beauty bloggers use this desk for storage: http://www.target.com/p/threshold-basic-desk/-/A-14517908#prodSlot=medium_1_2    

 

I've been using clear shoe boxes to store my makeup in.  I got the idea from this blog: http://emilymaynard.com/blog/makeup-organizers/

 

But I plan on purchasing the desk and some muji drawers for my makeup when I move next month. http://www.muji.us/store/storage/acrylic-cases/acrylic-case-5-drawers.html

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Why don't they offer these drawers in a variety of colors?  I would snap them up in a heartbeat!  I'd love a teal, or real looking dark wood.  Or maybe a coral.  I don't want to buy something then have to paint it.  I'm not crafty like that.

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They're generally in the office area of the three IKEAs I've been in, my guess is that they don't do a lot of color for offices, expecting you to bring in color with funky chairs or wall art. A few of the more utilitarian items only come in white or black like this. 

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I have the 5 drawer (they have it online item number 101.928.24 ) 

I use the custom interlocking dividers from container store & the clear bins from Bed Bath & Beyond that are in the kitchen section (20% off coupons Smiley Tongue )

 

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& Here's what my vanity looks like, I'll try to take better pics of the inside drawers tomorrow

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If you have a Daiso near where you live, my local store also has packs of those white dividers for $1.50.  (The number of pieces in each pack varies depending on how tall the divider is.  So if you want really tiny/short dividers for a more shallow drawer, one pack would have more strips than if you want taller ones for a deeper drawer.)  You cut the pieces to be the right length to fit your drawer.  I use them in my desk drawer for office/school supplies, but never thought to use them to organize my makeup! Smiley Happy

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I'm currently using my 9-drawer Alex for nail polish storage. Since the bottles fit well, the only extra organizers I use are the sturdy cardboard gift boxes from sets I've bought and repurposed. I want to move my cosmetics over and invest in clear  trays to keep it nice and neat though. I agree that you would definitely need some sort of organization system in the actual drawers. I know Ikea also has a lot of clear trays that are perfect for organizing the drawers.

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Killa that blows beyond words.  Apothecary chests do not usually last long in a shop b/c they are so cool. I love them and have several in various rooms. They are so wonderful.  Send me sketch and approximate size of what you want and I will keep my eyes peeled for you!  I will even deliver it to you just to see your bee-you-tee-full face in person! xo

 

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Off topic, but it's good to see you back SpoiledBrat! I hope you got your computer problems all worked out. It would be really terrific if you could please update us on our TSB here:  http://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Insider/Anyone-interested-in-another-traveling-box/m-p/125421... I know the remaining ladies in the TSB have been hoping to receive the box Smiley Happy

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I use a 27 drawer antique apothecary chest. Some of the drawers have built in dividers and others I use a drawer for each product type.  What I love most is that I have never seen another one exactly like it.

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Jonn, I've been looking for an apothecary cabinet for the exact same purpose for the past 3 years! I found one GORGEOUS blue based chippy painted one and drove 3 hours to go buy it... only to have it sold before I got there. I've never been so disappointed about anything in my life. Smiley Sad

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I didn't see the Alex 5 drawer on Ikeas site. Where did you get yours?

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i got it in an ikea store

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told u they were messy lol

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