8.04.2013

{before + after} v a n i t y

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My mother picked this vintage vanity up at a yard sale years ago for $2. I've been using it as an extra table here and there, for jewelry, as a bar, bookshelf, whatever was needed. When we moved earlier this year I decided to use it as my vanity, something simple, with one little drawer. But it needed a bit of work first. 

I stripped the paint off, which took quite a while, there were a few layers of it. I also took off the knob and arms on the front, those are for attaching fabric for a vanity skirt. I wanted it open, so away they went. I then stained it a few times and left it at that for months. 

Then this weekend I decided it was time to finish it. So I gave it a couple of coats of leftover paint from the bathroom, leaving select exposed wood areas for a more modern look. 

I love the way it turned out, and the navy and brown compliment each other nicely. 
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26 comments:

art deco dame said...

Navy and brown do go together well

Catie said...

Wow, what a lot of hard work, but for a great pay-off.

Jessica said...

Wow, I love that, so pretty and simple.

clarelouise said...

Nice work!

TaNuja said...

Hii... m a new follower of your blog :)

Your hard work has paid very well... loving the new navy and brown look :)

MarieBayArea said...

Brilliant job! It's a beauty.

Candace said...

It looks great - it's really quite nice once all that paint is stripped from it. Love the color combo!

missfairchildscharmschool said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful transformation.

Ginny said...

Nice transformation! I love the drawer handle you chose, it really sets it off perfectly.

Alli said...

Oh my gosh! That looks amazing. Beautiful job Solanah :)

Amia said...

Very pretty!
Amia
www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

Candy Pop said...

Looks wonderful!

LandGirl1980 said...

Ooooh! Nice!

thescreensiren.com said...

This turned out so well! So much work but it looks awesome!
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Jessica Cangiano said...

Excellent job! The colour combo of navy and brown feels both modern, as you said, and yet so incredibly timeless in the same go - with a distinct art deco vibe to it.

♥ Jessica

Muffin Top Vintage said...

That's awesome Solanah.
I love it.
My hubby & I are hoping to move into our own home next year. I have to many Ideas just like this xx

vindiebaby said...

Love it is beautiful :)





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Nan said...

Love the colors you picked and the job you did too was quite an undertaking.

Rachel // Mousevox said...

You did such a great job. It's a beautiful piece and the navy is a nice touch.

BaronessVonVintage said...

Looks great!!!

Anthea said...

Just found your blog and love it! I've always had a vintage focus, but am thinking about getting more into vintage. Your photos are stunning :) Bravo!

justicepirate.com said...

I love the color choice! How nicely this came out!!!
+Victoria+

Jade Sheldon said...

I am in desperate need of a proper vanity but am SO picky. I know my dream vanity is out there waiting for me...

Raquel Stecher said...

Gorgeous! My vanity is a tiny college desk from Target. I love having multiple drawers but would love to have something pretty like this. You did a great job sprucing up a $2 find!

Danielle Hinton said...

Beautiful, Solanah! I love the way you left the drawer wood natural. The blue sets it off perfectly. And what a GREAT drawer pull!

Jumping Juniper said...

You should try Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Amazing results as well without have to strip as much.