An OLD Vanity makes a come-back!

November 22nd, 2009 in projects     
georgiamoon Georgia Terrell, contributor
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This is the second, and last, transformation this little vanity has gone through.
I think it is much more practical and takes up much less space and I love the sleek mirror next to the shabby exterior.
Here you can see how I attached the two pieces together with a small board drilled in from each side. I also put a piece of plywood on the back to join the two pieces and make it sturdier.
This was the first transformation. Still a vanity but with some extra touches.
By adding baskets to each space I got some storage that is still contained.
Here is a close-up of the new and improved baskets. Every girl needs a little sparkle, dontcha think?
This is the second, and last, transformation this little vanity has gone through.

This is the second, and last, transformation this little vanity has gone through.

I found this poor old vanity up in Washington State and even though it had no drawers or mirror I was drawn to the beautiful Aqua and Cream colors. I knew I wouldn't change the paint in any way and I wasn't sure what I would do for drawers but I knew that it was going to find a space in the trailer. I got it home and the first thing I did was cut shelves to fit the drawer spaces. Then I found four matching baskets at the thrift store (imagine that). I needed to cover the bamboo that the baskets were made of so I wove a wide ribbon through the baskets and added some bling with some old jewelry on the front. I made (yeah right! I had my friend make...I DON'T sew) some lovely little curtains out of aqua and brown toille that I attached with springs to cover the baskets. I am presenting it in front of an old aqua door with a very fancy mirror hung above. I'll bet she never thought she would look this good again.

Well maybe not, but I figured she could look even better. So I have now transformed her into a classy but still shabby storage piece. By cutting it apart, removing the center piece and putting it back together again it makes a smaller and more usable piece of furniture. I had mirror cut for the top and added one of the  turned spindle pieces to the front to cover the gap. Sometimes we just need to make some changes in our lives to find our true beauty..this one has certainly done that.

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Comments (23)

GypsyBarn writes: Love it!!! I was thinking of trying this out for a client, but ended up finding the perfect side tables for her in the long run - But man I really want to give this a go! Posted: 12:03 pm on May 6th
2poor2payRetail writes: love the second change and it truly is gorgeous! Posted: 9:53 pm on August 14th
vintagecowgirlone writes: love this idea...the vanity is a great way to use the sides of an old dresser...i also had two sides without the partical back... i ended up painting mine turquoise and putting pretty porcline knobs on them...we use them as nightstands.... Posted: 10:47 pm on July 29th
RoseGardenRomantic writes: What a fabulous makeover!!! Posted: 12:16 am on March 4th
Stile writes: both transformations are attractive, although I'm struck by the second one in which you took the vanity apart and put it back together in it's more compact form. How did you put it back together? Posted: 2:57 pm on January 17th
CottageElements writes: Geo, love to see you posting! This piece looks great with your little re-do. Love the addition of the mirrored top. I'm sure it looks great in a bathroom and I LOVE the patina. Wowzers!

Lani Posted: 12:00 pm on November 26th
artteachergirl writes: What a wonderful piece...that color is out of this world. Great, creative job!!! Posted: 11:34 pm on November 25th
emw1203 writes: I just love it. What an inspiration you are in transforming furniture into something so cute. I have one in my upstairs bathroom and there is a bar sink in it but we were lucky that it had drawers. Yours is done so nicely. Great talent adn thanks for sharing! Posted: 5:42 pm on November 25th
MakinItHappen writes: OMG, you are my kind of junker. This is really cool. There's nothing more fun than taking a piece that has potential and transforming it into your own useful creation. Wonderful!
--gloria Posted: 11:58 am on November 24th
LittleRedHen writes: Now that's what I'm talking about! My husband and son were asking me last night "why do you want that???". Your project is exactly why I want that piece of junk! It is lovely! Posted: 11:56 am on November 24th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I think you figured out the perfect configuration for this! Beautifully done!
Candy Posted: 8:18 am on November 24th
fellowjunker writes: I absolutely love your finished piece Geo....the addition of the mirror to the top is soooooo elegant and beautiful. I would love to own this piece!!!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 2:52 pm on November 23rd
RustyDiva writes: Love love love the second transformation. The color is perfect and putting them together was fate. Love em!!!! Posted: 10:49 am on November 23rd
Grasshopper22 writes: Love it...great piece!! I have a 2 piece mirror that would look perfect on is scalloped at the sides. I have been looking for a stand for just gave me an all I need to do is find one :) Thanks for sharing Posted: 10:07 am on November 23rd
writes: Geo,
You did this piece proud! I saw it in the beginning stage and it is just so much more fun and usable now. I must say it's been the talk of our latest occasional sale too...

:-) Jenny K Posted: 12:19 am on November 23rd
shabbychick writes: Geo - This is absolutely fab-tastic!! I love the second life you gave it - and the chippy color is soooo sweet! The mirror was the perfect addition to pull it all together.

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 11:38 pm on November 22nd
JunkArchitect writes:
You really did a beautiful job Georgia! I love the little baskets and the mirror top…great transformation. How’s your week long extravaganza going at your store (Georgia Moon)? Did this piece sell yet?

Posted: 11:15 pm on November 22nd
roadtriplouise writes: What a great transformation!! Ann Posted: 7:40 pm on November 22nd
LuAnn writes: OMG-this looks mav-a-lous!! You did a tremendous job. Love the final outcome. How about sending it my way-could use this in my spare room!

LuAnn Posted: 3:42 pm on November 22nd
alicemom writes: Oh Georgia, Love it! The color is fab,the mirror top is fab, the baskets are fab! THE WHOLE PIECE TURNED OUT FAB-U-LUSH!
smiles, alice Posted: 3:02 pm on November 22nd
birdcolor writes: I love the transformation! You were right to leave the paint alone. I love it!

Posted: 1:51 pm on November 22nd
Prior writes: This piece is great! You done good! Lezlee Posted: 1:08 pm on November 22nd
chippingcharm writes: This piece is the addition of the mirror on top. Actually, I love ALL the details...right down to the adorable little "blinged up" baskets! You've inspired me again...thanks, Laurel Posted: 1:01 pm on November 22nd
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