Vintage Vanity

September 16th, 2012 in member junk     
CleverJunk CleverJunk, member
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I found this little treasure in pretty good condition but felt it needed a little pick-me-up.  It was already painted white but had a little wear and tear.

In cases where a piece has been around the block a few times and may show a little "less than chic" shabbiness, I like to keep it shabby chic but clean it up a bit so that it looks like it should be inside the house and not out in a shed. 

If there are scuff marks or scratches, I like to sand those out a bit, feathering the edges.  This gives the piece an all over worn look without looking damaged.  I scrape off any chippy paint and sand those edges as well to stop further chipping.  In this case, I went ahead and sanded the top and then gave the whole piece a coat of Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak.  The result is a more a more durable top and the white is now a more vintage white. 

For a little added surprise, I painted the inside of the cabinet and drawer a robin's egg blue, then decoupaged a bird and nest motif tissue paper inside the drawer. 

Tip: When a piece has cupboards instead of drawers, adding baskets not only helps to organize storage but adds an interesting textural element. 

Idea:  This vintage piece may have once been a vanity but now it has unlimited potential.  It could be used as a desk, sewing table, craft station, buffet, bar, media console (the baskets are perfect for cd's and dvd's)....


Pattern or design used: My own design - Sherri Spear
posted in: member junk, vintage, , shabby chic, Desk, vanity, robins egg blue

Comments (5)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: So glad you left the top in natural wood for a different look. This little piece is very cute! ~Mary~ Posted: 8:09 pm on October 7th
gadgetsponge writes: Great job! Fun & Totally Functional. You did a great job distressing. I like the natural wood on top contrasting the rest of the piece. Posted: 8:37 am on September 18th
CottageElements writes: Clever Junk, you did a wonderful job of repurposing this vanity. Love the addition of the baskets. We just had to have this be our Sunday member feature. It's just plain awesome!!

Lani Posted: 9:19 am on September 16th
vintagegypsy97 writes: I agree!!
Posted: 4:40 pm on August 16th
junkermidge writes: Great save on that old desk -- all set to be back in circulation! Love the surprise paint inside. Way to go!
JunkerMidge Posted: 9:22 am on July 29th
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