An "ugly duckling" project!January 27th, 2009 in member junk
Here is my "ugly duckling" project...AND, it was really ugly...
I bought this at a local thrift store for a huge cost of $1.99! It appeared to be (at least to me anyway...junker brain and all...) a child-sized kidney-shaped (sort of) vanity - with the little arms that opened up in front. HOWEVER, it also looked like someone had slapped the kinda cute top of the vanity onto an old picnic table bench or something - very ugly legs - but I saw it and had to have it. I'm sure people were wondering what the heck I had bought it for as I was checking out, but oh well...
Anyway - the first thing to do was to give it that magic coat of white paint - and voila...the ugly legs didn't look "quite" as bad, right?? The next thing to do was dress it up with a pretty skirt, so I measured and sewed (by machine and by hand) pieces of a vintage chenille bedspread and a lace tablecloth to create a cover-up for those poor legs (they are sturdy - but not so cute). I added some colorful doilies, flowers, trims, etc., and gave it a whole lotta girly foo-foo. And, since you can't have a vanity without a mirror...I searched through my junk for one to fit between the spindles (that wasn't easy, but my husband helped me make it work - what a great team!).
I found a chair at an antique market for $10 - and painted it, and put matching fabric on the seat - these two were MFEO (Gretchen???). I actually bought two, and this one was "just the right size"!
I think it turned out so cute...and was hoping someone else would think so - at our antique show. You know sometimes you think something is really cool, but maybe other people might not get it...well - that was my thought... Anyway, this ugly duckling story has a happy ending. A lady saw it, and fell in love with it - she's a photographer and is going to use it for photo shoots - isn't that awesome? So, it found a good home - and will live its next life "happily ever after" in a photo studio! Lots of little princesses will sit there and get caught up in all that little girl fun!! Too sweet!! :)
P.S. Does it sound like I had too much fun with this??? I guess I did!
Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Kathy
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