When I first purchased this vanity at an estate sale, I fully intended to rehab. I liked the feminine lines but I didn’t really care for the paint job. Perhaps it was a clean white once. I pictured the previous owner, an old lady, filling up her bedroom with thick smoke. Maybe this is how it turned a yucky yellowish hue. But like I said I planned on a refinishing. After all, I did not want shabby-chic. I wanted just chic.
So I hurried home, eager to transform it. I stripped the layers of shabby. Layer by layer, I did. And then sanded…oh how I sanded. Sanding & painting, sanding & painting. That is what it takes. Do I not sound like a Dr. Seuss poem at this length!?
Finally, I achieved my end result. A crisp clean white little vanity. I also added some amber crystal knobs from Restoration Hardware.
Later, I would go on to find this cute vintage chair at another estate sale. It was originally a 1950′s sorta kitschy garden chair. Someone down the line had made a tufted seat and back. But it was a very outdated and kinda gross mustard yellow velvet fabric. Nonetheless, it was a bargain at $6! I brought it home, deciding that it would be my next project.
First, I spray-painted the metal frame white. I then chose a toned-down cheetah print fabric. The tufting was difficult, especially since it was my first upholstery project. But I managed, learned, and finished. Here it is:
And here is the finished vignette, from shabby to chic!
The modern Pablo Tube lamp adds a touch of modern to the slightly traditional lines of the vanity. While the reupholstered chair adds a bit of whimsy and girlyness. The pink-milk glass, jewelry container adds another layer of subtle femininity. This sweet box is an art-deco piece that I found while thrifting. I may add that this is probably my absolute favorite inanimate possession. And if I had to run out of a burning house and could take one thing, this would be it.
One day soon, I’ll get around to posting my whole bedroom. Currently, it is still a work in progress. Stay tuned!