Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Paint Me Paloma

"Paint me Paloma!" was the quiet command of this confident and elegant vanity the first time I looked her over and decided to bring her home.

I had been anxious to paint another vanity and this one with her lovely lines, intriguing details and superb condition was just the project piece I had been hoping for!  A special thank you to a dear friend, Kenalyn who thought of me when her in-laws were down-sizing and looking to sell some of their antique furniture!  What a sweet friend to think of me!  And so, this pretty piece sat patiently in our garage for a few weeks before I had a chance to get started on her.  A quick cleaning was the only necessary prep work before I opened my can of Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in the lovely color called Paloma.  The lighter accent color you see on the drawers and here and there on the trim is a 50/50 mix of Paloma and Old White.  I can't tell you how much I love this color!  The grey tones make this lilac hue so sophisticated and grown up.  

In the midst of this makeover, I dropped my brush and took a little trip across the river to visit my dear friend Phyllis at The Purple Pear.  Picking up this gorgeous fabric from her store was the perfect excuse for a quick visit with one of my favorite ladies!  Normandie Toile from Annie Sloan's fabric line was the one and only fabric I could envision on this bench painted in shades of Paloma.  It is just as lovely as I had imagined.  Thank you, Phyllis!

I have a confession to make.  I stole the hardware off of my Scalloped Bedside Tables for this vanity makeover!  It was a last minute decision, but one I do not regret.  The original pulls were well tarnished, which is what I love but when I went to clean them up a bit, they turned out to be brass rather than silver.  I really wanted to see a tarnished silver paired with this pretty lilac grey color.  The brass pulls will be painted and used on the Bedside Tables.  

After distressing the edges with my fine grit sanding sponge, I completed the paint finish with both clear and dark wax.

I was thrilled to find this sweet old Hair Pin box at a garage sale last week.  I knew immediately that it would be a great accessory for my vanity photo shoot!

I picked the last of my lilacs this morning and am savoring the delightful fragrance.  Now I am eagerly anticipating the roses!  All of my rosebushes are just full of buds!

We are enjoying some much needed warmth and sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest this week.  And it couldn't have come at a better time.  I will be taking my vanity, a few other furniture pieces and a great array of romantic treasures to the First Sunday Flea Market at Cottage Vintage Home this weekend.  My mom has potted up lots of lovely rare and unusual plants to offer as well!  If you are in the area, please come enjoy this fun event and be sure to stop by and say hello to me!  

Here are the details:

First Sunday Flea Market at
Cottage Vintage Home
Sunday, May 5th 10am - 3pm

I would love to see you there!

Thank you for your sweet visit!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Sharing this post with these fun link parties:

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Silver Pennies Sundays at Silver Pennies


  1. It looks amazing Amanda - beautiful job!I love the subtle distressing,and the highlighting in the paler shade - just lovely!
    The toile looks perfect on the stool top too.
    Good luck with the fair on Sunday!
    Gill xx

  2. You do the most amazing makeovers - really - it's over the top gorgeous!!!
    And the toile fabric is perfection!

  3. So stunning - the dressing table and stool AND the photo shoot. The quality and professionalism of your lovely work is my goal! Need lessons!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    White Oak Studio Designs / Hand-Painted Furniture Transformations

  4. Oh it's just beautiful! I have yet to use Paloma, I have a sample pot... I think I need to find something ;) - Susan

  5. OMG this vanity is gorgeous. not only do i love the color combination but the fabric you used to reupholster the bench is beautiful beyond words.

  6. Your work is beautiful, so inspirational.

    Pearl 13.1

  7. Beautiful vanity! Feel free to join my link party with this piece.


  8. Turned out beautiful. Love it.

  9. So pretty! I love the little wheels and the drawer pulls!
    I'm visiting you today from My Romantic Home. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesdays and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

  10. Amanda, I love that color and how the whole vanity turned out. You paint so perfectly with ASCP! When I grow up I hope to be just like you! ;) I really love that fabric for the seat as well. I finally finished the big painting project for the dresser and bookcase for the nursery. I really love how the Old White and the Provence mixed paint turned out. Thank you so much for all of your help and advice. Check out my post if you have the time! Have a great week! ~ Jamie

  11. Beautiful! You are an inspiration! Thank you...
    Blessings My Friend,

  12. So lovely and that fabric is gorgeous with it. Love it! Hope the market went well! x


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