Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vintage Vanity Ready for the Faire!

I just love vanities.  What an elegant, feminine piece of furniture.  They are for sure one of my favorite things to paint...and are almost just as much fun to accessorize, stage and photograph!

This vanity was purchased from a friend.  It was her grandmothers and although she would have liked to have kept it, she didn't have the room for it.  I was thrilled when she called me asking if I would like to buy it from her before she listed it on Craigslist.  Competition on Craigslist is fierce these days, so I always appreciate a head's up from a friend when a special piece is about to become available!
There was no bench to go with this particular vanity, but shortly after I brought it home I found this darling little piano stool!  At first they seemed an unlikely pair but painting them really pulled the look together.  This pale lavender is a Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan mix of Paloma and Old White...I didn't measure but I would estimate 1 part Paloma to 2 parts Old White.
The body of the vanity was done in Old White and I accented some of the details in my custom lavender color, tying it together with the lavender stool.
After some light distressing, I used Annie's clear and dark waxes to give my paint finish a polished, professional look and feel.
The hardware was also painted with Old White, distressed and waxed.  I am so pleased with how it turned out.
 More often than not I will leave vintage hardware alone, but these pulls were just too dark against the creamy white drawer fronts.  Painting them with Chalk Paint® was really the way to go!
I completely covered the insides of all three drawers in pages from a vintage hymnal.  It was a fun little project and I just love the special touch and added charm!
This pretty vanity is all ready to go to the Vintage Street Faire in downtown Camas on Saturday!  It's sure to be a lovely day for treasure hunting!  If you're in the area, please come by!  I will be doing a Chalk Paint® demo at my booth during the event!  We will also be taking reservations for the next Chalk Paint® Workshop at Camas Antiques, scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm!
Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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  1. Marvelous!
    This dressing table got the beautiful new life :)
    Have a good day !

  2. You must have been over the moon when you were offered this. It really was a beautiful piece beforehand, but painted it is stunning. Your work is so beautiful, I always can't wait to see what you've been doing when one of your posts come up on Bloglovin'

  3. Wow that is beautiful. I have a thing for vanities, I would love to have this in my bedroom, it's gorgeous.

  4. Oh I just love coming by here - you do the most amazing work - really - this is just beautiful!!!

  5. What amazing pieces. It is all just gorgeous and you did a wonderful job-xo Diana

  6. Wow, you were lucky to get this piece and it was lucky to fall into your hands. What a beautiful, new life you have given it. Someone will be fortunate to bring that into their home.

  7. When I was a little girl,I dreamed of having a vanity. Yours is gorgeous. I'm all grown up now...I should get myself one and paint it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Found you through French Country Cottage! Love what you've done to this dressing table and stool. You're very talented. I'm going to look at the rest of your blog as it all looks fascinating! :-)

  9. I love your vanity! I actually ooh-ed out loud it's that pretty!! Have a wonderful week. Love, Jamie

  10. It's beautiful! And I love the piano bench with it! ~Zuni

  11. It's beautiful! And I love the piano bench with it! ~Zuni

  12. Amanda,
    This piece is a beautiful vanity! I have some questions I would like to ask you about pieces I have and painting them. If you have some time, would mind contacting me through email? I am not sure if these pieces are worth putting the time into. Thanks so much.

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