I love love love the pretty details on this beautiful vintage vanity and thought long and hard about how I might accent them in a unique way.
I knew I wanted to brighten up the overall look with a lighter paint color and after much consideration eventually decided on Old Ochre Chalk Paint®.
I had a small jar of a pretty blue Chalk Paint® color that I had mixed up long ago that turned out to be just the accent color I had in mind for the carved details. Unfortunately the jar wasn't labeled, so I can't be certain but I think the mix was Aubusson Blue, Old White and Paris Grey.
I used a small brush to quickly paint the blue over the details and into the carvings, then immediately wiped it back with a baby wipe, exposing the Old Ochre on the raised edges. By applying a little more pressure with the baby wipe I was able to lightly distress the carvings as well, exposing the original wood and bringing out the details even further.
The distressed details on the leg carvings really added a whimsical element to the overall look, don't you think?
Always looking for an excuse to go fabric shopping, I painted a small sample board in Old Ochre and added some splotches of my custom mixed blue and set off to the fabric store for bench upholstery.
This unique and interesting fabric was nothing like what I had imagined for the vanity bench but when I saw it I just knew it was right! I think it has a real 1920's abstract Parisian boudoir feel to it which totally suits the style and era of the vanity.
The hardware was lovely and complete, so no replacement or alterations were needed.
Once painted and distressed, I sealed everything with Annie Sloan's clear wax and took this beauty out into the backyard for a photo shoot!
Unfortunately I don't know the history on this beautiful piece of furniture, but I love to dream up stories, so...
Let's just imagine this pretty vanity backstage on Broadway in the dressing room of a young starlet, where she sits at the end of opening night, surrounded by piles of pink roses... The very dressing table where generations of stage actresses before her had stopped to quickly reapply lipstick between scenes, practice a line or two in front of the mirror, or just sit down for a moment to enjoy the reality that their utmost dreams were coming true.
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