March 24, 2010

Sweet vanity Before and After ...

This past week was perfect painting weather ... outside painting weather. The thermometer finally hovered in the 60 to 70 degree range for most of the week and out came the paint cans.

This was the first piece I sunk my teeth brushes into ... an old dressing vanity that was my husband's maternal Grandmother's ... passed down thru the generations. When my in-laws retired and moved, it was one of those things that was "up for grabs" ... I waited until after nobody seemed to be interested in it before laying claim ... and I've had it tucked away in our basement since.

 
My first thought was to leave the original paint ... it was a nice creamy mellow yellow color ... chippy around the edges ... but, after closer inspection, I noticed it had some staining and the paint was flaking rather bad ... so, I decided a face-lift would be in order ... and WOW am I happy with the results!!


My daughter helped me out by giving it a light sanding and a coat of primer ... that took care of all the stains and loose paint. A few coats of antique white paint and a faux linen look applied to the drawer insets in a very pale gray ... I left the hardware original, I love the contrast between the light and dark. I heavily distressed the new paint to allow the original 'mellow yellow' paint to peek thru and the natural dark wood. This is just the sweetest vanity ... it has a cool beveled mirror tucked into the center make-up drawer, lots of little cubbies inside {for gloves,maybe?}, and even a secret hidden drawer for hiding love letters.

**This is a repost ... but one of my FAVORITE DIYs ... I wanted to share for my first link up to: Make it For Monday at Cottage Instincts ... make sure you visit ALL of the other fabulous links!!

 




43 comments:

  1. I adore swinging open the shed doors for daylight and fresh air ...even latex starts to get to yur' head!!


    beautiful colors

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  2. Simply gorge!!!!!!! Will we be seeing this at the barn sale?
    hugs
    B~

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  3. Yup! This is going to be a 'for sale' piece ; )

    xoxo ~j

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  4. What a great makeover! Love it!! Great color choices!

    Polly

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  5. The dresser turned out lovely. I really like the gray contrast and the dark hardware. So pretty. Are you going to show us how it looks in your room? You know how nosey we are! LOL

    hugs
    Sissie

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  6. Gorgeous ~ I really have to pull up my big girl boots and jump into a job like this. It came out absolutely lovely. I so wished I lived closer.

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  7. That desk is beautiful. Wish I was closer. Love Your Blog!!

    Happy Spring,
    Nancy

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  8. Hi Jill:
    LOVE what you did with the vanity! It's breathtaking now. Enjoy!
    xoxo
    Donna

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  9. Great makeover of this olden piece. Can't believe you will be selling such a family treasure...we don't have room for them all, tho!! :)
    You did an excellent job on it!

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  10. Pure perfection!! Happy White Wednesday.

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  11. Amazing what paint and some elbow grease will do for a piece. Love how you disressed it! Don't know if I could sell that, just so pretty!
    Have a great WW
    love ya,
    Debra

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  12. You did a great job on that beautiful dressing vanity, Jill! It's so lovely shaped and has such pretty details.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  13. Very cool piece, never seen a mirror in a drawer like that. I'm heading to the Round Top area next week, before it's all gone!

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  14. Wow Jill, that is absolutely amazing. I have a piece in my garage that has been waiting for the weather to cooperate so I can paint it - you've given me lots of useful information. Thanks a bunch!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  15. Those kids of ours sure come in handy from time to time! Great makeover, looks so much better.
    Take care, Sue

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  16. The job you did on it is beautiful. And the fact you left the old hardware on it is even better Thanks for shareing, Have a good day.............. Julian

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  17. wow, it is adorable! i really love the result of your work :)

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  18. Dee-White-Full! What a darling piece of furniture! ...another job well done!

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  19. Stunning!!!! I would love to have a piece like that!

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  20. I LOVE what you've done to this piece! Gorgeous!

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  21. What a great piece. I love how you refinished it. Now we need to see pictures of where you put it:)
    ~Debra
    Blog:Capers of the vintage vixens

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  22. Very nice... very nice indeed :) I hope your week has been good.

    Smiles,
    Sheila

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  23. Beautiful Vanity. I don't know if it is so, but things seem so much more relaxed in past times. Just having a vanity to sit and get ready for the day.

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  24. What a sweet piece...perfect lines for painting and even better that it was in the family! It will be a great heirloom!
    Rene'

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  25. What a difference the paint made and I like the contrast of the original hardware with the new paint...and the subtlety of the grey inserts too.
    Found you at White Wednesday.

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  26. this piece of furniture is a dandy. you will enjoy this for a long time.Bestest,Denise

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  27. What an interesting piece and I really like the gray on it.

    karen

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  28. Great job on that! It turned out just wonderful. Y'all should be very proud of yourselves!

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  29. What a wonderful makeover!!! It looks great!
    Blessings... Daphne

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  30. The dresser turned out great! It's always hard deciding, "to paint or not to paint". You made a great choice.

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  31. Jill it turned out just gorgeous! So sweet that your daughter could help you out. You are a lucky mommy.
    hugs

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  32. Jill amor, your desk/vanity came out just beautiful, you have such a great eye for finding beautiful pieces and them making them even more gorgeous! besos, Rose

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  33. Wow! You did a wonderful job of painting and very tasteful. Just the right amount of contrasting paint & roughing up the edges!

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  34. beautiful! love the colors you chose!

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  35. To die for. A friend of mine and I just did an old dresser very similar in a beachy sea foam green. xox C

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  36. wow - a definate oooh ahhh make over! great job, it's beautiful.

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  37. Great make-over and a lot of elbow grease.
    The final result is gorgous. wish it were mine!
    great blog, too
    fondly
    rita

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  38. Hi - My first visit here via June's site. Nice results on your furniture piece. I have refinished many a furniture treasure in my day but can't seem to find time for that job anymore. Just shy of my husband's mom's tea cart too!

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  39. Jill it's euro chic BEAUTIFUL, what can I say other then "YOU ROCK YOUR GYPSY SOUL"

    I'll be back to drool some more on your fresh paint job :)

    xx DORE

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  40. Oh, I think I am in Love. Your vanity is beautiful. I especially love you patients in geeting it. I also love the soft grey in the front and the dark hardware. I want to see where you put it.

    Hugs
    come visit
    cindy@stitches

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  41. This is absolutey stunning. I love the contrast of the two colors and the distressed warmth from underneath. I am your newest follower. So glad I stopped by.

    Melanie @ The Frosted Gardner

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  42. wow.that is so completely beautiful!!

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