corner of my home : : vanity

Monday, April 30, 2007

Oh, hey you! Glad you stopped by!
Just wanted to show you my newly painted vanity. Yes, I actually do sit here and put on my make up. It really is rather fun!
This piece of furniture was left in a house that my sisters lived in in college. Somehow I inherited it, and it sat in our basement for years. I finally realized that I had the perfect spot in our bedroom for it. That was three years ago! It took me three years to decide on a color! Can you believe that! The lamp on the left was given to me by the previous owners of our home. My husband doesn't like it, however, it is one of my favorites! I think it is pretty funky. I do wish it was something rather than gold, and started to paint it also. I quickly realized that was a terrible idea and tried to remove the paint, but could not get it all off. It will probably stay like this until I can figure out how to remove it.

The paint color is Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware. I LOVE this color. It truly changes from blue to grey to green, depending on the light. And again, the pulls are from Anthropologie. I am in love with them.
Two coats of paint and then a light sanding on the corners.
I also recovered the seat with a fabric which I found at JoAnn 's. They are having a huge sale on all of their decorating fabric. Pretty good deal. Guess who else loves this spot? You guessed it... Libby!
If you want to see a before picture I have one over on flickr. I really can't believe that I am posting it, but I always love to see before and after shots.



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45 comments

  1. I love it! I collect the milk glass that you are using for your odds and ends. It is the perfect combo!

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  2. rafael4/30/2007

    yummy color

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  3. Love love love it. I think I want my dresser back. :)

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  4. oooh I am in love with your vanity. The drawer pulls are lovely and what great natural light you have in that room!

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  5. Wow! what a transformation--that color makes all the difference. When I peeked over at the before, I couldn't believe that was the same piece. Please, don't tell me it is always that neat and tidy. And if it is. . . good for you! and if not. . . thank you.

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  6. Oh that looks amazing, How many man hours do you think you put into that?

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  7. I didn't realize what a great job you'd done until I looked at the before picture!! I bought some paint a while ago to use on my dresser, and your fantastic pictures have just motivated me :) Did you use any kind of primer? Did you sand it before painting?

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  8. That looks amazing!! I really like the lamp with the rubbed off white paint, too!! Isn't it fun when things really work!

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  9. Bravo, I think you will have started a vanity trend among your readers.

    I agree, those are the most beautiful knobs. Perfectly girlie.

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  10. I am lovin' the necklace holder you have on the wall. Another project you whipped up?

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  11. Do you know how similar that is to a vanity I used to have?? It's scary. I love what you've done to it!! How Shabby Chic!

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  12. It looks awesome! Good job! I know painting furniture can be tedious but the results are worth it!

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  13. wow, what a difference - it is so much more beautiful than the original brown.

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  14. It looks wonderful! Great job! I love the lamp, too, it's the perfect accent!

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  15. Oh my goodness, this feeling I am experiencing right now must be love! So cute. I think your alterations are spot on.

    And the lamp...perfect.

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  16. It's beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I also like the lamp. I bet you love sitting there now.

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  17. It is really lovely, the drawer pulls are fantastic. Good work!

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  18. Oh, wow. It's hard to believe it's the same dresser! The new drawer pulls are just divine.

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  19. What a transformation. Good job!

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  20. The vanity is fabulous! I'm glad you included a "before" picture. The transformation is incredible. I couldn't love the pulls more.

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  21. That is an amazing redo!!! It looks absolutely beautiful! I wasn't fond of the before but after is a perfect makeover. Your hard work and foresight really paid off!

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  22. It's gorgeous! And your hair looks lovely today too!

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  23. That looks great!!!

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  24. I love it. It turned out beautifully!

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  25. It looks so pretty - so romantic! Beautiful job!

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  26. Oh! It came out so nice! Gorgeous!

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  27. It turned out beautifully! I've always wanted a vanity--I'm totally jealous!

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  28. Wow--that is an amazing transformation! I do love the paint color--wish I had a Restoration Hardware nearby. Pout.

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  29. You did such a good job re-finishing it. It's now fabulous! I would feel pretty just sitting at this vanity :)

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  30. So, so beautiful! Thanks for the before photo - it is such a change. The paint, the distressing and the drawer pulls, such a wonderful combination.

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  31. It is amazing what a difference the paint and new pulls made!

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  32. Oh my gosh. This is just so pretty. I love it-- the pulls, the paint, and that lamp is gorgeous. You should be so proud of this. So sweet...

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  33. Lovely! Love your jewerly on the side.

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  34. What an amazing transformation. Beautiful!

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  35. what a difference some paint and sandpaper (and elbow grease!) can make. fabulous furniture!

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  36. i love everything about it! i also love that it has a little story behind it, like it was meant to be yours, as was the funky lamp. i also really like the milk glass that is housing your makeup! altogether, the whole effect is marvelous! good job! now, sit back and enjoy!

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  37. you knocked that one out! it is beautiful, leslie!

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  38. oh, i want one of these! so much more character than ikea stuff, you know?

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  39. Oh. my. goodness. I love love love love it. I'm glad you linked the before picture. You did an amazing job on refinishhing it and the whole vignette is lovely with the makeup brushed in the cups and the funky lamp. It's so chic.

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  40. you did a wonderful job!! the pulls are the perfect touch!

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  41. OUTSTANDING....That came out beautiful.. You accomplished what most professionals aspire to.. Congrats!

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  42. Beautiful. I love your style.

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  43. This is my first visit to your blog, and I have to say I am bowled over! You have so many talents. (Love the idea of cookie of the week, I may have to use that). But your rejuvenated vanity is absolutely fabulous. I need to do something about my dining room table and chairs, and you've inspired me and given me hope! LOL

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  44. Hi Leslie :-)

    I just picked up the coolest old desk and want to paint it. I remembered your post from way back and was wondering if you had to sand your desk/vanity first or if you primed it? I have never "refinished" furniture before. Any tips? The desk I have has been painted a few times already.

    Hope your summer is well.

    Best,
    Abi

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