Hello, hello! I am so excited to share with you all my latest refashioning project! But this project is not along my usual strand of fashionable remakes from the clothing department, but more geared towards the home-furnishings unit 🙂 Today I am bringing to you my refashioned vanity!
It all started with a Facebook post. A friend of ours advertised some furniture that they were giving away for free. Mom showed me a sweet, petite vanity from the collection of goods, and I immediately sprung for it. I had been discussing with Mom previously about my desire of being able to do my makeup in my own bedroom, as it can get quite crowded in our bathroom with three grown girls shifting and bending over counters, getting into drawers, constant “‘Scuse me’s” and “move!”s going on. Sigh. You get the picture 😉 Happily, Mom was the first to comment on the vanity, and it was ours!
I was determined to make this my own particular project, with only advice and wisdom coming from Mom and Dad, and as little hands-on assistance as possible. They were very obliging, and it was so fulfilling to be sanding down and spray painting my beautiful little vanity with just a dash of help, and no supervision 🙂
All in all, the project cost me right around $9-10! And if that’s not a steal, then I don’t know what is 🙂 Want to see the finished product below?
Besides a rather squeaky drawer (so everyone knows where Charlotte’s putting on her face 😉 ), and a few unnoticeable paint dribbles and bubbles here and there on the spray-paint job (#firsttimerprobs), I am so very happy with how it turned out!
One little dilemma that I came across was fitting it in my bedroom. I had two sewing cabinets, one with a sewing machine, the other purely for storage; in addition to a desk, nightstand, bookshelf, and bed. And then, somehow, I wanted to fit a vanity in there too. Yikes.
But! Our ever accommodative basement now holds my beautiful Singer Slant-o-Matic and old sewing cabinet. In replacement, I have my gorgeous new vanity and 1950s cedar hope chest residing quite attractively in my room. It looks much more bedroom-ish now too, instead of a creative haven that I slept in as it was before. 😉
Other than the shifting about of furniture, I came across another dilemma. Previously I had a monstrously huge, but gorgeous, vintage office chair. Seriously though, this thing was an absolute hulk. It was bit of a fight trying to get in and out of it, with its old wheels getting stuck in carpet indents, and its hefty weight making it quite the trap once you sit down 😉 This was the device that I used to sit down in to put on my makeup or sit at my desk, and it really wasn’t all that, how shall I put it… adequate? I was determined to find myself a new little stool that would function for both my vanity and desk, and I found the delightful specimen pictured above at IKEA (I can’t seem to find the link to it. Sorry!)! The vintage shape, color, and overall look of it was so perfect, and made for a nice addition to my already eclectic collection of furniture finishes and colors. I plan to cover the top eventually, but it serves it’s purpose very well indeed.
I hope you all have enjoyed this little peek into my first furniture-refashioning project! I came away from it quite satisfied, and very impressed with just how quick, easy, and fulfilling such a job is!
Have you ever refashioned furniture before?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer