Monday, April 30, 2007

corner of my home : : vanity

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.



45 comments:

Natalie said...

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

rafael said...

yummy color

shelly d said...

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

rockbridge said...

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

Dawn said...

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.

KeanaLee said...

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

Veronique said...

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?

sunneshine said...

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

Scoutj said...

It looks great!

Sarah said...

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

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

Sarah said...

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

a blossom knits said...

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!

mle said...

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

Lisa said...

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

hege said...

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

Kara said...

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.

Beth said...

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

Kristin said...

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

Olga said...

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

Gigi said...

What a transformation. Good job!

kim said...

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

amoskin said...

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!

Knitting Mama said...

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

Alisha said...

That looks great!!!

TJ said...

I love it. It turned out beautifully!

tiennie said...

It looks so pretty - so romantic! Beautiful job!

Purlygirly said...

Oh! It came out so nice! Gorgeous!

Windy Knitty said...

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

Katy said...

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

opportunityknits said...

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

Sonya said...

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.

radioactive girl said...

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

Kodachrome said...

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...

lucy said...

Lovely! Love your jewerly on the side.

annie said...

What an amazing transformation. Beautiful!

nova said...

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

Kaet said...

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!

erin said...

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

carrie said...

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

jenna said...

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.

Stacey said...

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

TLCknits said...

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

Jess said...

Beautiful. I love your style.

AmyS said...

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

SpiderWomanKnits said...

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