Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's a girl thing

These vanities must have been popular here in the west. I see them from time to time, in various states of disrepair. Usually the drawer is missing, or the arms or both. Legs barely keeping upright.

This is the first I've seen with all its parts. The strange black stripes made me think of the burned edge furniture so popular in the 70s.

I dove into painting with my handy chalk paint but the stripes bled through. I did a couple coats then got out the primer. Now, this is the same primer that didn't keep the 'pink' from bleeding through my empire desk. I thought it could do this.

Really? Again? Can this primer cover anything?

See the lines coming through? They also felt "spongy" for lack of a better term, like they would never dry. I really want to tell you what brand this primer is so you can avoid it but I'm afraid some big corporation will swoop down on me with nefarious intent.

A Northwest paint company, Rodda, has a primer they promised would cover and seal anything. They were right! One more coat and I was good to go. 

It's a sweet little vanity. I don't know why someone burned scars into it.

Here it is now, the cute little thing. I considered adding lace curtains to the arms, but after seeing a few pictures on the internet, I decided the fabric would make my little vanity look dumpy.

It is heading to my booth this morning.

And then, just for fun - someday I'll get a camera with the sketch function. Meanwhile I'll go Old School with Photoshop.

Have a great weekend!
 Linking up to these creative folks
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  1. Daena, I love how the vanity turned out. Just curious, what are the arms for? I've never seen that before. Great transformation! Dee

  2. Beautiful job, Daena! The color you chose is so pretty and feminine! You won't have that in your booth very long! :)

    xoxo laurie

  3. Sweet vanity! I bet it sells very quickly!


  4. ooooo, this is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  5. The arms are for attaching a fabric skirt. I've seen some people buy elaborate prom dresses and use the skirt for the skirt on the vanity.

  6. I likey your vanity. They just make you feel so special when you are sitting at your own putting on your face - kind of like hollywood glam. I bet this doesn't stay in your booth for very long! great job! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!