Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Before & After: Little Girl's Vanity

I'm finally posting again! Since I've been on a long vaca, thanx to this nasty sinus infection & freakish cold weather, I've been slow to post. But I'm back now! So down to business already.
Remember this image I posted before?
It was my inspiration pic for changing this vanity. I pulled it out of my garage. It used to be in my little girl's room before we moved. Due to lack of room it got shafted.

Dusty as heck from sitting out in the garage so long and let's just go ahead and add it's 1 year stint in storage.
While being moved it wasn't treated so well. Part of the molding came off the top. Smh. There are always "casualties" when moving.
So after the usual prepping (sanding, wiping down, etc) I brought it into my kitchen for a fresh coat of paint. It has been way to cold out to paint. That cold has been slowing down progress around here. Anywho I had a half gallon of paint left from painting a bathroom. Here she is in a all her naked glory. The color is called Peppermint Vinca. I love it!!
After 2-3 coats of paint next are the stripes. I found out quickly that measuring the width would prove tedious + time consuming. I decided to use my finger to determine the width of the stripes. Worked fine for me!
3 days later...I know sad huh? I kept skipping out and doing other things. But she was all taped up and ready to go.
Instead of buying a darker paint I decided to take the rest of the left over paint and mix it with darker turquoise .88 cent craft paint I bought at Waldy World, I also used a little black paint I had on hand for added greyness.

After knocking over the little cup of paint (as I always do) I poured a little paint on an old plastic plate. I actually didn't need much paint to paint the stripes. Just what was on the plate.

Damn cheap tape screwed me. Actually I screwed myself. I didn't smooth the tape down again after letting it sit so long. But definitely never use cheap painters tape. It left blue sticky residue on my stool :o( See how clean cut the stripe is at first? Then came the nastiness. Ughh.

How pretty right? Uhm not so much. I though maybe later I would go back and clean it up some. But I figured oh well, lesson learned. NO CHEAP PAINTERS TAPE. EVER!

Though I tell you what. From faaaaar away you can't tell. And that makes me happy.


I ordered a knob ($1) off of eBay to go on the vanity. I'm just twiddling my thumbs waiting for it to come in now. I also bought the ring pull knobs (set of 20 for $15.99 after shipping) for my desk and dresser.



As you can see I wasn't happy with a bald faced drawer. I painted some little leaves that looked like the leaves on the trifold mirror. Now I'm a happy girl again. Only thing left to do is poly-wipe this baby. Glossy or satin? I'm thinking glossy! I'm waiting until I finish my desk and dresser to decide on glossy or not. But glossy is where my heart is right now.
I decided on putting a pillow on the stool. I used a pillow that came with the comforter set on my bed. I sewed the middle in so it can look tufted. Then sewed on some string bought for .79c @ Hancock Fabric and we now had a comfy butt hugger. I wish I would've laced it further down the leg of the stool. I wanted more of a ballerina slipper look, maybe the next chairs I do.


Here is a couple other views. I think it fits perfect with my room.

Now just some paint on my walls and I'm in business. My room is definitely almost done! Now to conquer the world....bwah hahahahahah (in evil laugh)
I am linking up @ The Single Nester, Frugalicious Friday, The Shabby Chic Cottage , Finding Fabulous, Poppies at Play, The Inspired Room, My Romantic Home, Miss Mustard Seed, & Tales From Bloggaritaville check out their blogs for nifty ideas and link up too! Thanks Symone's Mommy for the link up list!

27 comments:

Fawn@Party of Five said...

Super cute! Love the stripes!

Dayka said...

I don't know how I missed this, but I'm glad your back. I like the stripes too!

And you hit the nail on the head--some stuff is really for inspiration ONLY. People can "ooh" and "awe", but real life has a way of making design realistic (in my humble opinion, of course!).

Kwana said...

What a wonderful job you did!

Miss Obara said...

That is really pretty! The bright pieces on top really add to it. Love the pillow. Great job!

Andy Porter said...

It looks wonderful! I love the stripes and the hardware is a perfect fit! Thanks for linking to Poppies @ Play

Low Tide High Style said...

So pretty, love the color and the hardware!

Kat :)

Treasia Stepp said...

It's turned out so cute. I love the new vanity.

The American Homemaker said...

Oooo... I love it :) That's a great makeover project! I need to do something like that for my vanity.

Magic Brush said...

You may already know this... but if you use painter's tape (which won't leave a residue, but can bleed), if you first paint the stripe with your exact base color... your bleeds will be tone on tone and won't show. Then don't pull your tape off... just paint your stripe color on top of it.

Looks great!

Teresa said...

Beautiful- just perfect for a little girl...for that matter a grown up girl too =)
Happy day

Linda said...

Now that's one SWEET little vanity! Hope you have a FUN weekend!

Blessings,
Linda

Christina said...

Very Cute! It turned out great!

Sheila said...

Turned out great, and your mirror and vanity items look stunning on it. Oh i have to say i loved your stripped socks too.

::cottage instincts:: said...

Wowsers! What a presto-chango. Lovin' those aqua stripes...perfection.

Feel free to link up to Make it for Monday sometime...would love to have you :)

Desiree said...

It's really pretty! The cushion really adds alot. Good job!

Tamstyles said...

you did a wonderful job. i have not tried stripes yet! way to go...

thelennoxx said...

Wowsa, what a great comeback! Love the stripes and the leaves. And the silver cushion really pulled it all together. Hope you post a pic when you get the knobs on!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks so cute! I know the frustration of blue tape. There's a newer product called Frog Tape that will not let you down. A crisp line every time. I bet your little princess loves it.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

GORGEOUS!!! And the mirror- for a princess!
Sorry I am so late. As it ended up, we did have a (6 hour) 2AM-8Am stint in the ER with my son. Praise God, all is ok. But,it's taken me some time to recover from being up all night. Alas, I am late in getting around to everyone this week. My apologies.
Sincere thanks for linking up to Tales from Bloggeritville Thrifty Thursday!

HUGS,
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Symone's Mommy said...

OMG! Girl, you did that! Love the subtle turquoise stripes. That is beautiful! I might steal that for Symone's desk.

christi said...

omg, love this little vanity! nice job!

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

Loving the stripes! You did an awesome job!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

I love how you attached that pillow and made it look tufted!

Kelly

Mrs. Chic said...

This is every girls (and us big girls too) dream!! The stripes really look amazing

Brooke said...

U should teach a class. Wonderfully done....

Rachel said...

You did a great job! I love that stencil on the drawer front.
Looks fit for a little princess!!

abby @ tales and trials said...

Love your little vanity! Especially the stripes. :)