Several months before my bathroom remodel, I began looking for an old buffet, dresser, or something to repurpose as a vanity. Many impromptu stops at garage sales, junk stores and flea markets that threatened to give me fleas, was leaving me empty handed and frustrated. Hubby was not so sure about this idea, but I am one of those people that once I get an idea in my head I can’t easily discard it and start over; so the treasure hunt continued.
While visiting my daughter & son in-law, I shared my dilemma. They were sure they could help me find something having many “junk” shops in their town. After visiting several businesses and about ready to give up, we saw another shop. We looked and looked and finally found the perfect piece. When I showed it to the guys it was kind of hard to read their responses. They questioned, “THIS is what you want? Really?”, and “Are you sure you want THAT?” Once I convinced them that, “Yes, this is what I wanted.”, they willingly loaded it while I paid the cashier. The old dresser came as a package deal; three pieces for the price of one. Isn’t it a beauty?!
Okay, okay…my husband wasn’t seeing it either.
We got it home, unloaded into the garage where it sat for a few months. Like I said, I wanted the dresser to convert to a vanity. Not the bravest when it comes to paint and different techniques, it took awhile before I had the courage to begin. Once I started, the project was quickly finished and waiting for the carpenters to finish the bathroom.
Gone are the gold handles and the red velveteen; the old has been made new. Plus, I think the distressed paint brings out the detail. I love how it looks!
I did not use the mirror in the bathroom, because I wanted a wider mirror above the vanity. However, I did put it to good use. To give it a face lift, I again got rid of the red velveteen, and then spray painted it. I chose watermelon pink, and then aged it with a dark stain. This gives a wow factor in my daughter’s pale pink bedroom. I think she (and other guests) will enjoy the large mirror above the old writing desk that can be used as a dressing table. Again, the old was made new.
I still have the bed headboard in the garage. I’ve thought of several things that could be done with it, but no decisions have been made yet. Do you have any ideas?
You may not have an old piece needing to be made new, but what about you? How can you be renewed and transformed today?