Furniture Redo, Deco Style Dressing Table / Vanity Refinished

Hey guys!Kristine here. In case you don’t know me (don’t worry – I’ll forgive you 🙂 I write The Painted Hive blog and each month I share a fresh project of mine over here at Remodelaholic.I love a furniture makeover so today I thought I’d show you one of my most recent refurbs.Here’s a little sneak peak:

And here’s the before:
 I think it’s probably fair to say this old deco dressing table wasn’t gonna protest about getting a bit of a facelift. It came to me for the bargain price of $0 – really, the things people just throw away! It was complete with ugly bakelite handles, a glass shelf and two wing mirrors too, though I only remembered to take the ‘before’ pic after I already removed them – oops, classic me, like a bull at a gate!
Anyways, after a general clean, patch-up and light all over sand I replaced the central glass shelf with a piece of timber (just cause the glass didn’t seem quite right for the look I was going for) then primed and painted the whole thing black.
To add some distinction, and for a slight industrial edge, I stencilled on some simple numbers in pale buttery vanilla before distressing the whole piece (corners, edges and flat surfaces) by hand with a sanding block.
Next I sealed the whole thing with wipe-on poly before attaching some new nickel bin pulls.
The big tri-piece wing mirror is completely detachable so you can use it with:
or without:
I love the way some paint and a few unique little touches can give an old piece of furniture a completely new feel.

So from this:

to this:
I hope you enjoyed this makeover. There’s always something like this going on over at my blog so please feel free to stop by sometime. At the moment I’m re-doing my master bedroom with a whole heap of salvaged junk – oh, I mean treasure – I’m in the midst of sprucing-up.

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >I think this is superb! Love me some furniture makeovers. 🙂 Great detailing too. I'm a new follower of both Remodelaholic and the Painted Hive, and love all the inspiration.

  2. >You know I've always loved the vanities, but could never see them as anything else. I love this idea. It would work well just on a blank wall or as an entryway table. Too Cute! Thanks for opening my eyes!

  3. >I love it! I especially love the pulls. Also the option for the mirror. I like that the mirror can be one or three. Great piece!

  4. >kristine, i love this piece! i love the numbers, hardware, etc! it would be perfect as an entry piece and i think i like it better without the mirror. very nicely done!

  5. >Fabulous makeover! I love it without the mirrors and the styling you have given it but it does look good either way! 😉

  6. Did you use satin black spray paint? It doesn’t seem like it has a very glossy finish. I have a vanity almost identical to this and want to give it a similar finish. Did you poly it?