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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  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?