Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vintage Vanity Makeover

I recently found a vanity in a store that was going out of business.  It was in pieces.  I knew that was not going to be a problem since my husband, who is the furniture restorer in our household, would take it apart anyway to secure and redo it. 

The mirrors were off and the shelf in the middle was very insecure.  I debated either restoring it back to a stain or painting it.  I thought about painting it a bright color or in pastels.  Trying to imagine how it could be used, I finally said "It has to be white with some rubbed off edges to show it had some wear over time".

                           One of the reasons I loved this piece of furniture is the fact that it had
                                              folded mirrors that looked like angel wings.

Also, the back of the mirror said 1929 which was probably the year it was manufactured.

We had to replace the hinges with new ones but was able to keep the original one on top.
I can only imagine what a lady would hide away in this cute box......

........gloves, trinkets, love notes ???........

After much debate, we decided to paint the original knobs instead of replacing them with reproduction or other vintage knobs.   See the detail on the outside legs.  Love that added touch.

 I was happy with the way this makeover turned out.  How about you?

This vanity is for sale in my "Victorian At Heart" space #4749  at
Mill Creek Antique Mall,  Bakersfield, CA

Have fun finding treasures !