Friday, 23 May 2014

Vintage Dressing Table Project

I've had a dream of sitting in front of a vintage dressing table, brushing my Veronica Lake like locks whilst wearing a peignoir.  Now, I may have to work on the hair and I don't own anything as fancy as a peignoir, but I now have the vintage dressing table!

In our local council run recycling centre, where to be honest we've sourced most things to furnish our house, I came across this little dressing table.  A little shabby looking, with a huge mirror, but it was just £10.  Perhaps some magic could restore this to something glorious?  I consulted my personal furniture restoration expert (the other half!) and he was enthusiastic that something could be done.  The mirror would need replacing, and I also found an art deco mirror in the same shop for £15.  It gets even better, because they did a deal for me, so I got the two items for £20!

The bedroom where the dressing table was to go already has some pine chest of drawers in, so I didn't want the new piece of furniture to dominate the room - a decision was made to paint it white.  I know it's a shame to paint wood sometimes (there's nothing like the feel of lovingly waxed and polished quality timber - see my previous post about the dining room table restoration we undertook last year) but it just wouldn't have worked in its new setting.

Vintage Dressing Table Project


First of all, the varnish had to be stripped off.  The electric sander somehow melted the varnish onto the sanding belt and several hours were spent picking bits out of the machinery so that it would work again.  In the end, elbow grease and some pieces of broken glass proved the most effective at stripping the varnish off.  I have to confess here that I didn't do most of the work - my Baby decided he'd restore for me as part of my birthday present, and he spent days and days on it!

Vintage Dressing Table Project

After the varnish was stripped off, it was sanded, and a primer applied, before two coats of paint.  It turned out that the art deco mirror I'd bought was too short, so that will go elsewhere, and I fortunately remembered I had another mirror tucked away somewhere, so I dug that out of storage and gave it a coat of paint to match the dressing table.  My Baby then fixed it to the table, and I lined the drawers in some art deco style wrapping paper that I'd picked up after Christmas.  I also had a stool, that was pine with a sage green top.  We stripped and painted that also, and then I recovered it using some tiny black and white houndstooth fabric from my stash, with the assistance of a staple gun.

Vintage Dressing Table Project

Vintage Dressing Table Project

Vintage Dressing Table Project

What do you think?  I'm over the moon with it!  Have you tried any furniture restoration?  What do you think about painting old furniture, do you like it or prefer it without paint?

Vintage Dressing Table Project

34 comments:

  1. Aaw, it looks so pretty and I think it's better when it's painted. The paint doesn't make it look any less like vintage.
    I live in such a small apartment I could never fit anything like that here, but maybe someday when I move into a bigger place I'll buy some nice furniture as well. :)

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    1. I longed for one for YEARS in rented accommodation. Your day will come!! x

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  2. Vanity.table looks divine!
    One day (I keep repeating this, as a mantra) when I get a house of my own - I, too will own such a table.

    Hug
    Marija

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    1. Keep holding onto the dream Maja!! x

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  3. oh wow, hoping mine turns out as well as this :) I'm looking for a stool to go with mine now, Newport has some great charity shops so it shouldn't take long x

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    1. Good luck in your hunt!! I'm sure it won't be long x

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  4. That is beautiful! And I love the new mirror with it, too. You're so lucky to have found it for such a great price!

    Cheers,
    Jenny

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    1. It might not just be luck, but HOURS of my time trawling these bloomin' shops, hoping to find a gem! Paid off eventually!! x

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  5. It looks super!! What a great project, even with a few hitches, I bet it's very satisfying to enjoy it now, you've made it truly yours! I wish we had a local recycling centre, I keep meaning to head down to my local auction house, i fancy a project for the summer!

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    1. Ooo now that's an idea, I haven't been to our local auction house yet. Will have to go there, it sounds amazing, and the whole bidding thing is really exciting!! x

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  6. Ooh, that looks really fabulous, your chap has done a marvelous job!!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, he'll love to hear people's comments! x

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  7. Its amazing! Good job! I have some serious projects to be getting on with & will tackle them in the Summer Hols as never enough hours in the day atm! xx

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    1. I know what you mean Andrea, where does time go?! x

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  8. I much prefer it with the paint - matches my own white, vintage-y dressing table... but mine was bought new whereas yours is bespoke and far more authentic! I unfortunately happened upon mine in an episode of The Only Way is Essex and I've never loved it quite as much since... No such fear with yours! I'm always too worried about ruining things to restore them, but maybe it's not that difficult... CC x

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    1. Oh this made me laugh out loud!!! x

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  9. I must confess, I'm a no-paint person - but it's not an irreversible process, it's not like you've cut the legs off or anything! And what a gift of time and love it was for him to put all that work in for you, it must make you want to hug him every time you look at it.

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  10. It's absolutely lovely! Most things I find usually needs some kind of help, I like to help it with paint.

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    1. I think it certainly helps freshen up things sometimes x

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  11. this is a beautiful vanity. i'm not a 'white' person if it comes to furniture but it looks great. well done.

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    1. Thanks lovely, all credit to the other half!! x

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  12. It's a lovely piece but I must admit I really don't like painted furniture, I prefer to see the beauty of the wood.

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    1. I hear you Melanie, I love natural wood that's beautifully finished. Alas it wouldn't have been right for the space this time x

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  13. Wow! I's a real wonder! Love the color white for the furniture, they look more neat and beautiful .... it's a shame to me that you live so far away ....

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    1. Aw Rosy, maybe we should have an INTERNATIONAL blogger meet up?! x

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  14. OMG, what a lucky find! You did great with the restoration. I love how it looked with the white paint and if you´re to ask me, I want it both varnished or painted. :)

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

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  15. I absolutely love a good upcycling project, provided that it looks good in the end it is always such a great sense of achievement!
    This looks fantastic! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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    1. Aw thanks Leanne! It's a hard slog though, eh? x

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  16. I love it! I can to see your finished project! And the mirror, top! What an incredible bargain!

    Jenni

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    1. We were really lucky! Good timing x

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  17. Duh! It hadn't loaded on my screen when I first commented. Then I commented and I scrolled up and there was the finished project! It looks so so so good! He did a great job! I would love to get ready in front of that mirror!

    Jenni

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  18. How beautiful!! I love what you've done!!

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