Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Vintage Vanity Makeover

Hello friends! It's been a few days since I last posted. I've been having computer issues but I think they are resolved. Anywho, I wanted to share a weekend find with you. The hubby and I got up Saturday morning and went to a couple of yard sales. I have been wanting to change out the nightstands in our room for a vanity on my side and a chest of drawers on his. And, of course, I was in the market for something thrifty! 

Well, we didn't find anything good at the first place we stopped. There are normally several vendors set up in the same area, but only 3 or 4 were set up that day. So, we drove through town and spotted another one and pulled in. The lady was selling things for $5 per bag full. I was thrilled since she had some great stuff. I bought two bags full of stuff which I will share soon. I immediately spotted this vanity and asked her how much it was. She said that it looked to her like it would fit in a bag, so $5! I was tickled pink...or should I say green since that's what color it was. Sorry I didn't get a before shot with all the drawers in but we had taken them out to load it and I was too lazy to put them back in for a pic!

Here she is on my old paint table. Lovely shade of green...right? 

Even more lovely that the green paint job was the green ivy leaves painted all over it. See it on the drawers! And, this piece was cruddy....I had my work cut out for me.

Some of the hardware was missing, but there was enough of the original handles to put back on the four large drawers. I left out the wide drawer in the middle since it doesn't fit right, and created knobs for the two small drawers. I had two of these glass look knobs left from a previous project. Problem is they wouldn't cover the original holes where the handles had been. Then I remembered these pretty metal pieces I had pulled off an old vintage lampshade before trashing it a couple years ago, I knew I would use them someday. The hubs drilled holes in the center of the metal pieces, along with a hole in the drawer front, and here is how it turned out with the glass knobs. I love them! The original hardware is really pretty too. I gave them all a coat of gold paint to brighten them up a bit.

Here is the after shot. I am not finished with the center space where I left the drawer out. I am thinking about lining it with some pretty gift wrap I have. I am not sure yet though. I had the stool in my craft room that was being used with the vanity turned sewing table last year. I moved it to my room and am using my vintage sewing chair at the sewing table now.

The hubby and I have plans to remodel our room but it is one of the last projects on our list. We will be putting in new flooring, a plank wall, a new light fixture, a sliding barn door, two board and batten walls, and bead board on the fourth wall. Until then, I am updating a bit here and there. I love that the new vanity fit just perfectly in this spot! As for the decor, I already had the large mirror above my old nightstand, but I added two other smaller, circular mirrors. I will look for more as I visit thrift stores and yard sales. I would like to have a couple more small ones. They are all different metallics.

 I have had the candle chandelier for years. I bought it at Yankee Candle Company.
I need to put new tea lights in it. 

My bedside lamp and a few other items are closest to the bed.

The other end holds my lotions, perfumes and some pretties. Lots of silver and crystal...:)

My Granny Willie Mae's vintage faux pearl necklace and another pearl necklace live in this sweet silver dish, along with a couple purse sized perfumes that came with my full size bottles. Gifts from my kids...:)

A couple vintage earrings sit beneath this little glass cloche.

Another recent addition to our room was a new 3 inch memory foam topper. It was recommended by Suzan from Simply Vintageous. I had been wanting to try one but finally made up my mind to do it after her good review and all the other good reviews on Amazon. I also finally put our new duvet cover on as well. I ordered it from Overstock last year and had never put it on the bed. I ordered new 700 thread count sheets too, so it feels like we are sleeping on a cloud now! 

I love the colors in the duvet....shades of grey, white, and a pale mustard yellow color. I have to buy two new pillows for the shams and they will go in the back behind the grey pillows. I have plans to make a headboard as well since we haven't had one since we downsized from a king to a queen a couple years ago.

I am loving the changes so far. It was definitely needed!

I'll leave you with a few random photos. I love these sweet little flowers. This was taken in the evening. The flowers close up every evening and open again in the morning. This is a wild violet. The leaves remind me of clover.

I came home from work the other day and it was raining. I had to take a picture of the raindrops on the pretty!

And, I just love this photo of one of my camellias. It was high up on the bush and when I went to snap the picture, I noticed the sun shining through the trees. I love it!

I will be back soon to share my other yard sale goodies. I hope your week is going well. 

Until next time....


  1. Love how your vanity turned out.. I bought a 3" gel memory foam topper a year ago or so and we love it too! Look forward to seeing all your finds. Have a great evening.

  2. Agh! I just tried to leave you a comment and my silly iPad froze up! I love your vanity ($5!?!) and your duvet is just beautiful. We put a foam topper on our bed too, huge difference. I love all your plans - I'm trying to talk Bruce into a barn door on our closet. :) Look forward to seeing the rest of your finds. Have a great rest of the week, Vicky. Hugs,

  3. Oh flowers, I'm so jealous. Everything here is so brown and dead looking. Great job on the vanity, so much more useful than an end table since you have the space for it. You and hubby have really done a wonderful job on your renovations.

  4. What a score to find the vanity. I like that you left out one of the drawers. I have been seeing that a lot on blogs where people insert a basket instead of a drawer.

    I think I might need to try the memory foam bed.

  5. I worked cleaning out the yard yesterday and found little touches of spring everywhere. Love the legs on the vanity and great transformation. Was it really just five bucks!?!

  6. Your vanity is so great...the vision you have and your creativity to carry it out constantly amazes me! Wonderful.

  7. Wow Vicky, I'm really amazed at your talent for transforming furniture! The vanity is gorgeous and you did a great job fixing it up! We have no signs of spring here! It is so cold with ice and snow. We are expected more snow today and over the weekend with very cold temps. Oh well! Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day and weekend.
    Hugs, Julie

  8. You made the $5 vanity shine my friend. I love your new duvet and how it just brightens ups your whole room. I love the sweet touches of this and that on your vanity and the mirrors look great! You have done a fabulous job!

  9. Isn't it nice to change things up a bit?! Your vanity and your room looks so nice and refreshed. I love your duvet and that His and Her's pillow...way cute! You still amaze me at how you can transform anything into something stunning! Nice job Vicky!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings and Hugs,

  10. OMG $5 for that whole vanity!? What a great deal! And it looks so pretty now! Can't wait to see what else you got from that sale!


  11. You did a wonderful job on the vanity! :)

  12. You are the queen of thrifting Vicky! Fabulous job and what a steal!!

    I have a weakness for vanities. I would have grabbed it too.

    When we bought the cabin we purchased the cheapest mattress we could find for the guest bedroom and added a topper. Everyone says it is so comfy. Truth be told we took it with us to florida. You never know when you might run into a quappy mattress. LOL

  13. Hello Vicky! How I LOVE your gorgeous vanity... That is, I love how you did it up - you are so gifted for making something old look so very beautiful! And your room is lovely...I think your duvet so pretty too!

    And I replied to your comment about the pattern on my blog, but I will also tell you the number of it here too! It is a New Look pattern and the number is 6892. Hope you enjoy making it! Hugs to you!

    P.S. I would love to know how to become a 'no reply' blogger... Would you perhaps be so kind as to tell me how?

    Love, Kelly

  14. That was an amazing deal for five bucks and it looks perfect in your bedroom with its fancy new makeover!! I am excited to see what other treasures you came away with from the five dollar sale. I suspect some really good ones. Some great photos too Vicky Happy Valentines Day xoxo

  15. Wow! GREAT deal on the vanity! And you have it looking very pretty! Hope you had a nice Valentines day. Happy Sunday!


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