A Sexy Vanity

Again I took “before” pictures… I’m on a roll!!! But the difference between the before and after in the pictures is so slight I almost didn’t post this!



Ok.. so in these picture’s she doesn’t look so bad.. and truthfully she’s not too bad off, but she was spray painted flat white and I’m just not having any of that! She also is having some veneer problems with the top and the front where the the applique is… she was showing her age the poor girl…

So I fixed the top veneer issues with some Gorilla Glue and clamps. I had to remove the front applique and the veneer under it in order to properly “fix” the veneer problem there. After sanding the wood, that was under the veneer I removed, I reattached the applique with wood glue and the original nails… worked like a charm! Hey, I think I’m getting the hang of this !

I also removed the paint off of the handles by soaking them overnight in a mixture of Ammonia and water. I then sprayed them in high gloss black.. super cute!

I painted (by hand, not spray!) the entire piece in a very light grey (paint is called Cabinet Coat by INSLX) and finished her off with an application of a black glaze in order to show off all of her details!! Check out my post on “A Delicious Buffet” for details on the paint, it’s a good read if I do say so myself..

Ok.. so here she is… Ta Dah! It’s a little anti-climatic isn’t it..?

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Can you see the difference that the color and glaze make? Or does it look the same to you?

She REALLY is much prettier I promise you… and she feels like a dream!


Just check out those LEGS!!!


I love the appliques and beadwork… did I mention I have NOWHERE to put her!


Love the sexy curves on this piece… is she the “Beyoncé” of vanities… maybe?

OK, so are you digging her…. is she gorgeous or what? Or are you thinking “why did you bother painting her, she looks the same?” I HOPE you are not thinking that.. if so my pictures suck ‘cause she looks a million times better! It’s like taking off some nasty 1980’s lounge wear and putting on a 2012 LBD (that’s Little Black Dress ya’ll Winking smile)…

Let me know anyway….. I can take the feedback, I think…

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A Delicious Buffet

Good news! I remembered to take “before” photos! Lots of them! Lucky you huh?


Super great buffet with lots of detail and sexy legs…


The photos make it look like it was in better shape than it was…

Don’t get mad that I painted it please… It really had a lot of scratches and the finish was extremely brittle, it could have been used as it was, it was gorgeous, but I knew it could be oh so much better…

I sanded the top to the bare wood (yup, no stripping, I told you I hate to use stripper )


Can you see how gorgeous the top WILL be? Oh, I can!


It’s a little dusty but well on it’s way! Just look at that grain!

For the cabinet part of the buffet I first cleaned it really good with a mixture of TSP and water to remove any dirt or residue. Then I used a paint that my local Benjamin Moore dealer (Virginia Paint) carries called Cabinet Coat. Can I just take a moment to tell you how MUCH I love this paint?! I used it for the first time about 3 years ago when I painted my kitchen cabinets. This paint holds up like a CHAMP, no chips, scratches etc. It dries SUPER fast and has some magical (yup…that’s my word for it) properties that makes it even out when you paint with it. It gets even better ya’ll…it DOES NOT require a primer.. What?!!! The only “problem” with this paint is that it can only be tinted in light to pastel colors.. so no dark colors for this paint! I went with a very light grey for this piece and I used a dark glaze over the paint in order for all of those yummy details to really POP!

So after much of my BLAH.. BLAH.. BLAHING… Here she it in all her purdiness!


Can you see how he glaze brought out all of those details?


The knobs are the originals, with the original finish and they are great!

I stained the top with Special Walnut by Minwax and applied two coats of wax as a protectant…

Wait for this shot of the top, OMG it is so darn GORGEOUS!


I think you need to see a shot from the other side because of this crazy gorgeous grain!


Do you see how that grain is now a show stopper?


I just love this buffet and I was sad to see her go, but she was promised to another.. such a sad love story for me…but a happy ending for her new owner who is thrilled to have her and thinks she is gorgeous!
I want to take a second to send a special shout out to my client Stacy who trusted me enough to buy this buffet sight unseen (ok, so maybe she had a cell phone picture…) and then pretty much let me do what I wanted to the piece! Thank goodness she loves it! Whew!!

What do you think? After seeing the “after” photo’s are you still upset that I painted her… ‘cause she looks very happy to me?!

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The Lovely Linen Press

Yeah!! I Have a “before” picture! I’m taking these “Before” shots with my cell phone so the quality is as good as it gets, but at least I am stopping long enough to take a photo! I don’t know why I cannot get my act together and go get the camera but I just can’t seem to do it!!

Before… some (very little) missing veneer, BEAUTIFUL (Shifty) gold knobs from when… maybe the 70’s…clearly replacement knobs..

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Also, if you look really closely you can see where the original appliques were removed..

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Check out the FABULOUS drawers inside! Just love them!!


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This one looks pretty easy and it would have been if I wasn’t so stubborn!

I filled all of the missing veneer with putty, added new appliques to the front panels and then I painted all of those areas flat black…. I knew I wanted to heavily distress this piece and wanted the undercoat that showed through to all be black. Of course I removed the old knobs.. and saved them.. why? I don’t know but I did… and then this is where it all went wrong… painfully….ridiculously….wrong!!

I had removed the doors, to attach the appliques, and I had a VERY hard time getting the screws out. They were old and some were stripped so I decided I would just replace the hinges.. no biggie right? WRONG!!! Let my little lesson save someone else… I found hinges that were similar in size but the holes didn’t line up (oh yeah, don’t want to forget to tell you they were $14 a pair.. seriously!) So I filled the old holes using a combination of glue, skewers and filler, let them dry and then drilled new holes… ok so at this point I was happy to be moving forward, the hinges went on nicely, but it was very difficult to hang the doors and drill new hinge holes by myself… but I did it.. door one on and aligned great! Door two on and aligned great! Now this is where I ALMOST lost it… I went to shut the doors and they would NOT shut together.. see the new hinges were just ever so slightly THICKER than the old hinges.. BUYER BEWARE… I didn’t have ANY idea that could be an issue but clearly it is! I couldn’t use the old hinges because they were bent from me trying to remove them…. So onto plan “C” (sometime you have to have several plans)…

I went to Lowe’s and purchased these great decorative hinges that mount on the front of the cabinet, each one holds 12 pounds and they were the answer to my dilemma! HOWEVER, in order to use them I had to fill all the screw holes and rebuild the cutouts where the hinges were. While that is not a big deal, it does take a long time for everything to dry and then I had to break out the black paint again… ARGH!!!

I hope at this point you don’t “feel” my pain but you can understand how frustrated I was… Next time I will lay the dresser on it’s back and attach the applique’s that way!! See there is always a lesson in every mistake ‘cause I can GUARANTEE you that I will not be making this mistake again! And if I do I will not admit it Winking smile

NOW… I was ready for the paint. I painted the cabinet in Versailles, another Annie Sloan chalk paint color, and what I think it is a very pretty green. The interior drawer fronts were painted with clay paint by CeCe Caldwell’s, in Smokey Mountain, a beautiful blue! After distressing, everything was waxed and buffed! I added some great lion’s head drawer pulls that I had painted metallic silver… just love them!

So here she is…


A close up on the new wood appliques and the awesome lions head pulls…


An inside peek at the drawers.. I could not get the color in the picture to come out right for some reason the cabinet looks faded and the drawers too blue.. the color is more like the picture above!


So what do you think? Where or how would you use this piece if it was yours? Click on the little comment bubble below to leave a comment…

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