Tuesday, February 15, 2011

~ And then there were two ~

Years ago my mother in law gave us an antique vanity.  I was so excited when she gave it to us however I really never got to use it. Our bedroom is so small we just never had the room so it sat in our basement waiting for me to figure out what to do with it.  Fast forward to the present.. I have spent several weeks searching thrift stores and craigslist for nightstands. Finally like an answer from above I came across a post on Miss Mustard Seed about furniture painting and refinishing and wouldn't you know it there was a picture of two end tables made from a vanity. What a great idea !! I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get started.  So this past weekend with the help of Mr. MVB we were able to turn the vanity into nightstands for our bedroom.  I am so excited to show you how they turned out.
   This is what the vanity looked like before

I tried to remove the middle piece myself but this thing wouldn’t budge ~ Mr. MVB to the rescue, he was able to remove the middle piece in no time

 I had to add some wood putty to the sides where the demo took place and once the putty dried I used a palm sander and made sure everything blended. 
Now for the grey primer ~ for some reason this is always my favorite part when I have to paint something, I don’t know why but I love the blue grey color of primer

Next step was to apply two coats of Country white paint ~ once everything dried I took sand paper to the edges to get the worn chippy look.. and this is what they look like now

Here is a close up of the front ~ I love all the small details

So what do you think .. pretty cute? 

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  1. Beautiful and unique! I love the detailing and the country look. I'm bookmarking all this for when our expansion is complete. :-)

  2. Fabulous! Would have never known the origin of those tables. Love it.

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for stopping by homeroad. I would love to reply to your comment but you will need to change your settings from "no-reply". If you want to do this you can go to my site and check the "comments" tab... The House of Smiths gives you instructions.
    Meanwhile.. I love your site! Your lamp is beautiful. I'm your newest follower.

  4. That is so stinkin adorable! I have never seen that done before, so I am going to store that in my mind for a future project. :)
    Yours looks great! Love it!

  5. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! I love these! We did this with a desk for our nightstands, but it didnt have near the charater as your beautiful piece. You did a beautiful job!

  6. I think they look outstanding...love the color you went with. I painted a pair of these a few years ago for my shop and they sold really fast.


  7. What a great idea! Love it! Thanks for a great idea, I have three of these old vanities, so I think I'll try doing this.

  8. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! Love your blog. You have such great ideas. I absolutely love vintage furniture. You did such a great job refinishing your pieces.
    I am your newest follower and fan.
    Thanks again!

  9. Perfection! I have a friend who has a busted vanity and I told her a few weeks ago that this is what we need to do with it. Great post. I forwarded it to her. This should get her motivated to refab it. Thanks

  10. That turned out great. Thanks for sharing.I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  11. Heck yes they're cute! What a great idea! The details are marvelous! I would love to see them in your room!

  12. This is such a great idea! I love the detail!

  13. love them! now everyone will be searching for a vanity.

  14. That is amazing! Visiting from the hop. Nice work!

  15. PERFECT Jennifer...You got to use an heirloom and it looks gorgeous! I have been dying to do this myself for my bedroom, but haven't found the right piece yet...


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