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Grandma’s Vanity: Before and After

We didn’t take much of G-Ma’s furniture with us when we moved from her old house to our new one. One of the pieces we kept was this vintage-looking “sewing table”. Well, that’s what we thought it was, anyway. Turns out it’s actually a vanity, and it was built in 1987. So, yeah, not vintage at all! Which turns out to be great for me, because now I had no qualms whatsoever about giving it a little makeover!

Ooooooh! Isn’t it pretty in grey? It’s the same grey paint I used for the bathroom vanity I painted last week. I’m so in love.

I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t realize it was a vanity until Tuesday, because I never even opened the thing! I just took it at the Husbane’s word that it was a sewing table. So imagine my surprise when I found a mirror inside, with neat little dividers for storage. Score!

Instead of painting the inside, I used Mod Podge and torn book pages from an old secondhand book to add a little interest. I think it gives the vanity a little character and excitement. You can totally tell I’m not really a makeup kind of gal. I don’t even have enough to fill this sucker up!

We had our little 32″ tv sitting on this sucker in the before picture, but it was a temporary setup until we had the nursery more in order. We turned it on maybe once while it lived in here. Now it’s back in the nursery where it belongs, to tide us though the myriad of feedings we have ahead of us. I also moved my wall art slash jewelry holder to decorate the wall above it. I think it’s more appropriate here, as this is where I’ll be doing any gussyin’ up in the future. Now the wall looks finished to me. Yay!

I used some navy spray paint on the lovely vintage-looking drawer pulls. It helps tie in the colors with the barn door we built without being too obtrusive.

Seriously. How much prettier are these legs now that they’re grey and not light-wood tones? Swoon. I adore them. Now I just need to find one of those small metal vanity seats to spray navy and add a seat cushion! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled at the yard sales this weekend.

All-in-all this was another free project, using materials I had on hand. Not too shabby for giving something I kind of hated a whole new look that I now adore!

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  1. Carissa

    I LOVE this! Such a pretty color and a great piece!

  2. Cynthia

    This is a gorgeous vanity. I like how you painted the handles navy! And you’re right, the legs are VERY pretty!

  3. Amanda

    It looks fantastic! I adore the gray color!

  4. Allie

    I love the book page interior! How fun!

  5. Hazel

    Wow, I love that piece of furniture! I’m jealous and want to scour every Goodwill in my area to find one!

    1. Good luck! Like I said, it’s by no means an antique, so I bet there are more out there!

  6. Colleen

    I’m a little blonde in the carpentry department. I have a end table that I would like to paint over. Did you just sand that by hand or use an electric sander?

    1. If it’s not covered in a high gloss finish, you can just give it a light sanding by hand with something like a 150 grit. If it’s something with a glossy finish (think 80′s kitchen cabinets) you can do a light sand, then a coat of primer first before you paint. There’s really no need to sand the whole thing down to bare wood unless you plan to stain it.

      1. Colleen

        Oooh thanks.
        I have an old night stand of my Grandma’s that i’ve been dying to re-paint for years!

  7. Lea

    OOOOOOOOOOH I love it!!!! It looks like a totally different piece now. I really love the color!!!

  8. Stacy @ {share&remember.blogspot.com}

    Wonderful, I love it! I have a piece that’s very similar that I need to paint. It’s a yellowy off white now. I especially like the book pages modge podged inside. I might have to do that in mine! :)

  9. Deborah

    Oooohhh, just GORGEOUS…and who CARES if it’s not “antique…” YOU love it, and that’s what’s important!!

  10. Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating

    Simply beautiful! The new color is really pretty. The Mod Podge book page interior is the perfect touch!

  11. Ashley@DesignBuildLove.co

    totally beautiful! LOVE the grey!!!!

  12. Sandra

    That vanity is so pretty! I love the new color. You did an amazing job.

  13. Sarah

    I LOVE this! It is so sweet and chic and fun! You did a fantastic job!

  14. Linda

    Tell me about the specific paint. What color/brand paint did you use?
    Thanks

  15. Cyn

    You did an awesome job on the vanity!

    1. Brooke

      Thank you very much!

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