In December, I came across this vanity at an upscale thrift store.
I’m not calling it upscale because it has upscale furniture, but because of it’s upscale pricing.
And I’m ok with that. You see, every dollar they take in provides one meal at a homeless shelter.
Repurposing A 1940s Vanity Into Nighstands
Let’s say you bought a vanity, a couple of lamps, several books, a silver platter and a small framed pictured, and your total comes to $64.
As they give you the total amount of your purchase, they always say,
“Thank you. You provided 64 meals for the homeless today.”
Do you realize how humbling that is?
We often spend that on one meal for our family of four! Wow. It always puts things into perspective for me. I bought items I would enjoy and at the same time I gave back to others.
So in the big scheme of things, I spend a little more at this particular store, but it goes to a good cause and I think we both profit from it. It’s a win-win in my book.
By now you are probably gasping and spluttering and wondering why in the world I would “ruin such a fine antique”. Yes, I’ve had similar thoughts when viewing other people’s projects so I get where you are coming from.
In this particular instance, the vanity is not an antique.
It’s vintage and a very common item.
The mirror and stool were missing and the center section was extremely low. It would be difficult to find another stool to go with it and I felt like it had a limited use with a limited lifespan before someone decided to toss it out with the trash. I thought nightstands would be more user friendly and so that’s what we turned it into.
After prepping, I painted the sides Paris Gray and the trim Old White. In the picture above, you can see there was way too much white on the front of the nightstand.
TIP: Paris Gray needed to be repeated on the front for my design (colors) to work.
How do I determine how much “highlighting” needs to be done?
When it comes to using a second color of paint to “highlight” features, I usually start out slow and re-evaluate after each step. Is this enough? Does it need more? Sometimes “less is more” and sometimes it’s not.
For these nightstands, I started out with adding Paris Gray to the raised panels on the front.
I then put the drawers back in to see how it looked. The front section still had too much white. I removed the drawers so I wouldn’t accidentally get paint on them, and then I painted the center indented section Paris Gray leaving the Old White trim to bracket this area.
I put the drawers back in and re-evaluated again and decided the bottom indented area also needed the Paris Gray highlights.
Once again, I put the drawers in to see how it looked.
I was finally satisfied with how the pieces were coming together. I then did touch ups before moving on to staining the top with Minwax Dark Walnut and sealing everything with a satin polyacrylic sealer.
I cleaned the old hardware in vinegar and water and then gently scrubbed it with a non-abrasive brillo pad.
Sleek, sophisticated, and modern with a vintage flair.
It’s all in getting the details exactly right….
So, what do you think? I would love to hear from you!