It’s always fun to redeem a piece of furniture or make cast-off items into something useful, but do you ever have one that just screams at you the instant you see it? Sometimes while perusing Craigslist, a listing will just make me sit up, make my pulse start to race, and I begin to pray that it isn’t already taken while I grab the phone and dial! This Art Deco dressing table was the one that did that to me.
$50!!!! Do you see why?
A gorgeous antique Art Deco dressing table in the waterfall style… just waiting for some love.
Thankfully, I was the first caller and asked how soon I could come over to see (needless to say I didn’t quite hide my excitement well). I grabbed my kids and we headed for our 20 min. drive.
FYI: Let me just tell you that when someone says “need to bring help to bring downstairs”, they mean it.
This beauty was located in a very old upstairs bedroom that was nearly impossible to get down because the stairway had a long banister. The mirror came off easily and I brought that down myself. But…the base was solid and my son and I had so much trouble getting it up, around a corner, and down a VERY narrow staircase (you know the type where you’re standing on the step facing backwards and you can almost touch the next steps up with your nose?) I was bruised and beaten up by the time I got it home, but hey…it’s all worth it, right?
My favorite feature of the unfinished piece:
Need I say more? (Don’t you love my wardrobe for working out in my garage in zero degrees?)
Other than some minor wear to the veneer, she was only missing pulls and a matching bench. Never fear! Thanks to eBay and Craigslist, my missing pieces problem was resolved by a few clicks of my mouse.
By far one of my favorite colors is light aqua and I knew instantly this piece had to be that color. The mirror had an accent strip just below it with tiny gold mirrors and I wanted to draw that out. The carved work on the drawers fronts, feet, and mirror were just begging to be noticed.
For this piece, I made my own chalk paint using a seconds gallon from Home Depot – score! Then, using an acrylic ivory and an antique gold, I added accents to those glorious carvings and a little distressing.
Antique starburst glass pulls with gold center really set the accents off.
The mirror was a dynamic 40″ diameter with the most beautiful etchings – just perfect for primping and studying oneself. Don’t you wish you wish you had one?
Found the bench on Craigslist and I already had the perfect upholstery in my stash that was given to me by my mother, who also used it on her vanity bench.
All was finished in a hand-rubbed wax, both light and dark to give that lustre I so love.
I really hated to part with my painted lady… we all did, but I had nowhere to put her. Maybe I should have just gotten rid of my bed!
To make a memory, I had my 3 girls dress up and pose sitting on the bench in front of the mirror – so precious and worth more than any dressing table I will ever have.
Once listed in my shop
, she sold in 3 minutes. I was so stunned, and, honestly, sort of disappointed that I did I didn’t get to keep her. The new owner said she had one just like it as a little girl and she knew she had to have it.
There’ll never be another one like my painted lady!
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