Girls Vanity Table Set with Bench

You are in for a sweet treat today! Not only are you going to see the makeover of this adorable girls vanity table set. But, also see how my oldest girl works her DIY style. Are you ready for some fun? I am!

Girl's Vanity Table Set Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Amazingly enough, I now have two teen drivers in my home. {{gasp!!}} I am not that old(ish), am I? Sigh… Well, in order for said teens to have wheels, they need money. And, in my mama-lovin’ way, I do what I can to help my kids earn the money they need. My daughter, Miss C, has reworked plenty of furniture in her time (SEE HERE). She is hoping for a project piece to sell to raise said funds.

I hopped online and found this cute girls vanity table set. Thankfully, we both agree it is perfect for her endeavor. It’s not in too bad of shape. However, there is broken and missing parts, and wear.

Girls Vanity Table Top with Damage |

*post sponsored by Zibra & contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)


There are definite pros: (1) it’s mostly hardwood (2) hardware is present (3) offers oodles of storage (4) is a complete set.

Also, there are definite cons: (1) broken mirror harp (2) missing mirror harp & hardware (3) damage to the top (4) stains on the upholstery.

However, in this instance, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. They’re all easily replaceable or fixable. It’s time for her to start her DIY fun.


First, Miss C needed to remove the surface finish. It is not only worn, but also has mottling. In addition, there is some staining that she will have to deal with too. She uses my sander to take it down to the wood veneer.

Teen Girl Sanding Girls Vanity Table Top |

Thankfully, the rest of the set is in good enough shape that she only needs lightly sand to give it tooth.

Then, she takes off the bench top to get it ready for…you guessed it…paint. Woot!

Removing Old Upholstery on Girls Vanity Table Set |


Why paint? Well, with the staining on the top, Miss C has to use a stain blocker to seal it in. Plus, as a DIYer’s prerogative, she wanted to give this a fresh new look. Her only point of contention is the drawers and storage are all lined with a hunter green velour that is in great shape. As a result, that led us to choose a neutral white that highlights the hardware and is a complimentary color to the green.

First, Miss C wipes the vanity down with a vinegar/water mixture (1:2 ratio) to remove and residue. Then, using my Zibra Fan Brush, she applies the paint. Why that brush style? Well, it’s my favorite for curvy legs, and for tackling drawer fronts as it gets into crevices perfectly.

Painting Girls Vanity Table Set with Zibra Fan Brush by Prodigal Pieces |

Plus, it makes for a smooth, brush stroke-free finish. I came back at a later time to ask her what she thought of the brush since she knew from experience of others. She replied, “I love it! It’s so easy to use, especially around the curves and hardware.” Also, Miss C couldn’t remove the hardware because she didn’t have access to it from behind. This brush, she said, made it super easy to cut in.

Young Lady Painting Girls Vanity Table with Zibra Paint Brush |


Meanwhile, JC and I jumped in to make a new mirror harp. If you didn’t notice in the “before” picture, one of the mirror harps is missing. Unfortunately, the existing one is also cracked. That’s not surprising because it wasn’t made out of solid wood.

Stash to the rescue! JC pulled out some hardwood from our stock of wood and planed it to the right thickness with our planer.

Planing Handmade Mirror Harp by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

Next, he cut out two matching pieces using the old harp as a template. After that, all he needs is to drill holes and sand them smooth. Ta da!

Handmade Hardwood Mirror Harp for Girls Vanity Table Set |

I’d say he rocked it, don’t you? Gotta love DIY dads.


Last, with all Miss C’s hard work and help from a couple of awesome parents (ahem), this girls vanity table is now looking brand new.

Adorable Girls Vanity Table in White refinished by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #kids

Vintage White Girls Vanity Table Set by Prodigal Pieces | #furniture #home #homedecor #bedroom #kids

Isn’t it fun? We had a blast staging this with all those butterflies. You can find the template for those over HERE. Coincidentally, the last vanity table my oldest son worked on was a girl’s set and he also chose lavender with stenciled butterflies. ‘Cause not all girls want pink. tee hee.

Absolutely beautiful vintage girls vanity table refinished in white with new upholstery by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #vintage #girls

Vintage Girls Vanity in White with Jewelry Storage by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #girls #homedecor #bedroom

In addition to the new look, the best part by far is all the awesome storage. First, on the outside is the necklace holder. Then, the bottom three drawers are faux to hide a large compartment. Next, the top three drawers have sections for hair accessories, jewelry, and even a ring holder.

Hair Accessory Drawer in Girls Vanity Table Set by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor

Ring Storage Drawer Built In to Girls Vintage Vanity Table by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furntiure

Last, but not least, the desk portion has a spot for a journal or other fun accessories that a girl may have. This is definitely something I would have loved to have growing up.

Open Drawer on Vintage Girls Vanity Table Set | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furntiure

Finally, don’t forget the awesome new mirror harp with hardware we purchased HERE. As a partial mother, I am so smitten with Miss C’s work on this. She gave it her all and it shows. Also, you can now find this set available in my shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces |

Girl's Vintage White Vanity Table Set in White by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #diy #girls #vintage


Zibra and I are all about empowering you to tackle you own DIY projects. We’re giving away this set of boxed brushes (my faves) to one of you {{applause}} .

Win this fantastic Zibra Paint Brush Prize with the giveaway by Prodigal Pieces | details at #prodigalpieces #giveaway #paint #furniture #diy #home #homedecor

Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like – daily even for more entries. Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Also, winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!!

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Also, pin and share this girls vanity table set. We aim to inspire other teens and parents to work together. There is a valuable lesson in DIY projects. We just need to take the time.

Adorable! This vintage girls vanity was broken and needing TLC. Prodigal Pieces gave it new life with upholstery and paint. Come see! | Head to #prodigalpieces #home #homedecor #furniture #vintage #kids

Up next, this ginormous rocking horse is going to get a fresh new look too. See the new look HERE.

Vintage Rocking Horse in Attic Before |

In addition, more projects by my kids like this girls vanity set:

Mother and Teenage Son Take on this Vintage Bedroom Set Turning it into a Sweet Girl's Bedroom Set | Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpiecesDon't pass up that thrifted side table! Turn it into a sweet child's tea cart. See how at Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Lori Sawyer

    She did an awesome job!! My son just bought his first car yesterday . He’s been saving since summer!!

    December 3, 2019 at 5:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How exciting! It is so wonderful to see them earn and save. My oldest son also bought his own first car. He had an older one, but saved to get a newer, upgraded one. Happy mama moment! πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2019 at 5:50 am Reply
  • joann Collins

    This was fun to watch, she did a great job so pretty. I would use them on my two antique rockers I’m refinishing

    December 3, 2019 at 5:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! I agree. πŸ˜‰ Watching her go makes it so fun for me.

      December 3, 2019 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Lynne

    Miss C did an awesome job! It is adorable!

    December 3, 2019 at 6:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She says, “Thanks!!” and me too. πŸ™‚

      December 3, 2019 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Amy Mercier

    She gets it from her momma

    December 3, 2019 at 7:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It just makes me so happy to see her enjoying it. All my kids do, we just need more room. haha.

      December 3, 2019 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Amy Mercier

    I tried to enter the giveaway options but they each say aww shuck, so it’s not working unless it’s me.

    December 3, 2019 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hmmm…is it on mobile or another device? I’m happy to help. Feel free to email me and I can add you.

      December 3, 2019 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    What a great job Miss C did! I love to see kids take pride in their accomplishments and also agree that they should play an active role in earning money for the non-essentials.
    P.S. The Zibra link is not working. It will not register my visit to their FB page.

    December 3, 2019 at 7:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, they need to learn survival skills early on and this is a huge one. πŸ™‚ I’ve answered about the links in my other comment. Hopefully it’s up and running soon.

      December 3, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    Actually none of the links are working in the contest block.

    December 3, 2019 at 7:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just checked with Rafflecopter and they are experiencing technical issues. Feel free to pop back over and check as you have until Friday to enter. My apologies for the fuss.

      December 3, 2019 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Cassie

    Wow! She did an amazing job!!!!

    December 3, 2019 at 8:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you from the two of us, Cassie! πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Pam Bolton

    Your daughter made a silk purse out of a how’s ear. You taught her well.

    December 3, 2019 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What sweet words for her to hear, Pam. Thank you!

      December 3, 2019 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Colette Bailes

    Can’t wait to try these brushes on Christmas projects!

    December 3, 2019 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! I hope you like my daughter’s work too. πŸ˜‰

      December 3, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Way to go Ms. C!! This is the cutest vanity/jewelry holder/desk that i have ever seen. I have never seen one like this and white is the perfect color. I just know you will sell it fast and put it towards your car fund. I wish i had DIY parents growing up. I just love a DIY family.

    December 3, 2019 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Miss Cheryl. I had fun working on it and so appreciate my parent’s help.

      December 3, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Larissa, for some reason i am not receiving the points when i click on the box.

    December 3, 2019 at 9:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Rafflecopter is having technical issues, but you do have until Friday to enter. I’ll update as I can.

      December 3, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Meg Foster

    I love the storage in this vanity! I want to get into furniture paining/upcycling and have been reading your blog to give me enough knowledge base (and confidence) to just go for it! Are there any specific pieces of furniture and paint you would suggest for someone who wants to try their first piece?
    As for the brush set giveaway, the first thing I would paint would be the first piece furniture I buy needing love. I imagine it would be something small, like an end table or the likes of that.

    December 3, 2019 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Right?! What I wouldn’t have done to have something like this growing up. So much easier than boxes all over the place. For beginners, I would just pick something small like a side table to start, and then work up from there. Just make sure it’s solid wood. Feel free to use my SEARCH or project gallery for tips and ideas.

      December 3, 2019 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Susie Wilcox

    She did a great job! That vanity will sell quickly. How fun for some girl to find under the Christmas tree! Proud mama moment for sure.
    As I redo furniture myself, I would love to try out the Zibra brushes.

    December 3, 2019 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! So fun for her (and me) to hear. I have a blast watching them grow and go for goals. Thank you, Susie.

      December 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • Jane Clelland

    So cute. Love all the storage.

    December 3, 2019 at 12:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The storage rocks! πŸ˜€ haha. I love all the spots to put things and it doesn’t take up much space. Thanks for the love on her work, Jane.

      December 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm Reply
  • Toni

    I have a couple of projects but most likely, I’d use the brushes on a large base with lots of curves. The vanity rocks!

    December 3, 2019 at 12:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Sounds like a plan! πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Such a cute redo! Perfect for a young girl’s jewelry and personal items. And the Brushes make an easy job with the paint. It should sell quickly!

    December 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! She is excited to get feedback from folks. Thank you! I love the storage as a used-to-be little girl and now a mother.

      December 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Shelly

    It runs in the family!

    December 3, 2019 at 1:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! You made me giggle!! Thank you from the two of us (or 8 of us). πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2019 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Amanda Pennington

    What a lovely skill you’re passing on to your children! To look beyond the first glance and see potential is a wonderful thing, in furniture and in people! And to see possibilities and them make them happen, awesome! To say nothing of working for what we want. So many great life lessons in that pretty vanity!

    December 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet, Amanda. And, I think you get why I get so excited to see my kids working hard and seeing their visions come to life. Thank you!

      December 3, 2019 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • Ginny

    Your daughter did an awesome job on the vanity! And all that great storage!!!
    Just like you have passed on these skills onto your children I would give these brushes (if won) onto my children so they would learn the same skills you children have learned from making an old piece of furniture and making it new again!

    December 3, 2019 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful! Great mamas think alike. Right, Ginny? πŸ˜€ Thank you.

      December 3, 2019 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Cathy Klose

    Beautiful job – takes after her MOM!

    December 3, 2019 at 1:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you bunches, Cathy!

      December 3, 2019 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Cathy Klose

    And I left a blog post and visited the Zibra site on FB but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get any more entries for the give-a-way than that.

    December 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So you have a comment (1), visit Zibra (2), correct? If you visit my FB, pin the pin image to Pinterest, Follow me on YouTube, and Tweet on Twitter – those are all other ways you can get additional entries. Hope that helps!

      December 3, 2019 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Micah

    Looks great! I like the white with contrasting color inside! Thanks for the giveaway!

    December 3, 2019 at 3:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! That green is such a dark shade that we both felt lighter would be better to not make it so heavy. She had fun!

      December 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Cate

    Miss C did a great job! I just love it and the wall collage! WAY TO GO MISS C and PARENTS!!

    December 3, 2019 at 4:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! We’re doing a happy dance over here! πŸ˜€ Thank you for the smiles, Cate. πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Alison S

    I have a dresser I would paint!

    December 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Lynn Beeman

    She did an amazing job. I love that your children share your love for giving older things a new life.

    December 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It’s all I can do to keep them busy and have enough space. They are eager beavers! πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm Reply
  • Michele

    Love to see you bringing your babies up to recycle, reuse, and repurpose! They are truly lucky to have such talented parents. And the vanity is beautiful! Great job!

    December 3, 2019 at 6:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I can’t say enough what joy it is to see them working hard, not only towards a goal, but also to see a vision to completion. Thank you, Michele, from the two of us.

      December 3, 2019 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Julia Harting

    Beautiful job, following in her mama’s footsteps!

    December 3, 2019 at 6:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Talk about fun to watch her go. Thank you!

      December 3, 2019 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Kelly Malone

    What would I paint with new brushes ??? Well, I’m pretty sure i’d have to do some work on a dresser that I’ve had for ages. It’s in great shape but the wood is stained dark and I’d love to lighten it up with a nice coat of paint.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    December 3, 2019 at 6:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome. πŸ˜‰

      December 3, 2019 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Trisha G

    Super cute! I have a couple of MCM pieces in my garage that would love to be painted by Zibra! πŸ˜‰

    December 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds good.

      December 3, 2019 at 8:10 pm Reply
  • Kate K

    It turned out really cute! I have some accent tables and shelving at the top of my list to refinish.

    December 3, 2019 at 10:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds like fun.

      December 4, 2019 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Shelley S

    What a lovely job Ms C has done with this set! Perfect choice of color, and just an excellent profesional quality job.
    It seems I’m always commenting that I’m dismayed when wooden projects are painted, but this is one I totally agree is better off.
    We haven’t had a TV attached to the outside world for over 8 years. The one we had was only used for watching DVDs we borrowed from our library. Now that we have the ability to record shows I’ve gotten my husband hooked on “Flea Market Flip” and he’s actually cleaning out an area to work on projects in our basement. The Zibra brushes would be a great asset in them!

    December 4, 2019 at 12:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, if it had been all solid wood she may have done something slightly different with it. Sounds like you are all set and fired up to go. Have fun! πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2019 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    It turned out so beautiful, Great job!! I am so happy to see parents teach their children that value of hard work and the rewards of it, Great job to her parents, you deserve a pat on the back!!!

    December 4, 2019 at 5:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet of you to say, Mary. We feel blessed to have children that are eager to learn and try, and work towards a goal. Thank you.

      December 4, 2019 at 5:28 am Reply
  • Becky

    Beautiful job, Miss C.! Your mom has every right to be very proud of you! I’ve watched 3 of my kids so far buy their first cars… fun times! I’m wishing you a quick sale and many more! These are fun days!

    December 4, 2019 at 9:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo! And you’re still around to tell about it. haha! πŸ˜€ I cherish these days as they pass far too quickly. Thank you!

      December 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Staci Richard

    Beautiful work! How awesome that your children enjoy your craft & are good at it too!

    December 4, 2019 at 9:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s crazy to think they’ve been painting for more than 5 years and I can see it all on my blog. Wow – time flies! πŸ˜€ Thank you, Staci.

      December 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • jeremy mclaughlin

    Would use for christmas crafts.

    December 4, 2019 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Marie

    Miss C did a beautiful job! What a lovely vanity with all that hidden storage. I hope she gets top dollar for it!

    December 4, 2019 at 11:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks from the two of us, Marie. I want one with storage like that. haha! πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Miss C did an amazing job!! This piece is SO sweet! πŸ’•

    December 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So fun to see her go. Thank you, Denise.

      December 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    She did a fabulous job!! Please let her know. I also wanted to tell you I received the paint sprayer and shelter and want to thank you so much. I will be posting it this weekend and have also thanked Homeright!!

    December 4, 2019 at 11:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay on all accounts! I’m so excited for you, Cheryl. Have a blast!

      December 5, 2019 at 6:10 am Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    Proud Mom moments!!
    I need to paint my cabinets

    December 5, 2019 at 12:24 am Reply
  • Lorrie

    I would love to paint my new hutch😍

    December 5, 2019 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • Anne

    Would love to win and do a project with my two grandchildren. I have some wood santa faces needing to be painted as well as a couple of foot stools. Would be perfect.

    December 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Sherry Riggs

    I would love to build another fake fireplace. I would use my new brushes to paint.

    December 5, 2019 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Tracy P.

    great job! I have a small dresser that needs work.

    December 5, 2019 at 6:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Tracy.

      December 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    My hat is off to you Miss C, you did an beautiful job reviving this girls vanity set! Congratulations on getting your license and working hard to pay for what you need. I am so proud of you and I know you parents are too!

    December 5, 2019 at 9:01 pm Reply
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