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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. (SOLD)

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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 |

85 replies on “Girls Vanity Table Set with Bench”

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˜€

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!!!

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!

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!!

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.

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!

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