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Repurposed Dressing Table

Hello, my DIY lovin’ friends! It’s the second Tuesday of the month which means it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday. {{fist pump}} That means I’m joining my four blogger friends with brand new inspiration for you. You’ll see their posts in a bit. However, take a peek at this hand-me-down gal. She’s having a rough day, but she’s still standing! I feel like having creative fun with this one. How about a repurposed dressing table project? YES!!

Art Deco Dressing Table Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The backstory on this antique Art Deco dressing table is simple. She’s sat waiting for the right home for many months at my friend, Mandy’s, ministry called Paid in Full. No one wants her and it’s time I finally caved to the pull of giving her new life. Now, do you know the era and style of this piece? Its official name is Art Deco since it’s from the 30’s-40’s. Also, it’s bears the name “waterfall” for the top front edge curve design.

Top View of Repurposed Dressing Table Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

While I’m not new to the Art Deco era, or making over dressing tables, or waterfall furniture (I’ve redone oodles!), this will be the first time I’ve had a repurposed dressing table makeover.

BRING IT ON

As you can imagine, I’m eager to have at this and that means it’s demo time. First, I need to take apart the dressing table leaving the two sides to stand alone. My cat’s paw pry-bar is my favorite must-have tool for all DIY projects around here.

 

Disassembling Art Deco Dressing Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Since these furniture pieces are built to last, it’s doesn’t come apart easily, but it’s all just a matter of steps to do it correctly.

Separated Repurposed Dressing Table Sides | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you look close, you can see I not only removed the middle section, but also the support brace that held it all together. You can see the notch left on the back edge. (oh, and I plan to make use of the rest of it soon too. Stay tuned!)

Repurposed Dressing Table Side View | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

That space is my ticket to making these two pieces united. I could, however, turn them into nightstands as I did HERE (see video below as well.

DIY Video Desk Nightstands by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Because I’m already in the groove to create something fun, I decide to unite the two sides into one using that notched space in the back. Then, I cut the original board to length and use my pocket hole jig to make joints to assemble.

Dry Fit Repurposed Dressing Table Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Back View of Vanity Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I lay the set down and use more scrap from my demo to attach on the inside and bottom making sure they’re fully united. Additionally, I use a scrap piece from a past Art Deco waterfall makeover to blend in the blank spot in the top back.

Replacement Trim for Repurposed Dressing Table | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Repurposed Dressing Table Chest in Raw Form | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The final step in prep is sanding it all down. The original finish is flaking (obviously) so that came off without much elbow grease. Last, I use my BIN primer by Zinsser to seal it all in.

Priming Dressing Table Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP IT UP

Here comes the super fun part. woot! I always feel artistic license when I get to rebuild something into new. So, why not totally let creative juices flow, right? Well, much like my BEEP (my Volkswagen Bus Chest many have copied), or my Brownie Camera Chest, or Denim Chest…it’s time to amp it up.

First, I create a graphic for my overhead projector and then trace it on to my repurposed dressing table chest. Then, I take hours – and I mean HOURS – to paint it all in. While it may seem like work, I get lost in the time praying for those I love, mulling over ideas, etc.

Hand-Painting Repurposed Dressing Table Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At long last, I’m sharing my work with you. eep!

Hand-Painted Chest of Drawer with Vintage Truck from Repurposed Dressing Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #vintage

Vintage Blue Truck Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy #furniture #trucl

Can you tell I had a teenie weenie bit of fun? hee hee. So, maybe I went over the top, but can you blame me? Even the drawers and sides are decked out.

Colorful Drawers on Repurposed Dressing Table Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #repurposed #vintage #furniture #diy

Country Roads Take Me Home Art on Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #furniture #repurposed

I know many folks love to use stencils and transfers (even me from time to time), but I’m old school and love to create my own designs. In the past, many have copied my designs and it’s frustrating. However, I continue to be me…the only way to be.

Vintage Truck Chest of Drawers from Repurposed Dressing Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy #furniture #upcycled

Whimsical Hand-Painted art on Repurposed Dressing Table Chest of Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #diy #furniture #repurposed

SMILES

Are you smiling? I sure am! Truly, my goal is to always inspire you. Creating is a way to let ourselves peek out now and then. Additionally, I get to share my heart and let myself let go and be. What do you do to live and let go?

If you’d like to make this sweet chest a part of your home story, you can find it and more available in my online shop.

  • Hand-Painted Chest of Drawers with Vintage Truck by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | available at shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Chest of Drawers ~ $295

While you’re at it, spread the smiles to others too. Pin and share, but also leave me some comment love below.

 A damamged dressing table is repurposed into an adorable chest of drawers with vintage truck and Country Roads Take Me Home by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #repurposed #upcycled #truck #vintage

Make sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter to see what my youngest son does with this…umm…cutie? Take a peek HEREWAIT! It’s time to see what my friends have created for Trash to Treasure Tuesday.
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Comments

  1. Janette says

    I must confess that my heart was in my mouth when you took this’ golden oldie’ apart, but it looks beautiful, I will always remember the Volkswagon, it was truely amazing, well done, this is gorgeous Larissa.

    • Larissa says

      Right? I debated and debated, but the mirror missing and the opportunity pressed me more. Thanks so much for the love on my work, Janette.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Oh my!!! That is just about the cutest thing EVER!!! If this is in your online shop, it won’t be for long. You are such an amazing talent!!?

    • Larissa says

      It made my heart happy to give it a fun new life. Thank you for always making me smile, Rebecca. Yes, it’s in my shop and I can’t wait to see where it becomes a part of a new story. I do intend to make use of the rest of the dressing table soon too!

  3. Carol says

    I have this exact vanity which belonged to my grandma and still has the round mirror attached. I’m planning on re-doing it for my granddaughter but just can’t decide on the finish. Yours is beautiful and so original!

    • Larissa says

      That’s such a treat! The mirrors alone are the value most often anymore unless they’re kept up. Thanks for the love, Carol.

  4. Geri Davis says

    This turned out beautiful and fun! I get lost in my refinishing as well, but no way am I as creative as this! You are so inspiring!

    • Larissa says

      It’s definitely like therapy for sure. Great minds think alike! 😀 Thank you, Geri.

  5. Mary says

    Larissa this is beautiful. It reminds me of your famous Beep Beep Van bus from long ago!

    • Larissa says

      It sure brought back the memories for me too. Thank you for the sweet encouragement, Mary. These take such time, but are worth it.

  6. Jo Wolfe says

    I have no words for the beauty you bring out of every piece you touch. Thank you for the gift of you that we get to see in you talent. Bless you Larissa

    • Larissa says

      I wish I could hug you, Jo! {{hugs}} Your words mean so much. Hearing from my readers really is why I do what I do. Thank you!!

  7. Noelle says

    Oh, I love it! Here in our family we are Chevy people, I wish I had your painting talent and I would do the old dresser sitting in my storage room!

    • Larissa says

      Awesome!! American made for sure. I love doing works like this, but they’re so time consuming. Fun though too!

    • Larissa says

      aww…you’re so sweet, Denise! 😀 That totally makes my day. Thank you!!

  8. Amanda says

    I could not imagine how you would make this look good when you showed how you were attaching them. I really thought, serious mistake! I am.floored by the finished result! It is so cute! Great work, super creative! 🙂

    • Larissa says

      haha! Right?! I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at first. Then, the idea hit and I ran with it. woot! Thank you bunches. 😉

  9. Kathy from Jax says

    So amazing. You are so talented. I, too, thought why would you take this apart? Well, now I know. It’s so creative and useful and what a great time to ponder while creating something beautiful.

    • Larissa says

      I totally was there too, but there wasn’t much to do with it elsewise. Thanks so much for the love, Kathy.

  10. Niki says

    Totally on board with taking it apart, but agree with Amanda -it looked odd when you put them together. My initial reaction I can’t post because it’s well Holly heck that’s amazing!!! Simply blown away Larissa. So stinking cute. I don’t post original creations anymore. I don’t want other houses to be a copy cat of mine, and people were ripping off my designs to use in their house. I don’t mind sharing most things, but not everything. I also adore what you did with BEEP!

    • Larissa says

      Yes! I had to let the look of them gel in my brain for half a day before I could think of anything I liked with my heart. As for sharing my creations, at least I have legal protection to an extent, but it’s why I debated on becoming a blogger in the first place. So many box stores rip off bloggers and it’s wrong in so many ways.

  11. ROBIN says

    BEEP! BEEP! THAT IS SO ADORABLE. I LOVE IT. GREAT JOB!!

  12. Mary says

    Oh my goodness!! I didn’t see that comin’ for sure! And somehow I missed the VW Bus; that is totally awesome too.!! Your creativity is amazing, especially considering all that you have going on in life in addition to this. 🙂 So many of us get “stuck” in doing things the same way when pressed for time, but you keep knocking it out of the park. So cute, Larissa! And very well done. It will be a piece cherished and passed on for a long long time 🙂

    • Larissa says

      No worries! I did that about 8 years ago (time flies!). Thanks so much, Mary.

  13. Lisa says

    Adorable, creative, and spectacular! How fortunate your readers are to be invited into your lovely and creative home (and mind)!

  14. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! Wow, I didn’t see that coming. You did an amazing job. Your artistry is perfect. I love it!!

    • Larissa says

      I had no idea when I started where I would end, but I wanted to have fun with it. Thanks, Cheryl!

  15. Caye Cooper says

    Just lovin’ it! Just too cute!

    • Larissa says

      It’s so fun for me. I’m stoked you like it, Caye. Thanks!

  16. Robin says

    Your reimagined creation turned out adorable. There are those of us who don’t possess the necessary tools & wood to bring the pieces together. In my case I’d probably take them apart and keep them as bedside tables. Are these the appropriate height for that type of use?

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Robin. I only used my hammer, screwdriver, and that pry bar (and a large flathead screwdriver works for that). Yes, you can see in the photo beside my bed that they work just fine for that. Also, I shared the video I made of a desk used for the same purpose. They’re really useful!

  17. Jennie Smith says

    Shut Up!!! I thought this was going to be another desk to nightstand post – no shame in that since I’ve done the same. But holy cow what a beautiful, whimsical surprise! Chef’s kiss to you 🙂

    • Larissa says

      You rock, Jennie! haha! I don’t like doubling up on project ideas, so my goal here was to do what I could then let inspiration hit. It took me about a day, but I’m glad I ran with it. Thanks!

  18. Zeoanne says

    If I am correct, the style of that piece is called Waterfall. My bedroom set is the same. The name comes from the rounded front edges simulating a Waterfall. You’ve done a good job with it. VW buses are my faves, especially the ones with the 26 (?) Windows. Love it!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, I mentioned waterfall a couple of times. That style was manufactured near me, so I can always seem to find them here and there. Thanks so much! 😀

  19. Naomi Shelton says

    Oh, my goodness and then some! I haven’ read one of your posts for a while, Larissa, and I must say I was bowled over when you revealed the complete makeover. You are so darn creative! Great job and I will be checking in more often now!

  20. Anita Young says

    I did not know where you were going with this, but the end result is just fabulous! Totally love, love, love it! So creative and original and you can’t beat the quote you use from a classic old song. Thanks for sharing!

    • Larissa says

      John Denver’s words have been in my heart since a child as I lived in the middle of a state park and have been “stuck” in the city. I miss country living with all my heart. Thank you for the kind words, Anita.

  21. Frances says

    Love Love it. So creative!

  22. Sherry says

    My first thought was why take it apart? It could have been fixed up the way it was! But when I saw the end result…I’m in love! It’s beautiful and so unique. You are so talented!

    • Larissa says

      I get it. 🙂 These have slots in the top were a quarter inch mirror rests that makes it hard to deal with, and most don’t want the uneven top making it hard to use (hence the reason the thrift store gave it to me at no cost – no one wanted it for months). I’m so glad you like it!

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