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Vintage Dressing Table French Country Makeover

There’s no mistaking that I am drawn to dressing tables and vanities. They’re so unique and full of elegance. At some point they have fallen to the wayside as far as being a piece of furniture on demand, but they are quickly making a come-back as a much desired addition to the bedroom decor. I can see why. They’re functional as a desk, mirror for morning makeovers, and a fun place for a lady to call her own.

It wasn’t too long ago that I acquired this vintage dressing table off of Craigslist, and it actually ended up being sold by a friend and neighbor from just around the block. Although it may look like an antique, it’s really a Mid Century Modern piece made to look as if it is has been around for ages. Quality made with dove-tailed drawers and gorgeous veneer, this dark beauty was in great shape for the most part, but did have some wear and missing parts.

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Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The overall finish had held up well on top, but what really struck me was that the pulls were plastic. Really? Did they have to go there on this beautiful piece? Some were busted, of course, and I knew that this girl needed some new jewelry (aka. hardware)

The front carvings were missing some trim pieces, but that’s nothing that a little makeover couldn’t fix.

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That blue upholstery is what caught my attention and made up my mind as to which way to go with the color of this makeover. The whole set kept calling to be given a French country feel. I mean, just look at that fretwork. It’s aching to be drawn out, right? So regal and stately….swoon…

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So with a little bit of help of some wood putty, I filled the drawer holes, took off mismatched  and broken trim, then set to work on creating a new look.

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After I light sanding, enough to give it “teeth”, I began my painting. For the base cabinet color, I used my favorite color, Antique White by Behr. I went with a country blue for the drawer fronts that was actually a seconds paint at Home Depot. Gotta love those mistake paints (they’re not mistakes in my book, but meant for me. hee hee hee.)

With a little bit of detailing in some Warm Silver by Modern Masters (one of my faves!) added to those intricate carvings, they really are allowed to take center stage.

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Even my sweet little girl wanted in on the action. She loves to watch Mama paint. Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once all the hand-work was done, all she needed was the new pulls, which were actually antique porcelain knobs found locally.

Ready for the debut? Say hello to this French country gal…

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For me, the after is refreshing and was needed to draw out those intricate details being hidden in that dark stain (not that I don’t like dark stain, mind you).

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Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The vintage upholstery was sent to me by a wonderful reader and was perfect for the occasion…so beautifully blue.

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Now that fretwork really has a chance to shine and get the attention it deserves with gilded accents. It looks as if it’s wearing a cameo style brooch.

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What do you think? Dark beauty or French country?

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Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI like both, but my heart is drawn to that blue. You can find this set available for purchase in my shop.

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If you enoyed this makeover, do share so others can too!

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Comments

  1. kim says

    That turned out wonderful. I noticed the shiny “before” finish. Did you sand the piece down before you painted?

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Kim. Yes, a light sanding just enough to give it “teeth”. 🙂

  2. Heather C says

    you really made the vanity look great, very creative

  3. Ellen Braunberger says

    Blue is perfect! What a jewel this piece is!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Ellen! This is exactly why I wish I had a room to keep everyting in (or at least until I tire of it and find something new). 😉

  4. Sweet Auburn Life says

    Stunning, the blue and cream were the perfect choice. The fabric matches beautifully and the ‘cameo’ is the icing on the cake.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much! I know I’m stuck on blue, but the table just begged to have that makeover done. 😉

  5. Kelly Jane Kovar says

    What finish of paint did you use in the the Behr Antique white? Satin, or Semi-gloss?

  6. Teresa Ann Jeter says

    What a beautiful transformation!!!! I would love to have a house full of your pieces. 🙂

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