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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Vanity is Done, Man!

It's Thursday--and you know what that means. DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

And I think we've established that I am a bit of a braggart as well as a show off, so of course I have to join in with my latest creations. Many, many creative minds link up with the blogs above. You should, too! You'll be flabbergasted (one of my favorite words!) by the stuff people come up with to use and reuse found objects. Take a look, get inspired, and link up with us!

Here's the FREE (another of my favorite words!) desk my friend gave me recently. I was so excited to get started on it, I almost forgot before pics. Here she is sans makeup. That bottom right drawer was so swelled, it was not coming out no matter what. A few days sitting in a drier environment and she was a little more willing to cooperate.

I was just gonna rough up the surface to paint, but hubby got going on the top and before I knew it, had it down to bare wood. There was some laminate on the sides of the desk and I was afraid it wouldn't take the stain like the top, so we sanded the top and just roughed up the rest. Didn't even think about touching the lovely rusty patina on the handles.

And here she is! You may remember I had repurposed another desk to use as a vanity in my bedroom. It only had drawers down one side and just never really fit the picture I had in my mind. So that repurposed desk has been replaced by another repurposed desk.

Here's the breakdown of what I spent:
Desk - $0 (gift)
Stain - $0 (already had)
Black Paint - $12 (Behr Black Suede)
Total: $12!!

I'm not done with the accessorizing. I want to find a mirrored tray. And I'd like to find a different stool or chair--maybe a slipper chair. Love, love, love it!

Here's a little tip for ya--pay attention to what's reflected in the mirror when taking a picture of said mirror. It was sheet washing day. Sorry.


Marilyn said...

I love this! This is exactly what I need. I just need to hit some yard sales for the right desk! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great transformation! Well done~

5L's said...

okay, so what happen to the thankful part of thursday? it's been a few weeks!

Lauren said...

I really like that desk! I wish it was living at my house (instead of the cheapo Walmart thing I am using!).

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Awesome! Love it and love the black! Wonderful transformation!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Great job! Saving furniture is one of my tricks to saving on decorating, and you, my dear, have it down to an art.

Thanks for joining me today.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice transformation

ChocDrop said...

I wish I had some talent of finding things and make them look like new....great job

DESJ and Company said...

looks fabulous!
got to you from ASPTL

Lindsay said...

LOVE the new look!

Christie said...

So pretty. Great job! What a tallented lady you are

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