Butterfly/Sunflower Designed Vanity Makover

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I really have a thing for old vanities, especially with big round mirrors. They can be expensive so I am always on the lookout for fixer uppers. I came across this little gem at a garage sale for $10! I could not contain my excitement and purchased without really looking it over (it was $10!)! I got it home and was really happy that the drawers were in excellent condition but found out that the mirror was broke on the right side, but everything else was pretty solid. No rebuilding needed. I just needed to figure out how to make the mirror work.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

This is what I brought home. It had been painted brown, then green, then white. It originally had beautiful veneer. My plan was to sand it down and stain it. Possibly putting some of my art on it.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

This shows the many layers that I had to get thru. I sanded the white paint off using a 120grit. I then used my heat gun and removed everything else. I resanded with a 120 then 220 to finish.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

I drew on a sunflower and used stain to create my image. I also cut I piece of wood to cover the broken piece of the mirror. I thought a butterfly would really bring the piece together because it kind of hovered and faced the flower. I could not afford to have another mirror made, so the decorative piece would just have to do. If you look closely at the pics you can see where the stain did not take in some places. I could have resanded and hoped I did not go thru the veneer, but there was no guarantee that it would even out if I did that. I stain a lot and don’t run into this often, I believe age and the many layers of paint were to blame. My only option was to paint or remove the veneer. I was not up for removing the veneer.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

I chose a teal chalk paint. I let the paint dry for 24hours and sealed with a clear wax. I used an old chip brush to apply the dark wax. I removed the bottom or “feet” and replaced with wooden ball feet. I had bought a bag of wooden doll heads a while back. I attached them by drilling holes and countersinking the bolts when attaching. The ballfeet really helped the piece achieve the look I was going for.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

Everything is attached. I sealed the stained areas with poly.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover
butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

I replaced the original handles with something a little simpler. I loved the original hardware but they definitely would not have worked on this piece.

butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover
butterfly sunflower designed vanity makover

All done, I added the ball feet to the stool also. I removed the upholstery sanded and stained the top. I really like how it turned out. You can see more of my work on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/memawslovelyglass

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  • Heje
    on Nov 27, 2018

    Just a thought that the wood grain would also look good in a vertical direction to simulation tree bark. Was that a thought or using wood you had on hand? Love the look and the colors are great.

  • Ellen
    on Nov 27, 2018

    What did you do with the dolls' heads? "I had bought a bag of wooden doll heads a while back. I attached them by drilling holes and countersinking the bolts when attaching. The ballfeet really helped the piece achieve the look I was going for." Should I assume you meant something else? LOL

    • Ellen
      on Nov 28, 2018

      Thanks for the info, Misty. Learned something new!

  • Becky
    on Nov 28, 2018

    If you are that talented to paint these things, did you ever think about adding a little something on the upper left side of the mirror? Just a little something like some gold to balance the piece better.??

    • Cathy Smith
      8 days ago

      Robin Garner,

      I don't think its rude to ask questions. Its always up to the artist to execute their piece. But no matter what kind of art you do. Someone may not get , or have a different outlook etc.

      I do art too and I am sure people wonder why I do what I do.

      And in some cases you can get a new fresh look at a piece from a comment that might inspire something else.

      So don't call someone out for having a question or difference of opinion.


      Everyone has their own style.

      For me personally. I didn't care for the piece very much. I

      Iike items fresh and simple or elegant touch.

      This piece to me is whimsical and with the butterfly and sunflower , to me is not my taste but could be someone else taste..

      But its all good.. Because its art and what is in the eye of the artist.

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