Vintage 1950 Vanity Revival - Claire


A gal pal of mine hit the garage sales a few Saturdays ago and texted me a pic of this vanity. Out the door I ran donning bedhead & fuzzy slippers to pick it up. The gentleman selling the piece had a feeling of melancholy about him. I convinced him that I would love it up as though it were my own - He handed me a piece of paper with his email and phone number and asked if I would send him photos of the transformation. So sweet! I'm with hopes that he loves it and wants it back in his abode :) So here she is...
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Art Deco is a favourite. Beautiful lines, unique hardware and substantial presence. As per usual, I kept as much of the wood as possible to maintain the integrity of the piece. (Walnut) The mirror was a tad flat in comparison to the new design so I added a border with stencil tape, paint and 3 layers of sealant. Small gold squares were painted/waxed on the top two corners of the mirror to in conjunction with the gold hardware.
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The vanity was not in the best shape. The veneer on the mirror had fallen off and the surfaces were deeply scratched and scraped. The drawers were a tad difficult to open & close as well. I believe it may have been tucked away in somewhat of a moist environment.
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The drawers came out well after sanding and oiling so I applied the same stain as I had on the top. The balance was completed in a deep charcoal and old white to showcase her lovely lines. I also drilled / added a knob on the centre drawer for juxtaposition of square & round.
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I began by sketching her and dotting finish options around the page. Once I complete my old school rendering, I head to the laptop to inject the selections using a graphic software to determine tone & placement.
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A good luvin' sanding in the sun (right side) resulted in my being tickled pink that I could salvage the natural finish of the wood on two of the three top surfaces.
Before & After
Before & After
The hardware had seen many, many "pulls" and high humidity spaces so a rub down was in order.
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She went from "drab" to the "darling" of Deco
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So I wonder...do you think the family will approve of the makeover? :)

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