Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A "New" Vanity and Chandelier

I picked up this cute desk /vanity several months ago for free. It needed some tlc. The scrolly architectural piece under the left drawer was missing so I got out the jigsaw and cut a new one. We've had the saw for over a year and never used it. It was fairly easy to use and was perfect for cutting a detailed piece of wood like this.

Both sides were rough as if the piece had once had a laminate or other finish that had been pulled off. I sanded them down as best I could with my electric sander but they still didn't look good. So I took some scrap beadboard and cut out rectangles and glued and nailed on each side. It fit perfectly since the legs stick out 1/8 inch from the side. The beadboard is flush with the legs.

Then I sanded, primed and painted the entire piece.

And here is the after! I bought new glass antique looking knobs but haven't changed them out yet. She resides in the family room and is very useful. I bought the candlesticks at a yard sale this summer for $2 for both. They were originally oak colored solid wood and still had the tags on the bottom  from World Market and were $18 and $15. 

I also got this iron light fixture for free at the same place I got the vanity. I replaced it myself when the hubby was at work. I love how it looks over the dining room table.

We've got many projects on our to-do list for this year. The biggest is doing something with those ugly orange kitchen cabinets. On a budget of course. Stay tuned......


  1. Wow - amazing. You have such a knack for making things look a million times better. Great score on those candlesticks too. Love them.

  2. I can't believe you found that at a swap. I'm dying. I love how it turned out!

  3. Love it, you did an amazing job! I have yet to use a saw, but maybe I should try it....

  4. LOVE that desk! I'm looking for something like that for my dining room! Awesome job. I re-did my kitchen cabs this spring. Check out my 'lipstick kitchen'. It was easy--but a LOT of work! Good luck!

  5. What a great makeover. I'd love to have something like it.

    Interested in cards? I'm giving away a set f 50 handmade cards. I'd love for you to enter. http://havestampswillcraft.blogspot.com/2011/01/wont-you-give-my-cards-new-home-50-card.html