July 10, 2014

Vintage Vanity Makeover

Old furniture is nice.
 Especially when it belonged to your grandmother. Grandma's furniture is better quality, more unique and holds a special place in our heart.

It's not as special when the veneer is falling off and you want your little girl to use that piece of furniture. My client Britt wanted to keep her grandmothers vanity but it needed a new look.

I was only going to remove veneer from the sides but I decided to remove all of the veneer. The veneer came off easily and in long sheets so it wasn't too hard of a job.

**It's hard to take a straight-on shot with a mirror and not expose yourself**

 I lightly distressed the edges

I adore the detail on the sides of the mirror and the curves.

For those who do not already know, here is an tip for painting appliques (all the purple pieces on this piece). They pop right off! GENTLY pry them off. I've used flat head screwdrivers, picks, butter knives......these are not the best ways to remove fragile pieces of wood but I'm impatient.  Please be patient because these pieces are delicate and will break.
You can use a little wood glue & finishing nails to put them back on or an air nailer.
Removing those pieces makes for crisp painting lines when you are painting two different colors. 

Hopefully, this piece will be passed on throughout the years!