Yard Sale Find...The Perfect Dressing Table

My sister called me from a yard sale and asked me if I was interested in a old 1950's vanity she had found for only $5.00. I said of course, if it doesn't make it into Grace's room I can always sell it!
So here is the vanity in its original condition. It was painted light pink and the paint job itself was a poor one. The top center part of the piece flips up however the mirror was broken and no longer attached to the piece.  But it has such a wonderful shape I fell in love with it and had to start stripping it down.

I began by sanding it down using an electric sander and a grade 60 sandpaper. Then I used a spray-on paint stripper by Klean Strip and used a small wire brushes to remove the paint in the grooves. (When using this product make sure you have on protective gloves, this stuff will burn you if it comes in contact with your skin.)

Once I started removing all the paint I found the whole piece felt cleaner and the ideas of what to do with it started to flow.

             The Finished Product!!!

In keeping with the style of the piece which to me looks very French, I decided to make it a fun and funky statement for Grace's room. All her other furniture is done in a pale and distressed shabby chic finish, so I wanted this vanity to pop in the room. I painted the top and the drawer pulls with Krylon's Metallic Silver in a Brilliant finish. Then I chose to paint the body of the piece in Krylon's Watermelon in a gloss finish. I purchased silver leafing paint at a craft store along with a small angled pain brush and simply filled in the two groves on the face of the vanity with silver.

The whole project took me about two and a half days with one really good day of drying added on before moving it up to Grace's room. The cost for this project was the initial $5 paid for the piece plus approximately what I paid for 4 cans of spray paint. (One can of the silver paint and 3 cans of watermelon paint) The spray stripper was roughly $7, the metal brushes were $3, and $10 for the leafing paint and brush. So total cost was approximately $42 give or take a few cents.
Grace loves her new vanity which can also double as a desk for her room.
This project is linked to the following parties..

DIY Showoff Before and After Party 2013

Savvy Southern Style
Shabby Chic Cottage
Somewhat Simple
It's a very Cherry World
The DIY Club
Domestically Speaking
Addicted 2 Decorating
 Southern Hospitality
Common Ground

Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
House of Grace
Our DIY Diaries

The Artsy Girl Connection
Knick of Time


And was featured over at...


  1. What a fabulous job you did. It will make a statment wherever you put it. I love the colors that you chose.

  2. Thanks Connie...The pink color is called "Watermellon" by Krylon. It's is a fun color to have in my 9year old daughter's room!

  3. Great job on the dressing table. Love that bold color. I took a look around your blog. I'm following you.

  4. Thank you Rosemary...
    I like the title too. It's a pretty name that's why I decided to use it!
    So glad to have you as a follower...don't have many yet but I find that I am meeting a lot of really talented people through the link parties!

  5. Gasp! I love it! What a beautiful job you have done. Found you via Savvy Southern Style. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/few-finished-projects.html

  6. that looks amazing beautiful !

  7. WOW! Only $5, I never get anything that good, that cheap. You did an awesome job!

  8. I Love the dressing table. You sure were lucky.

  9. What a steal!! It turned out so fun! Great Job!

  10. What an amazing transformation! I'm in love with the color. You've inspired me to do something similar to my daughter's vanity (she's 10). She loves green, so that's what it'll be.

    So glad I found your blog. Following you now. :)

  11. I love this...what a daring color to use and it turned out fabulous. What a deal you got on this...lucky you! Popped over from WOW.

  12. I just saw your vanity over at the Wow us Wednesday linky party. Wow is right! That color is fantastic- I have a similar vanity and you've inspired me to go bold! Newest follower!

  13. Great find! When you say Crylon, are you saying you used spray paint for this piece? wow! Your choice of color was unexpectedly outstanding! Your DAUGHTER'S a lucky little lady!

    Love your blog,
    The Treasured Home

  14. I love how this looks and only $5...wow! I am a follower now!

  15. Wow! This is gorgeous! You did a terrific job!

    I would be delighted if you would link up to Potpourri Friday! Link up begins Thursday afternoon.

  16. Wow I would be honored Honey @ 2850...thank you!
    I will take a peek tomorow!
    Thank you so very much!!

  17. Be still my heart...this is SO. VERY.BEAUTIFUL!!! Your daughter must be tickled pink!! (or watermelon...)

  18. I must say that it is both overwhelming and humbling to receive such lovely compliments from so many wonderfully talented ladies.

    Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment or two...and please feel free to drop in anytime...you're always welcome here at 21 Rosemary Lane!

    Have a great week everyone!

  19. Hi, Barbara, I'm Holly and I think this is my first time here. I came over for Rednesday.

    Wow, thanks for the inspiration! I love pink AND red but I don't think it would matter what color you painted that piece- it would be lovely! I've yet to paint a piece of furniture with spray paint but I will soon! ♥

  20. What a stunning transformation. Very impressive - very pretty!

  21. Oh, it turned out beautiful! I can't believe it was only $5.00! I want you to come over and refinish my furniture LOL!!
    Found you on Rednesday!

  22. Fabulous work .. I like the red on the vanity now.

  23. WOW, what a transformation! This is exactly the kind of vanity table I was looking for to put in my daughter's room, with the mirror that folds up. My friend found a very simple one curbside, and I've painted it black. I can't wait to show yours to my daughter!
    Happy REDnesday,

  24. pretty in red.

    barbara jean

  25. Oh My. That looks great! What a bargin for 5.00.

  26. I love the After MUCH better than the Before!


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    On the prowl for bugs and such,
    If I met you on the rug,
    I would not be frightened (much).

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Red Cactus Fruit

  27. Wow, like how this turned out. Great job!

  28. Looks like you had a red letter day too! What a transformation. Great job.

  29. WOW! That is so awesome!! Five dollars or not, I would have passed it by, but redone in red and silver it's worth a million! Great job!

  30. Did you have to give your sister a finder's fee? How far does she live from you, because the gas to get this back has to figure into your total! lol. Very impressed...

  31. Thanks Kathy...my sister lives within an hour so that's not too bad and no she doesn't want a finder's fee...she just wants me to decorate her house!!!

  32. $5.00 - yeah...but what you did with it..priceless. It is gorgeous!

  33. Absolutely stunning. Love the Red! You did a beautiful job. Visiting from AD2D.

  34. Very, very pretty and great job!

  35. Gorgeous! Love the watermelon against the purple walls, yummy!

  36. What a great color! Love that choice. Makes me want to redo something in my house with a color that pops!

    I'm a new follower from Funky Junk :)

  37. What a beautiful transformation, Barbara! Look at the legs on that beauty! Wow! Very French and very chic! :)

    xoxo laurie

  38. Love the color! I cannot believe you got the vanity for only $5! What a score!

  39. Oh wow! This is so stunning! I love it! Please share this at our linky party!



  40. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured as one of our favorites!


  41. So pretty! Love that watermelon color. What a great idea for your daughter's room!

  42. Barb, thanks SO much for linking up this amazing feature last week.. YOU ARE FEATURED as one of the TOP favs!!! LOVE IT.. SO pretty and I love that it was a yard sale finding.. Very creative.. Thanks again for linkign up.. Please stop in and snag a button.. Hope you are back again tonight.. Wishing you an amazing week.. ~M

  43. I LOVE this! I have just started refinishing garage sale finds and am having a blast. I hope I can find something equally gorgeous- and work wonders like you have.

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  44. Oh La-La! It's so pretty now. And very luxe! Thanks for sharing :)

  45. Gorgeous! I love that red! I have a very similar desk in my basement waiting for a makeover! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof


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