I May Have Lost It // A Vanity Makeover

Hello everyone!

I come to you ready to share two stories. One about wonderful kindness and another about my brush with insanity.


My Grandma called one day last summer with the news that her neighbor had some furniture sitting out in the driveway that she wanted to get rid of. So I drove over and had a look. The woman was so nice. Apparently she had called Habitat for Humanity ReStore and they wouldn't take any of it. She felt horrible throwing it away but had no idea what to do with it so she was really happy to know I'd be doing something with some of the pieces. I wish I could have cleaned the place out for her but I have limited storage. I ended up walking away with this vanity, a dresser and a couple little things. And I'm telling you, this stuff was a lot nicer than a lot of the stuff they sell at ReStore.

Here's the before:

 Quick, grab the camera. I almost forgot to take a 'before' picture!
It was a little rough, but had good bones. I sanded it down and painted it white. I didn't distress it. I wasn't in love. But it was a major improvement and I took it down to school with me and it has served me well all year.

BONUS MAKEOVER: My grandparents were remodeling their bathroom and gave me the mirror. I'm super sentimental and this was the mirror I brushed my teeth at every weekend for my entire childhood when I stayed at their house. So I was very happy to have it. A few coats of spray paint and it was ready to go.


Here it was in my room as of a couple days ago. Liam enjoys doing his make up at the vanity.


He has to get closer to pluck his eye brows.


I know it doesn't look bad. But I wasn't in love. And these pictures make it look better than it did. This next picture shows some of the imperfections.


BRUSH WITH INSANITY: At 10 PM on a night where I still had hours of homework ahead of me I decided I couldn't stand the mediocrity any longer. I scrounged up some used sand paper and went to town.


But I'm so glad I did! I'm so much happier with it now. I know the next time my boyfriend comes he probably won't even notice. But I notice it!



It's not a huge impact, but it makes more sense to me.


I'm also obsessed with lipstick. And the pretty tubes it comes in. I also love my little sundae dishes I picked up on separate occasions at various Goodwills.




So what do you think? Am I crazy?


PS: Linking up to

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Anonymous said...

No, I don't think you're crazy, probably because I am too, so it's all noraml to me ;-) I love the mirror. I picked up a large one at a garage sale this week. It's gold, and normally I don't like gold, but it's like one you see in up market styled homes. I'm torn as to whether I'll spray it silver, spray it a colour like you've done, or leave it gold. I guess I'll decide when the room is finished. You have lovely pieces fo furniture and I love what you do with them.


Stephanie said...

what a great find!!! loveee the detressing. im afraid to detress a recently painted endtable but this post deff. encourages me to give it a go.

wonderful job!!! cant wait to see more

Jacqueline said...

I love the vanity makeover, I wish I had space for one, I also like the color you picked for the mirror!

Lp said...

i love the mirror!! ahh!

Sarah's Salvages said...

Aawww I love it! good idea on the distressing... and the mirror color looks great with it. :]

Karen said...

I love the vanity and the mirror. The distressing is the icing on the cake.

Tammigirl said...

I'd have to say yes, you're crazy! I love it. Any girl with bag balm on her vanity is the right kind of girl!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Are you kidding me, you scored bigtime, I'm a little envious! I bet if she saw the vanity all dressed up she would want it back!

Tynk said...

Nope, not crazy at all! I love how your vanity turned out.. it's sooo pretty!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

I do the same kind of "crazy" things. I like it distressed. Those pulls are so pretty and just perfect for the vanity. Great makeover. Visiting from Prim and Proper

Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk said...

I love it! And yes, your BF probably will not even notice!! Men! hee

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks beautiful! i love the mismatched mirror, too- i prefer that look so much to matching mirror or a set. and liam is hysterical! that pic of him on the vanity bench is hysterical.

Pam said...

VERY nice!! What beautiful transformations! It has to be so special to use your Grandparent's mirror each day. :)

Have a great day!

Chino & Milo's Thrifty Gems said...

It's a beautiful piece! I love your table mirror. My cat has the same tail lol

The Painted Parlor said...

Such an adorable piece! Why do I keep hearing people get all these great deals?! I love it. So feminine and I LOVE ghat mirror!! What color did you paint it? It's perfect!

Tammy @ Type A said...

no not crazy! just feminine and lovely! love it. you did a great job putting it all together, and i agree the mirror color is perfect. thanks for partying at Type A!

reFresh reStyle said...

love it! what color is the mirror~they both look great!

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Ashleigh, I am in love with your vanity! I know what you mean about distressing- it is such a small detail, but makes such a huge difference! It really looks perfect. I love old mirrors like that and yours looks lovely in turquoise.


MommaHen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The mirror and desk combo are so cute and your pics are so pretty!

leah mari said...

oh yes i love that sanded!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Oh. That's pretty.

Those square glass knobs are to die for!!

Erin said...

If what you did to that dresser is crazy, Ashleigh, I don't want to be sane! :P The distressing is just what piece needed! Love it, and the blue mirror, and your accessories...and that ginger cat! I found you through Primitive and Proper and can't wait to look around your blog now.

Take care,

Angie @ Thrifty Like Me said...

Hey, just thought I'd stop by since we are "sitting" next to each other at Homemaker on a Dime's Blog Hop party.

This vanity looks great! I love the cat in the picture to! LOL

So glad I came to check your blog out. New follower recruited! :)

Marisa said...

Looks GREAT! Can't believe it was free!!!! I found you from the blog hop like the gal above me :). And I'M loving grandmas mirror, perfect color!

♥ Miss Tea said...

Gorgeous!! love the result! and the mirror bonus too! lucky you!! i still dont have a vanity table now hahaha, the cat is adorable!

Im following you from the Homemakeronadime Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop!

Susan @ http://tea-diary.blogspot.com

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love the vanity and the mirror. I love distressing older furniture; I don't like to think it's masquerading as "new." You did a great job!

Grandma Nina said...

You did a great job. I love the distressed shabby look. I'm visiting and following from Creative Bloggers' Party.

Fairfield House said...

Beautiful job! I have an antique vanity waiting to be rehabbed. Your post has inspired me to just do it!


Carrie @ Fine & Handy said...

That is so stinkin cute! I love the white vanity but the mirror just makes it. I found you over at Creative Bloggers' Party and I am your newest follower. I would love for you to come on over to see what I do at fineandhandy.blogspot.com

Custom Comforts said...

Your vanity is darling and I like it so much better distressed! You did a really great job. Newest follower.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Your vanity is so organized! And most of all, so pretty. Really appreciate you sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk said...

You know, I already commented on this fabulous makeover...but I gotta say, I am kinda diggin a couple of pairs of shoes under the vanity!! MMMMmmmmmmmMMMMMMmmmmmmm!

MiriamR said...

Love this!

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