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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Curbside Trash Vanity

Last spring my parents neighborhood was having their bulk garbage pick up. One of their neighbors put out an antique vanity that had definitely seen better days. The stain was worn off, the wood was chipped in some places, and it looked like it had been sitting outdoors. The drawers had potting soil it them and there were water rings covering the top, but I thought it would be a good project for me to work on! 

I forgot a true before picture, but this is what it looked like after a coat of primer:
I gave it a few coats of paint and added some girly butterfly knobs and it looked much better!
This vanity didn't have a mirror and was going in our spare room which has mirror closet doors so I decided to do something else above the vanity. I found this empty frame at Goodwill for a few dollars:
I painted it to match the vanity and stapled chicken wire behind the frame.
Here is what the vanity looks like know. The chicken wire frame is the perfect place to hang necklaces and earrings. The rest of the vanity is filled with my other jewelry. This year my new years resolution was to wear more jewelry instead of the same pieces everyday. So far I haven't been too successful, but I'm hoping this will help!

I found the tiered stand on the right at a garage sale for $3. It was originally red so I painted it blue.

The antique flowered dish was a salvation army find for $2. On the left is an antique wedge wood canister and bird ring dish from World Market.
I still need to fill the smaller frame with a piece of mirror and finish a vanity seat, but I love having my jewelry out and easily accessible.

I'm linking up to Primp, Primitive and Proper, and A Diamond in the Stuff!


  1. it looks so awesome! and it all works together beautifully... love the butterfly knobs!

  2. Love, love, love the butterfly knobs! It all turned out so lovely. Deb

  3. Great finds! Great job on the vanity! I love Goodwill. Anyhoo, found you via Primp. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn