Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Vanity Bench Makeover

As a teenager I sat at this vanity bench to apply my electric blue eyeliner (on both upper and lower lids, of course). I rolled my hair with hot rollers and sprayed more hairspray than I care to remember. I contemplated my teenage life and tried to figure out the girl whose reflection stared back at me daily.

Years before my mother and aunt sat on the same vanity bench in a room they shared. Oh, how I would love to know all the secrets this little bench holds. It's a little wobbly and probably not as comfortable as it once was, but the memories are comfort enough.

Our vanity bench has had a good life and served the women of my family welll, but a little girl who has a tutu dust ruffle needs a little something more.


This was my first experience with spray paint . . . . but it won't be the last. I was able to transform this piece for around $10. The fabric was on some crazy super sale at Joanne's for $1.19, I splurged on the trim and spent $5.34 and the spray paint was $3.44.



I did this after the kids went to bed. Honestly, it took me longer to gather all the materials in one place than it did to complete it. I'm going to attempt a makeover on the vanity soon, but for now I'm very happy with how this turned out. I hope my little girl will be, too.

28 comments:

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

You did a great job bringing it back to life! And pink and green is one of my favorite color combos :)

nottryingforaboy said...

It looks great!!!

Kimba said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!! What a great makeover! I love the fabric and the color is perfect!

Way to go!
Kimba

Hillary Dunham said...

So adorable!!

The Ferret...Online said...

I love it! And, I remember the first version of it too...

Kathleen said...

That's so sweet. I'm sure she'll love it. Can you call yourself crafty now?

Kimba said...

I still love this makeover. I'd like to link to it on Saturday if that's OK with you.

Kimba

Carrie said...

you did a beautiful job in making over the vanity bench. The fabric is a fresh and lovely pattern.

JanMary said...

Great makeover.

Love the choice of colours, and even more special as the seat holds special memories.

Thanks for sharing :)

Pink Slippers said...

How sweet and so delightful.
So nice to meet you too.
Wendy

Becky said...

Very cute!
Becky

Cindi said...

That's absolutely adorable! Great job!

Chez Nous said...

Great job and your introductory paragraph was funny!

Anne Fannie said...

What a great makeover on that bench with the greatest memories!

A Hint of Home said...

If only that bench could talk. You could probably use the information to make someone very uncomfortable.(smile)
Seriously, it turned out great. Good job.

Jean said...

Great job! Love the color choices! Jean

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Oh yes spray paint is the best - so easy to change things! Your bench came out great - love the fringe!

Manuela

Kathy said...

I love your family vanity bench. You've done a great job with paint and fabric...it's so cute!
Kathy

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

FABULOUS job! I love me a good makeover!

Deb said...

Love that bench. Those things are so expensive at the store. It looks super expensive and you did it for waaaayyyy cheap. Nice job.

Beckie Farrant, said...

Freakin adorable. I LOVE IT. I love the mind picture of you using it as a teen applying electric blue eyeliner. What were we thinking? You forgot spraying some Love's Baby Soft Perfume while using Rave Hairspray...lovely scent combination.

ceekay said...

Good job! Isn't spray paint the most amazing product!!

Alana said...

That is AWESOME! So, so cute!!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Great makeover.

paintergal said...

I love the history behind the bench. Now it's ready for a new generation of giggly secrets.

mbkatc230 said...

I love the colors you chose, and how fun that this little bench gets to share some more family history. Great job in making this over. Kathy

Belinda said...

Oh my goodness! I love it! How cute it looks with its frou frou makeover...great job! :-)

Ma'dame French said...

This looks great! You did a wonderful job! French;)