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It’s true, we named the vanity Eloise. And this girl is finally finished. Enjoy the progress photos!

This is the actual picture on the craigslist posting where we found the vanity. A little rough, yes… but with obvious potential.

Then we sanded her down real good.

And slapped on a coat of primer.

After removing the mirrors for ease of painting, we found an old picture of a couple and a piece of mail dated 1974!! They had fallen down behind the mirror decades ago! I love little glimpses of the past. I want to know the full story of this cute couple!! JACKPOT if you ask me!

We added our own stamp of history. That way, 50 years down the road, when someone is stripping off the paint and cursing the person who would PAINT such a lovely piece, they can know us by name.

We gave her a fresh coat of Krylon’s ‘Blue Ocean Breeze,’ and my favorite part comes next… glazing! Full GLAZING tutorial HERE!

What do you think? An improvement? Yes? There are TONS of pictures below… mostly because Eloise just has so many great details! I didn’t want to miss any! Enjoy…


I love it so much! Be sure to check out our other Furniture Transformations and Refinishing Techniques!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16800053462669846747 Karen

    Looks good! I’ve never glazed before. I should really give it a try sometime.

  • Rachel Gardner

    She looks amazing!!!!! it’s a great piece…love the fact that you found some history tucked inside…you should track them down and get their story! i was wondering, do you still have that vanity you used to have? that would make a great project too if you haven’t redone it already!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06656438034871338407 Sheila

    WOW….I would love to have her in my house! You guys did an awesome job and should be proud!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05410761204800116673 Sharon

    So…lucky…I am totally jealous!! You did a great job. Awesome color choice! Just found your blog and am looking forward to following you and seeing many more great finds like this one!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10532582596918756191 amber

    This piece is gorgeous! You did an awesome job. And how cool to find that photo…i love stories like that. It would be interesting to find out who they are :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14657637995438769407 Heather P.

    Wowzers, what a GORGEOUS transformation!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01534361590136783922 Kacey

    Gorgeous! What an incredible piece. I just love how it turned out!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06727206998172242194 The Keele’s

    WoW! Saw you over on All Things Thrifty and what a beautiful peice!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, what a beauty!! That’s what I call a major craigslist score! And you did a wonderful job refinishing it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for years to come.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13623508542726905825 oops!

    I love everything about it! From the beautiful detail, the color, the glaze! Thanks for sharing how you did it too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14423273348533997376 Mandi

    I am so JEALOUS! This is such a crazy awesome piece of furniture!!! Great job!

    love your guts

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09973516019965436137 Chas

    A beatiful find!

    Chas @ A Woman’s Haven


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06852954264744039487 Jodi

    Can you share what glaze you used? I see that it’s RL but what shade is it? I lurv it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07531278651934782016 simpledaisy

    Love…Love…Love it:)

  • http://www.alovelything.com/ Lovely

    Want! The mirrors, the carved details – it’s lacy furniture!

  • Anonymous

    I wish I had the money I would totally buy this – it is gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13833196166679983378 Nita {ModVintageLife}

    Oh…my…it’s so pretty! I came over from Better After. It truly is a thing a beauty.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06477415092378485652 Katie

    Visiting from Better After, and that dresser is jaw dropping!! Absolutely amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01968189981703907410 Anna

    Wow, congratulations for seeing such potential! I absolutely LOVE the result! Gorgeous!

    Anna(via BetterAfter)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02502578890692626760 Beckie

    I rarely make comments but I have to tell you the transformation is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    GREAT job!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14921348961654008115 Anna See

    Super fun! Do you tint your own glaze by adding paint to plain glaze?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17659012056663332292 SAVE4242

    I found one just like this last night at my local thrift shop! I am inspired to try doing this technique and doing it bold like you have! I would have never thought of blue, but it is so perfect.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12185485465255007355 mich

    Ilove this piece. It turned out so awesome. The detailwith how the wood swirls and the glaze picks up on them so nicely. You have a great eye for redoing furniture. So enjoy looking thru your pieces that you have brought back to life. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04528329773101344774 Shanna Gilbert

    I love this piece! Great job! I was also wondering what color of glaze you used?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00585916759532319963 Bethany

    Hi Shanna! We just used a black/gray glaze on this piece.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492711745723125750 melanie

    wowwwww!!! you have such incredible furniture finds! crushing over your love of color!!



  • vivi

    gracias por compartir su lindo trabajo esta muy lindo ,,felicidades vivi

  • Massy

    I am working on a project like Eloise, but it has three coats of previous paint should I strip the paint in sand it or just sand it? And how do you stand in the nooks and crannies? I’m having a real hard time, I started on one of the 2 nightstands and I have a lot of tiny pieces and CRUSTY stuff in the corners. Please help :(


    • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/ Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Massy, if you’re just wanting to paint it, don’t worry about stripping anything. Just sand everything down slightly so it takes the ‘sheen’ of the previous paint, and then prime and paint! Simple! Please send pics when you’re done!

      • Massy

        I cant attach pictures here :( Where can I email them to you?

  • Ebony

    Ooh… Dope! It’s just DOPE! Beth, Ms. Lady- you are the Bomb.com!
    If you ever get tired of Ms. Eloise (right, NOT!) PLEASE send her my way! :)

  • Ebony

    Wow….. Dope! It’s just D-O-P-E! Beth, Ms. Lady- you are the Bomb.com!!!!
    If you ever get tired of Ms. Eloise (like that’ll happen) PLEASE send her my way! :)
    Keep up the fly work!

  • Linda

    Wow, the pictures are absolutely beautiful. I would’ve loved to have details about how you applied the glazed and wiped it off, etc. When I’ve applied glaze, my piece always looks dirty. Yours is absolutely gorgeous.

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Linda… I just realized I never responded to your comment. I’m so sorry! When you’re glazing, the outcome depends a lot on the sheen of the paint you’re glazing on top of. If it’s a flat or eggshell paint, your piece will end up looking a lot ‘dirtier’. If you have a glossy piece, you’re able to wipe ALL the glaze away… just leaving it in the cracks. Depending on the piece, we like both looks. It’s just really up to your personal preference. Hope this helps!

  • PreshesM

    I NEVER leave comments, however:
    1. I’ve just found your site, and have been unable to pry myself away for over an hour now.
    2. You’re a creative genius! I love that the projects are simple enough for the average Jane to conquer, and the finished products change the entire feel of the space, and or piece.
    3. Now I have these awesome budget friendly guides to finally break up the monotony of our completely neutral, bare walled house.
    4.The mirror photo. Your wide eyed silly face made me laugh. :)
    Just awesomeness everywhere.

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      You are SO SWEET! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment! :)

  • Suzanne

    I love that you didn’t go all Annie Sloan chalk paint on this. It seems that is all we see nowadays. I like the different applications that make the details popl As usual, awesome paint tutorial.

    • Silver Quill Creative Group

      Awesome! My sister Val in Lethbridge, Alberta just told me about your site and this dresser which in my opinion, is a work of art!! Thanks for NOT doing the chalk paint thing which is getting really tiresome!

      • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

        You’re super sweet! This is still one of our favorite furniture transformations to date. 😉

  • Lindsey

    I’m just wondering how you went about sanding this? How did you sand all the ornamental pieces/ curves, etc? I have a painted piece that I am sanding down and want to stain the natural wood, but I’m finding it difficult if not impossible to sand in all the ornamental grooves without messing up the piece :(.. any advice would be appreciated!

    • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/ Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Hey Lindsey! Since we were painting (opposed to staining), it wasn’t necessary to sand through the existing finish. We just sanded it enough to rough it up so the primer would have something to stick to. If you’re refinishing a piece to stain it, you’ll want to use stripper to get in the cracks and crevices. We have a tutorial for that too! (stripping is a pain in the A though, just warning you!)