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Eloise

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…









Thanks for looking!

Comments

  1. Gorgeous!

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

  3. Rachel Gardner says:

    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!

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

  5. 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!

    Sharon

  6. 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 :)

  7. Wowzers, what a GORGEOUS transformation!

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

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

  10. 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.

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

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

    love your guts
    mandi

  13. A beatiful find!

    Chas @ A Woman’s Haven

    http://onewomenshaven.blogspot.com/

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

  15. Love…Love…Love it:)

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

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

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

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

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

    Anna(via BetterAfter)

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

    http://restorationredoux.blogspot.com

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

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

  28. IM SPEECHLESS !! I TOTALLY LOVE YOUR SITE AND IVE ONLY SEEN 2 PIECES SO FAR. THE BUFFET ( WHICH I FELL IN LOVE WITH & THE COLOR ) AND THIS VANITY. I AM DEFFINATLY GONNA TRY THIS. ITL BE MY FIRST TIME BUT AFTER SEEING WHAT YOUR PIECES LOOK LIKE BEFORE/AFTER…YEAH IM DEFF TRYING. KEEP UP THE AWESOME JOB NICK & BETH !!

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

  30. 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 :(

    Massy

  31. 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! :)

  32. 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!

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