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Kidney shaped vanity table and chair painted in aqua blue

I purchased a kidney shaped vanity (without chair) at a yard sale last season.  It was in good shape just really dirty and it needed a new coat of paint badly.  This is the before picture:

Just a cute small vanity table with a whole lot of small nails…deeply embedded…

Well, I did manage to get most of the small nails out, one leg needed a bit wood glue that was all.  Next is the usual:  I sanded the table thoroughly, cleaned it with a TSP solution (watch out for this stuff – wear gloves), and primed it with Zinsser.    By this time I had also found a matching stool:

This stool had layers upon layers of shellac, so it took me a while to get it prepared for painting.  But this piece is also real sturdy, and I am not sure if this  stool belonged with the vanity, but it just looks cute together.

I choose for the vanity and chair a semi-gloss medium aqua blue  (I think everyone has their own name for this color).  I did not distress this time, just liked the fresh painted glossy look.  Sorry for the background here…this is my work area as you may notice…

So far so good, but I did not know how to go from here:  On one hand I like it without a skirt, but it just needed something.  Luckily my sister came over for a visit and she is great with giving advice.  She suggested I make a skirt for this table, a flowy skirt.   At G-street fabrics I actually found fabric in EXACTLY the same shade as the paint.  Amazing!  Well here is the After look:

Online I found a tutorial  how to make a skirt for a kidney vanity, but I did not like to staple the fabric to the table.  We did not use staples but velcro.  You can take it off easily in case it needs to be washed.    The butterflies were hand sewn to the fabric.

The vanity has a small drawer, I also painted the inside.

Separate picture for the stool:

 

 

My doily art:

 

 

 

5 Comments
  1. What a sweet little set in a beautiful color! I love the skirt and how clever to use velcro!

  2. SOOOO pretty! love the color, love the fabric, and love the doily artwork above!

  3. Passed by your post and decided to share it on my blog so my followers can see it too. I used the same title, “Kidney shaped vanity table and chair painted in aqua blue Stone House Workshop”

    • thanks for letting me know Marceline. which blog are you sharing it on? If you have any questions regarding this vanity, please let me know.

  4. You have done a terrific job on this vanity set. The chair looks lovely with it.
    I have the same vanity and chair that goes with it. I used it in my growing up years as my vanity table. I am down sizing and would like to sell my set if you know of anyone that may be interested. They could contact me at candyce4@hotmail.com. Thanks candy

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