Sunday, August 22, 2010


I recently found this little vanity bench at a yard sale.  I paid $15.00 for it.  I like shabby chic, but this one was just a little too shabby for me.  That’s why there is a photo of the chair with a paint brush on the seat – actually I forgot it was there when I took this picture. (I don’t know why, when I’m looking through the camera, I don’t see something like that.  It’s only after I post it on my blog that I see it!)


At first, I thought I would paint the chair and then sand some spots to make it look a little shabby.  When I began painting the chair, and the paint didn’t get into the crevices as much as it did the flat wood, I was worrying that I would have to go back with a tiny brush and paint the crevices.  Then, I decided (lazy painter that I am) that I could just not worry about getting the paint into the crevices, and it might give me enough of the sort of shabby look I wanted.  After I finished, I decided (lazy painter that I am) that it was just the right amount of shabby!


It’s going to look a lot better when I cover the seat with some pretty fabric.  Have you seen this fabric designed by Karen Harvey Cox at A Scrapbook of Inspiration?  I fell in love with it and immediately upon seeing it, I ordered some from her Etsy.  I’ll feel like I’m getting ready for an evening in Paris when I sit at my vanity.


Of course, when I sit on my vanity chair, I won’t be able to see the fabric (nobody will be able to see the fabric if I’m sitting on the chair!), so I’ll put Karen’s framed art on my vanity to remind me that I’m going out for dreaming of an evening in Paris.  Do you think I’ll look better after I get ready if I was dreaming of Paris while I was getting ready?  If dreaming of Paris made me look better, I’d be knockout gorgeous by now!

I’m joining Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.  It seems that when I join Met Monday, I post something that looks almost the same in the “before” pictures as it looks in the “after” pictures.  I don’t think Susan’s going to kick me out of Met Monday though. 
If you missed seeing all of the great Favorite Things linkups, please scroll down to my previous post, and go visit all of the linkups.  Thank you so much for coming to visit me.  laurie


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So fun, your chair is cute! I love your paint brush comment... I feel the same, how do I not see the crumb that's the size of a raisin as I look through the camera!?!?

Paula said...

Great job redoing your chair. Isn't it great to make something wonderful out of a yard sale find?

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your chair is cute and I think that fabric is great! Enjoy, you did a great job!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your chair is adorable Laurie! You did a great paint job on it!
And the fabric is perfect and will look so pretty when it's all covered!
Now for that evening in Paris. Oh, wouldn't that be fun!
I'm dreaming right along with you!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your little vanity chair. I think your paint job came out just perfect. What a great find, and the fabric is wonderful. No wonder you fell in love with it. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Girl, you have Paris on the brain! Can't wait to see your chair after you get it done and apparently before you sit in it!
Enjoy that chair girlfriend...great find!!

vignette design said...

I would have bought that chair too. It's darling. That fabric will be adorable on it. Can't wait to see the final result.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I do like that chair. I know what you mean about the painting. I do not like to paint and I am not good at painting - period!
Have a great week!

Sarah said...

Laurie, what a cute vanity chair. Love the fabric from Karen. She is so creative! On my recent antique shopping trip with my sister and one of my nieces, my niece found a precious vanity chair that went home with her. Her chair is more "getting ready for an evening in Hollywood." ~ Sarah

xinex said...

Your vanity chair will look very pretty, Laurie. And the framed fabric is very pretty....Christine

Just Breathe said...

Nice job, it's going to look really cute with that fabric. I am wanting a trip to Paris too!

Debbie said...

Love your Evening in Paris looks, and I love the commentary as much if not even more!

So funny.

I agree with you. It IS just the right amount of shabby!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What a great little chair. Im looking for one for my vanity too. Planning a little redo of it. The fabric is sweet too. Thanks for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Marlis said...

I love the paint brush on the chair, so something I would do. but see to me it just means that you were ready to bring this chair out of it's misery and into it's best light! Success. Beautiful

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Laurie!
What a fun find! And it looks great with the new paint job. Don't ya just love the shabby look? It makes it so much easier for us less than perfect painters!

The fabric is going to be perfect!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

OK seriously- hand over that chair and nobody gets hurt~!!! lol..
You sure made a beauty of of a somewhat plain seat... applause on doing such a great job-- now--- Hand it ova Miss... :)


susan said...

Laurie- I love your chair--there is no use worrying about those crevices for loved and worn look! Didn't there used to be a perfume called "Evening in Paris"? That would definitely finish off your vignette! Love the fabric!--and I happen to know that the fabric WILL show while you are sitting there :)

Olive Cooper said...

The chair is off the chain and so are you ( this is my speak for awesome )...hugs♥olive

Kathleen said...

Well, there you go! Why go to Paris when you can sit on the Eifel Tower in the comfort of your room! Spray a little Evening in Paris around the room, if they still make it, lol, get yourself some french fries and voila , you are Gigi!
The chair is great, love the lines!

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! Love your little new chair and I love how your shabbied it! The fabric is adorable! You'll be sitting up so straight and tall since you'll be sitting on the Eiffel Tower! :)
Thank you so much for voting for Chloe Dawn.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laurie...darling chair! Love the Evening in Paris fabric! You crack me are so funny! :)

Atticmag said...

That's such a charming chair and quite French with or without the wonderful fabric.

Good news! We're staring a Friday Giveaway link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Please join us. Jane F.

KarenHarveyCox said...

OMG Laurie, that chair is gorgeous, and the fabric is going to be perfect for the cushion. Thank you so much for featuring it on your blog.

I can't wait to see this finished. You are always creating.