Indulging My Girly-Girl… Painting a Vanity

I’m a mom of 2 boys.  Through the years with my boys, my home has been full of Thomas trains, Cars, Beyblades, Legos and most recently, wrestlers (cannot believe I am admitting that one).  I love every minute.   I was made to be a mom of boys.  But, I can admit that I definitely get a little giddy when I get the opportunity to indulge my girly-girl and paint a piece for a client’s daughter.  Sugar and spice and curls and bows are not things that make an appearance in this household on a regular basis. waterfall vanity

When a client emailed me pictures of a waterfall vanity someone had given her for one of her daughters, we pored over images of painted waterfall vanities on Pinterest.  She knew she wanted to paint it to lighten it up before putting it into her daughter’s room. waterfall vanity

We looked for different color schemes and ideas and came up with several options.  My client gave the final decision to her daughter, since it was going to be her vanity.  She chose a color scheme and look similar to this inspiration photo: waterfall inspiration pic

I loved her choice…  the neutral colors will grow with her as she ages and her tastes change.  The look was feminine without looking like the inside of a Pepto-Bismol bottle.  We chose a creamy color for the piece… Maison Blanche Baguette.  The yellow undertones gave the vanity a warm look.  It look several coats to fully cover the vanity.  The subtle details of the vanity were painted with one of my favorite products, Liquid Silver Leafing by Plaid, as was the hardware. waterfall vanity painted birds

The best part of this vanity makeover came from a special request from Mom.  She asked me to find a spot to put a subtle bird on the vanity.  Birds have a special meaning to this little girl and to her family and their love for her.  So the corner of one of the lower drawers got a very special, very subtle adornment… a tiny bird silhouette sitting on a branch.  And just because I love symmetry… just because I loved the story of what the bird means to this little girl and her family and just because I thought her little bird looked lonely, I gave her a friend on the opposite drawer.

My favorite feature of the Art Deco Waterfall style vanities?  Hands down, it’s the HUGE mirrors that attach to the top of each vanity.  Almost equal in size to the vanity itself, they are simple in style, striking and gorgeous. waterfall inspiration pic

Not long ago, this beautiful vanity left my home and made its way back to a little girl.  It has years of primping and makeovers in front of its enormous mirror to look forward to.  As for my house?  Well, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming of WWE and Skylanders.  And you know what?  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  1. Gorgeous! Did you hand paint that bird? I love it. And I know what you mean about living with boys. I use pink whenever I can sneak it past them.

  2. Molly Wilkins says:

    Yet again, another amazing transformation!!! Great job, Holly!

  3. Holly,

    Love the birdies! They make it. I am a little obsessed with birdies and always have been. One of my favorite furniture makeovers that my husband and I did was a vanity for my daughter. It has a very aged tri-fold mirror. My very vain 15 year old daughter would love that huge mirror on your beautiful vanity instead!

    When I was growing up, my parents had a waterfall bedroom set. It was passed down to my sister, but the veneer started chipping and off it went to the dump. So sad we couldn’t save it!

    Another great Storywood makeover!


  4. so sweet! i love that soft color and of course the birds!

  5. Looks so pretty Holly! That’s a lucky little girl – I’m sure she’s going to love it!

  6. Beautiful! I love the little birds – so subtle but so meaningful. Really sweet. Oh, and I’m with you on Beyblades, Legos, etc.

  7. Beautifully done!! I love the chair too!! And the little birds are perfect!! ~ Lori

  8. Your vanity turned out beautiful, the birds are the perfect touch!

  9. jo robinson says:

    can you please tell me about the paint ??what company and color ????

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