Vanity Nightstand

Jan 28, 2018 | Hemp Oil, Tough Coat | 0 comments

I think I’ve been in bed by 8:30 every night this weekend so far!  Friday was spent painting in the workshop and getting more pieces finished for the Food for Families Fundraiser next weekend.  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with two lovely ladies during my Paint Your Own Piece Workshop at Morgantown Market.  After two jammed-packed days of furniture painting, I practically collapsed every night, eager for my fluffy sheets and pillow.

I intended to share this blog post on Friday, but the days got away from me.  Today, I have more time to catch up on photographing pieces, so I’m happy to share another that will be available at the fundraiser.

This adorable nightstand (or end table) is actually the side from an antique vanity.  I bought it already separated from the body, and I found it on Facebook Marketplace.  (I’m telling you guys, I’ve totally been scoring amazing pieces from Marketplace these past few weeks!)  When I got it, the veneer on one side was badly damaged, so I removed it and filled in the holes where it was attached to the body of the vanity with wood putty. 

You can see the wood grain through the Milk Paint on this side.  The other side in comparison has the veneer and it painted up a little differently.  I got some lovely natural chipping and there is no visible wood grain.

The difference in the sides doesn’t bother me at all because the way I see it, if this piece is placed next to a sofa, chair, or bed, you won’t see one of the sides.  It will be nestled up against a piece of furniture, so the difference won’t really matter.

This piece was painted in one of my favorite neutral combinations – equal parts Schloss and Marzipan.

The result is a lovely putty color that is to die for!

I was very happy with the natural chipping on the drawers. 

It looks authentically aged, doesn’t it?

There are some lovely bits around the legs too.

This spot on the top made me quite happy as well.

The drawer storage on this piece is awesome.  There’s one smaller drawer on top and a deeper one on the bottom.  It’s perfect for storing larger items.  They were pretty dirty and marked up on the inside, so my Mom gave them a good cleaning and we revived the wood with some Howard’s Restor-A-Finish.  It buffed away the scratches and they look like a million bucks now!

The hardware is original to the piece and I shined it up with some Hemp Oil.  It revived like a champ.

From the side, you can see the spot where the mirror would have attached to the top.  There’s an “L” shaped cutout on the back.

While the top of the piece doesn’t reach all the way to the back, it’s not noticeable from the front, and I find it quite charming!  It gives this piece a story and character.  People who see it will ask you what it once was, and you can proudly say it’s half of an antique vanity that’s been repurposed as an end table.  Or a nightstand.  Or a whatever!  And with a narrow width, it can squeeze into tight spaces, giving you storage with style.

This piece will be available at the Food for Families Fundraiser next weekend at Conestoga Mennonite Church.  The details are on the poster below.  I’ll be set up in the chapel area, just to the left of the main entrance.  On Saturday, I’ll be conducting a FREE Milk Paint Demonstration at 2:00 PM, so feel free to join in on the fun.

The fundraiser event is being held down the road from a handful of fabulous stores, so you can make a day or a weekend out of it! It’s about 2 traffic lights away from Morgantown Market and Mill Property Antiques, so you can get your antique picking in. About 3 lights away is the lovely primitive store called The Blue Snickel. Just 2 more lights away is the modern farmhouse charm of Painted Table Designs. If you’re hungry while you’re out and about, visit Morgantown Coffee House! All of these fabulous stores are on Main Street aka Route 23, and they’re within 10-15 minutes of the fundraiser! Get a taste of my favorite places to frequent next weekend and come visit me at the fundraiser!

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