Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Old to New Vanity -- Ideas Needed

I need some help!!
We have an Antique Dresser/Mirror set that we are thinking of changing into a vanity to use in our bathroom. We know how and what to do in order to tranform the piece. The help I am in need of is convincing TheHandyMan to painting the piece black when we do the transformation. He is not warming up to the idea yet but I am trying very hard to convince him that we need something besides brown in the house -- I am so S.I.C.K. of the color Brown!!

This is the dresser set we will be working with.

Do you see the walls and floors? This is what our whole house looks like. Don't get me wrong I really like our Cabin in the Woods but I am very ready to add some different colors in the rooms.  He is such a Plain Paul when it comes to things in the house -- Early American is his Favorite finish.. hmm Helllooo it is BROWN! Even though I want some pretty colors I will be happy to redo this dresser in black for the bathroom. 


Here are some different vanities I have seen. 
I am so happy we have ours that we are going to makeover as these babies are crazy expensive! I mean like $2,000 or more! 

via old Craigslist listing
Love LOVE this Yellow but after 18 yrs together I know it is not even an option! 

via 3 on Tuesday
Love all the details on this dresser!

via Our Fixer Upper

Great color - love the Bowl vessel sink. 
You must click the link above for the before/afters on this bathroom.

via Catskill Farms

I even like the dark stain here on this piece. 
I wonder if we can put our mirror higher like shown here? hmm

So there are some ideas I am going to show him to prove that other people paint antique pieces too. I mean it's not like it was his Great-Great Nanny's dresser set or anything. 

What do you think? Would black be a good choice? 
Once we settle on the color then we get to figure out the sink itself. I am thinking a cool modern vessel one. :)

While y'all are helping me think of a good way to convince TheHandyMan to let me paint the dresser set black I thought I would share a photo of my niece from this weekend. This little gal makes me smile so much! She reminds me so much of Emma at that age :)


  1. I'm not sure how to convince him, but I can feel your pain. Every time I have a great design idea my husband..well he is difficult to get on board. Here's wishing you the best of luck. I think it will look fanstastic. Are you thinking a clean glossy finish, distressed, or what? I can't wait to see the end result. I'm so curious how to convert a regular piece of furniture into a bathroom vanity!

    Heather @ A Table for Ten, Please

  2. I always offer up a trade and it normally works :0) You know something like "Okay, remember that (fill in the blank) project you wanted to do in the living room? Swap ya that for a black vanity."

  3. i love the idea of a color on this piece.. aka sarah richardson style! i'll email you a couple of links to give you an idea of what i'm talking about. :)

  4. wow! that is an awesome piece for this transformation. I understand how you are tired of brown, but I really love the color. I guess cause it's in such great shape. I wouldn't want black in my bathroom, but if you have your heart set on it, I hope you can get him to change his mind!
    I like michelle's idea about a trade-out! that's clever!

    good luck! I can't wait to see it in your bathroom!
    ps hope emma is feeling all better by now!

  5. What a great piece- I agree that lightening it up would be nice, good luck on convincing him. I think you could raise the mirror, but I would try to keep it looking like one piece by putting in a board, and when you paint it you won't be able to tell it is another piece.
    Little Blue Chairs


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