Besides the fact that it was in style a few decades ago, there were a few negatives to the function of this particular piece of furniture. For one thing, there were no drawers of any sort so my make-up, curling irons, and other random items could never really be hidden away. Another symptom it deveolped over the years was a broken leg. This made for a balancing act most of the time while I tried to apply my makeup. Needless to say, it was time to begin looking for a replacement and where other would I turn than to my new lifeline of information, pinterest.
After only a few clicks in I was drawn to the re purposed desks, end tables, and decorative tables that now took on the new identity of a vanity. After a few seasons of garage sailing (yes, you heard me correctly, it takes a while when you are looking for something specific via garage sales) I found just the thing for $5. I also picked up a little chair along the way for 75 cents which received a facelift as well. I am very happy with the end result and not only that, but the frugal find it turned out to be. I actually came out $1.25 ahead after selling my old vanity. That's pretty much a McDonalds hot fudge sundae which sounds amazing on this hot summer evening......Anyway, the vanity....
|The Desk Before..... I think it is a desk at least. Not sure what those "arms" were all about on it.|
|My 75 cent chair that I am pretty sure was a garden ornament in it's previous life.|
|Nothing a little wire brush, spray paint, and fabric scrap couldn't help! I found the fabric on clearance at our fabric store in town. It was a discontinued sample.|
|I wasn't a fan of the original hardware so I went to Rebuilding Hope, a construction thrift store here in Eau Claire, and found a few pieces with "style".|
|The finished product! I LOVE all the storage space in it. I didn't even come close to filling it up and the shelves along the back are even better!|
|I found this IKEA spice rack at a garage sale for $1 with 6 of the glass jars (2 pictured here). After a little paint this was a great way to store my "everyday" items. I may add another one in the future.|
|Eventually, I would like to find a mirror to hang on the wall behind it. For now I am stealing the one out of my guest room in the basement. Maybe the mirror will be my next frugal find??..|