Thursday, April 19, 2012

Roadside Resuce Vanity Redo AKA Samuel L. Jackson vanity...:)

You may be wondering why I called this vanity "Samuel L. Jackson" .
Well I will get to that while I am explaining the REDO on this little cutie.

If you remember I got this little cutie as it was about to be put in a dumpster.

It was covered in spider eggs and who knows what else, but otherwise in pretty good shape.

EXCEPT for the drawer fronts. As you can see they were a bit warped.  (much like my brain)
Well after many tries and different things to try and coax them back to somewhat of a straight piece;

THIS is what I ended up doing...Taking a rubber mallet to the bottom two drawers. They could not be saved..but what I did was use a side from each of the drawers to cover the bottom of the now vacant drawer hole (is that a thing?).

Now that the said "drawer holes" were covered I could start spraying the vanity with a very pale yellow color.

While the paint was drying I took the seat off of my bench (which I had found at Goodwill for $5.99)
and got out my Goodwill fabric that I had been hoarding. ( I am not kidding, when I see fabric at Goodwill I buy it and save it. Its becoming a bit of an issue..:)) it is...much better than that purple ripping velvet don't ya think?
NOW for the reason I call this vanity SAMUEL L. JACKSON.
For those of you that read my Facebook page, you will know what an issue the drawer fronts were.
I needed to drill new holes for the new hardware. Easy right. Well apparently not!!
Unbeknownst to me...These fronts are made of some space age WOOD that must be
able to withstand hurricane force winds and nuclear meltdown because I broke one
bit and had 2 screws snap off in the fronts just trying to drill new holes in them.
This is where I started swearing.....and swearing .....and swearing..
Walking away and swearing some more and at one point pretty sure I yelled out the
line from the movie where Sam Jackson yells "I hope you die...I hope you burn in........."
Well, you get the picture...

But FINALLY..I got them in. I had to touch up the fronts and then realized I had used up all the paint I had sprayed them with. I realized this AFTER I had already touched up with a darker yellow. UGHH!!
SOOO  I painted the drawers  a darker yellow and then white washed the whole vanity.

I actually am really happy that I made that mistake because I like that the drawers are darker
and kind of go along with the dark baskets that I put in the old "drawer holes"  :)
Sorry, but I am liking saying that. :)

So all in all it was worth it and I am really happy with how she turned out.

Thought this was fun too. Saw the date on the of the mirror while taking pics.

So NOW it is done, and hopefully on to someone to enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed my little journey on this one.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day.!!

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T. Emrich said...

See? I told you yesterday that some of the pieces we struggle with the most are some of the best things ever! Good job!
(Titia) Just so you know who I

reFresh reStyle said...

I love it! You are so talented!

Terrie Mathison said...

I love what you did with this vanity! Sorry you had so much trouble but it sure is pretty!!

Stacey said...

That looks great!
I would love if you stopped by to link it up to my party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Laura said...

Oooooooo! Karin! I LOVE THIS! The white-washed yellow is PERFECTION! And what a nifty idea and a great save from the dumpster. Great job!

Shannon Fox said...

LOL!! So frustrating right? Turned out a another winner though. You beat it into submission ;)

littletak said...

Love It....Want it!!:)

The Joyful Thrifter said...

fab find! and a fantastic re-do!

The Joyful Thrifter

Claudine from said...

AMAZING what you did with this dresser!!!!
I loved your pictures too, great view reflected on the mirror!!!
I laughed about the Samuel Jackson reference, HAHAHAHAAHHA!!!
I am a new blogger and DIYer, and I can imagine myself swearing in frustration, just like you!!!

Janel from NellieBellie said...

How clever to take that and figure out how to save it! So pretty! Thanks for linking up at the Stinky linky!

Donna Wilkes said...

I have refinished two vanities in this same style and they are monsters to deal with. You not only conquered, but tamed the beast turned it into a beauty! Followed you over from a Link Party.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Dee said...

What an appropriate color choice. This vanity gave you lemons & you made lemonade. Beautiful job! Dee from My Painted Stuff

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi I'm a new follower and found your link at Miss Mustard Seed. I can't believe you were able to find a cutie like this with the mirror intact. Can't believe someone would throw her out. You did an awesome job. If you'd like I'd love if you linked her to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party going on now through Sunday. This is a true example of a 'Frugal Treasure'. Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

I love it! I have an obsession with vanities and have always wanted one since I was a kid. So pretty how you redid it!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

This turned out so pretty! I love yellow. Now if I could just get over my "you don't paint wood" attitude, I could have beautiful furniture like this! (I'm workin on it!)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I have one of these sitting in my garage and is next on my agenda. I need to find a bench though. I really like the baskets in the drawer holes!. I thought you were going to say that this was Samuel Jackson because this is the color of his house in New Orleans - which it is - but your explanation is better!

Jenn Gray said...

Love lOve loVe lovE! Yellow is my favorite!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I am sorry you had so much trouble with the drill bits but at the same time, we wouldn't have had the Samuel L Jackson "effect" . I had to find out what the connection was! Great job as always and thanks for sharing at this week's party.

Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

Very cute finish! I think the color is lovely and the fabric adds a "funky" vibe. Very nicely done!

Kimberly said...

Very cool. Love the fabric you used on the stool.

Jacqueline said...

What an amazing makeover! I have the same vanity except no mirror. Thanks for sharing this at my party!

Mindie Hilton said...


Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

What a great paint job and I love the yellow colour :)

Simply Tasheena said...

Amazing job!

PS: I look forward to seeing you today at Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH via:

Mrs. Delightful

Amber *SaltTree Creative* said...

Lovely! I too have encountered some 'mystery' materials before... but the broken drill bit and screws sure look like they were worth it in the end! Thanks for linking up at SaltTree!

Unknown said...

Love the yellow. I saw similiar pieces at the thrift and consignment stores all the time, I just haven't been brave enough to tackle one yet. Great job.

I'm visiting from Our Delightful Home linky party. I hope that you can stop by my blog as well. :)

Thanks for sharing,

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

Amazing!! It turned out so great!! Hope you have a great day!

cheapcraftymama said...

That is adorable! Love it! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It & Win It Wednesday @ (open now!).

Unknown said...

Wow, looks really great! I'm never lucky enough to score roadside finds! I'm always on the hunt though. Great finished product!!

Michelle said...

Wow, Gorgeous!

Cassie Bustamante said...

that was a whole lot of love and elbow grease, but totally worth it in the end! it looks amazing!

Rhonda @ home.made. said...

What a great rescue! That mirror is phenomenal!

Visiting from Friday Flair - Rhonda @ home.made.

Tisha Clapp said...

So pretty! I love that the date was on the mirror. Great redeux. Thanks for linking up.

How to Nest for Less said...

WOW!! That looks fantastic!! Great job :)

Julie E said...

My grandma had a vanity just like this one. I have the fondest first lipstick memories while peering into that giant mirror. This is such a great revamp! said...

Some of the ugliest and most time consuming pieces turn out to be the prettiest. I did the same w/a vanity of mine. Love your colors and good for you for finding the stool! I have the hardest time finding seating for these pieces. Great job.

Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

its cute, and a funny story to go with it! Thanks for linking up :-0

Loribeth said...

Very nice! You did a wonderful job making it look great!

SoSimple said...

That turned out great! love it! I was drawn to your link over at Primitive & Proper because I have an old vanity as well that I am using in my entry. It belonged to my grandmother so it is something I want to keep. You have me thinking about refinishing the piece now. The wheels are turning. please visit me @ I would love to get your opinion, some advice, on what I could do with it.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Woa... that took a whole lotta steps, but look at that end result! It's gorgeous! Now aren't you glad you pushed through all those scary fears? What's next? :)


Sandy said...

I remember that vanity in my g/moms bedroom, really!
Boy did it take me back!
What a great save and good job with the refinish!

jessiev said...

Such an awesome piece! You did such an awesome job redoing it! Congrats!