Y’all have heard about “vanity sizing,” right?
I don’t know about you , but I’ve seen a balloon that’s been blown up 5 times. And…when that air is released after the fifth time… it looks nothing like the balloon I started with. Y’all know what I’m sayin’?
We’ve all fallen prey to the fashion industry’s lies. Haven’t you been there? In one store you’re a size 4, two stores down you can barely squeeze into a size 12.
I’ll let you in on a little secret… IT DOESN’T MATTER!
What DOES matter is finding a comfortable spot to park your “bass” and eat chocolate. And boy have I found the perfect spot in “Vanity Seating”! You’ve gotta try this on for size.
This vanity was nothing flashy when I first found her. She was missing the mirror and had a chip on the corner of one drawer. But how perfect would she look transformed into a bench, befitting for bottoms? The drawers would be the perfect storage for hats and gloves as little people came in and out of the front door.
I started by adding bead board to the back of the “seat” area. She really needed some height in the back, so she would look like an actual bench. I created this by using a 1 X 6 piece of wood with the corners cut for shape. I just used a regular o’l cereal bowl for a pattern. I attached the 1 x 6 board to the vanity using brackets that were screwed into both the vanity as well as the board. I then finished the top by nailing a 1 x 2 to the top of the 1 x 6 board to give it dimension.
As you can see there was a chip out of the center drawer. It looked as though someone or something had gnawed the corner off. Plastic wood to the rescue! If you’ve never used it, this is GREAT stuff! I’ve used it on many projects that need TLC. I just shaped the corner the best I could, let it dry, then sanded the edge to match the rest of the drawer. To finish her up I sanded, caulked, painted, and installed new hardware.
What do you think? Could you find a place for vanity seating in your life?
P.S. I regretted selling this piece as soon as it was sold. Is it weird that I get attached to certain pieces that I work on? A few years after selling her, I was browsing the internet for new project pieces, and low and behold, the client I sold her to was redecorating and was selling her! SCORE!!! I was so excited! I called and told her I would love to buy it back. My husband was a little less excited to see her return… but between you and me, I know deep down he mourned the loss as much as I;) I am happy to say she is now adorning my entryway, welcoming bottoms of all shapes and sizes into our home.