Furniture Problems and Solutions!

The furniture problems...

1) I spilled some rubbing alcohol on my vanity top while cleaning earrings
2) I have bleed though on my painted vanity
3) I sold my vanity chair at my last garage sale
The Furniture Solutions...

First of all, I didn't know that rubbing alcohol was a furniture stripper. Now I know! How did I get to be 56 and not have the happen before? I usually use the bathroom sink is why. I thought the walnut veneer on the top of this piece was too thin to re-sand and re-finish. I opted for solution #2: Hide it with paint.
I taped off an area to paint.
And free-hand painted my own doily!
NOTE: There are comments about this doily that I will address here. This was not a stencil. I free-hand painted this. And the paint used on the whole piece was Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint.
Secondly, I will deal with the bleed though later. I know I have to seal with shellac and repaint. I'm just not up to it now with all the other projects I am working on.

Thirdly, the vanity chair was cute and it looked good, but I have learned to pay close attention to how I use my space. I don't lean back in the chair while putting on make-up. Therefore, a stool will work and it tucks under the vanity since we don't have a large master bedroom.
And after I did this chair for the room, I wanted something that would coordinate... Enter this stool!
A couple of years ago, I picked up this stool.

At the same flea market, I found a tray that fit it and turned it into a side table in another guest bedroom.
I love tables and others came into my home so I didn't need this one anymore. I stained the wood dark walnut to match the vanity top and used the same Hobby Lobby fabric that I did on the chair seat to upholster the stool (after cutting a piece of wood into an oval and buying foam).
 It now tucks into it's space like it was meant to be.

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  1. Ha! That is so pretty and inventive, love it!

  2. Okay so I am loving that doily! What a really awesome job you did....had to look twice to see it was painted. I love the piece you worked on also...Nice work.

  3. Is that the same doily stencil you used in the stairwell?
    I love it!

  4. Oh my goodness! You are talented beyond belief! Gorgeous!! Did you use a stencil to paint that doily fringe? Please share kind of paint you used to paint vanity?

  5. Great job!!! Love the stool and that fabric is fabulous. I have my MIL dressing stool that would look great covered with that fabric.

    Cathy <;)

  6. The painted doily was a genius solution and that bench is gorgeous!!

  7. I so want to go shopping with you. I don't throw the word love around, but I love your room. The colors, fabrics, collection of purses & the (sorry don't know what it is) thing they are hanging on, it all works beautifully together. How did you paint the fringe? Thanks for the heads up on alcohol, I too made it to 56 without knowing.

  8. Your hand painted doily is amazing!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. I agree with Susan and Bentley. I had to look and look at that doily to see how you did it. lovely, lovely, lovely.

  10. First, the vanity itself is just adorable! You did a fantastic job on creating the doily! I really like the fabric you used on the chair and the stool. Everything looks great together!

  11. What finish is on your wood top that was damaged by rubbing alcohol? Never seen that happen before.

  12. I absolutely love everything about your vanity. The doily (Brilliant), the bleed (it has character) & the stool (PERFECT)!!! Thanks for sharing at project Pin-it!!



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