I sent Mr. Q out to rural Wisconsin to pick up this dressing table a few weeks ago. There was some confusion about the location and he ended up at an abandoned farm. He said there were overgrown weeds and rusted out farm equipment everywhere, and since we’ve been watching a lot of Criminal Minds lately, he was kind of creeped out. It looked like prime serial killer territory. Fortunately, he figured out he was at the wrong end of the road and was able to find the right house and no harm came to him.
And then he came home with this.
This piece seems older than the hills. I decided to go with it and try to add even more age to it. I painted it in MMS milk paint in Trophy. Then, I added a stenciled pattern to the drawer fronts. The gorgeous silver drawer pulls that came with the vanity worked perfectly with the grey of the Trophy.
I added another stencil under the mirror, distressed heavily and finished with a coat of hemp oil.
And this would be about the moment where I realized that even though you can’t see that board at the back under the mirror while standing in front of this vanity, or while sitting in a chair in front of it … once you sit on the floor and start taking pictures shooting up it seems like a glaring omission!
So I went back and painted it, and then took some more pictures. And voila!
A sweet little dressing table. Or vanity. What do you call them? I must tell you, while surfing craigslist today I found one person calling theirs a ‘powdering desk’ and another called it a ‘sitting dresser’. I generally call these vanities, but if you search ‘vanity’ on pinterest you’ll also get a bunch of bathroom vanities. So, perhaps vanity, thy name is ‘dressing table’! I don’t think I’ll go with ‘powdering desk’, although I do find it kind of quaint.
I staged the dressing table with a few of my favorites things. Some vintage jewelry and buttons, and some crackly ironstone.
Some old family photos.
And of course, Lula, my dress form. You can read all about Lula here.
I got some great reflections of the photo cottage in some of my shots.
So, how about you? Could you use a powdering desk of your own?
This one is available, leave me a comment if you are interested. Sorry, this one is sold.