Have you heard of Vintage by Nina? Nina is Nina Hartmann and she has some gorgeous books out there. She also has a shop, but since she is in Sweden, I don’t know if she ships to the U.S. or not. I’ve never tried to order from her. I get her books at the Round Barn. I will also warn you, they are pricey. I don’t usually spend nearly that much for a book, but her books are worth it to me. By the way, in case you are wondering, this post is not sponsored in any way. I don’t have any sponsors, no one ever pays me or gives me free products to blog about them (drat!). I just like to share my finds with you guys, and give you links to the sources when possible.
This brings me to the reason for this post, my latest piece, whose paint job was inspired by this picture from Nina’s book, among vintage & friends.
I had actually pinned this photo on pinterest and at the time it was not credited to Nina Hartmann. I had no idea it was from her book until I purchased the book and found it inside. Anyway, gorgeous, right? It provided the jumping off point for the vanity/dressing table I painted last weekend.
I used MMS milk paint in Grain Sack and Typewriter to copy the look.
You’ll notice that on this piece the Typewriter doesn’t look as black as it usually does when I use it. That’s because I used a topcoat of MMS clear wax instead of the hemp oil. I find that leaves the black a tad chalkier looking, which was exactly what I wanted in this case.
The chipping really worked on this piece, and it gave me the look I wanted. I think if I had done this same color scheme with chalk paint it would have looked a little gaudy.
I shared the knobs for this piece with you as a sneak peek last weekend. I found them at Hobby Lobby and knew they were going to be perfect on this dressing table. The original knobs were OK, but just OK, nothing special.
I’m making you wait for the full reveal, have you noticed? Just be patient, we’ll get there. Meanwhile, I opted to paint the bench in Typewriter to contrast with the vanity.
I recovered the seat with some stenciled drop cloth fabric.
Remember my trick of putting scrapbook paper in the drawers? Did that again here (again with paper from October Afternoon).
I staged this piece with one of my vintage cameras and a little touch of Q.
As you can see, my manikin Lula is wearing her winter fur.
OK, enough delays, here is the full piece.
I have to tell you, I really struggled with my photos on this one. It was difficult to get the white balance right and to try and show the true grey tones of the Grain Sack. I think this last picture comes closest to the most accurate colors. I re-did it five times! So by this point, my eyes are playing tricks on me anyway. I wish I could just invite you all over to my house to see it in person so you could really see it.
And oh my goodness, I nearly forgot to share the ‘before’ with you. How much do you love the golden fleece of a seat? And Mr. Q’s legs and hands as he holds the mirror in place for me?
Anyone need a fab dressing table to add a little vintage glamour to their home?