I purchased this pretty vanity or dressing table at an estate sale last summer.
Just ignore Mr. Q’s legs behind the vanity. He was holding the mirror in place for me. Ladies, you know you’ve got a keeper when he’s willing to duck behind a vanity while you take your time with some ‘before’ photos!
This piece has so many pretty details and I knew it would look great painted. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to painting it. Probably because I also knew it would be more putzy to paint with the mirror frame and all of those curvy, carved details. And I was right.
But it was totally worth it!
I chose to paint it in Fusion’s Little Piggy from their Tones for Tots line. If you’re afraid of going overboard with pink, or you’re just not a fan of bubblegum, this is the perfect shade of barely there blush pink for you. In some lighting you can barely even tell that it’s pink.
This is also the perfect shade of pink to pair up with one of Prima Marketing’s newest transfers, Botanical Rose (available for purchase in mid-April).
This piece provides the perfect example of how to use a 24″ by 30″ rectangular transfer on a piece that is not exactly a rectangle. Since this transfer is a full image transfer, ie. it has a solid background, you might have thought you couldn’t cut it up and use it sort of piecemeal. But you definitely can (although you may not totally recognize it when done).
I started out by deciding which parts of the transfer would work best on which drawers. I wanted to mostly avoid using the giant rose in the middle of the design. I began with the top center drawer, then the two top side drawers, and then I used what was left of the design to piece together the lower four side drawers. I measured and cut out each section with the backing paper still in place, cutting each piece just a little larger than I needed so I had some wiggle room.
Here’s what was left of the transfer when I was done.
See how perfectly the background color on this transfer works with the Little Piggy …
Each drawer front has a solid piece of transfer over it, those background colors on the transfer blended with the paint color perfectly.
It wasn’t until I was putting the knobs back on that I noticed what the section above said. I wasn’t sure which phrase I liked better ‘staging and expressing’ or ‘pleasure parties accommodated at short notice’. I went with the latter for my blog post title, but I may have to use ‘staging and expressing’ some time too.
I kept the original hardware again this time. Initially I was going to add some gold wax to them, but in the end I liked the way they looked ‘as is’.
So, what do you think? Pretty in pink?
The Botanical Rose transfer is not yet available to purchase. However, the new spring designs from Prima Marketing should be shipping to stores in mid-April so be sure to look for them then.
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing transfers, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
If you’re wondering where to buy the Fusion paint, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a pretty pink dressing table, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page to see if this one is still available.