pleasure parties accommodated at short notice.

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.

31 thoughts on “pleasure parties accommodated at short notice.

  1. Oh, that is a provocative headline, Madame! The vanity is so sweet and girly. I love how you used the background of the stencil to create interest without overshadowing the details or lines of the vanity. Really cute staging, too. Another quick seller, I’m sure.


  2. Omg…my first thought is we were getting some behind the scenes at the risque Italian museum….lol. You never fail to surprise!! Lovely soft look to an otherwise bold transfer. Always encouraging us to think outside the box! Gorgeous Linda💗


  3. You had me at the title! Love the details on the vanity and the more subtle use of the transfer – less rose is more.Beautiful transformation.


  4. Love this. It accentuates the lines of the dresser without taking over! This would be so pretty in so many places. And I eagerly await what you do with the remainder of the rose. Something clever I’m sure!


    1. Well, I don’t have any plans for it yet, but I have kept it in the scrap pile. You never know when just the right spot for it will come along 😉


  5. Okay, excuse me where my mind went when I read the title of this post! I thought maybe you and Mr. Q had joined a, ahem, new kind of club! Lol ! Then I saw his legs and thought what kind of party is this going to be!!!! Lol
    Seriously, this is my new favorite! I could literally jump in my truck here in Indiana and head for Minesota! Not often do I see a piece that I would make room for by getting rid of something else here in the house! Sooo beautiful!


  6. Great use of the rose design…not too overwhelming, just right. The color selection was great, as are Mr. Q’s always delightful legs.


  7. Oh what a beautiful piece of furniture (even with the scratches on it).No you haven’t converted me completely, but I do love this. Needless to say this is from Betty inOntario. Hope you are all well.


  8. That is so so awesome 👏. And Mr Q is the bestest-we are lucky that we have husbands that support this little hobby of ours!


  9. Absolutely gorgeous makeover. I love the way that you used the transfer. I never think of doing that. You blow me away with your insight and talent 😊


  10. My main hesitation in liking the new Prima floral transfers is that in the examples I have seen, the flowers are very “in your face” so to speak. Definitely not subtle. Not certain I would love a piece like that long-term. Here, however, the eye gets to wander, discovering little bits of joy here and there, an overall lovely surprise each time one glances at the dresser. And Little Piggy is such a soft, caressing pink!


    1. I have to admit that I am in your same camp when it comes to the florals Kim. My personal style is pretty non-flowery. I also think that florals are a bit harder to sell in our mid-west market. Certainly that is partially what’s behind my choosing to use this particular transfer in this way. I minimized the flowery-ness of it. But of course Prima has quite a few non-flowery transfers to choose from too. Although recently someone told me that my very favorite non-flowery transfer, the Seeds transfer, is no longer available. Yikes! If that’s true, that’s certainly a bummer. But I’ll be sharing another new non-flowery transfer on Friday, so be sure to stop back and check that one out 🙂


  11. So creative. Thanks for posting such detail for this amazing transformation. I would have never thought to cut the print into pieces. I’ve been looking for inspiration for a 1930’s bedroom dresser restyling. This is perfect. Just perfect. Paint is ordered, transfers are ordered, good to go 🙂


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