So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

June 28, 2012

Vanity Reveal!

I've finally finished the vanity!  Whew . . . lol!  How did such a small project turn into such a big job, I still wonder. LOL!!!    But I'm quite happy with how she came out!  NOTE:  Heavy photo loaded post. : )

So you remember how she started out here:
She was a gift from a friend; don't know why the legs were on backwards. lol  The color was a stark white so I painted it a pearl/putty white of diy chalk paint by mixing 2 paints I already had.  I put 2 coats sanded after each and it came out so so smooth.

Then I hit a creative block as seen here!   Frustrated , I decided I'd just work on one of my quickie projects such as these three.  As soon as I started looking through my paints to see what I wanted use, I discovered I still had a sage green paint leftover I had mixed up from another project.  PERFECT . . .!!!  So I sponged the green over the chalk paint and loved the mottled look!  Next I added the wine color trim so it coordinated more with my bathroom, plus I love the color combo.

Now my creative juices were awakened and I started looking to see what else I could add.  Have you ever heard of Tatouage?  I bought these about 7yrs ago on HSN but hadn't only used it once.

It's a rub on transfer you can use on the walls, furniture, and even glass.  You can find more info about it at Tatouage Designs  their official site and also at House of Tatouage which is a distributors site.  I took some curvy corner pieces and added them to the four corners of the table top.  Guess what, its also wholes up under sanding if you want the distressed age look.   I sanded right over them here.

I also added on the front of the piece.  I noticed these small transfers were very similar to the design on the knob.
 Below yous can see how two of them are transferred on and one isn't.
Only tools you need is the wooden tongue depressor tool which is provided with it.

 I decided to paint the knob black as the white just stood out too much.
I also went light on the distressing, just a little on the edges and the diamond behind the knob.

So this would be a good place to stretch your legs or grab a snack or drink . . .  All refreshed?  Okay lets continue with the finale!

And here she is completed and in her new home in my bathroom.

I added a few of my favorite things including my love of teddy bears. : )

I even added a little surprise punch by painting the inside of the drawer with fabric on the seat.
As for my bench, a little secret, its only taped on for now.  I know, you couldn't tell, but after all, we bloggers have no secrets and tell all. lol  My staple gun died just before I left for vacation, so for now, tape it is. -_^  The photos give you a peek into my bathroom.   So here she is side by side before and after:

 Hopefully, I will do a full reveal of the finished room on Sunday!  Thanks for your patience in following along through all the photos. *Whew*  Have a good week everyone and hope you'll visit again soon.
By the way, watch for some talented guest post coming soon.  I'll just say string, art, and jewelry . . . uh huh! -_^
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Fridays At Redoux @ Redoux Interiors
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Furniture Friday @ Decorating Insanity
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Power of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
I Love Friday Party @ Petals to Picots
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Normal
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister's Stuff
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Overflowing with Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Newbie Party @ Debbiedoos
Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Your Gonna Love It @ Kathe With an E
Open House Wednesday @ No Minimalist Here
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer


  1. Great makeover, Barbe! I love the rub-ons that you added. It's all in the details!

    1. Thank you Brandi. I love those things and can't wait to use them on another project. : )

  2. Oh my goodness! How pretty! I love the colors you chose and the fabric is beautiful. It was worth the wait...Connie

    1. Thanks Connie. I'm pleased with it and so glad it's finished. lol

  3. What a beautiful vanity.Love how you transformed it.And you have it displayed perfectly.

    1. Thanks Anne. I've been collecting things to place on it and so happy I finally get to use it.

  4. Well, Barbe, I've been waiting all week to see how you finished this vanity. I was NOT disappointed. The sage green and wine are a great combination. Of course, being me, the distressing just added extra detail to the piece. Those rub-on decals look fab especially after your finishing techniques. I have to pin this under my "Green With Envy" board on Pinterest! See you on Tuesday.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    P.S. Glad you cleared up the mystery about the legs! I've been wondering!

  5. Oh Donna, thank you very much for your kind words. See you Tuesday! : )

  6. Nice restyle....the color combination looks great the trim is a nice pop of color and you can never go wrong with embellishments.

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  8. How very pretty. Thank you so much for sharing with the newbie party. I appreciate it very much. Enjoy.

  9. this vanity turn out beautifully! the wine colored trim really pops- love it!

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  11. That turned out so well! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

  12. This looks great what a great transformation. I am a new follower... Hugs, Cindy

  13. Very pretty!! I need one for my bathroom too!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!


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