We love salvaging old pieces of furniture that hold tons of character and history. We have a passion for bringing them back to life and taking pride in their flaws and restoring them to be enjoyed and cherished by new families.

VINTAGE: Representing what is best or most characteristic of somebody or something. CHARM: A quality that attracts others to oneself. RESTORATION: A term commonly used when describing an item that has undergone improvements such as new paint, yet is nothing like the original.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


This is another custom for Gentle Touch Salon in Hazel Green. This one if for the owner, Barbara. The vanity was in pretty good shape with the usual knick and scratches, plus a broken drawer. It is as good as new now. I wanted to go with a dark teal color. It is actually the same color I used on my china cabinet. It is called Pond by Valspar.

I sanded her down to get rid of all the water marks, then I used a liquid sandpaper over the entire piece to be sure the paint would adhere. I painted two coats of Pond and then used my 220 grit sandpaper to sand down the edges and distress the piece. Then I decided to try something new (*scary*). I usually don't do well with new, but that all changed today! I  went over the entire piece, concentrating hard on the edges, with a dark walnut stain. I LOVE this piece. I think I'll use this technique on my living rooms tables I've been racking my brain over.

Picture roll now. Hope Barbara loves it :)


Linking up at...
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


Pin It


  1. Absolutely breathtaking! I love the color. I am sure your client is delighted!

  2. Beautiful job Allison! And my favorite color too. You put a lot of work and love into your pieces!

  3. i want that vanity!!! that color is amazing! what woman wouldn't love to get ready there each evening to go out! awesome job!

  4. I am inspired! I have my mother's Art Deco vanity, and it is in sad condition - I'm going to do what you did so that I can love mine as much as I love the one you just did! Thanks for sharing the deets! (And I "followed" your blog while here:)

  5. What a gorgeous color Allison. THanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  6. A beautiful blue and a really nice job! I am your newest follower, found you through the newbie party!

  7. I love it and what a great color!

  8. Spectacular and beautiful color!


  9. Hi Allison! I found you from DebbieDo's newbie party.

    I.LOVE.THIS.PIECE! It is so pretty! Did you wipe the excess stain off after you applied it? I put stain on a painted dresser and it took 2 weeks to dry! (I didn't wipe it off, though.)

    I'm your newest follower; maybe you can hop over to my blog and follow me!

  10. Found you on Pinterest! I love this piece and esp the stain technique! I used that as well and love it! Thanks for sharing!
    By the way - I have a linky party Thursdays on my blog - link up sometime - I would love to see you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change