Before & After: Garage Sale Vanity Gets a New Lease on Life

published Aug 26, 2011
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When Carrie found this vintage vanity at a garage sale, the large center mirror was missing, the finish was in desperate need of some TLC, and the drawers were full of dead bugs. Despite the obvious condition problems, and the fact that she herself had no need for a vanity, Carrie knew this lovely piece deserved a second chance to grace a home. After a little reflection on the piece and on her actual needs, Carrie was able to give her secondhand vanity a new lease on life.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Though Carrie had no need for a vanity, she was in the market for narrow nightstands to grace her bedroom; she had been living without a nightstand for three years. Carrie was prepared for a complicated deconstruction process, but was delighted to discover that she only needed to remove a few screws to reduce the vanity to its composite pieces. Once the the two sides were separated, Carrie painted them a deep blue-grey and added them into her bedroom. This project is a great example of the creative reuse of an existing piece to better meet the current needs of the owner.

For more details of Carrie’s creative vanity project, check out her blog post 1 vanity + 1 good idea = 2 nightstands.

Image: Photos by Carrie at Lovely etc.