Sunday, April 18, 2010

I found a side table that I love!!!!

Okay, I am feeling really brave today because I am sharing a video of me with you.

I found such a great deal that I had to share it with you “in person”.

(I took this video from my phone, in my son’s room, late at night, and I’m looking pretty rough. I must really love you guys!) :)

Here is what the vanity looked like when I walked into the Antique Mall…(insert bright light from heaven and choir of angels singing)…


Here is what the top looked like when we brought it home. I loved it despite it’s flaws…(we had started sanding it a little already)…

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My hubby helped me sand it with 80 grit (coarse) sand paper to get some serious work done on top…

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Then he sanded the whole top with 120 grit sand paper, and then smoothed it out with a 220 grit sand paper.

Now, I apologize for not taking pictures of the next steps. I was so excited about this project that I truly forgot. But I will tell you what we did.

I wiped the dust off the top and applied two coats of Miniwax “Dark Walnut” stain with a clean cloth. (Be sure to let it dry in between coats.)

Then I cleaned the bottom half of the piece with a wet cloth and a little bit of Murphy’s Wood cleaner.

Then I put a coat of Minwax Polyurethane (satin finish) all over the entire piece with a large sponge brush. Be sure to put on a thin layer.

When it was completely dry, I lightly sanded the top of the vanity and applied a second coat just to the top.

And here it is….(It looks orange-y out in the sun, but it is really a dark brown.)

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The drawers work perfectly even though they have some big scratches on them, and I love the way they look. The scratches give the piece so much character…like there is a story behind every scratch.

And here it is in its new home…aaaahhhh….

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Doesn’t it fit just perfectly?

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I may put a mirror over the vanity…I haven’t decided yet.

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The top turned out silky-smooth! I got that mirror picture frame at the Antique Mall too for just $4.99. I thought it would add some more “bling” to the room.

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I love the details on this piece….the engravings, the cute little round feet…

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One more reminder…$25.00!!!!!

Seriously? You can’t beat that with a stick!

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So can you tell I love this piece? Hope so!

I am sooooo close to having this room finished. I am mostly looking for some lamps and some material for pillows.

The “big reveal” will be coming soon….

I am linking this party to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land!

And Home is....@Reluctant Entertainer!

Be sure to mark you calendars for my next linky party.

All you have to do is link your favorite DIY project (related to home decor or home improvement) that you have completed in the month of April. One entry per person please.

If you don’t have a project to post, then just come and hang out at the party and check out everyone else’s great projects. :)

I will be posting more details about the party this week.

Have a blessed day!



  1. I love it too! And what a great refinishing job.

    It looks so pretty next to your bed.

  2. Wow, it looks great! I bet a silver tray with some cute things on it would look good there too.

  3. That is the PERFECT side table. I love it when it all comes together (and for a fabulous price too!).

  4. Traci, It is adorable! I love it too.

  5. Hi Traci,
    I love your new vanity and as one bargain hunter to another, I can appreciate the thrill! Great job on the refinishing and you look cute no matter what!
    Have a great week,

  6. Gorgeous! I can't get over that price! I know I would have been doing cartwheels in my mind, too! Impressed with the way you kept that cool for the store owner. Congrats on this awesome, awesome find! Looks PERFECT in your room! Loved your video! Blessings! = )

  7. That's beautiful. Now you can be on the lookout for the perfect little stool or chair to put with it!

  8. It's gorgeous! It fits the spot perfectly too. You should be feeling pretty good. :) Your whole room is turning out beautifully.

  9. The price is sooooo awesome! Traci, a friend of mine has bought several pieces like that....with the little wheels on the bottom and she said if you get a piece like that for less that $200 you have accomplised something! Girl, I would say you accomplised something here. The makeover really looks nice. I am so proud for you. Be blessed. Cindy

  10. Very beautiful! What a find! And the video was great, I love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  11. You are so cute! I can just hear you whispering sweet nothings in the ear of that vanity. :)

    Congratulations on this awesome find. It's going to be such fun to tour your room when it's all done!

  12. Gorgeous piece. It looks wonderful. Love all the wonderful detail. You did a fabulous job refinishing it. Hugs, Marty

  13. What a great piece and a great price, Traci! You even get two functions of it ~ side table for your bed and vanity/desk. Great job!

  14. I LOVE it and what a deal - I have a desk similar to yours next to my side of the bed. I might take a picture of it and email to you. It is was of my most treasured pieces also.
    Can't wait to see the completed room.

  15. Traci you are as cute as a button yourself! You're right. It is precious and just perfect for your room. What a great treasure to find. :)

  16. I use to have that exact vanity, it was my step-mother's grandmothers... it was in really, really rough shape... I ended up turning into a bench for her, because she no longer had a place for it as a vanity... it looks great in your room. You've been doing a fantastic job on that room.

  17. woo hoo. You found something that you love and gave it a little love and it looks FABULOUS!! And even better it does fit perfectly in your room. The plan is coming together and wow, can't believe you got for just $25! You are doing great with your budget and finding some really great stuff.

  18. You totally need to do more're so stinking cute, and I miss your face!! Can we go to Sonic one day soon? I miss you! And I love your table!

  19. Yay - $25! And it's so fun to hear your voice again and see your pretty face!

    Happy Monday!

  20. Simply gorgeous! What an exciting find and the price is incredible. I love the detailing. Looks fabulous - -great job!

  21. Oh IS perfect! What a great find!

  22. Great find!! I am so happy for you!! I know you are going to amazing things with the rest of your budget. You may even have some extra to do a little shopping for your self! Like a summer top or bottom :O) Maybe even a nice bottle of wine for you and your hubby:O) Cant wait to see your finiahed room!!

  23. Hello sweet Traci - I can't believe you found that table for $25! I had to re-read it to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Oh my, it's gorgeous! You did a great job refinishing it. Love the etching. And fits perfectly in your room. A pretty mirror above it would be fabulous!


  24. Beautiful piece of furniture! And thank you so much for not painting it white like most people would.

  25. Great buy!!!
    Doin back flips with ya,

  26. You are just the cutest! I love your blog anyway, but now I get to picture you saying y'all and talking Southern as you do your projects. Too cute! Luuuuve the dresser by the way. Completely jealous!

  27. You my friend...are just TOO stinkin' cute!!!! :-)

    And, I LOVE your latest find. Great job.

  28. I loved watching the video! You and your looking like poop made me smile. For the record you looked great.

    Love, love, love the vanity! I have moments like that too where I am shouting and jumping up and down inside but trying to be calm on the outside. The vanity fits perfectly in your spot.

  29. Traci, I loved your video! Sitting here at my desk in Australia I enjoyed every minute, your cute accent, your joy at finding the vanity and that fact that you lay in bed staring at it and whispering sweet nothings in its ear. I laughed and laughed! Thank you for sharing your story via video, the vanity looks fabulous and for $25, might just be the bargain of the decade!

  30. That table is wonderful and the price just adds to the awesomeness. And let me say, your video is so funny! Just like a video phone call with interrupting boys. Just like my house...made me smile!

    Thanks for sharing!

  31. I love your vintage dresser. It turned out wonderful.
    I found one similar to it at Habitat today, but passed it up because the drawers were out of sync and had at least a five inch gap. Broke my heart!
    You really found a great treasure.


  32. O.K. after I picked myself up off the floor from laughing at you, yes you are a nut!!! I looked at the pictures and I do love the side table. It is stinking cute!!! and so are you!!:) Love ya sis!

  33. That is a GREAT deal! I would have snapped it up super fast too! It's beautiful.

  34. Yay! How much fun to get a great deal AND exactly what you wanted! It looks great and I loved your video! Can't wait to see your whole room!

  35. Awesome deal! And the refinishing? Perfect. Love it :)

  36. Hey, friend! You've been busy & I do love that piece. Great vintage addition to your new room, which is looking great too. You've been a busy, busy girl. Me too, always trying to catch up.

  37. Back again, Traci, just to let you know I gave you a shout out in my most recent post about the magnetic memo board I made.

  38. Love it! Great piece and you can't beat that price!

  39. Are you KIDDING me!!!? That's incredible! You give me hope. I, too have been looking for an antique vanity and I know I'll find one. This post just makes me want to go "hunting". Congrats on an awesome find!!! It's GORGEMOUS!

  40. WHAT A FIND!!! I love it! Looks so beautiful in your bedroom!

  41. $25?!?!? sister you got yourself a STEAL there. it turned out amazing!!

  42. You are adorable (love the video)... and quite talented. I absolutely love your master bedroom.

  43. Wonderful find. I am going to Canton, TX this weekend. Maybe there will be a deal waiting for me!

  44. I cannot believe you found this treasure for only $25!!! Is that God or what? What a blessing. It's awesome to know that our heavenly Father cares about even the smallest details of our lives. You did an awesome job on the entire room. I absolutely LOVE your blog. Way to go, Traci!

  45. I think I already commented on this, but I love your find!

    Thanks for linking up to RE Traci! :)


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