...vanity? turned laptop table...

A few weeks ago I was driving home from the grocery store when I drove past a garage sale that seemed to have some interesting items...so, I stopped...despite all the protests from my kids...

ME:
Ooooh! I see a garage sale...I'm just gonna drive by to see what they have...

THEM:
Noooooo! Maaaaah-aaaaahm! Not another garage sale!!!! We just want to go home!

ME:

Why? Do you have dates? I'll just be minute...

THEM:

There's not even anything good there...let's just go!!!

ME:

Wait...I see a little table thingy...let me just run up to see what they're asking for it...I'll leave the side door open and you guys can wait in the car...

THEM:

FINE. But hurry up...!

ME:

(Nothing...I was already on my way up the driveway...)




That little "table thingy" I saw ended up being a roughed-up old-ish broken vanity stand (at least that's what the homeowner thought it may have been...). The lady was asking $4.00...sounded good to me! From the car I hear, "Come ah-ahn, Mom!" I shove my money toward the seller and throw the old table in the back of the van, not really knowing what I'm going to do with it...

Fast forward about 3 weeks...the table is still sitting in my garage and my darling husband is curious about what the plans are for it. 

ME:

I don't know...but isn't it cool?

HIM:

Sure, it's OK...but what are you going to do with it? How much did you pay for it again?

ME:

$4.00...maybe we can put it in Kate's room?

HIM:

If we put another horizontal surface in her room, she's just going to fill it up...you know that.

ME:

I know, I know...we'll think of something...

Fast forward another day or so...
At the time, I had my laptop set up on the dining room table...all of my "papers" spread out around me...
My husband says, "Maybe we should bring the old computer table up for you so that you don't scratch up the top of the dining room table with your laptop."

ME:

No...I don't want to bring another piece of furniture into this small space...it'll look ridiculous...

HIM:

Well, you can't just sit there indefinitely...you're taking over.

ME:
(first of all...thanks, honey...)
Well, do you have a better idea?

HIM:

As a matter of fact, I think I do...

Enter the old $4.00 vanity...

Here's what she looked like before she got her facelift...

This first photo actually shows the back of the vanity...





...in the photo above you can sort of see along the top the lighter line of wood toward the back where a mirror probably once sat...


Here's the front...looks like there was a drawer or shelf here at one time...


The top was all roughed-up and water-stained...could definitely use some work...

A few coats of primer and paint and here she is...all dolled-up...


I enlisted the help of my awesome husband and he cut & "installed" a shelf (which I painted Valspar's Academy Grey) & crossbar for me...



Then I used the same Academy Grey and stenciled a Moroccan-ish pattern on the top of the table...


I heavily distressed the top and then dry-brushed the top with white...I continued to distress the top until I got a look I was happy with...

Then I lightly distressed the legs and darkened-up all of the distressed areas with antiquing glaze...





I love the way she looks now...I have the perfect space for all of my stuff...and the perfect little nook for her in my kitchen...


Here's where I'm linking up this week:

Between Naps on the Porch
My Romantic Home



57 comments

  1. See they just can't appreciate the vision you had darling (lol)
    You are so talented, people over here would pay £100's for this, it is so professionally finished. I am very jealous xxx

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  2. I love it!! That was definitely worth the stop ~
    Your family cracks me up ~ My girls were just like that but now they love what I do so that is pretty fun ~

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  3. Great find and it looks amazing! I absolutely love what you did with it!

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  4. Just beautiful!!! I love it! I want to get my hands on a console table like this...beautiful job!

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  5. Want to come over and cute up my house? ;)

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  6. oh my gosh, girl! you nailed this one! love the gray with crisp white and the distressing with the stenciled top. great job!

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  7. Gorgeous! You have quite the eye for distressing.

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  8. This is awesome! I love the stenciling on the top...great job!

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  9. Perfect Maggie! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out! I would have totally stopped at a garage sale if I had seen a beauty like that one! :o)

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  10. Oh. My. Gosh. Girlie, you have done it again! This is one of my favorite pieces EVER!

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  11. I LOVE it!! You do the best fix ups. And your kids are super supportive!

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  12. Definitely a great find and a terrific makeover as always by you!

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  13. You really brought new lift to that vanity! It's wonderful. And I really love that Morrocan pattern you used! I'll have to look for a pattern like that.
    So glad you shared at Nothing but Country!

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  14. $4?! freakin LOVE it!!! it's GORGEOUS. you know i woulda pushed you down to get it first if we lived in the same city. sigh...woudldn't we have so much fun garage-saleing together?! ;)

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  15. Now that is a deal!!!!! I scored a telephone table this summer too, but unlike yours mine is still sitting in my garage. The top of your table is amazing!

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  16. perfectly sized & perfectly lovely piece of furniture! bravo - LOVE it! xo Diane

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  17. I just love that... perfectly vintage/fun/sweet/functional. Talent girl, you got it.

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  18. Ooooh, I love it! The stencil on top is so perfect. Another win for Maggie!

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  19. Love how this table turned out! The legs are to die for.. Thank you for the inspiration to stencil my next furniture makeover!

    I'm curious what you used for an antiquing glaze. I have used Dark Walnut Stain and it seemed to discolor the cream. Thanks again for sharing your piece!

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  20. I love it! It's so great!
    Found you on the Free Pretty things for you linky!~

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  21. I love the distressing and stencil! It's adorable!

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  22. This is so adorable!! I love how your stencil turned out! This is a great laptop table!!

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  23. This is so wonderful! I love it!
    I'm a follower of your blog now - everything looks great!

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  24. That is adorable! Completely worth missing dates and torturing your kids. Love it! Lisa~

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  25. Maggie... Great score!! Your table turned out wonderful and I just love the stencil detail. You are mighty talented lady!! If you want to come over and facelift something at my house that would be okay with me ;) AJ

    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com
    queenofmynest(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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  26. What a cute perfect table, I am loving the stencil and distressing :)

    Lina
    Fancy Fugal Life

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  27. Just perfect in every way! Lovely work!

    Alyssa
    sweetsewnstitches.com

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  28. What a great deal and you did a wonderful job with it. Thanks for linking up to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  29. the table turned out sooo darling!

    www.tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com

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  30. Way cute & practical!
    http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com

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  31. You did an amazing job. I love the heavy distressing. And, believe me (mom of 4 here!) I know what it's like to have the whole Fam moaning in disapproval when you're just trying to thrift. lol.

    (new follower here!)

    xo

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  32. I love this! The distressed top is PERFECT : ) I'm a new follower. Love your blog!

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  33. very clever! it's just the right size.

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  34. Love the colors..It's perfect!

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  35. Wow. Great job. Great post. Funny. Sweet. Cool.

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  36. I found you via BNOTP! Nice job! It really has some great legs. Pop over for a visit if you get time. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com

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  37. Visiting form BNOTP. LOL what an entertaining post. Your laptop desk is beautiful; the distressed stencil design is awesome! Great makeover.

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  38. Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

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  39. Absolutely beautiful!! Love the stenciling design and execution. You have a new fan!! {follower!}

    michelle@ourwonderfilledlife.com

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  40. Awesome makeover! I love the colours you used--it sure looks happier as a laptop table!

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  41. Great job! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! Please come back tomorrow and link up your most recent project!

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  42. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

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  43. What a great transformation! It look beautiful! I would love for you to link up on Thursday to "It's a Party"!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  44. I'm featuring YOU over in my {take a look at you} post today. Love your furniture re-do. It looks amazing. :) Thank you for linking up! Feel free to grab a featured button.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  45. Congrats! You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday! Come check it out & pick up your award at: http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com/2011/07/fabulousity-friday-6.html

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  46. Hmmm, I've got an ols wash stand out in my garage, perhaps it too shall become a laptop stand. Love yours!

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  47. BEAUITFUL! Well done. Perfect for a laptop! I need one lol. Would love to have you link to my party this weekend too! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/07/vip-party-21.html

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  48. Great pattern for the top. Nicely done. Thanks for linking this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful. I hope to see more of your work in the future.
    Pam

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  49. That is gorgeous, I'm curious, what did you use for your stencil?? It's awesome.
    -steph
    -www.mycreativeattempts.blogspot.com

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  50. That little table is a telephone table. I just re purposed one this summer. Family heirloom. I also am using it for a laptop table. Wish I could post a pic of mine :/ I am still not too good with the blogging thing. Love all your goodies!!

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