Monday, October 15, 2012

Ms. Pat's Vanity

There is the sweetest lady that lives in my town.  Her name is Pat Lee and she heads up an adoption agency called Children of the World (actually I believe she started it, and a really good blogger would probably get all her facts together before she starts writing, but we established a while back that I'm not a very good blogger so needless to say I didn't get all my facts together before I started writing).  I do know that it is a wonderful organization and has helped many families, well, become families.  Not only has she helped others adopt children, she has adopted a gazillion herself (okay, not really a gazillion, but several) in addition to her biological children. I'm a big fan of adoption, my only sister is adopted.  (See my parents weren't supposed to be able to have babies, I'm kinda like a miracle baby - ha!  There's more to the story, apparently I was conceived in a special way, but when my momma tries to tell me the story I just can't listen.  I told her to tell my my husband in case I ever needed to know for medical reasons, but if she didn't mind I'd rather not have that image in my head - yuck!)  (Yeah, I know TMI, but I thought you might find it interesting, most people do!  You have to remember this was waaaaay back in the 60's before all of today's fertility technology.)


Well, I digress (again- imagine that!) so back to Ms. Pat. Well, she called me a while back and said she had this piece of furniture she wanted me to paint for her. So I go over to her house and she has the cutest antique vanity:






We discuss a few options (one of which being white suggested by one of her daughters whom I love dearly, but she likes for EVERYTHING to be white - get the picture??? although sometimes she does take a walk on the wild side and do gray).  Now it would have been pretty white, but Ms. Pat is not a "white wall kinda gal" if you get my drift.  In fact, she's quite the opposite, and several times she says "I like color" so I finally say "do you want me to do something really colorful?" and she says "yes" and then she says those magic words that make my heart go pitter-pat double time:  "just do WHATEVER YOU WANT!"  Oh yeah, I'm on cloud nine!  a cute piece of furniture to do any way I want in COLOR!  and she hands me this pillow that has all the colors she wants:




Well, I couldn't wait to get started!!!  Here are some photos of what I came up with.  Keep in mind that this is not the finished product, but I wanted you to see it before I took the next step.







Cute, huh!  (sorry I forgot the photo of the ends with the diamonds that took me two days to figure out - who knew math was involved in painting furniture?)  Well, after I did all this painting, then I got out the sander.  Yep, I said sander!  I have had so many people ask me how I can sand something after I put that much work into it.  Well, so I can get it to look like this:




To be honest, the sanding is my favorite part!  Especially on older pieces.  I love to see all the layers hidden away underneath the top coat of paint.  For instance, when I started sanding this piece yellow started coming through, who knew there was yellow underneath the coral???  Now get ready for lots of close-ups!  I'm sorry there are so many, but there are so many different parts it was the only way to show you all of it.




















I had so much fun with this!!  I seldom get to do something fun and and colorful like this because most people want their things to be neutral, which I understand perfectly.  Most of my own furniture is neutral.  I mean who can afford to go out and buy new furniture every time you want to change your color scheme???  And there is nothing wrong with a neutral color scheme, it can be so soothing, relaxed and elegant at the same time.  But every once in a while it is nice to be able to step out of the box and do something totally off-the-wall.


Now I gotta go call Ms. Pat and tell her its ready.  I sure hope she meant it when she said she liked color...  (and poor Emily is going to hate it!  lol!  I'll have to paint something white for her!  lol!)

Peace-n-Luv!
Debbie


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Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Tuesday's Treasures
Transformation Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday
POWW 110: A Furniture Link Party
Simply Creations Link Party
Power of Paint Party
Transformation Thursday
Frugalicious Fridays
Power of Pinterest
Furniture Feature Friday
Saturday Night Special
Creatively Tuesday
Super Sweet Saturday

26 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness; this is Gorgeous! Such fun colours and patterns!

    I like neutral, classic colours but I also like to have one really bright 'stand out' piece and something like this would be perfect!

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    1. thank you! I had a blast painting it!
      Peace!
      Debbie

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  2. Debbie,
    What a FUN piece!!! I'm sure she will LOVE it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. thanks Linda! She did love it! I've never been hugged so much!! Nothing makes me happier than to see the client so happy and to know my work is what made them smile! Sure do miss you!!! (and, yes, I'll be sure to link up to your party)
      Peace!
      Debbie

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  3. This is your best work ever! I love it, and I know Pat will too! She's a nice person.

    Just like you!

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    1. Thank you! It was fun! She did love it. Of course she is so sweet even if she hated it she wouldn't tell ya, but gaging by all the hugs I got I think its safe to say she liked it!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  4. what an eclectic and fun piece!!! so colorful- not white at all! ;)

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    1. Yes, most definitely fun and most definitely not white!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  5. Seriously amazing!! Wow...what a talent you have for transforming it into some extraordinary. I'm sure she is going to love it. Pinning this asap and I'm so glad I found this at the Power of Pinterest Party. Megan

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    1. Thank you! Happy to report she loved it! Thank you for stopping by.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  6. Certainly is colorful.
    I just came to terms with my love of color this summer. But...I don't know if I'm ready to go to the painted beauty extreme of this piece.
    We all have our limits...
    I must say...KUDOS to you for all the detail work and if Ms. Pat liked it then all is well in the kingdom!

    via FJI- Pat

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    1. It is most definitely not for everyone, but she loved it and that's what's important, and I had fun doing it so everyone's happy! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you visit again.
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  7. Wow, this looks amazing. When I seen the little thumbnail picture, it reminded me of a patchwork quilt. I can tell that A LOT of work went into this piece and that you must have really enjoyed doing it. Love the transformation!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, A LOT of work went into it, but it was fun! Thanks so much for taking the time check out my little world.
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  8. What a beautiful and fun piece! You did a wonderful job on the vanity! Love the colors and patterns!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to do!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  9. THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE it!!!! I can't even imagine the work that went into this! Your friend, Pat is going to be one lucky lady to have this in her home! I'm so jealous!! Awesome job!!! Newest follower! Thanks for linking this up at The Rustic Pig! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much!! She is a super sweet lady and does so much for others so I wanted to do something special for her, plus the side benefit was mega fun for me! Thanks to Karin at Art is Beauty, saw where she had posted that here fabulous painting had been featured so found you that way and linked up. Thanks for following my little world of luv!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  10. How fun! Nice and colorful! I hope you had a great time at the wedding last week ; ) Thanks for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  11. I love how you used pink and you made it work. You rule Debbie. Your talent is unreal.

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