Creating a French Inspired Vanity

It is such a challenge to start with a piece of furniture that is structurally sound, functional and has a pleasing shape but is aesthetically unpleasing and create a piece of art furniture that is timeless and lovely. That was my goal as I upcycled this vanity table for our own use. It does “change the game” a bit if we don’t intend to sell a particular piece but to keep it for our own use as we can choose colors and styles that perhaps wouldn’t be as successful on a commercial market but that we love.

This piece of furniture has been in our master bathroom for years.

 

 

We have owned it for so long that I honestly don’t remember where we got it from or what we paid for it but I am sure that it wasn’t expensive. A previous owner did a poor job of refinishing the piece and the wood was not in wonderful shape. It was rather weak grained and had splotchy color. Additionally there were lots of watermarks, scratches and dents so the decision to paint this was a “no-brainer”.

Cathy and I had a great time talking about the piece and how we would use it. We decided that vanity table would remain in our master bath and that we would base the piece in a Medium White color with a washed border of toned green.

Here it is mid-transformation:

We also decided that I would paint the lovely florals that we both love but that we would go for a very soft, French look. If I am painting a piece of art furniture to sell I will usually use much stronger, contrasting color as that look is generally more popular to the buying public. However, we enjoy softer color with less contrast. This soft look is achieved by painting the flowers on a wet background allowing all of the color to soften as it contacts the wet paint. I also increased the French feel of the piece by adding simple scrolls and cross hatching. The only other design decision that we made was to have the floral design follow the scalloped contour of the piece allowing the curve of the floral painting to follow the curve of the vanity table. This produces a pleasing and artistic flow to the piece.

Here is the finished product. There are  a lot of photos and the vanity is in place, in the bathroom, under a painting I recently finished and framed. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting. Please stop by again soon.

Until next time,

Paul

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Something New and Beautiful From Something Old

As a thrifter and as an artist I get a particular thrill when I take an ordinary, “dime a dozen” item and make it into a piece of art. I look for items that have an interesting shape or will serve a particular function to decorate with art. If I find a piece that offers all three of these qualities it is a big score! Cake savers serve this purpose.

The problem with cake savers is the exact same thing that makes them so easy to collect….they are a dime a dozen and can be found everywhere. So, the challenge becomes, how can we take them from ordinary to extraordinary…from average to exceptional? I choose to accomplish this goal with paint and with an artistic eye.

In the following post, I have painted two of these lovely cake servers.

For the first one I decided to do a very French treatment using a slip-slapped background of light greens, yellows and reds with some simple scrolls, birds and flowers.

This cake server is painted in a very high contrast style and is also decorated in a very French style.

Another really attractive look is presented on the next cake server.  This is a very soft painting and is also painted on a very light warm white background.  To keep this painting very soft, I executed most of the painting in wet paint softening the lines of the flowers and leaves.  Low contrast and soft colors was the theme for this cake server.

Both cake savers are for sale on our etsy shop.  We have sold many of these cake savers and they are very popular with our customers.

Which of these two do you like better?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for visiting. Please stop back again soon,

Paul

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