Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Re-Do Tuesday: Vanity never wins


I am a little late on my blog posting today! I have some relatives in town who I haven't been able to see in a long time and I was spending some time with them! Luckily my Mom likes to show off my house as much as I do and she brought them over to show off my house! It was great! I had a lot of fun being able to visit and have Justin meet some of my extended family. But on to my projects! 

The thing about manufactured homes is that there is always some sort of quirky and strange furniture piece that is made into other portions of the house as an after thought. In my case it is a "vanity" I guess you could call it that is in my main entryway. Except that the HUGE mirror (that now lives in the laundry room) originally was etched with golden roses and vines. Oh it was beautiful. The mirror itself wasn't very tall so if the original idea was to have it so you could check your hair on the way out I think they forgot to factor in the average human height. I couldn't see about my shoulders without bending weird and angling a little bit. 


No matter how I decorated it always sort of looked like some sort of alter or shrine. I tried doing picture frames and plants. I tried for candles and hanging photos on a suction hook on the glass... Nothing worked. It just was awkward and weird. 

So after taking some careful measurements I came up with the idea to make it into a bookcase! But I had to be careful because there was no studs at all in that area. We couldn't have a real built in. Sad. But! We improvised. For my birthday I asked my parents to get me an IKEA Expedit shelf because it was a. just the right measurements. b. could store my books c. it was for my birthday!


It looked better instantly! But it did look a little bit out of place being beautiful and white against... veneer and... wood. Not so pretty! So with some white semi-gloss that matched the bead board that surrounded the house I started painting... 





and painting....





and painting.

Painting veneer wood is sort of like painting plastic .You can't really sand it and it just runs down creating situations where you have to paint layers upon layers. Upon layers.


I don't know about you but in comparison... I think it's pretty great! Also I have the advantage of being able to actually take it with me if I were to ever move. I used some of my classic works (like the complete collection of Shakespeare and James Joyce) to stack in the cubes as well as making some little "Love" and "Peace" art pieces to add in for some color.


I would like to replace the baskets on the bottom with actual IKEA baskets so that they will fit better and hopefully hide the blankets a little better. But! The nearest IKEA is about 4 hours away from me. I am envious of everyone that has an IKEA nearby I won't lie!

Hope everyone's having a great day! 

P.S. It's the one month-a-versary of my blog! Thanks for reading! I reallyyyy reallyyyy appreciate it! 





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