7 October 2010

Dressing table

I've been wanting a dressing table to do my makeup at so I shopped the house for furniture. This is the beauty of having white furniture throughout the house - pieces can fit into any room.

Remember this pine desk ...

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... that I painted?

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It first lived in the studio as a computer desk ...

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... then lived behind the sofa once I switched rooms around.

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Well I decided that it would make a perfect dressing table, especially since that's what I think it originally was, paired with this mirror:

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I painted the mirror antique white to match the desk - but it somehow still doesn't match exactly and I don't know why since I used the same paint. Oh well!

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So, where did I put it? Well, I thought the perfect place to put on makeup would be in front of a window for natural light. The bay window in our bedroom was the perfect spot:

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I moved the faux leather trunk to behind the sofa and added the dressing table (yes, I know the curtains are too short but I'm not altering them now because we're moving and I doubt I'll have 11 foot ceilings in our rental in New Zealand):

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Remember this little table ...

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... that I painted, distressed and added a turquoise cushion to?

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I'm glad I distressed it because it's had some knocks since then but the chips just look like they're meant to be. Anyway, I re-covered the cushion with some fabric I had:

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I also replaced the knobs on the table so that they would match the knobs on the mirror drawers - I bought these off eBay because I couldn't get any more to match the ones that were on the table and also because one of those broke and I didn't want to buy more in case they broke too. I love these - the crystals catch the light and twinkle as you walk past.

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I bought this little container at Tesco and filled it with coffee beans for my makeup brushes. I don't drink coffee but I like the smell and it's just as well because for about a week after I first got them it felt like I was sleeping at Starbucks. The smell has faded now.

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The left drawer holds my eyeshadows and a little basket with my blushes, powder and cream-to-powder foundation:

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The right drawer holds my lipsticks and lip glosses and a drawer organiser which holds my brush cleaner, mini perfumes, eyelash curler, mascaras, liquid and felt tip eyeliners, kabuki brush, a rag for cleaning my brushes, my foundation and eye primer:

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I put these little felt pads underneath the mirror so that I can slide it forward when I do my makeup - I need to be up close to a mirror, especially when doing eyeliner:

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I love having this little spot to get ready! And all it cost me was the price of the knobs (I think £6) and the little container and coffee beans (oh, and the box of tissues on the left).

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18 comments:

  1. I think it comes down to how many coats you used and the original color of the mirror vs. the table. The table was brown to start with so more of the brown is coming through. The mirror just looks white.

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  2. I love it! I've always wanted a dressing table but never had the room. Yours is gorgeous. I especially love the detail of the knobs.

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  3. Over the top beautiful! I love the new fabric on the bench and the coffee beans holding the cosmetic brushes is an amazingly creative idea!

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  4. Looks great and I am glad that you are using it so well. A table behind a sofa would not seem to get much use in your clean home!

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  5. great job! I was upset when you changed out the turquoise cushion, but, I have to say that the new cushion really works!

    will you be blogging after the big move? hope so!

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  6. Wow, this came out great...you are so creative! Too bad NJ USA is so far from you...I would have liked you to do this for me :) Janel

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  7. *sigh* Love it! Wish I had my own beautiful space like that!

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  8. It looks terrific as a dresser and the mirroe sits on it beautifully! I really like the coffee bean idea for storing your brushes too! xxx

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  9. So cute!! I had no idea British bedrooms could be so BIG!!

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  10. I love it too! So how do you distress the paint? Do you just paint it and then rub some off with sandpaper, or do you paint it and then put some kind of brown paint distress ink type blather on there?

    You always make me wanna faff with stuff!

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  11. So I have this coffee table that is the same color as your table was. I am thinking I might do the same thing to it. White on the bottom and brown on the top. I have a dark piano and a dark side table. I just hate the light and dark wood together. Maybe I will just do all white...not sure. Do you think the white would look ok with my brown couches?

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  12. Love the knobs and the whole vignette. Wish I had a bay window for something like this.
    Keep up the good work!

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  13. Thanks for the kind words!

    @Accountant By Day: I'll definitely be blogging every step of our move and life as we settle down, and of course nesting in our new home.

    @Heather: It was originally two rooms which the developer knocked into one in order to create an ensuite bathroom in the corner. Such a big bedroom is a real luxury over here!

    @Sarah: I just scuff the edges with sandpaper.

    @Joy: I have white furniture in my living room with dark brown sofas. I like the look.

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  14. Jen, Beautiful, as always! :) Great idea for the makeup brushes! I love the contrast of the woods-it is just all pulled together really well (With lots of effort obviously!) Really nicely done. :)

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  15. wow that is rather awesome jen, i totally love the coffee bean idea! i just may have to ''steal'' that one from you (if you dont mind!)

    i have found when painting wood that even with the same colour paint the wood we are covering often has different shades, that can make a difference to the end result. it all looks gorgeous though :)

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  16. I'm pretty sure the mirror and table went together in the first place (we got them from the same person) and the wood and finish looked exactly the same before painting. I think the paint on the table has had time to age and the mirror hasn't.

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  17. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your genius brush holder on my "This weeks pinterest loves" post on my blog this week come and check it out and grab my button

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    http://tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com/2011/08/this-weeks-pinterest-loves-13.html

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  18. I LOVE THIS VANITY!!! It is exactly everything I have ever wanted out of a vanity and can not find one like... Must be because it is one of a kind! If you ever think about selling, I am seriously interested!

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