Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vanity Makeover

Recently I purchased my dream piece of furniture, a horribly painted vanity with an antiqued brown finish (before not pictured). After searching high and low for a vanity with a fold up mirror in the center section I found this beauty! The mirror hidden away gives the vanity a sleek and modern feel. I bought the vanity from a thrift store for around $70. My friend and I stripped the paint, painted the entire piece with a semi gloss black and the handles silver (after painting black to enhance the effect). On top are two mirrored jewelry boxes and a mirrored rose vanity tray with perfume. So far I LOVE how the vanity turned out! Now I just need to finish the chair and find a pretty mirror for the inside!   

Today I bought fabric for the back and bottom cushions of the newly painted black metal chair (pictures to come). I love this cream and silver brocade fabric because it fits in with my Old Hollywood glam theme!
If you are interested in giving your room a facelift with a gorgeous vanity check out local thrift stores, flee markets and yard/garage sales. I found this beauty which is perfect on its own. I love all the storage! You may find a vanity/dressing table or even a desk that fits your unique design aesthetic. Let me know what you find in the comments below!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Books I'm reading (Part 1)

 Lately I've been reading a bit more than usual thanks to a new work schedule. I had to give up my comfy nights at home for a not so comfy office chair to ease my literary cravings (on my down time at work of course!).
I recently flew through The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe and while I enjoyed it more than I ever thought my brain needed a break from fainting girls, overly dramatic love scenes and pointless redundancies. I did love the page turning parts full of secrets, mysteries, terror and death. Even though many circumstances seemed unlikely and the timing perfect I feel this book would make a great movie!
Now I am reading The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and The Enchanted Castle & Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit. The Big Sleep and Udolpho are both group reads for The 1700-1939 Book Club! I moderate on Goodreads. I think The Big Sleep will be a nice change in the mystery department from Udolpho. In one book all the answers fall magically into your lap, no thanks to the main character, and in the other you have the great Philip Marlowe to solve the mystery. I love the movie with Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bacall so I'm excited to dig into the book.
 I chose to read a children's book to lighten the mood and for an aspect of fantasy and can't wait to review Five Children and It (It is causing some problems). Stay tuned for my reviews and much more about my life!