It was a present from my grandmother and that alone makes this vanity very special for me. Then there is the history of where it has been and where it will be. This is the vanity before it found me.
It is gorgeous. I thought about leaving it alone as is but what fun would that be for me?
Yes, I love gilded pieces. I love the meeting of a time worn look with a faded glamour. I have to tell you I had a hard time trying to figure out what color to paint this vanity. I knew it had to be somewhat muted because of everything else in the room but it still has to be one of a kind. I wanted it to be very distressed so I used the newspaper rubbing method. I painted the first coat with ASCP in cream then when it dried, I layered ASCP in Antoinette. Why is Antoinette difficult to photograph? If anyone has any tip, please let me know.
I am very happy with how it came out. The girls are already fighting over it. And every time I sit in front of the vanity, a flood of memories come rushing back. Sometimes memories can get blurred by time and I find myself questioning if they're just long forgotten dreams. I am also aware of the fact that our present moment and every moment we create will one day become memories. Not just mine but my daughters' and they will all be bound together like a dusty old book.
And one day perhaps, they too will talk about an old vanity with its faded roses and swirls of dusty pink and of their mom telling them stories of long ago dreams.
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