Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lady's Vanity from Hathaway's in NYC

It's another vanity....I hope you don't tire of my posts of them.  This one caught my eye because of her long, spindle legs...all 8 of them.  When I went to pick her up, her owner mentioned it had been his mother's dressing table.  It was purchased from Hathaway's in NYC in the 1940s.  I have such a romantic feeling about old New York...my heart melted.


Isn't she lovely?  



I had her for about 6 months before starting the 'relove'.  Some of you are so talented and can see the vision right away.  Sometimes it comes easily for me, but this one took awhile.

I decided on a base coat of Old Ochre and a top coat of Paris Gray.  After distressing, I added a very subtle wash of Old White...just to give the Paris Gray a little variation.  Clear and dark wax finished her up.



Unfortunately, I didn't take a 'before' shot of the top.  It wasn't in terrible condition, but needed some love.  Here it is after the stripping, sanding, and staining.


I swoon when I see this.  I asked my Facebook Family what they thought I should use on the top, wax or poly.  What do you think they voted for and what do you think I decided to do?




I finished her up with the original hardware...I think the patina from the hardware ties in the deep color from the refinished top.

On another note, I hope you all know that I really appreciate your comments, both positive and constructive.  I don't know all there is about 'reloving' furniture, but I am eager to learn.  I try to share my travels with each project so you can hopefully glean something from my thought process. If, however, you would have done something differently, please, please share.  We can all learn from each other, in my ever be it so humble opinion and that's what I would like this blog to be about...learning and growing in our craft.  

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

Robin


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13 comments:

  1. Love this! Whenever possible, I, too, keep the original hardware on my restored pieces. I really appreciate seeing all of your work on FB...such an inspiration for projects with timeless elegance. ~Christina

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    1. Thank you so much, Christina! Timeless elegance...I love that...thank you for commenting... On another note, I am a very slow blogger, so folks do see my projects coming alive in more 'real time' on FB! Glad to hear you follow along...

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  2. Wow Robin - this is absolutely beautiful. I can see why it's one of your favourites. Heart stopping
    Fiona x

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  3. She's a beauty. I've used Paris Grey on a couple of pieces but I haven't tried Old Ochre. I really like your finished piece. Just lovely. Old New York, indeed. You've conjured a lovely image. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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  4. Aw, thank you, Ann Marie! Aren't we lucky to have discovered this craft? Each piece I work on takes me back to a place in time...imagining where it came from...

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  5. Just started to work on a similar piece for my daughter using old white and Paloma on the doors. You're piece is lovely......so what did you use on the top??? Funny I thought this piece was sort of a breakfront, but its a vanity, interesting. Elaine

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    1. Elaine, I used 3 coats of Poly Acrylic on the top. Interesting to hear you thought it was a breakfront/sideboard. When I first saw the CL ad for it, I, too, thought it was a sideboard! Great minds think alike! :) Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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  6. Love the redo , i've really been into the gray and wood look lately, great piece!

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  7. love this! the shape and finish are just so striking! and love that white french dresser as well- you are on a roll! lots of goodness!

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