A Vintage Vanity

Publication5 This is a little collection that I put together for a charity event with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and wanted to share with you all. I truly enjoyed creating it and it is for such a good cause. The funnest part of all is I got to pull out my favorite chalk paint® color “French Linen”.

1 For those of you who are new to chalk paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, I wanted to share a bit about my favorite colors and a simple image transfer technique. I am in love of course with all of the neutral chalk paint® colors and am in love with the texture of the paint. . “Old White” is a wonderful go to color, it’s an off white, light creamy color that I will be adding to many pieces in my home.

IMG_1981 This is the start and inspiration for the vanity set I created. I fell in love with this piece of wood and new right away what I was going to do with it and what color I was going to paint it. This is a lovely pair of vintage drawer pulls that are going on either side to be used as the handles. This is an easy, but very pretty way to create a vanity tray for yourself.

IMG_1997 Yep, my favorite chalk paint® color, “French Linen“, I’m sure you all knew I would swoon over the greys. It’s kinda a khaki grey that takes on different tones, which I love depending on the wood color underneath.

IMG_2000 Isn’t it the prettiest color. I literally only needed one coat

IMG_2005 For those of you who aren’t familiar with image transfers, this one is super easy. For this particular transfer you will need the following:

printer, printer paper or card stock,Elmers glue, Modge Podge or glue like medium, paint or sponge brush, credit card for smoothing {you can find Modge Podge at any craft store or online}

First, coat your paper with a smooth coat of Elmers glue, try to keep it as even as possible and let dry over night. Once dry, you are ready to print your image. I chose my image, {make sure which ever image you choose you reverse the image} most programs have an option to reverse the image for printing transfers, if not, there are programs that you can utilize online. You can use regular paper or card stock for this process. I chose card stock because it is thicker and easier to use. I use an inkjet printer, but this also works with a laser printer as well. Print your image and set aside. On your surface, brush on a smooth layer of Modge Podge where your image will be applied. Place image side down on your surface and smooth with the edge of a credit card. Try to get as smooth as possible, but don’t worry if you don’t. I happen to like the irregularities, it just adds to the charm. Once smooth, let dry overnight. Do not try to peek, as hard as it will be you will ruin the transfer if you do.

IMG_2015 The next day {I hope you didn’t peek} simply run under water or use a cloth or your fingers to wash away. it comes away pretty easy. The glue and Modge Podge both wash away and don’t leave any residue. I set it aside to let it fully dry so I could apply a light wash of “Old White” for a nice weathered look.

IMG_2099 Once the tray fully dried I added the light wash of “Old White”, let dry and added a nice coat of the “soft wax“. Not only does the soft wax protect the surface it adds a beautiful matte finish. Once the clear soft wax dried I gave the tray a light brushing of the “dark wax” for a little charm and aged look. A little goes a long way on the dark wax and find it best to dab just a tiny bit onto a plate so you can brush off the excess and have a bit more control.

Publication2 Here is the finished vanity tray. I am pretty happy with the results. It’s a nice alternative to the standard mirrored vanity tray. Not that I don’t love those as well, just wanted to do something different for the charity event. Now onto the rest of the set. “The handles were attached by drilling a hole and securing with small screws.

Publication3 My whole goal was to create an entire set that could be used in the auction. I wanted to create a full set that someone could enjoy every day. I added a bit of the “Old White” paint to a vintage gold frame, added a bit of burlap, a piece of my french script fabric and of course some sparkle. The bouquet are the paper flowers I create that have been tea stained with rhinestone centers.

Publication6 I created a set of three vintage glass jars with lots of sparkle and french inspired labels. I gave a light wash of “Old White” to the vintage trinket box as well to keep in with the light weathered look. My little honey Sam always has to be a part of everything we do and found a way to get himself into the picture. He was sitting on the bench behind me and refused to move.

IMG_2040 This particular trinket box no longer had its lining so I added a bit of a beautiful grey velvet. The gold vintage mirror completes the whole setting. It’s a little prettiness that I hope will brighten someones day. I am hoping that this collection, even though small, helps the Cystic Fibrosis event. I truly enjoyed creating it and am looking forward to creating more vanity collections. If anyone or any company is looking to donate to the event please visit here for further details.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the chalk paint® or with the image transfer process. I would be happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks so much for stopping by!














15 thoughts on “A Vintage Vanity

  1. Paulina

    Tammy your creations are so beautiful. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is such a great cause to be a part of. I am so happy that you were able to be involved with their charity event. The tray you’ve decorated is lovely. It would also make a great little art piece for the wall. The set you’ve created as a whole is such a beautiful set for any vanity. It also makes for a lovely set display for any console and living room side table!

    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Paulina, yes it is such a great cause and happy that I could help in my own way. Thank you so much for all of your kind words! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek.

      { hugs }

      1. Pam Rumpf

        Tammy- such an elegant vignette! The transfer on the tray looks stunning. Looking forward to many more of your inspirations.
        Pam R.

    1. clothandpatina Post author


      Thanks so much for your kind words and for the invite! I’d be happy to be included. Have a great weekend!

    1. clothandpatina Post author


      Hello and thanks so much for stopping in! I will add a more detailed tutorial for you shortly. Let me know if you have any other questions in the meantime.


    2. clothandpatina Post author


      My apologies, I thought my comment had posted to you. The stencil was one that I had purchased quite a few years ago at a craft store. I believe Michaels and Hobby Lobby, both have a collection of very pretty stencils. I hope this helped, if not let me know ♥

  2. Danielle Owens-Kim

    Would you mind sharing where you got the piece of wood you used as the tray? It is a wonderful shape! Thank you.

    1. clothandpatina Post author


      Thank you so much! I will have to add a tutorial for my paper flowers, but in the meantime, here is another way to create them:

      If you have access to a craft store they usually sell paper flowers that you can stain in a tea mixture. I would steep some tea bags (quantity depends on how light/dark you want your flowers) and then place the mixture in a shallow pan like a cookie sheet or lasagna dish. I quickly dip the flowers (they soak up quickly) and hold them over the pan to let the excess drip off. Then place them on another baking sheet lined with paper towels to dry. Every now and then move them around so they are not sitting in the wet tea. After completely dry you can hot glue on a little rhinestone bit. Sometimes with the store bought paper flowers you will have to cut out the center in order to place in the rhinestone. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Creating!

  3. Jacki salinas

    Will you please tell me how to make the labels for the jars? They are beautiful. I looked at the fairy graphics but couldn’t really figure it out. Thank you very much!

    1. clothandpatina Post author


      Hello and thank you! Graphics Fairy actually has a very large selection of images available for personal use. I basically just printed a graphic to size of the jars on handmade papers that I find locally. I also print them on tea stained papers that you can do at home by steeping tea bags then placing the mixture on a baking sheet, you then place the regular sheet of printer paper on the baking sheet (time depending upon how dark you want the paper) and then hanging them to dry. I would then print the image you choose on this paper that has been sized to your jar. If you visit her site, she has everything categorized and has a search bar that you can use, ie. french label. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Creating!

    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Yay, so glad you found your way here as well! I am kinda new to both Hometalk and to the blogging scene, but am so looking forward to growing both! Thanks so much and hope to see you again soon!



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