“Miss Marge’s” one-armed vanity chair redo!


Just an update on a couple of my painting projects — I know some of you were interested!

Here’s a pic of the “new” side table — Alas, I cannot find the “before” pic! But, trust me, it was old and ugly… I used some homemade grey chalk paint — then I projected the image onto the table top, painted it out, and “Voila!” — I finished it off with some dark soft wax… I’m not 100% wild for the results here —- I must admit, but it’s done and I’ll live with it for a while before I change anything. I still have to do something to the top of the “blah!” coffee table — I’m thinking of the NYC skyline or the Eiffel tower… we shall see 🙂

greytablewithstatueanddarkwax

Here, though, is something I am far more proud of…. let me give you a little of the “back story” on this old doll… she belonged to my friend’s mother — “Miss Marge”. I really enjoyed any time I spent with “Miss Marge”… she was a cool old gal! Since her passing, her daughter has been going through her home, tagging things to be kept, things to be sold, and things to be given away. In the midst of this extremely difficult job, my friend thought of me. She kindly invited me to come over and have a look around. She wanted me to have a piece of “Miss Marge”. I was moved and delighted. I found a couple of things that I am planning to update. One of them is this old one-armed vanity chair. The minute I saw it, I fell in love with it — much as I did with “Miss Marge” all those years ago.

Look at that leg!

Look at that leg!

Great bones, right?

Great bones, right?

Who could resist the lines or the gams on this old gal? Not me. That’s for sure! She needed a bit of cleaning, some paint, some white glaze, a bit of distressing and, of course, a new “frock” — I was up to the challenge! I think she came out great. She will now occupy the coveted spot in my front hall — where she will reside below one of my all-time favorite photographs — V-J Day in Times Square (Alfred Eisenstaedt, August 14, 1945) — I think they look great together (sadly, my limited photographic skills did not allow for a pic that shows them together)!

And now, for the “after” pics — and, believe it or not, I chose the fabric — kind of folk-arty, right? — and when I got home discovered a can of “oops!” paint that I had purchased for about $4 was an almost perfect match — it was destiny!

How cool is this?

How cool is this?

Hello, Gorgeous!

Hello, Gorgeous!

Now, of course, I have to figure out what color to paint the metal pantry (also courtesy of “Miss Marge”) that lives across the corridor from this baby. My husband suggested “off-white”, but I’m thinking more along the lines of an “apple green” with a red rooster graphic — Of course I am!

21 thoughts on ““Miss Marge’s” one-armed vanity chair redo!

  1. […] blogging is that when I do manage to turn my creative energies into something more concrete — the reupholstering of a chair, the painting of a bathroom — I don’t have to invite all kinds of folks over to […]

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  3. Ahhhhh…..Thanks for posting the results!! Jackie, the table looks super cool! Also I don’t think I have ever seen a vanity chair like that before. It’s really awesome! Your makeover is fantastic! I purchased a 1940’s waterfall vanity a few years ago for $4.00 that I have been waiting to redo and put in Iris’s room when she outgrows her humungous Barbie house. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for a chair like this!

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    • javaj240 says:

      Thank you! I knew you would be interested in my redo’s.

      I cannot find any information about this “one-armed” chair anywhere. I can’t find a pic of anything even remotely resembling it. It has no markings on it anywhere. I really do wish I could determine its provenance. Not that it matters, really — I just love it, regardless of its history.

      A waterfall vanity for four bucks? SCORE! Those things “update” really well — so many options!

      I’m sure you are going to love my old sewing machine table turned desk that, hopefully, will be ready soon — it’s just awaiting its glass top. I’m really looking forward to having that little gem (I had it painted turquoise and found some fabulous knobs for it) in my “office” area.

      Things are really shaping up around here — now, if I could just find a china cabinet that I love!

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      • I know that I will love the sewing machine table! I used to have one as a tv stand but then we started adding all the DVD boxes, cable boxes, etc and it didn’t serve it’s purpose anymore. I sold it for big $ at a rummage sale a few years ago. I paid $5 for it at an auction so it worked out but I do miss it!

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  4. Vanessa says:

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! Seriously lady, you need to moonlight in the furniture refurbishment business. I will be your first customer! x

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  5. ohlidia says:

    Wow, I LOVE what you did to that chair… the fabric is great!

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  6. peachyteachy says:

    That is a cool piece—I need to get braver about painting stuff for inside (outside seems less risky).

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  7. Love the colors- gorgeous

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  8. You’ve got a real eye for makeovers! Turned out gorgeous!

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    • javaj240 says:

      Thank you… I don’t know about an “eye” — we all make some bad decorating decisions, LOL! I do, however, agree that the little vanity chair is “gorgeous”. I love, love, love it. Thanks for noticing!

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  9. Gorgeous! I wish I had that kind of talent. Sigh.

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  10. Love it. I love old furniture like that, especially when it reminds me of someone special. I’ve been wanting to write about a chair that I have that was my Grandmother’s that is funky and old and a little flashy, just like she was. PS: Did the friendly neighbor help with this project?

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    • javaj240 says:

      I hope you write about the chair — I’m sure it will be a great post!

      The “friendly neighbor” was not involved in any way in this “redo”, LOL. I’m sure he would have had a stroke had he seen the Statue of Liberty on the table he was insisting I not paint! I think he just stays in the house now when he senses that I’m outside and up to no good. Smart guy.

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