Restoration of 1930's Vanity - Garage Sale Find

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Project by MaxS posted 08-30-2009 12:08 AM 4330 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this vanity for $20. Really cool art-deco style. It was in stunningly great shape to begin with…but just needed some TLC on the top. Some VERY CAREFUL sanding….hours of it….and then 6 coats of poly brought it back to…what I can only guess…is near original condition. It’s now a desk for my GF.

One interesting aspect of this project were the drawer pulls. Their design encouraged the pull to dig into the face of the drawer front and scratch the veneer. I ended up have some co-workers laser out a design in sheet metal that I used to try and both ‘enhance’ the pulls as well as keep them from spinning/slipping and messing up the veneer.

-- Socrates: "I drank what?"

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#1 posted 08-30-2009 01:37 AM

Very cool. Too bad the mirror wasnt with it

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#2 posted 08-30-2009 10:22 AM

Very nice job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#3 posted 08-30-2009 12:09 PM

Really very nice restoration work!

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#4 posted 08-30-2009 07:03 PM

Thanks guys!

Actually the mirror and original stool DID come with it. My GF asked me to mount the mirror on the wall next to the vanity, vs, actually mounting it on the vanity.

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#5 posted 08-31-2009 05:02 AM

What a Great find

It came out beautiful.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 10:00 AM

Nice save, it looks great! Art Deco furniture is under appreciated.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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