Friday, August 9, 2013

Vintage Industrial Vanity-turned-Nightstand


Pretty much since the first day we looked at the new house, I’ve had the whole thing almost completely decorated in my head, it’s just a matter of finding the time, energy, and money to complete the vision in real life.  But one room that I was stuck on was my 2 older boys’ room(11 and 8.)

I knew that I wanted to do something a little more grown up that will transition them into (sniff, sniff) the teenage years.  But I had no clear vision of what I wanted to do in there.  Plus they have very functional yet completely unattractive wood bunk bed/desk/drawers combo thing that everyone on the block has and I think it was blocking my creativity and vision for what the style of the room could be.

Then last week, as the fortunes would have it, I came upon a matching set of two HEAVY metal beds (headboards, footboards, rails and slats) at the salvage yard (of all places) and fell instantly in love and almost-as-instantly was hit with the complete vision for their room.  Hooray!


(Even better, and you’re going to hate me for this, but the beds were only $35 a piece!!!  I know!!!)

So I’m calling the design Vintage Industrial Travel.  Browsing around Pinterest gave me some great ideas.  Here’s a few examples of where I’m headed with this.  Think patinaed metals, leather, rustic wood, vintage airplanes, old maps, vintage travel posters…

RH Baby and Child

RH Baby and Child

unknown source, sorry designer! thanks Pinterest!

For more Big Boy Bedroom inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board!

But now, onto the first completed project for the new room!

I bought this awesome art deco vanity from one of my dearest friends who was (sniff, sniff) moving to Texas.


(By the way, I didn’t use the really cool original art deco pulls on the finished project and will be listing them for sale in my Etsy Shop, The Hob Knobery.  Let me know if you NEED them.  ;)

I had been debating on what to do with this piece, and as I started planning the boys room I had the inspired thought that it would make a great nightstand for in between the two twin beds.  Can you see it?  The two raised side portions are perfect little nightstands for each boy, with their own little lamp and drawers, don’t you think?  And the waterfall top is very reminiscent of the vintage air travel look to me, too. 

So I decided not to use the round mirror (It’s for sale as is, if you’d like it. I think it would be great hung on a wall.)  I made a little shelf down below in the center for a basket or crate of something.  I removed the peeling veneer from the drawers and sanded down to raw wood, and did a rustic stain with vinegar and black tea.  I used some vintage water valve knobs on the center drawer that I carry in the Etsy shop, and handmade some leather strap pulls for the side drawers (I’m going to start carrying these at The Hob Knobery too, soon!)  The body got a patinaed silver finish, and it was vintage industrial perfection!






It totally looks like it could have been in one of the Restoration Hardware rooms!  I think it’s going to look great between the new beds, don’t you?  So excited now that there’s a plan for in there!

Linking to:

Redoux, My Repurposed Life, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, The Shabby Nest, It’s Overflowing, DIY Showoff, Mod Vintage Life, Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Love this! My wife and I are really into this look. What era is furniture like this called (or what is the style called) we just can't figure it out.

    1. It's called Art Deco. It was popular in the 30s and 40s. The rounded "waterfall" tops were popular in this style of furniture. Glad you like it! :)

  2. So cool!


  3. too fun! i need to do something with leather straps! love it!

  4. Very cool, and am loving all the stuff you've posted. Miss you!

  5. Ann Marie this is so cool!! I would never think to take a waterfall set like this and make it look so urban. I love the sprinkler head pulls and the straps. I just have to share it tomorrow, I try to spread the love, but I love this!!

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  7. Love the look - very cool for your boy's bedroom!

  8. I featured this today on Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life!

  9. Ann I LOVE the rustic old school effect! great work done!

  10. Could you give me some direction on the paint you used for the silver color??



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