This beautiful bathroom vanity was remade for sharing!
I love elegant old furniture so when I spotted this sideboard at an auction it was high up on my bid list.
A quality piece of furniture made by a company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the early 20th Century, it did have some sun damage to the top and was almost too good to paint, however, I had something special in mind for this piece…
With it’s beautiful bow front, shaped back panel, pretty doors and claw feet I thought it would make a stunning double vanity. I have memories of vanity units from when I was a child, coloured basins sunk into cheap modern units which were considered posh in those days. I had something much more luxurious in store for this beauty.
So, I had a vision (I always start with a vision) and couldn’t wait to get to work. After preparing and priming I applied three coats of Autentico low sheen eggshell in Bright White. Once the taps and basins arrived I had the holes cut, ready for plumbing. As well as being pleasing to the eye, I wanted this bathroom vanity to be practical too so the cupboards and drawers can all be used.
I can now imagine this stunning double vanity in an older house (for all the right reasons) with two ornate mirrors placed above each basin, sitting alongside a roll top bath. It will certainly be a talking point for any guests!
I thoroughly enjoyed upcycling this piece of furniture. It turned out exactly as I’d imagined and I hope it gives the new owner/s many years of pleasure.
Click here to see more of my upcycled vintage and preloved furniture.
Although I have painted furniture at various times over the years, it is only now at 52 (nearly 53) years young that I have started to earn money doing what I love, and when I’m not being a mum, nana, wife and top caddy (to my golf pro hubby) I look forward to progressing as a furniture stylist and sharing my work and interests with you in the months to come. Just wish I’d done it years ago!
I did actually start years ago when my kids were young, one piece I remember well was an old chest of drawers I bought for next to nothing, painted it navy blue and stenciled gold stars and moons all over it, it makes me cringe now but it was great at the time and I even made curtains to match! When we bought our current house, 8 years ago, we had several pieces of mahogany furniture which were too good to throw away so I upcycled and painted them. They still look great now.
Things started to change for me last year when I upcycled some furniture as a bit of a release from my business, Premurosa Letterbox Gifts and since then I’ve not looked back. I found some old side tables in the garage which weren’t really my style anymore but they were in good condition, so I upcycled them (using chalk paint for the first time which I love) and sold them. On my next day off I went along to my first auction and won 5 lots! My husband kept reminding me that we didn’t have any way of transporting the items home, but I had the bug, I was hooked! I took the furniture home, upcycled it and sold every piece (with a little help from Facebook). From then on I started to receive requests to paint furniture for others and Reloved by Jo was born.
I love all things about interiors so sourcing and upcycling furniture, following what’s on trend and advising clients on colours all comes naturally to me and after many years, and several businesses later, it feels good to have found what it is I’m meant to do. The ironic thing is, it was always at my fingertips… quite literally.
If like me you are a little obsessed and enjoy everything interiors (interior/house programmes, magazines, furniture, design, styling and more) I hope you’ll come back and read my blogs and follow my progress.