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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Should I paint or stain this antique vanity? Should I leave it alone? on: July 29, 2013 07:50:24 AM
I found this vanity on craigslist for $75. I am in love with it and will definitely be using it every day. I would be fine with leaving it how it is, but it doesn't really match any of my existing furniture.

The woman I bought it from said it was her great grandmothers, and that it is 80+ years old. She also said she was told it's mahogany, but I don't really know enough about wood to know if that's true. It is definitely an antique, and I am aware that restoring antiques can lower their value, but honestly I bought it to use it, not to resell it.

So there are a few scratches that might just make the "antique" look even better, but most of the large scratches bother me. I am unsure if I should strip it, sand it, and stain it, or if I should just attempt to touch up the scrapes. I have also considered painting it to make it match more of my furniture, but I worry it might not look very good once it's painted, and also it feels kind of wrong to paint over such a nice piece. If I somehow painted it white and replaced the knobs, and made it look good, that would be my ideal vanity.

My father, who used to work with wood when he made cabinetry, thinks I should do nothing to it. He said he would cut me a glass top to put on it, and thinks that's all I should do. I am a little worried about the outcome if I do decide to try and fix it up, because I don't have a lot of experience with sanding/staining/painting furniture. I also have to take into account the details on the vanity as well.

I tried to search Craftster and google for a project someone has completed similar to this, but I wasn't able to find anything useful. If you know of one, I would love a link to it!

So, if anyone could give me advice on what you would do in my position, with my level of experience (none, novice haha) I would be very grateful!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I Fell in Love with Pascal from Disney's Tangled on: August 19, 2012 06:34:40 PM
I screamed when I saw this. I ADORE tangled and your stuffed animal of pascal is the best I've seen. Way better than the actual disney stuffed pascal. I love it girl.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Discount!" Flo costume on: November 25, 2011 11:05:50 AM
This is so cute! I knew who you were from the first picture, and I would never have thought to be her for halloween.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Portal & Friends Swap Gallery on: August 27, 2011 01:40:51 PM
I finally received Amy's wonderful package!

I love them so much!!! The potato is a clip for hair or a bag, and the turret is soooo cute!

Close up, and other side of the iPhone case!

Her sweet note and drawings.

and here's a picture of the earrings intact

Smiley Thanks Amy! You're so sweet and patient with my newness! It was great swapping with you! <3
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Portal & Friends Swap Gallery on: August 26, 2011 07:58:25 PM
Aww I'm sorry it cracked Sad I've never shipped any of my clay creations before I'm so sorry about that! I hope you can fix it nicely Smiley Glad you enjoyed the paintings.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Portal & Friends Swap Gallery on: August 18, 2011 05:38:30 PM
Love the cross stitch! I hope my gift is as well received! Smiley I worked so hard on one of the pieces I had to start over twice. I'm doing 4 points without extras...so I hope it doesn't seem too small.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Phineas and Ferb - Dr. Doofenshmirtz Stuffed Toy on: August 11, 2011 02:55:48 PM
I LOVE this Smiley P&F is such a great show! You did great, I don't think I could nail down his profile like you did
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Wall-E, Wind Waker skull and Makar. on: July 19, 2011 02:57:17 PM
These are so awesome! I especially love the WallE one, and can imagine the stress and aggravation it caused. Great job!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Portal & Friends Swap (sendouts Aug 23) on: July 15, 2011 08:39:35 PM
Thanks for answering my newbie questions! I'll get right on this, as I have no job for the rest of the summer before school! (I've been bored!) Smiley Love Portal, gonna have to fight my boyfriend for the goodies as well haha.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Portal & Friends Swap (sendouts Aug 23) on: July 15, 2011 04:43:39 PM
I would LOVE to sign up, I was curious as to if I need past swapping experience? I don't have any yet, but have so many ideas for this swap and would love to pop my swapping cherry Wink
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