"But I'm not sure I want to be!" said the dressing table.
I'm a great believer that furniture finds its way to us! Bonkers theory maybe, but every time I've needed a new piece of furniture, the right piece has 'found' me.
I had a space in my bedroom, I needed some storage. I NEEDED a dressing table...I had only a small budget. I saw this....I knew it was 'the one'! It looked awful, it looked sad....it had been neglected. But it was a great shape.....and I fell in love with the mirror, yep this was 'it'! (Lovely shaped mirror...don't you agree?)
I paid for it and arranged for Mr Bea to pick it up. And yes there was some fuss, Mr Bea really thought I had lost the plot. Little Bea gave me a worried smile when she saw it (she hates to hurt my feelings, hope she's still like that when she's a teenager!). Eldest Bea declared it was the "Most awful piece of furniture she had ever seen!"
I have to admit, and please don't tell anyone, but when Mr Bea dragged it in I did think to myself "WHAT have you done Ada Bea!" It was filthy, full of cobwebs, old school books, it was water damaged...rusty....yuk!
But still......it was a great shape!
Look at those curves....any idea of its age anyone??? 1940s?
So I set about its transformation, boy has this been a job and a half! I sanded it down...thank goodness for electric sanders!
So eager was I to complete the transformation, I forgot to take proper before photos!
Then I started to paint, one coat then another, the varnish kept seeping through, phew it was hard work! But with advice from my Bloggy friends, (Thank You Bloggy friends) the transformation began!
Wallpaper was chosen, Vintage Sanderson, very pretty!
The finish, not as great as I hoped, (I couldn't bare to sand it down again) but it's pretty and I'm soooo glad it's ended up in our home. Mr Bea and the girls like it too!
And do you want to know why I think it wasn't sure it wanted to be beautiful? Why the transformation has been so awkward?
I think it's a He, not a She! I've just confused my dressing table! Oh dear....I do so hope he soon gets in touch with his feminine side, and doesn't hold it against me for long! (If he refuses to open his drawers then I'll know he's still a little mad!)
And who knows, maybe one day I will repaint him and put some new wallpaper on the drawers, something a little more masculine....but for now....I'm SO GLAD HE'S DONE....phew!!!!
Bye for now....thank you soooo much for your super feedback on my bedroom makeover, you are fab! I'll let you know when I've added other bits and pieces to the room. I've some embroidery hoops and vintage sheets to play with next!
Ada :) xxx