|The Completed Vanity|
Sometimes I am asked to do something out of the ordinary, something that pushes the limits a bit. Something that takes the same amount of concentration and steady hand to produce, but with very different results! This vanity was such a piece, and it was a lot of fun to refinish.
The piece itself was from a larger bedroom set and was made sometime in the 20th century, I am guessing the 1940's but it could easily be earlier or later. The vanity was a factory made piece and had exquisite veneers. It seemed that almost every surface was covered with a different veneer, which made the piece lend itself to what the owner had in mind, which was to transform it into something out of a fairy tale or fantasy. This was achieved by using a variety of stains, mostly of solid colors like orange, yellow, blue and green. A bold change from the wood tones I usually work with like light walnut and light red mahogany. The result was a fantastic piece that accomplished its goal in every way. My feelings were confirmed the other day when a friend came into my shop, saw this vanity, and said " Wow, that is straight out of Alice in Wonderland!"
Below are a few shots of the repairs meant mostly to show the piece before it was transformed.