Double Take: Vanity Desk Before and After

Hi all! Milla here again. Surprise? I know I am, but I thought I should keep posting while the inspiration is there. Blogging and DIY is hard in the winter when it’s cold and you’re heat periodically stops working and you have to sleep in full winter outerwear. Yet, that’s another story for another post.

A couple days ago I posted about a vanity desk I purchased for under $100. Here is the beauty again:

1930's Vanity Desk

Look at that sexy shape! But of course it has since received a new colorful treatment.

On Saturday we went Lowe’s to color match the blue in these pillows from my bedroom.

Pillows Made from Shower Curtain

Blue is such an iffy color with hidden undertones that I wanted it to be a close as possible.   And this blue has a hint of purple in it too, which is hard to match with a swatch.

So without further ado, here is the after in the lovely shade of Royal Imperial (I just made that up)

Vintage Bird's Eye Vanity Desk

With the color being so dark it required multiple coats. So we primed it(drying time of 2 hours), followed by a light coat, which we allowed to dry for four hours. Then a second coat that dried until the morning. Around ten, Kah finished up with a third coat while I was at work. Love you Kah!

Vintage Bird's Eye Vanity Desk

I really like this vignette shot with the bold fabric on the chair and the jewelry stand.

Vintage Bird's Eye Vanity Desk

And one more close-up…

Vintage Bird's Eye Vanity Desk

So it looks like my room is almost complete, photos to come soon…I hope.

Yay! We’ve been featured…

We will be linking up at these parties.


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Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects

About Milla

Milla is the other half of the Design Par Deux duo. She enjoys finding design inspiration in all things creative. She has an unhealthy obsession with the color Turquoise.

32 Responses to Double Take: Vanity Desk Before and After

  1. cassie

    you already know how i feel, but just wanted to leave a comment here… L-O-V-E.

    • Milla

      Aww Cassie. You’re the greatest! Thanks as always

  2. Katie @ Wildwood Creek

    Wow–beautiful lines and beautiful color! Looks gorgeous with the turquoise. Love, love, love it!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Katie! Are you still planning to do your bedroom in navy and turquoise?

  3. debbiedoos

    That is swank! I love love love the color. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dana

    oooh I love this desk. The color is magnificent!

  5. Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer

    This looks great. Love the color choice and the contrast of the gold hardware.Nice job!

  6. Becky

    Thanks so much for sharing, please come back Wednesday night to relink where you will get a lot more traffic. I surprised and confused everyone with a linky party on Monday on a specific subject–stretching our creativity with a few specific challenges. This will be perfect for my Under $100 party.

    • Kahli

      Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Kammy from Kammy's Korner

    Dashing!!!! Awesome color choice! And the chair? oooo lala! :)

    p.s. I hear ya about the heat issue! Last year our furnace kept quitting and my kids would sit around the breakfast table in their stocking caps!

    • Milla

      Thanks Kammy. And I feel your kids pain!

  8. Melody of

    Beautiful! Love the color! So incredibly pretty! Please come show off at my place! I would love to feature this sometime!

    • Milla

      Sure Melody! Thanks for visiting

  9. sherika

    I’m so in love with the chair, vanity and mirror! Awesome job and perfect color choice! You have to come party tomorrow with me over at!!

  10. Cottage and Broome

    Love your desk redo, like the bold color, Laura

    • Milla

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Laura!

  11. Vicky

    Wow! That puts the “G” in goregous! Love the pop of color simply smashing!!!

    • Milla

      Thanks as always Vicky. You are smashing as well lol

  12. Rachel @

    Love it! I agree – the cobalt blue with the turquoise chair and gold jewelry holder is an amazing color combo! Well done!

    • Milla

      Thanks. I love the color combo as well. Thanks for visiting!

  13. Laurel@Ducks in a Row

    Now that is a fantastic color! Love it!

  14. Linda @ it all started with paint

    I just love it (and the inspiration pillows too!). In fact, I love all your furniture makeovers!

    Also, I’ve joined up with 5 talented bloggers for an “Impossibilities” challenge that culminates in a multi-blog link party on Jan. 31. You can find out more at this link …

    There’s still time to get in on the fun … oh, and if you blog about your participation, give me the link in my comments thread and I’ll blog about you next weekend!


  15. Design Fluff

    Love it. Peacock blue and Gold are my favorite color combination this year!

  16. Just Jaime

    I LOVE THAT COLOR!! So pretty!

    If you’re interested, we’re hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up!

  17. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}

    Oh it’s all so pretty, I just love it and love the way you styled it as well. The gold looks so FAB with it too! xxx

    • Milla

      Yea I love it so bright and pretty. Thanks Redlilocks!!!

  18. Jane @

    I just love your choice of colour for the desk! And your other diy projects are gorgeous~! :)
    great job!


    • Milla

      Hi Ms. Jane! Thanks for stopping by. Yea we love color!

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  21. Corbin (decor-eat)

    I just wanted to say I LOVE your blog and especially what you’ve done with this vanity. I just bought a vanity that looks similar and have been trying to decide if I refinish it or not – this is great inspiration!


  22. aimee

    Hi. Love this. What color and brand was the blue paint? Thanks.

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