Welcome to this very tiny space between the Master Bedroom & the EnSuite bath.
I’m pretty sure that at some point in history this was a regular closet, the ‘his’ side, because it’s opposite the door to the walk in closet. Some previous owner probably removed sliding doors and created a vanity/dressing area space.
This is how it looked PRE-move in:
I did consider painting the existing built-in unit, but with my intense commitment to both vanity and dressing, I wasn’t sure that a painted finish would hold up.
Oh and plus, I hated it.
Enter the cutest vintage vanity ever: $70 at a flea market.
Okay, at this point, only slightly adorable:
In it’s first incarnation it was primed, given an all-over spray of soft dove gray, with chromed up hardware. Pretty, but not smashing. Kinda Meh, right?.
While we’re here, let’s discuss spray painting safety, shall we?
My very worried mom “your-lungs-are-going-to-melt-and-don’t-you-have-enough-allergy-issues” bought one of these fancy spray paint masks for me so that I could practice safe spraying.
Don’t get fooled by the fun of spray paint, it’s toxic.
And in case your next question is “Tracy, how versatile is this mask?” (because mine was), AND because after all, this post is about vanity – the answer is very - a compliment to any outfit.
So back to me & Serendipity & the Vanity – really just a light misting is actually what we did. And it was perfect. The effect was kinda filmy and layered, almost like a vintage metal patina.
Now – how to make this tiny space feel special and separate, but still connected to the bedroom….I knew I wanted the walls to remain white (shocker), and that cheap would be ideal – so “Anaglypta” or paintable wallpaper it was (about $20/double roll).
But here’s what I learned:
Anaglypta, or fake-anaglypta-known-as-“paintable-wallpaper” is like a friend who says “Darling, I know what a hot mess you’ve made in certain places; but don’t fret My Petal, no one will notice a thing” and like magic, you don’t.
Maybe your experience with anaglypta-paintable- wallpaper didn’t go down quite like that, but that’s how mine spoke, all gracious and forgiving, with an English accent.
I could’ve just been lucky.
Once it’s painted, somehow, it’s flawless. And beautiful:
Some favorite quotes framed in shadowboxes (btw, spray painted Ikea RIBBA frames) make it personal. My thrift store chandelier, new faceted glass on the wall sconces & the newly covered stool complete the space.
A gauzy white curtain draped at the doorway is held back with a vintage glass knob and adds a bit of a ‘come-hither-it’s-special-in-here’ vibe:
I SO love it; it’s elegant & pretty, perfectly transitioned from the bedroom.
A beautiful, functional space with lots of charm, lots of storage & a ton of pretty:
So, if you have the chance to make friends with Serendipity or Anaglypta, do it – they’re awesome.
If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, contact me to help you create the extraordinary.
Fall in love with your home again.