Friday, December 20, 2013

Berkey & Gay Vanity

I'm just gonna put this out there right away.

 I'm a dork and maybe completely just slightly unhinged. 

  When my client told me she had a vanity for me to redo for her I was excited (LoVe vanities!), but when she popped the back of her SUV and I saw this in there I was beside myself (only on the inside though, of course outwardly I was calm, cool, and collected and if you ask my neighbors they would NOT say I was jumping up and down in the middle of my driveway).  

It's a Berkey & Gay and I love absolutely every single inch of it, right down to the mahogany drawers!  It's so cliche, but so true--they just don't make them like this anymore!  And, guess what?  She only paid $70 stinking dollars for it!!  Can you believe that?!  

It's for her teenage daughter and she decided she wanted it black.  Her mom was a teensy bit disappointed in her color choice, but I'm so glad we went ahead with it.  It's perfectly gorgeous.  :)



Painting in my "new" garage has been a little bit of an adjustment (as in it takes me 3 times as long to finish anything cuz it is so @#!% humid!), but I am so grateful I can still work during the winter!  Yesterday, after this  beast little beauty had to be repainted, I was a little frustrated.  But, when I came in for the night (yes, I had to take a break from her) I realized how terrible it would be if I couldn't paint for 6 months!  I quit grumbling and counted one more blessing. ;)

All the details on this piece are so incredible.  And, you know how I feel about a good turned leg!

I just threw these knobs on until she finds the one she wants, but I am still so in love with them!

This is me having fun with Picmonkey. :)

That is also not the seat top to this stool.  She kept it so she could do the upholstery and I had to make do with my paint board and some left over fabric I taped around it. lol

Details on the mirror.

I'm going to pick up my mom tomorrow and she's spending Christmas with us, so I will be gone for a few weeks!  Hope you're all waiting when I get back! :)  I have a few more projects I can't wait to get started on!

This vanity was featured by:
Kathy @Life on Lakeshore Drive
Rachel @ Maison De Pax
Kathryn @ The Dedicated House
Nita @ Mod Vintage Life
Yvonne @ Stone Gable
Karen @ Redoux
Thank you!

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  1. Gorgeous piece, Lisa! Yes, she did luck out getting that for under a $100.00. Love the way it turned out in black and the details look great. Love the knobs, too.

  2. This is so gorgeous in black! Simply stunning! I just did a layered blue Berkey and Gay dresser - they are so well made, I just love it :) Merry Christmas!

  3. Holy Crappopotamus. My sister gave me a vanity, but it's very plain. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it (before OR after I make it over). Maybe you can give me some ideas. :) I also keep going back to your 2-tone antique buffet you posted back in March. Love, love, love that piece. I have my grandma's buffet and it def needs a makeover, but I'm so hesitant to use paint on it. But I love the 2-tone look. I'm thinking of using ebony stain for parts of it instead of black paint. Thoughts??? Love this vanity. Truly. You are my favoritist furniture artist. :)


  4. I love this! I'm also glad you get to spend Christmas with your mom. I didn't get to see her when I was in Newcastle this last time so tell her "Hello" from me. AND I hope you all have a very merry and wonderful Christmas!!

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  6. Hello admin you are doing a great job. Keep it up. That's a very beautiful macros shot of the post. love quote <3

  7. You did a really beautiful job on this! The distressing is just perfect. Your client is going to be thrilled. I'd love it if you would share this with my readers at my History & Home link party, it runs each Tuesday - Friday, and you are most welcome to join each week with anything vintage or home-related. Happy New Year to you - Dawn @ We Call It

  8. Absolutely stunning! You do the most amazing furniture makeovers and your staging is just perfect. I'm sure your client's daughter was thrilled with how it turned out! Happy New Year! XO

  9. It looks so rich, with just enough distressing. Would you consider sharing what paint you used? Thanks.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  10. It is just fabulous! You did a wonderful job. I would find it hard to give that one back.

  11. A true thing of the ultimate of beauties! It is breath-taking. I do not know if I could have given her back to the owner.

  12. That piece is stunning! I love your work!

  13. Wow. Great job. The lines of the piece are stunning and your transformation enhanced them. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey.

  14. I love this piece! Your work is beautiful!
    Joan @

  15. Oh, My! Lisa, this piece is gorgeous! You've done it again! An amazing transformation!! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. It's beautiful, Lisa! And you were featured at Give Me the Goods today. Thanks for sharing!
    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  17. Featured this pretty vanity today on Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life!

  18. This is absolutely stunning. Just beautiful.

  19. You did a fantastic everything about it!!!

  20. Hi Lisa! This caught my eye at our Inspiration Monday Party…going to feature it on my Facebook page today. Thanks for linking up, have a great day! ~ Julie

  21. How beautiful! The finish is amazing. Our grandmother had a similar vanity - we didn't have your vision (and skill) to make it look so incredible. Thanks for sharing on Simply BeBetsy! It's been published and is know on the main Artisans Create Page. You may bring over your older posts as well to build your gallery! All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  22. What a gorgeous piece...and those knobs leave me breathless! :)

  23. Oh wow, it is beautiful!! Very pretty and what a find for your client!!

  24. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!!!!! Another pinner for sure! I'm pinning this one to our talent board! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you next week!


  25. This piece has been so popular this week for good reason!! I absolutely love it and am sharing at my party this afternoon. I love the back story too! -Karen

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