Unfortunately relocating internationally meant I had to leave most of my lovingly restored vintage and antique furniture behind in Berlin, fortunately I’m slowly but surely replacing it and furnishing my new Toronto home with upcycled roadside finds, thrift scores and garage sale beauties like this:
This vintage vanity was in pretty good condition but definitely needed a bit of a fix. Take a peek at how I updated this mid-century stunner with a quick vintage vanity makeover + how to reupholster a seat:
(and also help me decide if I should transform it with a fresh coat of paint or not)
The wood is all in tip top shape but the seat absolutely needed a new cover and those drawer knobs had really seen better days.
I removed the seat and carefully pulled out the rusty old nails holding the torn fabric in place.
After ensuring that the padding was still in good shape I grabbed some sturdy fabric, placed the seat face down on top of it and tightly secured the longest sides with a staple gun.
When reupholstering a square chair seat I usually save the corners for last but as this one was a trapezoid so I thought it might be safer to fold and secure them next.
Hooray! Perfect gift wrap corners!
Once all 4 corners were stapled in place I stretched and attached the remaining side fabric.
Et voila! My pretty new seat cushion was complete!
Vintage furniture is such high quality and the seats are so easy to remove and recover (or even replace) you should never pass up a great deal – or roadside find!
Once the seat was sorted out I dug through one of my boxes from Berlin and replaced those manky old drawer pulls with the pretty porcelain knobs that I had gotten from the flea market for my DIY kitchen.
A quick and easy makeover that looks fab beside my upcycled copper pipe clothing rack however I’m still not sure about the colour. Should I give that vintage vanity a fresh new look and if so with what? I’m loving the finish of chalk paint and am seriously considering a pastel blue or blush pink. Thoughts?
Keep your vintage wooden beauties in top condition with my thrifty tips for cleaning wood.