25 September 2015

Fab Furniture Flippin Contest - General Finishes With A Geometric Design

After the last contest, I thought I might take a month off to get caught up on some other projects that need my attention. Then they announced the September company is General Finishes with a geometric theme, and they pulled me right back in.

I've used General Finishes Gel Stain on too many projects to count - most recently on these vintage tables. Their High Performance Top Coat is my top coat of choice. The satin finish is just like velvet, and clean up is so easy.

I wanted to branch out a bit on this project, and use a "new to me" product. I requested the water based stain in Whitewash. After applying it to the piece, I changed my mind. My vision was all wrong, and it wasn't going to work. That happens. I already have something else in mind for the Stain.

On to plan B: I've had this simple vanity set in my garage for a few weeks, just waiting for that magical combination of inspiration and free time. This set was given to me by a family member who knows I love fixing up furniture. It belonged to her Mother.

It had already been painted gray and was in need of some TLC, so I didn't mind painting it and adding some geometric details.

I think the simple lines of this vanity work with the geometric theme.

Okay, let me say that I am supposed to be on a self-imposed break from Nate Berkus, because I have used way too many of his fabrics already and it's becoming a bit of an embarrassment. But look at this fabric! How could I deny the vanity this fabric? *shakes fist at Nate Berkus*

My projects have been on the dark side lately, so for the last gasp of summer I wanted to lighten it up. And I have been dying to do something with a light lilac/purple. Done and done.

Having chosen the fabric for the bench, I decided to keep the vanity simple and crisp. I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White. With painters tape and a few other paints from my stash, I repeated the pattern from the fabric on the top of the vanity. I considered creating a pattern on the entire surface, but I really liked the simplicity of the corner alone.

I switched out the hardware, then sealed the whole thing with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I can't overstate my love this top coat. It truly is my default final step on most painted projects.

How cute is this little fox?

My daughters are battling each other for ownership of this vanity. The fox sent them over the edge.

Now you must visit Thirty Eighth Street and see how Carrie worked her magic on a big, old china hutch. Also, visit Lynn's post, On Fern Avenue, about turning a broken down dresser into a sofa table.

If you are interested in joining this contest in the future, please do! There is plenty of room for more creative people. Email here for more information. 
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*disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, but I did receive free product to review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. This vanity is adorable - I can see why your daughters are fighting over it!! I love the geometric pattern on the top and that little fox is the perfect touch. Nice work!

  2. What a cute project, love the simple geometric design with that little pop of lavender. Nice design choices Colleen, my daughter would want this piece for her room as well!

  3. The vanity and stool look amazing! Thanks for the hot tip about the topcoat. I never know what to use to seal paint.

  4. Colleen,
    Your work is beautiful and Congratulations on joining the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    1. Thank you Karen! I'm thrilled to be part of the team, along with you!

  5. gah. I know I already told u this...but I LOVE this piece! <3


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