Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An Anniversary & a French Provincial Surprise!


Hello ladies (& gents)! How are you all today? Well a few days ago marked our Wedding Anniversary, and even though my hubby and I celebrated 7 years of marriage on June 25th, we have known each other for 17 years, and have been together for 16 of them! He really is my best friend, and I honestly feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another year with the love of my life! :) Last Saturday night we watched a movie and enjoyed a lovely candlelight dinner sans kiddos {a rare fete, mind you}. :)

Because we have been on an ultra tight budget this year, I told my husband that I did not want him to buy me a gift, and that I would be so very content to just be in his company for our "date night." :) But to my surprise, my sweet hubby presented me with something that I never thought I'd ever own (at least not with the prices that I've seen these listed for)! I walked into our living room and there before me was a Vintage French Provincial Vanity with its beautiful bowed legs and original hardware!

I just wasn't expecting something so lovely to grace my home! What is even more enjoyable about this gift, was that he found it in a thrift store for only $60!!! That really is a steal considering this is such an amazing antique piece made of solid wood, complete with it's beautiful dovetailed drawers!

I also just love how the mirror pops up! When my hubby originally found this, it had some old yarn and needlework within it, along with some old vintage papers. Oh and please disregard the "blobby" image in the mirror. I was sitting right in front of it and had to "blur" myself out! :)

I have some plans in my head of how I want to "paint & restore" it, and was getting tons of inspiration via google & pinterest. I could distress the bottom and stain and wax the top like this:


Or go "Shabby Chic" like this:


Or keep it classic:


Or perhaps be a bit daring and throw in some color like this:


However, I was thinking along the lines of painting it gray and white using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I won from a previous giveaway {at Carter's Cottage} earlier this year! The image below is a painted piece of furniture using "Paris Gray" & "Old White" ASCP! Now "what say you?" Which is your favorite? I'd love to hear your input on what color you think I should paint my newly acquired Vintage Vanity! :)


Well my dear friends, that is all for today. Thank you once again for stopping by my page to visit - it is ALWAYS greatly appreciated! I know I have been a bit behind with my visits to your beautiful pages, but I am currently taking a much needed summer course that is taking more time than I had hoped for! 15 Chapters, 4 Exams, plus daily discussion posts - all within a 5 week condensed period!!! :( I didn't realize how much work it was going to be, but I'm hanging in there! :) So I thank you all again for your kind words and encouragement, it means a great deal to have you as blogger friends! :) Until next time, have a most glorious day!


Sharing with: Debra @Vintage Inspiration Friday


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Jessie Happy Anniversary!! That is so sweet of your hubby to go find something exactly what you would love :)
I really like the color in the first picture ~ It is beautiful ~


Samgoose said...

Happy anniversary, and what a lovely present from your husband, he obviously knows exactly what you like :-) I like the first and third options for painting, and it looks as if the paint you have will recreate the classic effect really well.
Xxx Sam

Simply Me said...

Happy Anniversary !!!! Your Husband was so sweet! And to pick something like that !! Awesome!! I like the Grey one, or the Teal color, the daring one..LOL but simply grey is pretty to ... Good Luck!

The Silver Bunny said...

Lucky you and a very happy anniversary ! My favourite is the "daring" first one but it must difficult to achieve. Good luck with your studies, you are very brave !

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Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. What a star your husband is! That is an excellent gift. I think you should be daring. The piece is so beautiful that I am sure it can take it.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Happy Anniversary to you both - and you just go and give that wonderful DH of yours a big hug from us in Blogville- he is a darling for getting you that amazing piece - wow it is GORGEOUS and I know what you do with it will transform it into something incredible to cherish forever.

Can't wait for your big reveal one day down the road!

Donna said...

Your pictures are all so pretty. Love the colors. My Mom used to have a vanity like the blue one that you showed. It had been my grandmother's. I'm not sure what happened to it. But it looks beautiful in that blue color.

It's me said...

What a great gift !!..congratulations love love

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to leave a kind comment on my page - I really appreciate it! :)

Hugs to all,

Kasia said...

Lordie, Ive no idea what to tell you... you are LUCKY thats for sure! The piece is gorgeous and whatever you will choose to paint it with will look stunning! Your hubs is a dear! :)


June said...

Jessie, you are so lucky to have a guy who knows exactly the thing to buy that would make you happy. It is a lovely piece and I can't wait until you show us what you did decide.
hugs from here...

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary Jessie!! What an amazing piece and I love the classic look or all white =) Have a wonderful week, Xo, Ashley

Pamela Bates said...

Guess what? it was our anniversary on the 25th too!

it was our 24th. we had a nice dinner out at our friend's restaurant the next day. we didn't give each other a thing really. we usually give each other something but it's been a really crazy (and tight too ) year so far. we got to celebrate again at my parents last night with yummy shrimp. congrats to you. isn't it nice to be with someone you're just happy being with?

jessie, not sure which you should go with on the BEAUTIFUL vanity your hubs got you. i'm partial to the classic gray and the gray and white you won.

à la parisienne said...

Happy Anniversary, Jessie!

Wow, your husband does really know you, and what a thoughtful gift--very impressive!

That vanity has such gorgeous lines that it will look beautiful no matter how you paint it.
And best of all, every time you see it, you'll think of your sweet husband.


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Happy Anniversary!
What a beautiful gift (he is a great shopper)!
I love the idea of painting it gray but then I do love the teal one too!

chateau chic said...

Happy Anniversary, Jessie! How wonderful that your husband was able to find such a lovely gift for you.
Mary Alice

awal.ny said...

Great inspiration colors. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Town and Country Gals said...

congrats on your anniversary! What a special hubby to know exactly what would make you swoon! Gorgeous piece and amazing price! HE did good you lucky girl! All the photos you showed were lovely, whatever you do will be fabulous! Thanks for the sweet comment and you know I'll be posting pics! Due around the end of July, can't wait!
Hang in there with school, I know it's a lot of work but 5 weeks and it's over!

Scribbler said...

Now that is one great husband and I would say he scored a home run with this one. Your piece is really beautiful, great lines, and it will look fantastic whatever you decide to do with it.


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Happy Anniversary, and what a nice anniversary gift you received from your sweet husband. I look forward to seeing how you paint it! I absolutely adore flip top vanities! You will enjoy it so much.


Do you love him Loretta said...

WHAT A WONDERFUL HUSBAND!!! Happy Anniversary! I love the classic pale pale grey or the light blue green one! Both of these are fantastic! Good luck making a tough decision...

Connie said...

Check out Duck Egg blue and white used on Reloved Rubbish. It's really nice. Your pretty vanity would look great painted like that.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

happy anniversary to you! sounds like you are so busy with's wonderful though that you are going for it!! i would do aqua if it were me...BUT, maybe for your home the white with the wood top. any which way it will be gorgeous :)

Melissa said...

Gorgeous!!!! What a sweet husband you have! Happy Anniversary! I say go with the classic look, or distressed bottom with stained top.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Happy Anniversary! Your present is beautiful. It's going to be even more beautiful when you paint it. I'd have a really hard time deciding a color. I see you are busy studying. Thant's so hard in summer! Have a happy 4th of July!

lala said...

Lucky, lucky you, and Happy Anniversary!! I love either the classic or the daring - whatever you choose I am sure it will be delightful!

Carole said...

How sweet of your hubby to surprise you. I bought a similar one at a tag sale. It's being used at work now but I'm snagging it back for my work room after a new paint job of course.



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