I Bought This French Provincial Vanity For Under $10!
It’s hard to believe that one can go to the thrift store and buy a Thomasville French Provincial vanity for $9.67.
I’m not kidding.
Seriously, how can that be??
Surely my favorite thrift stores of the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Maryland don’t realize what they’re practically giving away quality stuff for free!
You see, last Wednesday I stumbled into Value Village.
And who do I happen to run into there?
You guessed it: Thrift Store Pete.
This man hits every thrift store in the area every morning, but the odds of running into him at this particular thrift store so early in the morning was rare.
But such a treat!
(If you don’t know about Thrift Store Pete, you can read about him HERE and HERE).
Pete gets the UTD award (yep, I’m going to go ahead and coin the term “Ultimate Thrift Diver” because this man is a beast!).
Anyhow, after walking around looking at things, finding some good deals (keep reading to see!), we were about to walk out with his goodies, and Pete says to me:
“Wait, I see something back there.”
Tucked behind rows of old furniture stood this beauty:
It was in good condition, with some scratches on top.
The hinge was broken.
And part of the decorative molding on the bottom right-hand side of the drawer had broken off.
But this furniture was heavy.
Solid to the core!
“How Much Is This French Provincial Vanity?”
There’s something I do at the thrift store when I’m shopping with someone else:
I see something amazing and then I cajole the other people to buy it. 🙂
I wouldn’t call this sneaky.
Rather, it satisfies my urge to conquer quality, awesome stuff, yet it keeps my own garage less cluttered. LOL
So, of course, I kept urging Pete, “Come on…you should buy this!” It was too special of a piece to simply walk away.
Yet Pete and I are both fighting space issues (you know you are, too, when you’re a thrift diver!).
We ogled over the vanity and wondered how much it was since there was no price tag.
Curiosity got the better of us. We had to at least ask, right?
The store worker nonchalantly and quickly said, “$15.00.”
It took all the power in the world to not should out, “$15.00??!! Are you insane?? Don’t you see this beautiful piece of furniture that is made sooo much better than the crap that sells today?? You should be charging at least $50!!”
Straight-faced, instead, I said…., “Meh. How about $12.00?”
And that’s how this beauty came home with me, space or no space in my garage!
Solid Wood French Provincial Vanity!
Most of the French Provincial style of furniture I’ve seen at the thrift store have all been ones that look yellowish with gold trim.
(Click here to see the AFTER of this French Provincial dresser makeover!)
My first thought, whenever I have seen French Provincial furniture like this, is to simply paint it.
White and gray looks amazing on this style of furniture, like this desk I painted a few years ago:
(See the entire transformation: French Provincial desk makeover)
But with this vanity, my first thought was to strip the top and paint the body, like I did with this vintage vanity makeover several years ago.
The wood on top was so rich and gorgeous, which looked perfect next to the original gold-colored pulls and Annie Sloan Scandinavian Pink chalk paint.
How Would YOU Refinish This French Provincial Vanity??
The reason I’m so unsure of how I’d like to refinish this vanity is because it really is such gorgeous, solid wood.
As I’ve been saying lately, since building my DIY bathroom vanity from scratch out of red oak, I have a much greater appreciation for wood and I am starting to second-guess my initial philosophy when I first started DIY’ing: “Just slap some paint on it!”
Wood is a magical thing.
Not to mention the cost of it… The look of it… The way its grain creates interesting patterns… And can we just give furniture makers a shout-out for creating amazing pieces that last a lifetime??
Furniture this good doesn’t just come off of a conveyor belt, folks. HA!
To cover it up with paint, at times, seems like a travesty.
Notice the pretty groove that sits at the bottom of the back?
Yet, I can totally see this being quite beautiful with a soft baby pink body and stained top.
Baby pink with gold knobs and pulls!
I’ve thought about just cleaning up the body since it’s in great condition.
It’s missing a couple knobs in the center, so I will likely have to replace those.
But I love the French Provincial handles!
This is a quality piece of furniture, indeed.
I took my knuckles and knocked on the back, and I’m telling you, that’s solid oak!
But the top is in bad shape. It really needs a good sand-down and refinishing.
The scratches should come right out.
I love the idea of just refinishing the top and leaving the body alone, but I don’t have enough confidence in my strip-and-match skills!
It would probably look as weird as a Kindergartener coloring with lots of different shades and colors! LOL
So as it stands right now, this piece is in my garage, waiting for me to decide how to refinish it.
And you’re probably wondering what I’d do with it, right?
Well, considering I don’t have any place in my house for it, it will likely get listed on Craigslist or Facebook to sell!
I had promised one of my audience members during a home show recently that I would test out the market by trying to sell on Facebook, so that’s likely what I’ll do.
Given all that you know now, how would you refinish this awesome French Provincial vanity?
Leave a comment below and help me to decide!! 🙂
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Hi! Have you sold this yet? This is exactly what I’m looking for.
I would stain and refinish. It is a quality piece. If the top is beyond salvage, decoupage a nice complimentary fabric on it.
Don’t paint! Strip and stain it! This will be more valuable and beautiful! Light and dark, maybe an espresso on top would be nice with a lighter bottom. What a great find!
Depends on how valuable this particular piece is! If it’s valuable, just try to refinish it as close to the original as possible. If it’s not valuable (mainly to someone like a collector), do it however you want. 😉 Grey is always a popular color to sell! Antique white is another contender.
Since I’m not into sanding,staining,or that kind of stuff that takes forever.i say painting is the quickest and fastest way to market.
Well, although I like painted furniture and paint over lots of wood (particularly veneers, ugh) I am surprised at myself for saying strip and stain. How about a dark top like ebony or walnut and the body of the piece with either a colored stain or very watered down paint to show off the wood grain nicely. That would look great I think
Would not even dream of painting this beauty! Strip down and stain. It’s gorgeous and what a steal! Love it. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.