DIY Vanity Transformation

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After living in a tiny house and sharing a small vanity with my husband, I knew I wanted a place of my own to get ready in the mornings.  Seeing the perfect location in front of a window in our master bedroom, I was excited to put a classy new vanity in front of it with the morning light streaming in.    As much as I don’t like putting on makeup, I knew sitting at this vanity would make it much more tolerable.

Now that I had built up my own expectations of this glamorous vanity table, it was time to go shopping where I find all my favorite treasures…a used furniture store.  Other than saving money, I wanted to make this piece my own.  This project took a few weeks.  As I sanded, wiped, painted and then repeated this process, my thoughts couldn’t help but to meditate on some specific ways God works in our lives much like I was working on the desk.

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He Sees Us

Upon seeing this desk at the consignment shop among the many other pieces, I knew it would be perfect as a vanity table, a piece I would truly enjoy and call my own for years to come.  I had a much better purpose for this old desk and knew it had incredible potential, but it would need a serious makeover.

In the same way, God sees us through our brokenness.  In spite of the dated molding, shiny laminate surface, burnt orange stain and weird smell, I loved that sad old desk and knew I needed as my own.  Who knew something destined for a trash heap would be one of my greatest treasures.  The same could be said of us.   Because of the stain of our sin, we deserve the trash heap but God cleans us up, transforms us and prepares a perfect place for us in His Home. 

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He Redeems Us

The definition of “redeem” is “to regain possession of something in exchange for payment.”  I bought this desk for $40 and the stool for $10.  In order to transform this desk, I had to first buy it.  There was a price to be paid, even for a dirty old desk.

The same can be said of us – we are but damaged goods in need of transformation. Our sin was so much filthier than an old piece of furniture, but a much higher price would need to be paid to give us a right standing before a perfectly holy God.  God knew no amount of good works would ever be able to rectify our sinful condition so he did the extraordinary.  He pulled us out of the ruble and God had to pay the ultimate price – His one and only son.   God rescued us from sin just like I rescued the desk from its awful fate. 

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He Transforms Us

God doesn’t stop there.  Upon rescuing us, He begins an amazing process of transformation because He loves us too much to just leave us alone. Upon coming to know Christ, an amazing process of renovation begins.  I wasn’t about to bring this desk into our newly decorated bedroom and use it in its current state.  Over a period of time and in several steps, a transformation had to occur.

To achieve my vision for this desk, if it was cleaned, sanded, primed, painted and new hardware was added.  Several of those steps had to be repeated to be effective and each step had to be fully finished before proceeding to the next.  When God brings us into His family, He continues to transform us to be more and more like Him through the process of sanctification.  He renews us daily knowing that sometimes the sanding of life’s trials can be difficult.  However, we are much more content and satisfied when we allow Him to work in us to fulfill the specific plans He has for us.  He breaths in us life, beauty and purpose that we never knew was possible.

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Process and Source List

  1. I took off the hardware and filled holes with a generous amount of Elmer’s wood filler. I then drilled new holes for the new hardware.  I also replaced some old molding with new molding from Lowe’s by using Liquid Nails for wood.
  2. After letting the filler dry for 48 hours, I started the sanding process. I used my mouse sander to sand with rough sandpaper to remove that laminate gloss and I just sanded the legs as best as I could by hand.
  3. After wiping with a damp cloth, I primed the whole piece with Zinnser 123 water based primer and let it dry 4 hours. (It dries fast but not as fast as other primers.  This is helpful because it leaves a smoother finish).
  4. I sanded again with smoother sand paper on my mouse sander and sanded the legs by hand.
  5. After wiping with a damp cloth again, I used the Home Depot brand 6 inch rollers (“Best” with the green line) because it gives you a really smooth finish. I applied two coats of Behr Blue Fox in a satin finish with Floetrol (added according to the instructions on the back).  This helps the paint to settle better, leaving fewer brush strokes.
  6. This is the key for a really smooth – I LIGHTLY sanded yet again but with 320 sandpaper. After wiping down the desk and vacuuming the room, I applied one more coat. (Make sure fans and the AC is off to avoid dust particles in the air from settling on the paint surface.)
  7. After letting the piece dry for 2 days, I added the new hardware (amazon.com) and the glass top. Who knew the desk could look so different!?!

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I thought my DIY butterfly frame was a perfect accessory for my vanity.  I posted here about how I made it and what butterflies mean to me.

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This is a sneak peak of my Master Bedroom transformation that I’ll be posting soon!

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Be sure to leave a comment below.  I love to hear your feedback!

‘Til Next Time,

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“Inconvenienced” By God

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To escape the hot Texas sun, my daughter and I have spent a lot of time in the pool this summer.    Morgan has made major strides with swimming and no longer sees it as pure torture.  I am relieved that she finally enjoys something she was so scared of last summer.

While swimming with her one day, I suddenly saw a huge water bug in the pool that was at least 2 inches long.  I didn’t think much of it until a few minutes later when I noticed it perched on Morgan’s arm floaty.  I quickly brushed it off without her noticing.   We swam a few minutes more before I realized how unsuccessful I was at getting rid of the bug as it was now in Morgan’s hair!  From behind her, I quietly and stealthily grabbed the nasty bug when she flinched and yelled, “Ouch, why did you pull my hair, Mama?!?”  Fortunately, she never caught on to what I was really doing.

I know my daughter pretty well, and had she realized a huge bug was caught in her hair, she would have never stepped foot in the pool again.  As Morgan saw it, I inconvenienced her by pulling her hair but in reality, I saved her from something I knew would upset her and derail her progress in swimming.

The same situation has happened countless times in my relationship with God.   What I have often seen as an inconvenience, was merely the ripple effect of God’s protection from a hurt or tragedy that only He could have saved me from.

Looking back, there are many instances where I thought I knew what was best for me.  Hindsight is truly 20/20 and I’m thankful God didn’t give me what I prayed He would.  He knows that sometimes what we desire most is the very thing that will destroy us.  Thankfully God is faithful to intervene in the lives of His children to show them a better way, His way.

Maybe it was the boyfriend who broke up with you in high school who you KNEW you would marry.  Maybe it was the not so budget-friendly dream house that slipped through your fingers at the last minute.  Because of His great love for us, there are times God has to drag us kicking and screaming to protect us from less than His best.   And what is best for Him is always best for us.  Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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In Genesis 37, Joseph was a young Israelite with many brothers who were jealous of Him.  His brothers decided to deal with Joseph once and for all by throwing him in a pit and leaving him to die.  It was then that a group of Ishmaelites came by that his brothers decided to sell him as a slave for less than $100 today.  He was placed in the house of an Egyptian master named Potiphar and everything that Joseph touched, God blessed.

Potiphar’s wife had different plans for Joseph, however.  She accused him of coming onto her and Joseph was placed in prison.  Genesis 39:21 states, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sign of the keeper of the prison.”  Before long, Joseph was running the prison and became an interpreter of dreams for the prisoners.  After two years passed, Pharaoh had some dreams he could not make sense of and Joseph was actually called upon out of the prison.  He not only interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams but made Pharaoh aware of the dangerous famines approaching Egypt and the devastation that was ahead if they did not prepare accordingly.

As governor of Egypt, Joseph was put in charge of gathering food.  Instead of allowing his family to perish in the famine, Joseph welcomed them into Egypt along with all the other Israelites.  Joseph’s misfortune was a necessary inconvenience in comparison to blessings that came forth.  Through it, Joseph became governor of Egypt, saved the lives of the Egyptians from the famines and most importantly He was the tool God used to preserve the Israelite line by relocating them.

Often God uses tragedy to accomplish rich blessings beyond our comprehension and no one understands this better than Jesus Christ.  Sin separates us from a relationship with God and the penalty for any sin is death (Romans 3:23).  Jesus knew His death was the only remedy to deal with our sin problem, so  God’s one and only son became a human being and freely died in our place (Romans 5:6-8; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18). He was punished for our sin so that we can receive God’s forgiveness. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, conquering sin and death for us.

Because He voluntarily endured pure torture on the cross, God now offers us eternal life as an absolutely free gift to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9). That is the meaning of the word “grace.” God gives us His forgiveness and His favor as a free gift, based on what Jesus has done for us. If you believe in Jesus, that He died for your sins and rose from the dead, then you can know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13).

Maybe God has you on what seems to be a perilous path, maybe you feel like there is no end to this phase of life or you are enduring a trial that seems pointless.  Know that God works all things for our good and that there is a purpose life’s hardships (Romans 8:28-29).   When you have a relationship with Him, what we  perceive as an inconvenience is often his active role in protecting us and growing us to be more like Him.  When we commit to follow Him, God protects us from less than his best.  May our lives be overflowing with the “inconvenience” of God’s protection.

What are the ways God has protected you and how is He protecting you even now from greater hardships?

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