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.
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.
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.
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.
Process and Source List
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- I sanded again with smoother sand paper on my mouse sander and sanded the legs by hand.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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!?!
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.
This is a sneak peak of my Master Bedroom transformation that I’ll be posting soon!
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‘Til Next Time,