We have so many bathrooms in this house -- but no counter space. Project! We created some counter space for my makeup and hair products using an old desk. It's the vanity that every little girl dreams of, with an extra pop of color. We were lucky to have a desk that was left behind when we moved into this house, but they are pretty easy to come by at estate and yard sales.
When it comes to getting the color you are looking for -- make sure to sand and prime properly. I also used a topcoat of polyurethane to add some shine. To bring in other colors from the room, top the desk with a bold, patterned fabric. Keep the fabric in place with a glass desk protector. I found the mirror at a yard sale, but am still on the hunt for the perfect chair or stool to finish off the set.
Post-grad weekends are for...estate sale shopping. Among the dishes and bright yellow ice bucket I picked up this Saturday morning, I also snagged this great leather briefcase for $5. It has found a home as a magazine rack as part of our fireplace composition. Meant to be portable, it can be carried away to bedside or sofa-side for easy reading access.
Unique pieces like the desk vanity and our briefcase storage are the elements that bring character to rooms filled with Pier1 and Target furnishings.