Black & White Dressing Table

Hey Friends! It’s Themed Furniture Thursday and today I’m sharing the makeover of this dressing table:


I found it at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been riding around with it in the back of my car because my garage is SO full, ya’ll! I really need to get out there and straighten it up. Why does being  creative have to be so messy?

When I was deciding on what piece of furniture to use for this month’s theme, this had to be the one!

This month’s theme is “black”. You know that’s a tough one for me because most everything I paint is the total opposite of black!

Here is what I came up with:

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See that little bit of black on the top?

Damask stencil created with my silhouette cameo

Does that qualify for this month’s “black” theme?

No? How about this:

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


and this:

And finally…this!

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I think it works, don’t you?

I used my orbital sander on this one so it ended up more distressed than I usually like, but I think I love how it looks on this piece.

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The tray and candlesticks came from Pier one. The little Frenchy metal bucket came from Michaels.


I created this damask motif with my silhouette cameo…

Damask stencil created with my silhouette cameo

It adds a pretty detail to the top. I made a stencil out of contact paper, then spray painted the motif on.


I got the silhouette for Christmas. It has made me lazy though because now I don’t want to transfer and paint in my graphics the old school way! No silhouette? No problem! You can purchase a beautiful damask stencil HERE. (No affiliation, just beautiful stencils!)

The stripes were created using Frog Tape:


I also did this on another dressing table I painted a couple of years ago. You can see that one here.

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The mirror was missing when I purchased this dressing table:


So I decided a chalk board would be a fun replacement:

Repalce the mirror in a dressing table with a chalkboard for a fun touch.

I made it out of this framed print I found in my frame stash…au revoir Paris Fashion!


It was the perfect color and size woohoo! It is also very lightweight, so I was able to attach the finished chalkboard by using E6000 glue and letting it sit overnight.


It says “You are beautiful!”

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The hardware came off of a drawer that I found curbside. You might remember I used that drawer to make this holder for my kids’ backpacks.


The petite glass knobs from the faux drawer in the middle came from Hobby Lobby…


The drawers and the center are lined with fabric that I originally bought over a year ago to make a cushion for a table that I wanted to turn into a bench for the foot of my bed. BOYTHATWASAMOUTHFUL. 🙂

Fabric is perfect for lining drawers and spaces like this. I adhered it with matte Mod Podge.

I adhered it to the bottom with matte Mod Podge. I just brushed it on the bottom like glue.

I think this totally works for our “black” theme!

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See how my talented furniture flippin buddies interpreted this month’s theme here:

I’ve been working on my sectional slipcover tutorial and hope to share that soon! 🙂

UPDATE: See how I slip-covered my sectional HERE now!



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  1. Saweeet! I love the pee-a-boo drawers and the pop of black accents, Christy! I hear ya on the stash thing. I am now down to one piece left after being a good girl and it feels soooo good. 🙂

  2. Love this makeover! What an interesting piece to start with! The black and white details are so much fun!

  3. Ah ya, it totally works for the Black Makeover Theme! See that gorgeous damask motif on the top of your desk reminded me of how much I hope Santa brings me a Silhouette Machine for Christmas (are you listening Santa). Love the striped detail on the sides! Replacing the mirror with a chalkboard is very clever too – love this idea. As always, you rocked this challenge Christy!

    • Thanks, Marie!! Yes, you need one! I don’t use mine as much as I could I’m sure, but it does make things easier. Plus I’m learning how to use it a little more each time. 🙂

  4. So pretty, Christy! Love all the fun surprises with the stripes and chalkboard.

  5. Amy @ Highstyle Restyle says

    Oh la la! This has such a great Frenchy-vibe! I adore how you used all the hidden details to add so much character!

  6. Christy, I absolutely love that pop of black! It looks awesome!
    Great job.

  7. Nice Christy, I love the personality you always put in your pieces.
    when do you come back ?tomorrow? hahaha. waiting …..

  8. Yes, you cheated on the black theme, but it sure looks great!

  9. So pretty Christy! I love how you added the touches of black! And hahaha…so funny! I ride around with stuff in mine all the time too for the same reason!! 😉

  10. Christy, change is good I love black so much I pretty much have some in every room.

  11. Rita Spittler says

    A spectacular success, once again. I love the black stencil. Since you used the Silhouette machine to create it that means I can’t find this out there in the real world, right? I probably just answered my own question. LOL
    Always look forward to your new posts.
    🙂 Rita

  12. Tina Matteson says

    Christy, I love everything you do but this one took my breath away, especially when I saw the stripes on the side. Now I want to find one to redo! 🙂

  13. This post is really making me smile! Why DOES being creative automatically mean a full garage… and all other storage spaces?!? My husband and I regularly tell each other “NO MORE HOBBIES!”
    I love your idea of black, haha! At first I was only seeing the chippiness, but then you pointed out all the little touches. Looks black to me. : ) Really, this turned out SO beautiful! I guess sometimes you have to twist the rules to fit what you just gotta do, right? : )

  14. I’m really falling in love with black ad white these days. I guess that’s why more and more is appearing in our kitchen! I love all of the little accents that you gave to your sweet piece!

  15. Well you definitely used more black than me 😉 ha. I love it! And that little chalkboard pop up is such a great replacement for the mirror!

  16. Love how your dressing table turned out! That is an ingenius solution to the missing mirror–great place to write those reminder notes to one’s self at night and then see them first thing in the morning!

  17. This is so beautiful! I love the black details and the peek a boo drawers! And I know what you mean about the grage being full we have the same problem 🙂

  18. Yes! It does work. You had me at the stripes. Gorgeous

  19. This is SO pretty, Christy! I love black and white together – so classy <3
    I just got a Cameo for my birthday and can't wait to try it out! (as soon as the baby doesn't want to be held all the time) 😉

  20. Oh my, you got me with those stripes! I love love love the finish, the distressing is perfect. Beautiful piece!

  21. I know I can always find what I’m looking for on your blog . . . I found the perfect French label that would fit in the oval section on a the table I was working on, but that was as far as i got. Your link to how to transfer an image was exactly what I needed. One question, I want to use wax to seal it, do you wax the transfer or seal the transfer first and then wax the whole piece? I don’t know if the image will bleed if I wax it without sealing. Will it make a difference if I use black marker to fill in the image or paint? Sorry for all the questions, just trying to get a handle on how to do this. Can you tell it my first time? 😉 Thanks Kristy!

    • Hi Maryjean! I usually lightly sand the graphic after I’ve painted it in (I wait a few hours before sanding) and then wax the whole thing. I use folkart acrylic craft paint and a liner brush to paint in my graphic. It’s harder to get the tiny details perfect using a marker, but I’ve seen people have success if their aren’t a lot of very fine details. 🙂

  22. Your desk is so pretty. I love all of the black touches that you added!

  23. Another cool and so shabby chic project love the beauty vanity table, I can see all my makeup in the top drawer! 🙂 Thanks for sharing fantastic job. Liz

  24. Oh Christy! Your dressing table is so pretty! I love the unique details you have given it! It is a real statement piece! Sounds like we have the same garage! Ha ha!
    I hope you have a great day!
    I’d love it if you would share this at my Making Broken Beautiful Party if you have time to stop in and inspire! :0)

  25. Hi Christy,
    I absolutely L.o.v.e. your transformation on this vanity table! In fact, I cannot believe it is the same piece! I pinned it to my Furniture Transformations board and am now inspired to start on one of my many projects waiting for me out in the yard…thanks!