Sunday, March 18, 2012

The tale of Ole Bess

My vintage vanity or “Ole Bess” as I have come to call her - has been with me since I was a 3rd grader. I can’t say 100% however, my guess is that this little beauty came from 1920’s.

To my mother’s delight as a youngster I stuck stickers on her, labeled my drawers one year with tape and a magic marker; you know the rather typical things a child does from time to time. Nonetheless I have drug her around with me these many years – mainly letting her live in storage and so unloved! Just over a year ago she again saw the light of day.

Without further ado… 


There is that handy hubby thing again :)

Oooo lala! 

We used tung oil...
I suggest using polyurethane if your vanity will be around alot of makeup and hairspray.
Its just more durable. 



  1. Ole Bess is so beautiful. I can't believe it but the story brought a tear to my eye. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome story and tut.


  2. OMG, I just watched your videos and I am super inspired. I especially love the piece of glass on the vanity. What an awesome idea. I will getting a piece cut for my grandmother's vanity for sure. Thanks soooooooo much!


    1. I could not be more pleased than I am with that little piece of glass, Not only does it protect my vanity but makes a nice place to display doilies :) Thank you for your kind words :)


  3. A good and faithful old piece. Love it. Thanks for sharing.