Chatelleralt Vanity

Friday, January 13, 2012

I've had this vanity sitting in my garage for months.  I finally got in gear and finished it.  Do you like it?

A Coat of paint, lots of sanding & elbow grease.  I really didn't know what I wanted to do with this vanity until I was in the middle of sanding.  I remembered this vintage image I saw on the Graphic's Fairy and that image inspired the rest.

Obviously I didn't use the entire image, but that's okay.  The description says that it came from an antique invoice for a flower seller.  However, I also Googled Chatellerault and found this from Wikipedia.


Châtellerault was an important stronghold on the northern marsh of Poitou, established by the Count of Poitiers to secure his borders in the early 10th century. The count's local representative, the Vicomte de Châtellerault was established as a hereditary appointment by the time of Airaud who was probably a kinsman of the counts of Auvergne and dukes of Aquitaine; his heirs were vicomtes (viscounts) until the mid-11th century.
The daughter of Aymeric IÆnor of Châtellerault (ca 1103 - ca 1130), whose mother had been the "mistress" in the new courtly love poetry of thetroubadour lord William, sixth Count of Poitiers and ninth Duke of Aquitaine, who lodged in his tower the "Dangereuse de Châtellerault", married his son, William X of Aquitaine, and was mother of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
The title, Vicomte de Châtellerault, passed in turn to each of three great French noble families: La RochefoucauldLusignan and, from the thirteenth century until the French Revolution, to the family of Harcourt.
However, in return for services offered to the Crowns of Scotland and France, the title of Duc de Châtellerault (1548) was presented to James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran, Chief of the Name, and regent of Scotland during the infancy of Mary, Queen of Scots, and of France. This title, though now without any benefices, remains in contention between the heir male and the heir general of Arran, respectively the Duke of Abercorn and theDuke of Hamilton. (See Chatelherault Country Park, Lanarkshire.)

So, if I am reading correctly, this was an address in a certain part of France.  I thought the history was kinda cool so I put the whole thing in here for ya.  I'm sure you just skipped it if you not into that kinda thing!

After all that sanding, I thought the top turned out really good.  After putting on the graphic, I put a dark walnut stain/glaze over the top.  Once it was dry I sealed it.

I painted the original hardware, highlighted the details, put the same dark walnut glaze over the entire piece & made sure it was all clean.  

Put a final coat of sealer over the entire piece and left it to dry overnight.  Installed the hardware Saturday morning and enjoyed looking at all my hard work.

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