She’s my cherry pie…

Originally, Gadora believed this Kindel vanity table desired a decoupage of maps on its top, and I found some doozies: maps of the Holy Land, Europe, the world as it was—all from several National Geographic magazines, circa 1964.

Kindel vanity ~ maraschino style
Kindel vanity ~ maraschino style

As Gadora envisioned the finished project the maps just wouldn’t be flashy enough, it wasn’t until I came across a can of red paint that the vanity made sense. It hoped to be peppered with pizazz. Careful to leave the original teal blue details (the inspiration for the maps in the first place), it is starting to take shape.

An inside look...
An inside look...

Gadora “stuck” (thanks Mod Podge) with part of the orginal plan and incorporated a map on the inside… a lil sweet surprise.

Baby, It’s cold outside.

Bundled in sweats, Gadora spent the bulk of April’s 5th day making sense of the item-surplus in the garage (let’s call it a shop, shall we?), and reorganized it for a bit more space. The Kindel vanity has been weighing heavily on my mind. There is much to do to make it sparkle…and I see decoupage.

Lori Marsha's Spaceball Rocker
Lori Marsha's Spaceball Rocker*

Gadora scored a stack of well-preserved ’60s maps stripped from the pages of National Geographic. I purchased my first brayer and am now ready to get to work. But baby, it’s cold outside and as such here’s a nod to my celebrity girl-crush Zooey Deschanel. As the April wind howls around me, Gadora can’t get this number out of my noodle.

Ok, back to the Kindel. A more recent obsession is my Fisher Price glow globe with view finder I’ve happily carted around these here United States. Noticed in a box yesterday, it wants to come out. Bought it as an adult on a road-trip to Houston, it still makes me giddy.

Fisher Price globe w/ view finder
Fisher Price globe w/ view finder

I adore the idea of re-purposing an outdated map. Cartographers forgive me. Many maps served this Bombus chair well. I’ll not yet try my Mod Podge on the curved surface of the Kindel’s legs, but will try my hand on it’s top.

'60s map of London on chair
'60s map of London on chair

Another table by Bombus. LOVE it.

Bombus '50s London decoupage table
Bombus '50s London decoupage table

It should warm up tomorrow and Gadora should get out there and get to it; my Kindel vanity wants to earn its name.

*Gadora ADORES Lori’s fund-raiser rocker.

Kindel vanity with mirror…

Gadora found a vanity with a mirror in a lady’s garage (let’s henceforth call her “Crazy Cakes”). CC posted her stuff on Craigslist and I responded. We agreed to meet. “We’re off Keller-Hicks road, just past the Extreme Dream House Make-Over TV show home” she rattles in one breath, “you caaaain’t miss us.” I’d remembered that Ty Pennington’s “Extreme Home Makeover” had indeed come quite close to our Lil Keller hood. And Gadora was happy to see it.

Extreme Home Makeover ~ Keller, TX
Extreme Home Makeover ~ Keller, TX

Well, I did miss Crazy Cakes’ house. Her erroneous directions were long-winded, and didn’t include a drive by the Extreme Home. Gadora finally arrived to find  CC had a whole mess of stuff in her garage. I specifically wanted this dresser but “Crazy Cakes” insisted I look at ALL her stuff. It took me a day to think about it (she was a pushy, pushy ‘garage’ sales girl). She’d quoted me a price, and that’s all she would do.

Kindel vanity
Kindel vanity

By the following day, CC had called and texted (both more than once) to see if I was interested in ALL of her pieces. I agreed to come back by, and through some wheeling-n-dealing got my Kindel vanity with mirrored top. Love it! Planning to decoupage some vintage National Geographic maps I scored at Sunday’s Estate Sales, I think it’s new skin will fit right in.

Kindel

Doing some preliminary research, I’ve found “Kindel” online. But not having luck identifying this particular piece. *Gadora needs the help of your savvy friend who surfs ebay with the greatest of ease.

Kindel vanity - BEFORE
Kindel vanity - BEFORE

** Gadora’s take on the Extreme Home… it’s ghastly over-sized. Plopped down on an ugly, ugly street West of Keller (tall browning prairie grass, horse pastures kicking up sandy dirt, and  bare Mesquite trees) it is a spectacle. People craning their necks to gawk at it and parked in the middle of the road, months after it was revealed (both live and then on TV), it draws a crowd. Nestled closely to the moderately sized dwellings it shares a street with, it’s a far cry from the low-slung ’70s roofs of its neighbors. It’s indeed true. You cain’t miss it.