This. This is my happy place.
My excitement meter shoots up about 220% when someone contacts me and ask me to do something in Alice in Wonderland style. And get this…..they PAY ME to do it!!! They offer me $$$ to go to MY HAPPY PLACE! Is this really even work??? Not this piece….no work here…just pure enjoyment creating this wonderland vanity.
I started with the top surface….and yes…I did!
Another rabbit hole! My first rabbit hole piece was a Jack Daniels dresser which you can check out here. I loved the whimsy of it so much and have been anxiously waiting for another piece to lend itself to a repeat. It just catches people off guard…..and I love that!
I used the softer color palette on the body. I wanted to represent the authentic look of the baby blue dress that we all remember Alice wearing in the book. My client asked me to try and incorporate a bit of “mermaid” into the wonderland vanity….LOL! Let’s be honest……that seemed really odd! But she actually owns two of my very over-the-top mermaid chairs. Have you seen them? Check them out here. They sit at the head of her antique dining table. I think she plans to use this piece in that same room. So I opted to fade in some sea green and ocean blues together on the side panels…and I feel it really gave it the ocean look she was hoping it would have.
And speaking of mermaid….if you look closely at the right and left top drawers…they have a design that is very reminiscent of a mermaid tail to me. I’m not sure she will even pick up on that….but I did!
I added a soft pink to the inside panels of the wonderland vanity for two reasons. One….it is one of the colors in her mermaid chairs. And I felt it also represented the inside of a conch shell….lending more of the ocean feel. I guess I really could have gone with a coral…but the pink just felt right. I painted the edged details of the piece in one of my favorite gold paints – Modern Masters Olympic Gold.
And there really is no explanation needed for those crazy beautiful feet on the vanity!
This piece now resides in Florida….
I hope you have enjoyed this piece of whimsy. I’ve listed all colors used below.
Remember….you can always anchor a colorful piece with the black and white combination. You may not choose to use a ” rabbit hole pattern”….but a simple check or stripe has the same effect. Get my tips for painting black and white patterns here.
These are the paints and colors that I recommend to you to use to achieve this same look. Dixie Belle Paint company offers amazing products that will make all of your projects successful no matter what your skill level is!
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