Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I''ve Been Searching For You For So Long!!



I love a skirted vanity table. There is nothing more feminine and indulgent to place in a bedroom or dressing room. Over the years I have had bases made by my carpenter or I have redressed antique bases but I have never been able to find a source for new table bases that are sturdy enough to withstand daily use.



Once a vanity is skirted it is very heavy and the weight of the fabric can buckle a cheap table base. What is the use of fabricating a beautiful table skirt if it is unusable?




Meet my new friend from Ready to Cover ! She is sturdy, made from furniture quality MDF, no cheap particle board here. She is finished, sanded, and ready to paint. The boxed base makes her sturdy and able to hold the weight of the most complex and multi-layered skirts. She comes with a knee hole that is hiding a storage shelf inside.
And what's that peaking out from under the table top - a drawer? Hallelujah... Available in four sizes from 30" wide to 40" wide.


They have even designed fabulously clever arms to which the skirt is attached. These arms swing out to easily expose the drawer and storage beneath for quick access. Fantastic!!!


The finished product is not only beautiful but sturdy, durable and functional..I am so impressed with this table I can't wait to try one out. Ready to Cover also sells the glass tabletop protectors to fit all of their tables.



The vanity table has some siblings which include ready to cover round table bases in two styles; the standard four legged table (I've never been a fan of this design as they can be unstable on carpet and the legs can loosen over time)



The big sister of the four legged table is this sturdy, well built, MDF, box style table with storage shelves. This table will carry considerable weight and will be as stable as any traditional wood bedside table. I love this !!! It's available in a multitude of sizes from 18" to 36" round.

On top of great design and construction, all of these items are extremely well priced.

They also offer premade upholstered screen bases a, headboard bases, and cornice forms.



Update: Just received this email from Ready to Cover

Hi Jackie, I just stumbled across your wonderful post…thank you so much for mentioning us!

I wanted to let you know we have a free TRADE membership for interior designers / decorators which includes discounted pricing and a nice printed brochure (in progress!) as well the ability to order cornice boards (cornices aren’t available to consumers)

Those were some nice skirted photos you found, I really like that first one and am trying to work with a local upholster to get one made so we can put photos on our site.

In the blog post I noticed in the description you mentioned “Meet my new friend from Ready to Cover ! She is sturdy, made from furniture quality MDF, no cheap particle board here. She is finished, sanded, and ready to paint. The boxed base makes her sturdy and able to hold the weight of the most complex and multi-layered skirts. She comes with a knee hole that is hiding a storage shelf inside.”

Our vanity tables are actually made from cabinet grade plywood – which is actually even stronger than MDF! I believe quality is important which as you mentioned is a big factor when skirting a table as well and that’s why we use the heavy duty stuff on all our tables (except the MDF kit you have pictured at the bottom)

Thanks for the Update!

9 comments:

Tricia Mitchell said...

These tables from Ready to Cover are perfect! What a great idea to add shelves and drawers.

These covered vanity tables used to be very popular in the 80's and early 90's. Do you think they are coming back in a big way?

Tricia - Avolli

Michelle said...

Great find! I can picutre a nice tailored linen cover...lovely. Also, your last rendering was amazing! I love a great canopy!

kate said...

thanks for the great post.
hope all is going well with your fabric line
kate

Nouveau Stitch said...

Great find, Jackie! Just a note to let Ready to Cover know that there are likely many drapery workrooms that would be eager to work with them to cover such a lovely table! They might wish to contact Workroom Association of America for a local referral http://www.workroomassociationofamerica.com/

Ellen

Jackie Von Tobel said...

I think for a certain style the vanity table has never gone out of style - just look at Charlotte Moss or Mario Buatto. I think the key is to dress them down with a more simple skirting style done in great contemporary fabrics.

nicolette said...

I've only seen a skirted vanity table once in my life time, and it was during a wedding. It's great to see this collection here!

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

Southern Chateau said...

Thank you so much for giving us this source. I do skirted vanity tables often in my work. Carol

Barbara Cole said...

Hi Jackie:

Thank you. I can be having the worst day and open your blog and start to smile, feel the good energy return and sit and revel at the beauty that you create and find. Have your window treatment book and can't wait until the bedroom one is ready.

Tammy Tant said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful find. I always had them custom made and now I don't have to.