Day 4: Nail Painting Station

October 10, 2022


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I’m excited to be sharing a small corner of my bedroom today! I call it the nail painting station 🙂

Recently, my mom was downsizing and no longer had room for an antique vanity. It was in my parent’s bedroom growing up and I remember spending countless hours making funny faces in this very mirror. Ha!

Before Nail Painting Station

Here’s what the space looked like when we first moved in. I didn’t have a chair or stool, so this piece was mostly used as random storage.

Old makeup vanity

I remember watching my mom paint her nails here as I grew up, and the idea of creating a nail painting station was born.

First thing to go was the weird paint color on the walls.

After adding a few more accessories, here’s what I ended up with…

After Nail Painting Station

Nail painting station in Tessie Fay's bedroom

I thought about painting the vanity, but I’m glad I decided to keep the original wood.

The real star of the show is the velvet floral stool from Anthropologie. Isn’t it dreamy?

Floral velvet stool from Anthropologie

It gave the whole space a fresh and modern feel and was a great jumping off point for colors in the rest of the bedroom.

Painting the walls white made the whole room more cohesive and adding the navy velvet curtains helped everything feel a bit more luxurious.

Tessie Fay's bedroom with curtains, vanity and nail painting station

Next, it was time to add the nail polish!

My friend, Bonnie Christine, introduced me to this amazing nail polish a few years ago and I’m in LOVE!!! I never used to paint my nails because who has time for THAT? Enter Dazzle Dry

Dazzle dry nail polish

It consists of a whole nail system with 4 steps (prep, base coat, color, and top coat). It dries in literally 5 minutes! And I mean COMPLETELY dry.

Tessie Fay at her nail painting station

It comes in tons of fun colors and it’s easy to wipe off with regular acetone nail polish remover.

ANNNND… did I mention that it usually lasts for a full week? I seriously love it and paint my nails on a weekly basis now 🙂

My favorite nail polish dazzle dry

So there it is! A nail painting station! Something I never thought I needed, but a small luxury of life that helps me slow down and pamper myself.

Tessie Fay bedroom nail painting station

Changes Made

  • Painted walls white
  • Added fun accessories to liven up the space

Lessons Learned

  • Furniture passed down from family members is pretty darn special
  • Mixing current pieces (stool) with vintage furniture (vanity) is a great way to add interest to a space
  • I’m obsessed with Dazzle Dry nail polish… Ha!


  • Floral velvet stool: Anthropologie
  • Nail Polish: Dazzle Dry
  • Cotton ball holder: Amazon
  • Nail Polish Tray: Bake Everything
  • Desk lamp: Anthropologie (no longer available)
  • Navy Velvet Curtains: Overstock
  • Vanity: Vintage from my parent’s bedroom growing up
  • Paint color: Wimborne White by Farrow and Ball (color matched to Sherwin Williams)

Recap and What’s Next?

If you’re just catching up, here are the previous posts in the “before and after parade!”

Tomorrow I’ll be taking you behind the scenes of how I created display shelves for my much-loved teacups inside my studio. It’s been one of my favorite projects yet!

See you tomorrow <3

xo, Tessie

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