#Thursday Doors — Vanity

I’m cheating a lil bit on today’s #ThursdayDoors post, but it IS a door…a re-purposed door is still a door. I mean, it has a knob and everything.

This is someone’s 4-H project for the Indiana State Fair.

I think it’s adorable. Both of my girls loved it and wanted one. I can’t blame them, as I would’ve loved to have something like this when I was young.

This reminds me of when Drew and I were schoolgirls. We spent hours and hours on our appearance. Sometimes it’s hard to remember we were actually people, and not just a mass compilation of big hair, makeup, and clothes!

Drew had a vanity, but I sat a few feet away, on the floor in front of the full-length mirror on the back of her bedroom door. Those are fond memories for me. It sounds vapid, but we actually had a lot of great conversations in front of our respective mirrors. I recall a lot of music and red Solo cups fulla swate tay. I can even remember some of the clothes, most of which we left strewn about the floor…but mostly I remember the conversations.

I don’t do that now — sit in front of a mirror for hours and hours, primping. I gave it up before I even left high school. As it turns out, my mother was right, and I didn’t need all that to feel good about myself.

As I looked at this mirror, and listened to the girls ooh and ahh about it, I had a small laugh to myself. They don’t need all that to feel good about themselves, either.

Then I had another lil laugh to myself: My mother bought Sassy a vanity.

Ah, mothers, they are so wise.
Some things never change.

#ThursdayDoors is an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today.

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28 Responses to #Thursday Doors — Vanity

  1. jdawgswords says:

    that’s a really cool door

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  2. That’s a pretty cool project.

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  3. Benson says:

    I think this is a truly wonderful door,and you offer sage advice as well. I look forward to your posts about doors on Thursday. I just throw a picture out there and hashtag it. I think your way is more charming.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    As long as it’s a door it’s not cheating 🙂
    Good advice from mom about feeling good about oneself and nice hat by the way.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful door and a great story. Sorry about the bum advice on the link thing. I swear this is the first week Norm gave his post a real title! I made Faith a cheval mirror when she was in high school which she still has today. So far, it’s survived a bunch of college and early career inspired moves. I’m not sure how much primping she does, but I’ll go firmly on record and say that she always looks good. Same for the Mrs. Same for you (I want to be welcome here in the future).

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    • joey says:

      LOL 😀
      The degree to which I am upset with you about the title URL cannot be measured as it does not exist. I still think you’re so clever for realizing Norm even had a pattern!

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  6. Carrie Rubin says:

    Great door for sure. I was in Target the other day, thinking, “Hmm, I should get a small mirror for my son’s dorm room.” And then I imagined his response: “Why would I need that? There’s one in the bathroom.” So I left the mirror aisle. One less item to fill up my ever-growing Target cart.

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  7. jan says:

    I plan to cheat today also! Aren’t mirrors the doors to the soul? ; )

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  8. That is a brilliant door, love it! 🙂

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  9. I hope this 4-H project gets an A+ Blue Ribbon. Cool door and so glad it brought back fun memories for you. One of the best things at my age besides no watch or alarm clock is no makeup unless I want to. LOL If teen girls only knew the beauty that the rest of us see, the makeup companies’ profits would go down considerably. I like your door a lot. 🙂

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    • joey says:

      When they rope this stuff off, you can’t get close enough to see who did it, or what category it was in, and it DOES bother me. Whoever crafted it did seem to get a blue and red ribbon, although I cannot say for what.
      I seldom wear makeup now.
      Thanks, Judy 🙂


  10. Sammy D. says:

    This is a perfect door for Thursdays. We’re supposed to think outside the doorknob, right?

    I enjoyed your reminiscing, and remember the door mirror I shared with my sister, although much of our nightly ritual (hair rollers) took place in front of the living room mirror while we watched tv with the family.

    I spent lot of ‘mirror time’ with Raqi as a baby, and bought her a mirror for her closet door when she was three. Not because I want her to be a fashionista, but because I wanted to provide a visual tool for finding a sense of herself – how she moves, her expressions, her wholeness and her parts. I honestly believe it’s a valuable early path to healthy self-esteem.

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    • joey says:

      I agree. There are mirrors in every room here except the laundry room. The laundry room is not pretty enough to warrant seeing it in double! Perhaps one day it will be though. Anyway, I like mirrors for the water element and all that. We perhaps have too much wood…
      The mirror from Drew’s vanity has hung in all three girls’ rooms and currently resides in Sassy’s room.
      Our hair curler business is also done in front of the tv, although now it’s only Moo who asks for curlers…
      I love what you said about thinking outside the doorknob 😀

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  11. rvpackard says:

    I did! Oh my! In all honesty, I always wanted one when so much younger, but no, so….

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  12. rgemom says:

    I was just thinking about the hours spent with my best friend in her room, one of us at her vanity, and one in front of the mirror on her door, singing along to Chicago and/or doing homework as we chatted about crushes, dreams, life.

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  13. Veronica says:

    So clever! Love it!

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  14. reocochran says:

    This fair exhibit is quite some project. A lot of time, imagination and effort went into it. I really would have liked something like this. I envy girls with sisters! Joey, this was a fantastic Thursday’s Doors entry 🙂

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  15. Luanne says:

    Not cheating at all! I love it! What a statement.

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  16. Angie Mc says:

    What a clever repurposing, love it! Sweet memories, Joey. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific long weekend.

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  17. Love the door, too! Looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale.

    Me and my friends used to do the same thing in front of the mirror. Strange behavior, looking back at all now since I barely look in the mirror anymore, but we did have some great times.

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  18. markbialczak says:

    Sure she needs it, Joey. And I can imagine your day in the door.

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