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Custom Vanity

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This vanity was rescued from an old house. We purchased it from the people that had been paid to clean out the house. It was sitting in the garage while I waited for inspiration to strike, when a lady who came to purchase a dresser (posted on here, the dresser with material on the sides) asked us to paint it to match a chest of drawers her grandmother had. So, here it goes....
Time: 5 Days Cost: $100 Difficulty: Advanced
The vanity was sitting on a flat bed trailer when we went to see it. Look at this beauty...just needed some love!
Wood glue and sanding....some pieces require a little extra love to give them a new life.
We had to replace to bottoms in a couple of the drawers, which we did after we sanded them down. Look at how nicely they sanded down!
Some of the intricate trim pieces had lost layers, so hubby to the rescue! He used wood putty to basically rebuild the broken pieces. Teamwork is the best!
Did I mention it was a custom order? Blue and gold...not what I would have chosen, but hey, the customer knows what they want! So, here I started painting the decorative pieces and drawers.
Here is one of the drawers with glaze on it...I decided glaze was a great option to tone down the brightness of the paint colors, and fill in the grooves at the same time.
Here I was working on the mirror. I laid the decorative trim on to see how it was going to look. I was a little under the weather, so hubby did the staining for me. It turned out a bit darker than I really wanted. We were putting original mirrors back on, so make sure you have some felt to use as cushion between mirrors and wood!!
And here she is all complete! Decided to paint side panels blue because that dark stain was too much for me. As usual, I forgot pictures of some of the steps...I really need to work on that. The hardware was cleaned up, painted oil rubbed bronze, I dry brushed a little gold on them, and then sealed with poly!
Here is a closer view of the base. I have to admit, she did turn out lovely.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Annie Sloan chalk paint   (Local vendor)
  • Gold paint   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Felt   (Had on hand)
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  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Aug 9, 2017

    Lovely?! It's all vintage Hollywood. Customer knew what they wanted and you delivered. Great job!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    on Aug 9, 2017

    I love the vintage feel to this, so glamorous!

  • Dianne Mayer
    Dianne Mayer Philadelphia, PA
    on Aug 16, 2017

    That finished dresser is gorgeous

  • Schoolhouse35
    Schoolhouse35
    on Aug 16, 2017

    Very Art Deco..........have to have the right place. Nice job.

  • Delicia Ambrosino
    Delicia Ambrosino Binghamton, NY
    on Aug 18, 2017

    You did a lovely job. I mean no disrespect to you or your client but I couldn't have done a piece like that in paint...well maybe a little paint. Although expensive to do I would have bought paua shell sheets and where you have the blue cut the paua to fit the shape and then with paint outlined each one to give the illusion of depth. Paua can come in green, gold and blue, or blue, champagne, greenish tones, and more. When buying them it is extremely important that the seller tries to match each sheet as close as possible. I watch a lot of Asian movies/dramas and I notice their furniture, etc and many time there it is...either Mother of Pearl or Paua shell. In fact, I have an old coffee table that is fully square and has 5 heavy pieces of beveled glass that goes with it. Once I figure my design out {I want it to be a story theme all the way around} I will then get all my materials. The difference is with my project I won't won't be gluing the shell on. Every piece will be cut by hand and inset in the place I have also hand carved out. I think it just may take me forever. But truly. You did a beautiful job.

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