Stormy Seas Vintage Vanity

12 Materials
4 Hours

Don’t you just love this vintage vanity makeover by Salvaged Inspirations?

stormy seas vintage vanity

I’d like to say this layered ‘Stormy Seas’ Vintage Vanity was my plan all along, but the truth is, this makeover took some unexpected turns. My original plan was to layer some pinks and then white wax for a soft romantic look but it turned out quite the opposite with this deep stormy seas layered finish.

stormy seas vintage vanity

I started by cleaning the piece. I patched all the original hardware holes and I gave the rest of the dresser a light sanding with 180 grit and then wiped away all the dust with a cloth.

stormy seas vintage vanity

I ended up with 4 layers of paint, including a pink-tinted primer, Amethyst and Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint , Stormy Seas Chalk Mineral Paint, and Best Dang Wax in Black. To add more interest, I applied a small amount of Warm Gold Gilding Wax to highlight the details.

stormy seas vintage vanity

It doesn’t look anything like I was originally planning, but it’s stunning! I’m really happy with how it all turned out! My takeaway from this piece – go with the flow. I know it sounds a bit woo-woo-wee, but sometimes the furniture will ‘talk’ to you and steer you in its own direction. And what you think is a mistake just might be the way to an unexpected beautiful finish!

Suggested materials:

  • Amethyst Chalk Mineral Paint  (
  • Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint  (
  • Stormy Seas Chalk Mineral Paint  (
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Dixie Belle Paint Company

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Billie
    on Nov 16, 2018

    While the result is stunning, I don't see the buttercream or amethyst in the finished item. Did you use them because you intended to "go a different direction" with the project?

  • Ann Halsing
    on Nov 16, 2018

    How do I clean chrome lights on the side of my medicine cabinet in the bathroom. Thank You Ann

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Nov 16, 2018

      Hi Anne. Just wanted you to know you posted your question in the wrong place. You posted on a furniture refinishing page. Not everyone on Hometalk will see it (only those looking at this one project). Go to Hometalk's "home" page and post your question there. I am certain alot more people will see it there!!! Good luck with your question.

  • Becky
    on Nov 16, 2018

    Where did you get the mirror for the dresser- (as it looks as if the original was missing or maybe broken & removed) ?

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