New Life for a Waterfall Vanity

5 Materials
2 Weeks

I could not believe that I found this beautiful vanity on the side of the road. Called a friend to come help me bring it home. As I stood waiting for her cars passing by showed interest. I did not leave 🤣

Cleaned out years of dust

Used dish soap with vinegar and water. I found a diamond earring in one of the corners. Yup it was real. 😁

Removes all of the warped pieces of veneer from the back.

Not much could be done with the back of the mirror, so I left it alone

For the inside and sides of drawers I used a charcoal color chalk paint. To add a little pop I used a lace stencil and white acrylic paint. All painted areas received a dark wax seal. Which also allows the drawer to slide easily.

I hand sanded the entire piece, took a couple of days. On one side and the bottom front the wood veneer started to peel.

I used the dark charcoal chalk paint to cover the areas where the veneer had lifted. I used wood glue to correct as much as possible.

Used a stencil for the top center of vanity. Used a dark brown acrylic paint, looks kind of like an inlay.

The hardware was dull, I cleaned and ended up using nail polish for the correct color.

Applied three coats of clear poly, light sanding between coats

Super pleased with the results!

After finding the right color tone for the hardware I needed to update the metal part. Flat black spray paint did the trick.

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  • Betty Pirtle
    on Jun 30, 2020

    What exactly is Waterfall furniture? Yours turned out beautiful!

    • C50GE
      on Jul 14, 2020

      Some of the first furniture made mostly of plywood covered with had rounded horizontal lines giving it the look of a waterfall. It is getting hard to find this furniture in great shape due to the veneer popping off and cracking due to moisture.

      at the time it was introduced it was very inexpensive compared to solid wood furniture because of the raw material it was made of.

      younger people may love the look of it. But older people would remember this is the cheap stuff.

  • Sue
    on Jul 10, 2020

    What did you replace the warped back with? It is a beautiful piece!

  • Dawn Marr Fisher
    on Jul 13, 2020

    How did you remount the mirror?

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  • Pluto
    on Jul 15, 2020

    This is beautifully done. The extra work involved to be able to refinish it without covering the wood with paint was well worth it. I hope that you will enjoy it for a long time.

  • Heather
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Beautiful job!! I'm so jealous of you folks that find things like this!!

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