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Antique Vanity in Black

This old vanity came to me stripped down to its bare bones. It had lived for years in a basement and I could tell! It was slightly warped and the beautiful maple veneers were damaged. Someone had also removed the original hardware. It was time to breath some new life into this beauty!
Before. The original veneers were burled maple. The piece had previously been stripped and then left in a damp basement, so there was nothing to protect the wood. The veneer had dark spots all over and was cracked and peeling. I was a little sad about that, but my client wanted it painted anyway. I believe it was the best choice for this piece.
After I gave it a good sanding to smooth out any rough spots, primed with Rustoleum Painter's Touch primer and then gave it two coats of All Surface Enamel in stock black (low sheen) from Sherwin Williams. I finished it off with a coat of Minwax Polycrylic in satin.
I also moved the existing pulls to the bottom drawers, filled the holes in the top drawers, and gave it new knobs.
The wood on the tops was pretty rough, but I actually like the rustic feel it gives the piece. I stained them with Java Gel from General Finishes (maple is a hardwood so it doesn't stain as dark as mahogany or cherry) and gave them 3 coats of poly.

To see more: http://createinspireme.blogspot.com/2014/09/antique-vanity-and-sunflowers.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Sep 12, 2014


  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 12, 2014

    Pretty! The sunflowers really brighten it up all well :)

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Sep 12, 2014

    She's standing so tall and proud now. Great job!

  • Nena Lynn
    Nena Lynn Greenville, SC
    on Sep 13, 2014

    Just beautiful Lisa. And inspiring too...I found an ancient tall secretary desk in my Mom's basement the other day that has similar "symptoms." Can't wait to get started on it now after seeing our excellent work!

  • Katie Lloyd Mansfield
    Katie Lloyd Mansfield Fort Worth, TX
    on Sep 13, 2014

    Gorgeous. I love the distressed black.

  • Carol Little
    Carol Little
    on Sep 13, 2014

    That transformation is amazing. You did a beautiful job!!!!! Personally, I love black painted furniture.

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Sep 13, 2014

    @Lisa @ {createinspire} normally i do not like black furniture but this piece knocked my socks off plum gorgeous xx

  • Michelle Thompson
    Michelle Thompson Louisiana, MO
    on Sep 14, 2014

    Beautiful! A piece of black furniture always make other items in the room more noticeable

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H Pittston, PA
    on Sep 14, 2014

    Sometimes the best thing to do is paint and you really brought out the beauty of an old piece that now looks elegant instead of ready to be thrown away (no I wouldn't throw it away either, but, I've seen much nicer pieces at the curb).

  • Tina Lewis
    Tina Lewis Surprise, AZ
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Beautiful job!

  • Mary Murray Gibson
    Mary Murray Gibson Schertz, TX
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Perfect for this piece!

  • Rhonda Hagloff
    Rhonda Hagloff
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Kudos to you! That is a fabulous piece, (now!) and I am so happy to see it now in condition to be re-loved and enjoyed. Well done!

  • Sherri Rogers
    Sherri Rogers Brandon, MS
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Love, love, love! :)

  • Lisa Schneider
    Lisa Schneider Adrian, MI
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Love it !

  • Jennifer Pospichal
    Jennifer Pospichal Winona, MN
    on Sep 15, 2014

    I love it...and it's painted *black*! Every time I get a FB link from Hometalk, it seems to be the same thing..."You won't believe what they did with these cabinets/this desk/dresser/stub wall/etc", and 99.5% of the time what they did was paint it distressed white. Most of it is fine, but it's getting so pat that it's kind of boring. I'm so glad I looked this time! It's too bad the veneer was damaged, but your finished product is absolutely beautiful, and it *doesn't* look like a clone of everything else.

  • Partykagirl
    Partykagirl Milaca, MN
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Looks nice.....but, I am still not a fan of painting wood!! Wood has such a natural beauty all on it's own!!

  • Deb Braaten
    Deb Braaten Fertile, MN
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Wow that is beautiful. You did a great job

  • Kathy Witkowski
    Kathy Witkowski Apopka, FL
    on Sep 15, 2014


  • Sindy Todd
    Sindy Todd Palm Harbor, FL
    on Sep 15, 2014


  • Robin Gillett
    Robin Gillett Keyport, NJ
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Loveeee it!

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