Need painting advice

This is my latest project. For ME, my bedroom. It will be painted to match the bed and end tables. Okay, I already removed the veneer on the top. It was cracked and bumpy, probably from water damage. The drawers are also veneer. The photo makes it look much better than it really is. So - do I paint the entire piece? I know the top has to be painted because, like I said, I took off the veneer. But do I dare touch that beautiful oak mirror? Suggestions, please!!
q advice on painting bedroom vanity, painted furniture, Not solid oak laminate
Not solid oak - laminate
  8 answers
  • What is your style of bedroom? If you like the mirror, just paint the cabinet and leave the drawers wood freshened up with stain if you like. Switch out the pulls to suit your style and you have an awesome piece. Here's one I did:
  • @Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces Idea is great. You could use off-white paint for a nice contrast with the wood. It would all depend on the colors in your room.
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jun 08, 2015
    There is nothing precious about oak. If you really love the oak, leave it; but if your hesitation is just painting wood, paint it. It will look so much fresher. Either way, do what you really want to do, not what you think you "should" do. In decorating do what makes you happy because you are the one to look at it every day.
  • Charlie Charlie on Jun 10, 2015
    Why don't you just paint the top? Leave the rest as it is. It is beautiful!
  • It looks so much better in the photo than in person. The veneer is not that great, which is why i want to paint it. But thanks for your input. My bed is a white/cream - which I was going to go over with some gray. Then do the pieces gray. Going to make my own chalk paint, too. Tomorrow I go pick out the color.
  • Kas5316 Kas5316 on Jun 10, 2015
    Just finished my first chalk paint project-oak wash stand that I'm going to use as a bedside table. It's a little different than painting with other mediums or staining, but didn't take too long to get the hang of it! Give it a try!! Flash on my phone makes it look like it has a glossy top coat but it doesn't.
  • Joan Joan on Jun 10, 2015
    The problem with painting oak is that it is an open grain wood. The paint gets into the grain and will NOT come out later if you (or someone else) wants to refinish. When I paint oak, I always fill the grain with a clear finish like polyurethane first, then paint. That way, if you want to go back to the wood look, you can.
  • Kate Kate on Jun 11, 2015
    If you're undecided only about whether or not to paint the mirror, why make a decision now? There's no need to lock into a complete plan before you start. See how the mirror looks with the painted dresser. If the contrast looks good and you love it, don't paint the mirror. If the mismatch looks off, paint it. Easy peasy. Good luck!
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