Jennifer Lynn
Jennifer Lynn
  • Hometalker
  • Monroe, NY

Fixed up an Art Deco Vanity in Terrible Shape


I wanted an Art Deco vanity for my bedroom but I couldn't find one in good shape under 300 dollars or already painted
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
I picked this up, in pretty rough shape, from a women for 60 bucks
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
On my way home I found this vanity stool sitting out for garbage at my neighbors house, I swept that right up!!!
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
I sanded most of the cheap veneer with a palm sander and filled in a ton of cracks, chips and holes with wood putty
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
The drawers were full of mildew so I scrubbed them with a magic eraser
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
The brass on the original hardware was dull and again, mildew. I used brasso and soaked them for about 10 minutes. Be careful with brasso, it's VERY potent on the eyes. I then scrubbed them with a bristle dish brush to get them sparkly clean!
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
I used an oops paint I found at the store a while back, I'm just obsessed with this color white!! It's a flat paint so being that this is a vanity I sprayed the piece with rustoleum clear satin coat to ward against damage.
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
Got the piece upstairs and screwed on the mirror.
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
I ordered a bunch of different orange and white fabric on eBay, stapled them inside the drawers and painted the entire inside and outside of the drawers, I have left insides of cabinets and drawers the original color in the past and personally I don't like it. I'm just lazy sometimes or don't have time!
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
I did the same thing with the garbaged vanity stool, painted the legs, cleaned and covered the seat with one of the fabrics from eBay and voila! A beautiful vanity for my bedroom. I truly love doing my hair and makeup at this vanity
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
Before and after
art deco vanity makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
Before and after

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  • Donna Woodard
    on Aug 17, 2015

    The hardware looks great. This is really lovely

  • Grainne
    on Nov 6, 2016

    I love this, you did a great job. I love redoing old vanities. I'm working on one at the moment. A previous owner had cut her legs off, I have no idea why. Trying to figure a way to add legs again has been challenging, but I am loving seeing her come together. I absolutely love Hometalk, wonderful to see and hear how other people work out problems etc, amazing amount of really talented people out there.

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