Gorgeous Green Antique Waterfall Vanity Makeover

13 Materials
$50
6 Hours
Medium
This neglected waterfall vanity was in dire need of a makeover, follow along as I take it from boring to beautiful.Pop over to my blog for more free home decor and furniture tutorials.
Here is the antique waterfall vanity waiting patiently in line to be given a makeover. The handles have been broken or missing over the years and there is allot of missing veneer pieces especially on the edges.
I love the character of antique pieces as most have hand written dimensions and notes written inside proving the unique hand craftsmanship they were made of back in the day.
There was lots of wood filler used and power sanding after a good scrubbing . Then the milk painting was a challenge too but I seem to love a challenge as I worked thru each challenge to get the end result.
Be sure to go to the detailing in depth tutorial linked at the end of this post to see all the challenges and how they were resolved.
But they were all worth it to get this result!!
Three coats of kettle cove green milk paint were used and sealed with Minwax dark wax along with Daddy Van's cafe noir wax. Rub 'n Buff was used on vintage hardware I had in stock which made the green pop.
I love milk paint on antique pieces, this paint is so fitting seeing it was the paint used way back then to this day still. View more milk painted projects I have done.

Suggested materials:

  • TSP   (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0015WT148/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie)
  • Rub n buff antique gold   (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00081HYDM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=)
  • Orbital sand paper   (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07HHY6MKY)
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  • Lisa Minton-Gill Lisa Minton-Gill on Feb 29, 2020

    I have a veneer dresser that I’ve had since I was 5, it’s been painted black but I love this green & have been wanting to redo it ! Can you please tell me the best way to strip the black paint off?

  • Barj Barj on Mar 01, 2020

    Will milk paint be a durable finish for a secretariat I reclaimed after flood of 2016? It was stained very dark with a high gloss poly finish which I have sanded most off leaving some of the stain to sand thru to after painted.


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