Vanity Makeover {Antiqued}

5 Materials
1 Week

This cool vanity was given to me by a sweet friend who is always thinking about me. It was a blast from the past. I can remember sitting at it as a teen in my friend's bedroom. I'm pretty sure it had a mirror at that time...and old corsages drying on the mirror frame. I think my friend thought it was beyond help when she showed it to me, but it had good basic bones.

I just knew it still had beauty ready to come out. The bench, on the other hand, did not get made over...yet. It was missing a few pieces and the top base was broken. It will have to wait until another day.

Since the vanity no longer had a mirror, I filled these grooves in the top-back edge with wood filler. I used masking tape on the bottom opening of the grooves to prevent the wet wood filler from dropping out. After it dried I removed the tape and was able to sand it smooth. It can still be used as a vanity with a mirror hanging on the wall, or it would make an adorable desk.

After days and days of sanding, I finally applied paint. I love this color, but it was brighter than I wanted for a finish. Not vintage looking at all. Not a problem. I already intended to antique and age it.

The next layer was a light dry brush in white.

Just a quick note on the paints I use. Well...I basically use anything. Leftover paints from other projects or hand-me-down paints from friends, family and yard sales. I also like to mix paints and experiment with colors. I'm game to give any paint at least one chance.

This antiquing technique was a new idea I found on Pinterest. It was a mixture of chocolate acrylic paint and Floetrol. I brushed it on and wiped it off with a rag. Instant age! Instant years of love!

About those knobs... Obviously I needed to add "new" ones.

I had these beautiful sunflower knobs in my hardware stash. I've had them for a long time, but they never seemed quite right for other furniture makeovers. Not true with this one. I knew right away they would be perfect after I sprayed them using a Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

Suggested materials:

  • Paint   (had it)
  • Floetrol   (Ace Hardware)
  • Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint   (Wal-Mart)
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