Antique Vanity Desk W/Mirror in White Milk Paint and Appliqués

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This antique vanity was suffocating under a dark dreary awful finish. It had zero pep and the beautiful detail of its structure was indistinguishable. A fresh coat of Snow White milk paint by Old Fashioned Milk Paint and it was already sparkling the way it was meant to.
I ordered some appliqués to adhere to the front drawers since they were a bit plain looking. The original hardware had long since been lost so I ordered new glass rose bud knobs and beautiful brass pulls from D. Lawless Hardware. They have a fantastic selection of furniture and craft 'jewelry,' and their customer service is outstanding.
I aligned them in the pattern I wanted and then painted them before wood gluing them to the drawer fronts. I did three layers of paint and alternated with swiping stain on them to mimic the dark stain peeking through the shading and distressing of the white paint on the desk.
I also painted the brass pulls the same Snow White milk paint. The top drawers had an original appliqué so I highly distressed the entire piece which drew out the detail of the craftsmanship.
I sanded and stained the top then coated it in polyurethane. The mirror was also painted in the Snow White and distressed.
The body and mirror are protected with clear wax.
Suggested materials:
  • OFMP in Snow White   (
  • D. Lawless Hardware and Appliques   (
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