Vintage Vanity Makeover

2 Materials
2 Weeks

This girly little vanity needed something extra feminine.


This little beauty was on the curb (gasp!). Yes. On. The. Curb. This before shot was taken after the scrubdown. I know many painters use fancy cleansers, but I like plain old soap and water.

Here she is on the workbench. Pieces of trim were falling off so they were repaired and taped down during the " get good and dry" stage.

Drawer prep

I like a really smooth surface for the prints. The trim was chewed up and partially missing. I removed as much as I possibly could, filled gaps with wood putty and sanded down. I chose some girly corsets with a crackled pink and brown theme.


I Decoupaged the print over the face of both drawers and cut the trim with my cheapo exacto from Michaels. Works like a charm. The edges get sanded down with a sanding sponge to avoid that sharp-edged Decoupagey look.

Stripes for the sides using Frog tape.

Frog tape

Stripes for the sides using Frog tape. I chose a brown on brown look for this piece. both shades are from Miss Lillian's No Wax Chock Paint. French Roast is a deep matte brown and Cashmere is brown metallic that compliments the deeper shade really well.

Stripes and polka dots?? Yes yes!!

I also used crackle glaze on the drawer fronts to match the crackle in my prints. The base is rosebud and gave a little hint of pink popping through the crackle. Polka dots, metallics, pink paint, stripes, corsets?? Oh my!

And done! I'll share some closeups..

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Suggested materials:
  • Miss Lillian’s paint products   (Online)
  • Sweat blood and tears   (My very own)
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  • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Sep 14, 2017
    Did the mirror come with the vanity ??? If it did, lucky you.....but if you put the two together, you did a really great job matching the two up ! The vanity came out beautifully, great job and thanks for sharing.

  • JaneyLittle46 JaneyLittle46 on Sep 20, 2017
    just wondering was the mirror on the curb also it turned out beautiful

  • Ali Kay Ali Kay on Sep 26, 2017
    What is chock paint? Or is it a typo? Should it be chalk paint?

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