Stormy Seas Vintage Vanity

12 Materials
4 Hours

Don’t you just love this vintage vanity makeover by Salvaged Inspirations?

I’d like to say this layered ‘Stormy Seas’ Vintage Vanity was my plan all along, but the truth is, this makeover took some unexpected turns. My original plan was to layer some pinks and then white wax for a soft romantic look but it turned out quite the opposite with this deep stormy seas layered finish.

I started by cleaning the piece. I patched all the original hardware holes and I gave the rest of the dresser a light sanding with 180 grit and then wiped away all the dust with a cloth.

I ended up with 4 layers of paint, including a pink-tinted primer, Amethyst and Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint , Stormy Seas Chalk Mineral Paint, and Best Dang Wax in Black. To add more interest, I applied a small amount of Warm Gold Gilding Wax to highlight the details.

It doesn’t look anything like I was originally planning, but it’s stunning! I’m really happy with how it all turned out! My takeaway from this piece – go with the flow. I know it sounds a bit woo-woo-wee, but sometimes the furniture will ‘talk’ to you and steer you in its own direction. And what you think is a mistake just might be the way to an unexpected beautiful finish!

Suggested materials:
  • Amethyst Chalk Mineral Paint   (
  • Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint   (
  • Stormy Seas Chalk Mineral Paint   (
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  • Maggie Mitchell Maggie Mitchell on Jan 20, 2019

    Can you change white wax into any colour want, using other paint or food colouring, others?

  • Maggie Mitchell Maggie Mitchell on Jan 20, 2019

    Can you change the color of white wax into any colour you need, with other paints food colouring,or others. This piece is a Gem...

  • Kathy Lovenburg Kathy Lovenburg on Jan 21, 2019

    Gorgeous!! I love the table....the design etc, and the paint enhances the beautiful carvings. Now if only I would find something as sweet as this set! Did you need to redo the mirror back silver? So many times the old mirrors have lost their “reflective-ness”.

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