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Black Antique Vanity ~ Rustic & Refined

Yippee!! It’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger friends and I get together to share project to inspire you. You will see their projects in a minute, as is there’s nothing better than getting together with like-minded folks to share what you love. Most certainly one of my favorite projects are old gems like this. I’m sure you can see how it’s been worn down, so I plan to turn this into a black antique vanity with rustic, refined feel. Check it out…

Antique Vanity Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I purchased this from a lady who bought it as a project piece. She had started with it and decided it wasn’t something she wanted to complete because she was expecting a new baby soon. I fell in love with the mirror and keyhole design of this 1920’s piece. It has such style even though the veneer top had been removed and the entire thing had a whole lotta wear.

Damaged Antique Vanity Top |

Antique Vanity Drawer with Missing Veneer |

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Nothing that a little DIY lovin’ couldn’t fix though. Time to get started! Much like my farmhouse desk that had a damaged top, I decided to run with the rustic feel of it. First, I filled the larger worm holes with a bit of wood filler, but left a few for character’s sake.

Wood Filler for Damaged Vanity Top |

Once the wood filler dried, I lightly sanded it down and then prepped for the design I had in mind. Back a few months ago I shared on social media how stoked I was to find an overhead projector at the thrift store for $10. We have used it oodles of projects and this time it would help me with the top design.

Projecting Artwork onto Antique Vanity Top with Overhead Projector by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

If you look close you can see the scrollwork art I projected onto the top. I used my artist brush to paint in the design. This is the start of this black antique vanity makeover. So fun!


Next, while the design was curing, I set about to repair the drawers. They were falling apart and needed glued and clamped. However, their faces were also damaged and needed repair. On the two lower side drawers there was veneer that was missing and awfully pulling away.

Peeling Veneer on Antique Vanity Drawer |

It popped off easily with my putty knife and used my utility knife to leave that unique diamond design. However, the small upper drawers had a thicker veneer that wasn’t in too bad a shape, except one had a missing chunk.

Damaged Antique Vanity Drawer Veneer |

What to do? Well, I didn’t want to take that veneer off because it added dimension to the drawers, so just like the hope chest I just completed, I dug into my scrap veneer stash for a piece to make a patch.


Since the angle of the missing chunk was hard to figure out, I whipped out one of my favorite new tools – angularizer ruler. This this makes my job soooo much easier!

Angle Finder Tool used by Prodigal Pieces for Furniture Repair |

I just set the tool to the exact parameters and used it as a stencil to cut a new piece of veneer. BAM! I love it. I glued the new piece on and let cure, then sanded all the drawers down with my orbital sander.

Let me tell ya, I can find chairs like nothing when I don’t need one, but…when I need one I can’t find one for anything! It took me months to find a chair that would match the side and accent the design for this black antique vanity makeover.

Antique Chair to Pair with Vanity |

This one didn’t have the turned legs I was after. However, it was from the same era and the arched back worked with the mirror design. I had to take it apart to glue it up, and then added new upholstery, cushion, and batting to the cushion.


Time for the rest of this vanity to get a little black dress. My color choice is a straight black.

First, I used my Square Brush to tackle the chair frame, and then the edge of the vanity top. This brush is easily one of my favorites because I’m one who doesn’t like to use tape, but prefer a steady hand. This brush makes it so easy!

Square Zibra Paint Brush for Detailing and Clean Lines demonstrated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

For the base of the vanity, I used my Stubby Brush for the cabinet and Round Brush to tackle the legs.

Only one coat of black was needed and then let it cure. Since I wanted an aged look, I distressed all surfaces. Then once done distressing, I added a topcoat of black wax to seal the paint and give it a low lustre finish.

Black Wax for Topcoat of Dixie Belle Caviar on Black Antique Vanity by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Ready to see it all together? Let’s see this black antique vanity set with its rustic and refined new look. Woot!

Rustic Chic Farmhouse Antique Vanity Set in Black with Ticking Stripe Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Style Black Antique Dressing Table with Coordinating Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

This once unwanted vanity now has a new life with a bit of whimsy to the top, which is my favorite part, of course. hee hee. It received two coats of Gator Hide for a low lustre durable finish.

Hand Painted Antique Vanity Detail with Scrollwork Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Leaving it rustic adds to the charm and my painted details gave me a fun blank slate to add some flair. Do you love it too?

Antique Vanity Top with Hand-painted Scrollwork Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The chair has one of my favorite textiles, ticking fabric, in black. This classic farmhouse fabric add to the overall rustic, yet refined feel I was after. I just love the lines of this chair.

Black Farmhouse Ticking Fabric as Upholstery on Antique Vanity Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The vanity came with the original knobs, but there weren’t anything to keep as they were a rusted metal with much decay. However, they will go to my #trashure stash for a funky project someday. I chose to use these beautiful ceramic knobs instead. Their design echos the scrollwork on top.

Porcelain Painted Knobs with Black Scrollwork by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Hand-Painted Black Antique Vanity with Farmhouse Ticking Upholstered Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


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Black Rustic Chic Farmhouse Dressing Table with Ticking Upholstered Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share this black antique vanity makeover to encourage others to see past the wear and embrace it. It’s fun to think outside the box. woot!

This worn and raw vanity needed a new lease on life. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces ran with the feel of it and turned it into a gorgeous black antique vanity. See the details at

Up next, my youngest son and I take on this curbside table in a mama & son project. Any guesses? See what it looks like now over HERE.

Curbside Table Before | Falling Apart | Prodigal Pieces |

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46 replies on “Black Antique Vanity ~ Rustic & Refined”

Oh wow, Larissa, I am usually not a fan of black yet this turned out beautifully. Your artistic talents and vision have made this one beautiful makeover. Once again, I am inspired. Thank you!

I think you must be super pleased with the result of this one Larissa, wow, stunning, I would never have gone for that look but it’s so beautiful, once again you gave a new life to an old relic…x

Really love the scrollwork design on the top! And, you techniques for handling bad veneer are spot on again! Great job!

Another great makeover! She’s a real beauty and the scrollwork on top is perfect to showcase her. Another great vision. Thanks for the tip on repairing veneer and you’ve once again taught me something new with the angularizer ruler. You’re such an inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you and son do with the curbside table makeover.

Wow! When you said “rustic feel” for this piece I was curious how it would turn out since the vanity’s design seemed more elegant than rustic. It looks gorgeous! You had a vision and carried it out beautifully. I’m wondering how you sealed the top. Did you use the same wax finish on top that you did over the painted parts? Enquiring minds want to know. LOL

Love the lines of that vanity, Larissa, I see how you would take it on, even with all the challenges. The top is just divine. Larissa, you have outdone yourself on this!! It is absolutely gorgeous and the top is to die for ! ! I enjoy your blog SO much, it’s my favorite !!

It’s beautiful, Larissa! I like how you used just one coat so the light wood is exposed and I love the detail on the top, so pretty. You always do such a beautiful job on these old vanities!

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