Having a bedroom vanity used to be a thing of the times and then they faded out. However, not long ago they have been making a comeback and I love it! I feel they add a useful piece of furniture to your decor while creating that timeless feel. One of my most requested custom pieces from my shop is a vintage vanity. It’s been awhile since I have done one, so today’s the day and it includes a giveaway! (fist pump action going on!)
Let me introduce you to this gorgeous vintage vanity made by Kroehler. This gem is made of walnut. Oh yeah…they don’t make them like this anymore! It has a broken pull and some worn-through wear to the surface, but otherwise is perfect candidate for my makeover. This is when my heart starts to beat faster at the anticipation. Can you blame me?
My first step is to take off that top finish and see what I’m up against. I know there are chemical stains, but not sure if they’re bad enough to warrant paint. After using my favorite sander to knock it down, I find gold. Am I the only one who like to smell wood when it is revealed? My husband and I can be found sniffing around…hee hee hee.
Now, at this point I feel this vintage vanity talking to me. My end vision comes alive and I start. First, I have to tell you that although I love my sprayer for endless uses, my first love is my brush. I must confess that I am anal about my brushes. What I mean is, I am PICKY. It all started, mostly, when I worked on our college paint crew. I quickly learned how important having the right brush is.
Raise your hand if you love painting chairs with spindles? (if you raise your hand, you’re WEIRD) hahaha. Painting spindles and legs can be tedious and a dripping nightmare. When I use the round brush to work on the mirror harp, my kids kept looking up from the schoolwork because I keep squealing with excitement. Can you tell I am a passionate person?
Instead of having to flip my brush over and get in between and up and down, I just circled the brush on the spindle and it filled in perfectly.
You have to keep in mind I’m normally a one brush per project kinda gal, but I didn’t mind switching out to suit my needs because it went faster that way.
The vanity didn’t come with a matching bench or chair, but I snagged one from my stash that would work. The only reason I still had this chair was because I really didn’t want to go through all the work of using an artist’s brush to catch all the angles and was saving it for my sprayer.
Happy mama here because I can’t always get outside to spray in the winter and this will save me time.
Okay, after a base coat of Kilz stain blocker (because the stain would bleed through), I gave it two coats of one of my favorite custom colors. You can see it in action on this French country bedroom set. Ya can’t go wrong with blue. tsk.
Anyone who know style knows that you can have a sweet design, but it’s the hardware (or jewelry) that makes or breaks a piece. Enter in bling! I love me some glass antique door knob looking knobs have stolen my heart. Aren’t they gorgeous? Just look at those faceted faces…yum.
Giddy is the word for this project because all these elements make for a sweet surprise when you see it all come together. Now take a peek at the vintage vanity made new with a French country cottage style…
After I had added the blue, I use a white wax to give the entire set a wash. It makes the grain pop out and softens the overall appearance.
Doesn’t the toile fabric really tie it altogether? I think I’m in love!
My favorite feature are those knobs…they make the entire set sing.
I wish you could see up-close for yourself at the paint finish. Likewise, I pride myself on my brushed finishes. I’ve often been told it looks original. Would you like to have this vanity as your own? You can find it available in my shop.
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