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Monday, January 7, 2013

A Major Vanity Makeover - Chalk Paint Project

I love it when I find a furniture piece at auction that no one else wants to bid on.
One might think, if no one is bidding on it, then why do you want it?
Well, because I happen to know the power of paint.......
and this great find was certainly going to need some!

I scored this piece for a little of nothing, and then it sat for months waiting for a makeover because I was almost afraid to tackle it.
Here it is so you'll understand what I mean.

See what I mean? I think the Pepto-bismol color scared buyers away. :) 

But, since I'm in the business of selling furniture, I knew I had to get this painted eventually.
I rarely ever sand any furniture before painting it, but this one required it without a doubt. 7 80 grit sanding pads worth of it in fact.
There were so many layers of paint on it that I thought the piece was laminate. After sanding it down as far as I could, I saw that it was actually solid wood.
Talk about a coat of many colors - look at the layers!

 I really try to think about a piece and what would make it stand out from the norm when we restyle them.
I always want to put a different spin on what we sell so that someone can have a conversation piece in their home, and not simply a piece of painted furniture.
I decided to use a yellow and white combination, and I'm glad I did.

Here's the finished vanity. It's one of my favorite pieces we've done.

 I decided to ixnay the mirror in lieu of something more "happening", so I grabbed an old window from our stock and made a jewelry and note organizer out of it.
I used Annie Sloan Old White and Maison Blanche Jolie Blonde. 
I also replaced all of the knobs. I originally wasn't going to, so we didn't fill in the holes from the old ones. After it was finished though, I knew it needed that punch of whimsy after all.
So I glued down buttons to cover the holes that were left behind, and it ended up looking pretty cute in the end.

(here it is merchandised to sell)

   Here's a side by side:

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Here's a sneak peek of what I'll show you in the next post. You'll want to see this one for sure, so click on that "Follow" button over on the right so you don't miss it! We'll be showing you a new piece of furniture every week from now on, and each week, we'll give you a sneak peek of the piece for the next week. We have a lot of great pieces in our portfolio, so we won't run out of transformations any time soon!



  1. It is absolutely beautiful I love it!!!!

  2. LOVE it. And love auctions! Great find.

  3. It's just gorgeous!!! And although I LOVE those old round mirrors I just may love what you did even more!
    Fantastic transformation!
    Definitely your newest follower - would love to have you follow back when you have the time

  4. Seriously stunning. You are a real talent.

  5. Stunning. You are a serious talent. Keep up the beautiful work.


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