Friday, July 29, 2011

{Painted Furniture} - Vanity

A few weeks ago I got a call from my mom letting me know she had found an antique vanity at a little antique shop. She said that it had good bones, but that it would definitely need some work! But the best part is that it was only $30! Well, you all know I like a challenge and a good deal! Here is a before picture:

The piece definitely had good bones, but oh my - was it dirty! I think it had been sitting in someone's back shed for about 30+ years because it was covered in spider webs and dirt. Oh wait - not only spider webs, but some live spiders too - that was not a pleasant experience to discover!

So I gave it a good scrub down and a light sanding. I had a hard time determining what color to paint this piece - black with gold accents, blue with some light distressing ... but ultimately I decided on good ole' white! I decided this because of the pretty lines and curves on the front. When the vanity was dark wood, the lines and curves didn't pop, but with some light distressing, they really show up!

After two coats of primer and two coats of white satin paint, here is the final result! I am really pleased with how it turned out.

 The lines and curves are slightly distressed - enough to make out the design, but not overly done. 

 And with some new hardware, this piece has a new life! I hope that someone will enjoy this in their home!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I love this piece so much! It's just beautiful! I wish I knew how and where to find basic pieces like this out in the world. When I hit up the antique stores around town, any piece of furniture, regardless of condition (and some of it is very, VERY bad) all seem to start at over $150, which is not reasonable to me when I plan to basically gut the piece and start over. So instead I scour Craig's List, and again, so much is so overpriced... the few pieces I have found that are reasonably priced I can't get anyone to respond to my messages, or someone else beats me to it. (Despite the fact I work from home and can pick up at any time, day or night and pay in cash.) Argh.