I have a quick before and after for you today, hang on to your chairs, this is a good makeover.
I found this old vanity at a local antique shop already in pieces. It had a big giant mirror that sat across the back, and these two drawer cases were already apart - taken apart or broken I'm not too sure. The set had certainly seen better days. They were missing some wheels, the tops were lifting off, and the finish was a wreck. That's what 30 years of nail polish and hair spray will do to a vanity.
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Can't you just see these two as the perfect little 3 drawer nightstands?! I sure could! Beds are made higher these days, so the height of these is perfect for a modern mattress. They are narrow, so they will fit in even the tightest space, and add plenty of storage!! AND, I can never keep nightstands on hand - matching pairs sell like hot-cakes!
Ready to see what a little sandpaper and paint will do???
The shape of these are so classic - straight lines, but with plenty of details. I repaired a couple of the feet, re-attached the tops and they were ready for refinishing.
The tops were sanded to bare wood to reveal cherry with a beautiful grain. Cherry is by nature a red tone wood, so to keep it on the warm side, I stained the tops with Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. The brown in the dark walnut levels out the red tones, leaving them the perfect rich shade. The tops were then sealed with three coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat finish.
Since I knew I was working with cherry, the bases did get a coat of General Finishes Stain Blocker before I started to paint - I wasn't going to risk the bleed-through on these. Then two coats of Seagull Gray Milk Paint finish of the cases perfectly. Seagull Gray is the most beautiful shade of light gray. It will go with any color palette, it's a cool color without being white. I love it.
I picked up these knobs from Hobby Lobby. They add a touch of sparkle without being too feminine. And the antiqued brass tones in the hardware plays perfectly with the wood tops.
I styled this piece with a sweet sign I made with Chalk Couture. It's a fun way to stage these pieces, and don't you love that sweet saying. More details on the easiest craft supply ever coming your way soon.
One more shot... these better sell quick or I may keep them, I just love their clean classy look. I'll be keeping an eye out for more broken vanities in the future, won't you??
Until next time, Happy Painting!