From a mismatched trio to a pretty vanity set.
Our latest custom order came from my friend Carol, who pieced this vanity set together at a local vintage shop.
Carol’s in the process of turning one of her bedrooms into a dressing room. I love this idea! This vanity set will be the focal point of the room.
Each custom order we fill usually involves many questions. We want to make sure we give our client what they are looking for. I started by asking Carol to pick out and purchase a fabric for the chair. Fabric is usually a good starting point for makeover inspiration.
Carol went to Joann Fabric and bought a pretty paisley fabric. She told me she wanted each piece refinished and then painted to match the green in the fabric. I went with Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Chalk Paint.
I approached each piece of the set differently…
I could tell it only had one coat of flat paint so I chose to use my orbital sander to remove the single layer of paint. You can still see some of the original blue in this picture and a sample of the duck egg paint on the corner.
The chair was a little wobbly. I used glue to re-adhere a few of the joints.
Mamita then helped me by reupholstering the seat cushion with the new paisley fabric. Of course I had to bring Mamita in on this project! What would I do without her?
This mirror had several coats of glossy latex paint and it looked sloppy. I decided to strip and refinish the mirror to give me a clean slate. I removed the mirror and used Citistrip to strip the layers of paint. It was a messy process, but worth it.
I ended up with a a clean oak wood frame. I taped off the back, and the mirror was ready for a fresh color.
The plum paint color on the vanity was dark, and it hid the details of the pretty drawers.
This really became obvious when I started painting the drawer fronts.
Carol asked for a natural wood top. Like the mirror, I used Citistrip to peel away the layer of paint on the top of the dresser.
I discovered a pretty light toned wood, but I also discovered a lot of ugly stains.
I offered to stain the top, but Carol wanted it as natural as possible. I sanded the top until the wood was smooth and most of the stains were gone.
In the end, the natural wood dresser top was a great choice; it compliments the duck egg green color. I applied two coats of matte polycrylic to to the top. This will help protect the wood from any make-up or perfume spills.
Finished Vanity Set:
Now this set looks like it belongs together, right?
I applied two coats of American Paint Company clear wax. This clear wax is so easy to work with and has such a smooth, buttery finish that I have yet to try any other brand of clear wax.
I think it looks great! I hope it’s the highlight of Carol’s new dressing room. 🙂
You can view some of our past custom orders by clicking here.
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy
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