Antique Vanity Makeover

Hello all! Life has been crazy as usual around here. For starters I went back to Bed Bath and Beyond, which has actually been a great move. It’s like going back home after you have been gone too long. After 5 months in crazy town it’s been wonderful to get some stuff done around here that has been a bit neglected.ย With the cold weather setting in I feel like I have been having more time to get stuff done around the house. Jacob and I finally had the chance to deep clean the house… much needed! We also got the basement cleaned out. This made me so happy (I know, I have a problem) because that was the last room in the house that I hadn’t went through and cleaned, organized and got rid of anything we didn’t need or use. Yay! This spring will be the garage and then the back yard. I look forward to that post. ๐Ÿ™‚

So after I got the basement all cleaned out I rearranged all my painting stuff down there and set up a kind of work stations for my projects. This got me itching to do a new project. We have had a vanity in our bed room for about 7 or 8 months that I have been planning on redoing but life had just got busy like it always seems to. Last week I was determined to get this vanity done.

Vanity we have had for months waiting for us to have time to work on.
Vanity we have had for months waiting for us to have time to work on.
Vanity makeover
As you can see this cute little vanity needs a bit of work.

First thing I did with the vanity is assess the problems it had. It was in pretty good shape, only thing wrong with it really was some peeling veneer. Now sometimes, depending on how bad the veneer is, it is just easier to remove it all. We have done this before in the DIY Dresser Refurbish, but this veneer wasn’t as bad so I choose to just fill what was needed with wood filler. So if you have any loose veneer that could be glued back down you want to do that with wood glue then fill the rest. We also removed the old drawer pulls and filled those holes in with wood filler because we were going to update the pulls.

Rather than peel the veneer, we decided to just glue down the loose and patch.
Rather than peel the veneer, we decided to just glue down the loose and patch.
Once your wood filler has dried, sand down to a smooth even surface.
Once your wood filler has dried, sand down to a smooth even surface.

Once all the wood filler has dried, we sanded over the entire vanity. We sanded down all the wood filled spots so they were smooth and also used a sanding sponge on the rest of it to rough up the veneer so that the paint would stick better. After sanding, be sure to clean up your mess very well or else your paint may end up peeling. We vacuumed up all the excess dust and then used a damp cloth to wipe down the entire vanity.

We used Zinser Bullseye primer to go over the dresser first to make painting a bit easier. We actually did two coats of primer because the wood seemed very thirsty and soaked up the first coat. After the primer we combined two leftover white paints that we had laying around the house to paint the vanity with. We didn’t have enough of either one and didn’t want to buy more. Make sure if you mix paints to mix enough for the whole project because it is hard to get a second batch to be the same color.

We taped off the mirror and applied two coats of primer.
We taped off the mirror and applied two coats of primer. Of corse I painted this in the middle of the house rather then the new space in the basement. lol
Primered drawers. You can see the old drawer pull holes that had been filled.
Primered drawers. You can see the old drawer pull holes that had been filled.

We ran a sanding sponge over the vanity lightly to make sure it was a smooth unblemished surface and clean up any runs from the primer. (Jacob did the primer and was a little sloppy in spots. Grrrr.) Wipe with a damp cloth again and your ready to paint. I painted using a paint brush for all the corners and the details and a foam rollers for the rest. I like using a foam roller because I feel that it gives you a really smooth finished look.

Once the paint was dry, Jacob put on the new pulls and Ta Da! Isn’t it so cute? What do you guys think? Can’t you just picture this in a little girls room?

Complete! Doesn't it look great?
Complete! Doesn’t it look great?
Straight on view.
Straight on view.
Better view of the updated pulls we put on.
Better view of the updated pulls we put on and the detail of this charming little piece.

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