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Vintage Vanity Post Updated 3-29-18:     Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from someone who’d like to know if we’re interested in a piece of furniture.  This happened a while back and I was super excited when I saw the pictures of  a charming vintage vanity.  To read all about this transformation click here

Here’s what she looked like when we picked her up.


I was deliberately hunting for something like this at The World’s Longest Yard Sale several years ago but came home empty handed so I was geeked to score this piece.    With all her beautiful features, she would have looked awesome in any color but I had to decide.

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The bottom of the mirror had aged so gracefully.  Typically, that sort of thing would drive me bonkers and I would have re-glassed it but tons of people commented how cool the affect was and challenged me to sell it the way it was.  I agreed to run with it and actually play it up a little.  After all, it wasn’t all funky on the main part of the mirror you look through, just a worn and weathered edge towards the bottom.   I decided to go with a classic color called Limoges by American Paint Company.


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Limoges is the color of bone china.  It’s very rich, almost the color you’d imagine if you ground oatmeal up into a flour and mixed it with milk, lol.   Please tell me I’m not the only one who see’s every day items as paint colors, lol.

As much as I love the color and the piece, it just wasn’t enough.  I needed to anchor it but I wasn’t really sure how.  I stood back looking at the piece and decided what I really wanted to draw attention to was the  gorgeous.  I mixed up a custom slate brown color  for the mirror’s frame (I painted this was prior to APC having Gun Powder.  If I were to replicate this same piece today, I’d use Gun Powder).   I used this color around the mirror, legs and on tops of the two sides.    I waxed all dark areas with American Paint Company’s Dark Wax.   It’s a beautiful, warm, rich espresso brown dark wax.

While the wax was still wet (immediately after applying it) I dipped my finger into some Copper and Pewter Mica Powders and rubbed it over the dark waxed areas.

It’s SO easy to do this!  I love showing our students this little tip at our workshops!

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I struggled on which parts to distress on this one because there were so many different parts I could have played up.  No matter what I did, I didn’t like it so I handed the damp rag over to Cathy to do her thing.  She’s so much better at distressing than I am.  I tend to be way too conservative and it just wasn’t working this time.  I was farting around with different options below to figure out which direction to go.


Here’s the finished transformation!!  



Are YOU Ready to Shizzle it?  


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  A hui hou kau kou!



4 Replies to “delete this post”

  1. Shelly, you can make a plain vintage piece shine again! I love this vanity! If I lived closer I would have a home full of Shelly painted furniture! I love the top and the legs are perfect! You knocked this one out of the park!

    1. Thanks Betsy! You’re the sweetest person ever!! One of these days Betsy, I’m going to just show up on your porch with my coffee cup so I can hang out with you. I feel like we’re long lost friends.

  2. Love your pachwork dresser! I have my fathers dresser that just sits in the basement…I would like to try this! I will look to see if there are videos available…wondering if you let paint dry or just keep painting…thinking it might get muddy looking without drying…I also love the pewter look on one of the other pieces as I want to paint the old fashion wood kitchen set for my play room…Thank you for taking the time and effort to blog!

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