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Charming Antique Vanity Blinged with Pewter and Copper Mica Powders

Charming Antique Vanity Blinged with Pewter and Copper Mica Powders

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 SO excited when I saw the pictures of  a charming vintage vanity.  Here’s what she looked like when we picked her up.


I have wanted to paint one of these for years!  Seriously ~ Last year,  my mission at The World’s Longest Yard Sale  was to score one of these.  I came up empty handed.  With all her beautiful features, she could have looked awesome in any color but I had to decide.

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I wanted to play up the bottom of the mirror which had aged so gracefully so I painted everything in Limoges by American Paint Company.


It’s part of the Limited Edition Ellis Collection which is only sold in Pint Size.

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Limoges is the color of bone china; a definite must have color that I absolutely love but I wanted to really frame the gorgeous mirror so I mixed up Wild Horses with either Freedom Road or Lincoln’s Hat.  I can’t remember which, but I mixed them up and painted that around the mirror, legs and top of the two sides.    I waxed all dark areas with American Paint Company’s Dark Wax.   We have more and more people walk through our door every single day because they’re fed up with the wax that they’ve been using from other company’s.  All waxes are not created equally but we only carry the best here at Shizzle.

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It’s seriously THE best wax on the market!


While the wax was still wet (immediately after applying it) I dipped my finger into the Copper and Pewter Mica Powders and blotted it on with my fingers.


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

  I apply it with my finger then blend it in with my small Mica Brush because I LOVE the look!

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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.  I stressed over it and 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!!  

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Ready to Shizzle Something?  

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Join Cathy and I for our next workshop in Jenison, MI.  Click here for schedule.

Did you see our new brushes?

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NEW!!!  Vintiquities Paint & Wax Brushes!

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 Stop into today and grab one at one of our West Michigan locations (see below).  They can also be ordered online here.

If you’d like the opportunity to retail these brushes in your own shop, contact me with your name, type of business and location.

  A hui hou ~ Shelly

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  • Betsy@coastal-colors
    Posted at 00:02h, 21 September Reply

    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!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 00:05h, 21 September Reply

      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.

  • Diane Orado
    Posted at 15:28h, 10 July Reply

    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!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 10:36h, 30 July Reply

      Sorry, I don’t have any videos of this process. I don’t wash in between colors, I just keep painting until I like how it looks

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