Doing my hair and makeup can take anywhere from 30 min on a quick out the door day to an hour if I take my sweet time. Since the beginning of my pregnancy I have not been able to endure either amount of time standing in my bathroom. Instead I have been sitting on the floor in front of my mirrored jewelry amoire. I had always known that this was only a temporary solution, considering that getting up and down with grace will soon not be my forte. haha Then, I remembered my Gma mentioning my mother’s old vanity when I had admired one in a thrift store the year before! And it was decided then that the hubs and I were road tripping to MI for Memorial Day weekend to retrieve the vanity.
I remember seeing the vanity in the “Yellow Room” at my grandmother’s house when I was young but was taken aback by what a beautiful piece it was when we got it home! Of course, my hubs and father could not see my vision beneath the yellow antiqued paint job (it wasn’t called the “Yellow Room” for nothin!) My mama antiqued it herself back in high school. I love that both of us have now given it some TLC and made it our own:)
Look at the detailing! I tell ya, they don’t make furniture like this anymore (unless you wanna spend the big bucks—which I don’t!) The hubs has put his time in sanding many of my furniture projects and wanted to take the easy way out this time with a liquid sander. I wouldn’t recommend this! Nothing prepares a piece for repainting like an old fashioned stripping and sanding! I did have a friend at work recommend a primer that apparently seals whatever is on the furniture prior to your project and makes it a great surface for new paint to adhere to. She said that worked great so maybe next time I will try that (and I will update with the product name when I find out what it is:) Luckily, as the paint chips off it is taking the many layers of yellow paint along with it revealing the original wood. I think it adds the the antique distressed appeal of the piece rather than take away from it! Got lucky with that one!
At this point I attempted to add a coat of satin polyurethane to protect the top of the vanity from all of my makeup. Unfortunately it dried yellow in comparison to the vintage white, so I had to cover it. And after just a few weeks of use I can tell that this will most definitely not be the last time I have to freshen it up with another coat :/ I guess that it the price you pay when your favorite color is a shade of white.
This vintage white paint is one of my current obsessions. I can’t get enough of it! I promise the hubs doesn’t even ask what color I am going to paint a piece of furniture that we acquire! haha Originally I had intended repaint the knobs but I really like how the antique bronze looks with the rest of the color scheme. I mixed baby blue and gold acrylic to get the powder blue that I used in the detailing. I also used the same color to paint some tiles that I made into coasters for hot curling irons and such to rest on. I promise to update with better quality pictures that include the tiles I made. Let me know if you have any questions on the process!
Hi! I’m Jenne! Saved by the sheer unmerited grace of God; wife to Mark; Mama to Greyson and Henley; aficionado of all things creative. Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) and settle in. I’m sure there is something here for you!