Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Vanity of Many Colors


And so there I was, yes, at a yard sale, when I saw the home owner taking money and using this vanity for her desk.  It didn't have the mirror attached, in fact, I didn't know it came with a mirror.  I quickly asked her if it was for sale, not only was it for sale for a great price but it also had the original mirror that came with it.  The owner of the vanity told me she got this from her mother thirty years back and that her mother had had it for at least fifty years that she knew of.  It had been in their family for a long time but she had so much stuff that she needed to part with some of it.  The shape is really pretty on this piece, and I loved the knobs. 



I didn't care for the stenciling that was done on it originally.  It almost looked like a marker was used to out line the stencil work, it had to go.  So finally it was my turn to use the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Just like everyone else, I was so excited I couldn't wait.  The person who wanted this vanity asked that it be painted in just a slight, slight hue of blue, almost unseen.  So when I got my Louis Blue and Old White Chalk Paint I knew I'd have to mix them to get the right color.  Since this paint costs so much I didn't want to mix too much and waste any, so guess what?  Your right, you've done it too, right.  I didn't have enough of the same color, and I never could match the colors again.  I probably had three different hue's of  light blue on it.  It really kind of looked cool, but I needed it the same color.  Here it is with different colors.


I had to really sand the top to get below the stains and dings in the wood.  I used my favorite stain, Rustoleum, in Early American color.  Then I sealed the top with Min Wax brush on satin poly.  I finally bit the bullet and mixed up enough paint to make sure I had enough to paint the whole vanity twice if I needed to. I got it all painted and then used the poly satin rub on, on all of it.  I like the control I have with the rub on poly verses the paint brush application when it's not a flat surface..  I then glazed it with Modern Modern Masters  glaze (in dark).  The paint specialist  highly recommended it to me because she liked it so much and had used it repeatedly.  She demonstrated it for me in the store on a white cupboard and I was sold.  I really liked the consistency of it, and the color is great.



The pictures don't show the glaze very well, but it really looks great in contrast to the light blue.  I'm not fond of waxes yet, I still prefer the rub on poly, you know, "the old tried and true".  Also, once the poly is on then you can glaze with ease, then reseal it.

I really love how the satin finish on the top looks, she turned out so pretty, it will look great in any room.  I didn't clean up the knob's because they have so much character with the aging on them.  I might change my mind, but for now she'll stay this way.

57 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. You did an amazing job and you are very brave to be using stain. And the crackle. And to be mixing colours! I just painted a dresser using Annie Sloan in the primer red colour. Love it.

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  2. Your vanity is absolutely gorgeous! You did a masterful job.

    I may have to borrow an idea or two for the dresser I want to paint.

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  3. Very nicely done and very pretty. I like the contrast of the stained with the white.

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  4. New follower- your blog is just darling. This piece is so gorgeous- love the transformation!! Hope you will show this off @ our weekend linky party going on! Happy Sunday!

    :)Kristi & Kelli
    http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/

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  5. I LOVE THIS.... now following!! Your an inspiration to me. I moved into an old house with the original furniture still in it, original to 1950's or older. My house is so dark with the wood but u managed to make something look fresh but still keep its class I love it!!

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  6. gorgeous! love the piece and love your color choice! stopping by from TGC.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  7. Just beautiful! I'm so glad you didn't clean up the handles. I think they are just perfect for this piece and add so much. Great job!

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  8. What a great find and fabulous makeover! I love all the furnitre makeovers on your blog.....You're quite talented!


    Thanks for dropping by my blog, hope you stop over again.

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  9. So pretty! I'm working on a dresser right now, and still sanding--wishing I'd splurged on some chalk paint :)

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  10. This is just gorgeous! I recently found a beautiful old desk at a yard sale and I am just trying to figure what to do with it. You did a great job!

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  11. Very pretty! I love the changes that you made. :)

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  12. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

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  14. It seems that your hard work and patience paid off! This is a very pretty piece. I like your decision to make it high contrast.

    Dana

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  15. Gotta love a piece with history. i agree the hardware is a keeper for sure and what a great outcome for this piece. Thanks so much for linking it up to Motivated Monday at beColorful
    Pam

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  16. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

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  17. soooo beautiful! i love the colors and love the original hardware- this one is a classic!

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  18. Such a pretty piece! Gorgeous!!!!

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  19. Gorgeous! I inherited my Grandmother's old vanity and it is too small for me (I am very tall) so I am looking to redo it. Hubby wanted to mount the mirror in the bathroom although the mirror needs to be replaced if it is to stay. I think I should put it back on the vanity and redo it as one piece! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  20. So pretty. I'm just about to update a washstand for my little girl's room and now I have a great picture in my head.

    Happy new follower, hope you find the time to follow back :)

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  21. You did this piece just perfectly.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

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  22. Love this! My favorite so far! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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  23. This is very gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing:)
    Friends, I would love to see you on my blog:)

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  24. This is amazing, love the stain and paint together! Perfect :)

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  25. I love it ! Simply beautiful!

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  26. Beautiful vanity I soooo soooo want one!!!

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  27. Oh, my .... It's sooo beautiful! You did an AMAZING job!

    Sue
    xo

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  28. This is a beautiful transformation! You did such a good job!

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  29. WOW! This is amazing! I'd love if you would join us over at Sew Woodsy and link this project up!

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  30. Fabulous transformation, I love seeing Before & Afters like this.... Thanks for Sharing~

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  31. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing through Kara's Look What I Made Linky Party. :)
    I'd love to invite you to share your projects at my weekly linky party….that I host every Friday. I think my viewers will LOVE your projects too. Thanks for the consideration.
    Tracy ~ Craft Junkie Too
    T.G.I.F Linky Party

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  32. This is my favorite vanity that I have seen done in blogsphere, I love what you have done, I love the lines of the piece and that you left the mirror and the top natural. This is beautiful and I wish it were mine.......

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  33. This is an amazing piece! Great work.

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  34. Very pretty! I like how you left the frame that holds the mirror natural like the top~

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  35. Great job! I to love how you stained the mirror frame to match the top of the vanity. I'll be back to see more!

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous!! You just sold me on the chalk paint!!

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  37. This is beautifully done, I love it.
    Your newest follower
    Lisa
    creativeraisins.blogspot.com

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  38. You did a wonderful job with this project. Love how it turned out. Thanks for linking to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  39. What a gorgeous piece! Turned out awesome!

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  40. Very pretty. I have a similar type of dresser I inherited several years ago. It just may need a similar makeover!

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  41. I have this same vanity & mirror, complete with odd stenciling! I've had it since I was a child and now it sits in my garage waiting for inspiration to strike.
    TFS!

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  42. That is BEAUTIFUL! I have a vanity that I was talking to the hubs about painting and he looked at me like I was nuts! LOL Now, I can show him this and he'll realize its not such a bad idea after all. Love it!

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  43. Oh! And I hope you don't mind, but I grabbed your button. :)

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  44. This looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Please share it with my girls over at my Sundae Shake Up link party! I'm sure they would love it, since my blog is a 1950's vintage theme!

    Thanks,

    Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor

    thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

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  45. Very pretty! you did a great job on this vanity!
    gail

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  46. That turned out really nice! I grew up in a home with a similar piece..so this brings me memories of home. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. I love it! Featured you today: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/time-to-shine-features-no-28.html

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  49. Sandi,

    Thanks for linking up your Vanity at my Sundae Shake Up.
    Please stop by again on Sunday for another fun Link Party! Can’t wait to see you there!

    Jacque @ Jacque’s Soda Parlor
    thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

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  50. I love that... simple and elegant.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea-Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Your post added to the celebration. Party for this week is going on now. Hope to see you there.

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-3-and-features.html

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