“V” is for Vanity

Hey ya’ll and welcome back for this Friday’s post.

I admit I was the “mad woman” in my search for similar furniture I had seen others transform into beauties. I found a vanity that was several miles away and decided that there is only one way I was going to get started…drive there and look at it. Now, in my “mad woman” craze the fact that I have absolutely NO way to transport ANYTHING I purchase never crosses my mind until…well…the vanity was bought. I was so happy and couldn’t wait to get started.

Kelli told me that ASCP was the best paint and that I only needed to use it and I agreed 100%.  I still needed to do things the hard way. I was determined to make my own chalk paint. Yea, I know, I’ll say it for you I am stubborn. I did research the DIY version of chalk paint and decided to use plaster of paris instead of the gritty grout. I first painted an old bedside table that was mine from my teenage years and I have to say I was not impressed. The brush strokes didn’t level out, it didn’t sand as easily as ASCP and to distress it you almost had to use an electric sander. Instead of the paint being soft and easy to sand it was as if the plaster of paris made it rock hard not to mention that it was in a plastic-based latex paint. I guess I’m glad that I tried it otherwise every time I paid the $38 + shipping I would have questioned my sanity.

Here is the picture I took of it as I was purchasing it. Sorry, I’m learning that I need better pics. LOL

I love the look of staining the top as it allows the beauty of the wood to shine and then painting the rest.  As much as I love the beauty of the wood I equally hate the stripping process.  I’ve tried the nontoxic Citristrip but I am just too impatient and I just  want to get this part of it over as quickly as possible, so I use regular stripping solution. Here is a pic of the stripping process.

I stained the top in Dark Walnut and applied three coats of AS clear wax. I then painted the vanity and the mirror. I distressed it a little and added the first coat of clear wax. I had no idea if I was applying enough or not but I knew I wanted to apply the dark wax as well. The instructions were that the clear wax had to be applied first to prevent the staining of the paint. I was so nervous about applying the dark wax, it looked and smelled like my dad’s shoe polish.  Well here goes nothing…the first stroke of the wax brush and it was a done deal, no going back. Believe me when I say you do not want to over work this wax because it will begin to take itself off the surface.  But overall, I love the warm look from the dark wax. Here it is all finished and beautiful.

I don’t like to send my furniture to their new homes with an unfinished look. I researched those that painted the drawers and those that left them unpainted. I prefer the finished, clean look of paint. Here is the surprise when the drawer is opened.

The inside has one coat of a flat latex paint colored to match Duck Egg Blue.

Well, that’s it for this week; be sure and check out Kelli’s blog.  Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say “Hey ya’ll”.

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30 responses

  1. That is absolutely beautiful! I love how that turned out! I am also glad to hear your story on making your own paint. I have a friend insisting she is going to do that cause ASCP is too expensive. I think it’s a mistake for her to try! I mean you still have plastic latex paint that has an odor to it even if you mix something else with it!! AS has it figured out!
    I have a question about the 3 coats of wax – did you put all 3 coats on before buffing or do you buff between each coat?

    • Thanks for support on ASCP vs DIY chalk paint. As to the wax I do buff in between just because it leaves such a smooth surface and doesn’t seem to grab the brush on the second application. I only put one coat of clear plus the dark wax all over but the top did get three coats. It’s my understanding that the sides could possibly pass with just one coat. Let me know what your projects are I would love to follow you.

    • Thanks so much. It was my first piece to work on. I am so glad that I used ASCP, it made the process enjoyable because it is sooooo easy to work with. As far as the waxing goes I do buff in between my coats mainly because the wax brush doesn’t drag; the buffing along with the paint has such a wonderful finish. The only reason I put two coats on the sides is because one was dark wax. Otherwise, I would only apply three coats to the top. I look forward to following you and see your projects.

  2. Lovely! You really did a beautiful job 🙂 The stained top is just gorgeous! How did you get it so smooth, just with the stripper? Would love some tips, I’m tackling a new piece soon and I really want to keep the top wood.

    • I did use stripper on the top. Sometimes if the finish is really worn you can use an orbital sander that will take the finish off very fast and much easier. The end result is so worth it as you can see. AS wax is so easy to apply too. I put three coats on it and after two to three weeks after it has thoroughly “cured” it will be a very hard finish. If you have any more questions I will be glad to help. You will love what I have for this Friday. Thanks and be sure to stop by again.

    • Thanks Cathy, I’m sorry I’m just now replying to you. I am in the process of setting up my shop in an antique store in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. It’s been a little crazy. I love the creative things you and your husband do. Keep it up ya’ll inspire me and many others.

    • Thanks Brenda, they are now in Tres Bien Antiques in historic downtown Natchitoches, LA. If you add your email or “like” me on facebook you will be able to see the beautiful table, chairs and sideboard I bought from you. There will be new families to enjoy it and making new memories. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say “hey ya’ll” when you do.

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