Monday, November 18, 2013

Dressing Up The Dressing Table...

We showed you this lovely vanity as one of our "What Would You Do?" features on our Facebook page in September.  Vonda of Antiqued With Love had acquired it and she wanted to hear your ideas.

There was a lot of interest in this unique piece.  Your comments ranged from "too pretty to paint" to "soft white or grey" to "antiqued silver".  What we can't tell from the before picture is that the veneer was so dry and brittle on the drawers that Vonda had to remove it and do surface repair by applying wood filler, letting it dry and sand smooth.  (A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, but it doesn't always tell the whole story.)

She removed the mirrors to ensure their safety before beginning the makeover.  Then Vonda primed the whole body of piece with Zinsser Cover stain oil based primer.  Next, she painted 2 coats of Valspar Signature Lovely Bluff in satin finish.  Once dry it was given a light distressing.  Vonda applied Minwax clear wax, then Fiddles dark wax, and then clear wax again to remove just the right amount of dark wax being careful to leave dark wax in all the right places and to highlight the carvings. Finally, she buffed the body to a smooth finish. 
Vonda wanted to leave some of this vanity stained, so she used Minwax poly shades on the top, applying three coats.  She sanded after the first two coats.  She ended up with a beautiful stained finish.

Let's take a look at this lovely vanity now...

Gorgeous job Vonda!  Antiqued With Love is based in Gilbertown, Alabama.  You can follow along with Vonda and her work on her Antiqued With Love Facebook page.  Head on over there and let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  

Thanks Vonda for letting us be a part of the before and after of this beautiful and unique furniture flip.

Dear readers, if you have a piece of furniture you don't quite know what to do with, please email a picture to .  I'll share it with our group of furniture flippers and we can see what suggestions they have.  If you have a piece you've already completed, show it off!  Email those pictures and all of the details to me at , too!

~ Stephanie


  1. I love it! I love the color. I love the nice wood top. I love the shape of the piece. I've never seen a vanity quite like that before and it's a beautiful piece.

  2. I have always wanted to find a vanity like this, they are just not affordable for a flip around here. This is so beautiful, great job.

  3. SOOOOO glad she didn't do anything with it but paint! It's stupendeously beautiful and unique!

  4. Stunning transformation! I love the stained top with the painted body, it looks so good together.

  5. i always want everything you post to be in my house. this one is no different. gorgeous!

  6. WOW! Great job! Love it!

  7. wow I just love it!!! Visually seductive!!


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