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A Light & Bright Vanity Upcycle
I have an upcycle paint project to share with you. I have dubbed this project the Light & Bright Vanity project because this vanity has gone from dark and dreary to light and bright with a coat of paint. I have this ugly console table that I have used as a vanity for quite some time. I chose something this size to serve as a vanity because the room is cozy and an actual vanity would take up too much floor space. This table is long and narrow but it also has two drawers for storage…which is great. In a cozy living space, everything should do double duty and this piece fits the bill. However, it was in definite need of an upcycle. It had seen better days.
It was worn on the top and the sides. And the top had all sorts of wear and tear.
But being the upcycler I am, I knew I could make it better.
I used the following supplies for this project:
I cleaned the entire piece with the liquid sander before adding primer and paint. This roughs up the surface and removes the shine to help the paint adhere. It replaces using sandpaper and although not effective in all cases, works well for this type of paint job.
A lot of furniture painters do not use a primer when using chalk paint. However, when the surface is this dark, I always use a primer to avoid shadowy areas or the dark finish bleeding through a lighter paint color.
I painted two coats of chalk paint in Sheepskin color.
I restained the top of the vanity with two coats of dark mahogany stain. I allowed the stain to dry completely between coats.
Once everything was dry, I applied three coats of polyacrylic to seal and protect the surfaces. I use polyacrylic instead of polyurethane to avoid yelling. A lesson learned the hard way.
Tada…upcycle complete. It is quite a transformation. My bedroom spring refresh is almost complete. There is one more piece I want to upcycle and then it’s on to the fun part. I hope you enjoyed the article. Are you working on a spring project? If so, what is it and how’s it coming along?
As a bonus, here is a peek at how I organized the inside drawer of the vanity using dollar store containers.
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