Monday, August 2, 2010

Gold Vanity Dresser

Well I finally did it.  I finally finished a vanity that I had stored for about a year. There are many reasons NOT to store something that long before finishing it. Topping the list is the fact that ultimately something gets ruined or broken.  R.I.P Mirror.
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I decided on gold for this Vanity.
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Most times when using a metallic paint, I like to tone down the brightness with a glaze. I had a glaze that I used for my kitchen cabinet doors already mixed and stored. It’s a great brown.
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Paint on the glaze with a brush and wipe it off with a cloth.  Gold Antique Vanity 006
Now it’s a nice rich gold.
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Add some great scrapbooking paper and modge podge.
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Enter lonely, hideous, banged-up stool. This poor friendless fella was hiding in the dark corner of a Goodwill Store, ashamed, I’m sure of its dated clothing.
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Getting ready for its ‘gold’ star treatment.Gold Antique Vanity 014a
I took off fabric # 1 and was left with this peach material, but I ended up taking that off as well.  Good thing I did. There was a thick layer of dust under it. I actually stripped it to the bare wood underneath.  Oh, and don’t forget to add batting to cover the foam piece.
Gold Antique Vanity 020a And finally…
Get ready for a LOT of after shots.. Accessories will probably be different in every picture.
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Notice the aging of the paper on the drawer fronts.
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I decided to do nothing but clean the handles as I thought they were perfect for the piece just as they were.
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Each drawer was lined with paper.
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For the middle section, I made a collage of all the paper I used for the drawer fronts and then added a piece of glass for protection.
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My mother gave this little hand mirror to me.  She has had it for as long as I can remember.  It’s just perfect for this vanity.
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I definitely think we’ve recaptured her charm.Gold Antique Vanity 046a
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  1. That is adorable, sweetpea, and actually I had one just like it that I gave to my granddaughter and it now in our great granddaughter's nursery. Yours turned out beautifully.

  2. Lisa, that turned out so good.Love the paper on the drawer fronts. BTW your daughter is gorgeous.

  3. That turned out so beautifully! I picked up an antique vanity at a yard sale for my daughter. Paid 5.00 for it. I've never mod-pogged before.. do you think this can be done by a beginner? I've had people fuss at me, tell me not to redo, it's in good shape, but it's just not right for her room. Just not sure what to do, but I LOVE this idea!

  4. Oh it looks so good! LOVE the aged love that!! This is so awesome!

    Pretty pretty daughter :)

    Lou Cinda

  5. LouAnne, do what you like with the dresser you have. Just because a piece is old doesn't really make it worth money. A lot of people are under the impression that because something is very old that it's a sin to paint it. The truth is, unless you discover you are sitting on a gold mine of furniture, it's really only worth what it's worth to you. That's why we find these pieces for $5 and $10. If you'll get more enjoyment out of piece that is painted to suit your tastes and decor, then that piece will truly be appreciated. I say go for it !

  6. Oh Lisa, that is just gorgeous...I love how creative you where with the scrap book paper...very very nice! Thanks for sharing:) Debbie

  7. That is so pretty! I read "gold" and thought "really? " but WOW! It's gorgeous!

  8. Wow! It is beautiful. I would have never thought of "gold". But it turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  9. The paper on the drawers really finishes this dresser perfectly. it makes it less boudoir and more desk or vanity. Thanks for sharing

  10. Wow, Lisa, it's fabulous! I would never, ever have thought of painting something gold! I can't believe how great it looks after you glazed over it. And that mod podged paper!! Really, really cute!!



  11. Fabulous! You are a pro at mixing paint colours. Absolutely beautiful!

    Lisa@Suburban Retreat

  12. Thanks Lisa for joining the party...this is a spectacular post to share...enjoy the party!! ~Debbie

  13. Beautiful! Definitely one of a kind! Love the paper addition to it. So lovely!

  14. Oh this is amazing!!! I simply love the way it turned out!! Great job!!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  15. LOVE what you did with this! My girls have the exact same vanity and it is painted white with gold. I would never have thought of this though and it is just perfect. Love it!!

  16. What a great idea. Love the paper on the drawer fronts and I would have never thought to use gold paint. Different. And I love it!

  17. That is movie star gorgeous! I have hardly ever used metallic paint, but it is great! I love that you put the stool up on paint cans to paint!! I am going to use that for all of chair, table, stools. I always finish painting and then realize I missed the bottom of the leg under the paint canvas!


  18. Oh, I love this and Love your blog! I am signing up to follow both of them!
    Have a wonderful day!

  19. Love this very unique, great job

  20. This looks amazing! I love the combo of paint and paper, it's really fantastic.

  21. incredible!!you are an artist! very nice, really!!
    Sorry for my english, I´m learning because I´m from Spain,

  22. You are such a pro at this stuff ~ it looks fabulous!

  23. Wow!! That really looks amazing! Your project is literally glowing! I love the paper and the paint and the knobs all together:)
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  24. Lisa, that just really turned out so delightful and romantic. What a beautiful piece of furniture you now have. Way to go!

  25. What a wonderful transformation. You are very creative. ~~Sherry~~

  26. WOW, I've been in the re-doing mood, I'm heading to GW today after seeing your WONDERFUL project, Thanks !

  27. Oh Lisa! I am so glad you stopped by my Lavender Hill Studio blog. It gave me a chance to come visit your blog.

    WOW! I absolutely love the makeover. Now when I see a vanity like this I just might have to pick it up! Wonderful!

  28. Stunning! I love the paper you used too. Thanks for linkin' up to the PoPP.

  29. I really like how you modge podged the paper on. Your choices of paper was excellent. Nice job!

  30. Wow, that's all I can say!!!

  31. This is simply amazing! What a wonderful job you did!

  32. I love it. I like the mod podge paper drawers.

  33. Love it. But how did you "age" the paper?

  34. WOW Lisa! What a sweet thing this one turned out to be! I love the different and aged papers. What character she now wears! :)

    Very pretty! Bet it's great having that extra storage space too!


  35. She is glamorous now! Love the paper you used. I have such a hard time with the modge podge. It really turned out great and I love the sweet little hand mirror.

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  37. I'm a new follower on your blog. Your gold vanity is stunning. You did a beautiful job! I like the touch of the scrapbook paper. I have not attempted that yet but would love to give it a try. Is the gold paint you used an opaque paint of more of a translucent? I look forward to following your blog! So glad I came across it.

  38. Lisa - I love this! You did a wonderful job - love, love, love the paper on the drawer fronts! Right up my alley!

    Thanks so much for leaving such sweet comments on my blog. You make my day!

    By the way, love, love, love your blog!

  39. That turned out great, love the look of those old dressers.

  40. Love it! I rescued two similar pieces a few months ago. Maybe I'll go gold with one of them.

  41. Just wanted to let you know I featured this on Favorite Things Friday today! Feel free to snag a featured button if you would like!

  42. Lisa, Oh she is beautiful! Love the aged paper look. thanks for your comment on my blog and thanks for sharing your vanity. I have a free vanity I'm supposed to pick up this week. I might try your technique!


  43. Hi Lisa! I just found your blog and I am giddy with excitement!
    I looked at post after post of the most creative re-dos I've ever seen.
    The kitty cabinet is BEYOND creative!
    You are a makeover goddess!
    What a treat your blog is for me, I can't wait to see what you'll do next!

    btw Nadia is GORGEOUS!

    Your newest follower.

  44. So very cool! I love the gold with the scrapbook paper. The aged effect is great. I am a new follower. Your blog is inspiring!!!

    Johnnie @ Saved By Love Creations

  45. Irma is right. You are a makeover goddess. This paper, the gold, it makes my heart sing and smile. I know that was cheesy, but I can't lie.

  46. Love how the gold and paper look together -- what a wonderful idea!!!

  47. This is so amazing. I randomly found your website while I was looking for hidden litter boxes (and what you did is unbelievable!), and then I thought you *might* have something on vanities. Wow, you had exactly what I was thinking about doing to mine. I'm so glad to see that it looks so good.

    Can I ask, did you sand down the vanity first, and how did you age the paper?

  48. This is a fantastic reuse. It is absolutely fabulous!


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