A couple of years ago I bought a nice old vanity from a vendor at the Antique Street Fair in old town Auburn, CA. I liked that it was painted a great shade of red and would go well in my bedroom. When it was delivered, my husband said it was actually orange, not red. Imagine that, Michael was finally right about something. It was orange and did not match the red in my room. Over the next two years I moved it from room to room, even using it as a desk for a few months. It just never seemed at home anywhere.
With a move to a new home in the very near future, I decided to make a big change in my bedroom and go with neutral colors. That way I can change colors by changing my bedding and accessories. The new room will feature antiques in natural walnut, and vintage pieces painted white and silver leafed. All will be aged to compliment the antiques.
The orange vanity has undergone a huge makeover. It is now vintage white with bits of the old orange showing through and silver leafed drawers.
All surfaces are finished with three colors of wax including soft clear wax, dark wax and silver wax. I just love how it turned out!
Here’s how I did it:
I started with the drawers. I covered each drawer with silver leaf. To get an aged look, I covered the silver leaf with dark wax, soft clear wax and finally silver wax. I didn’t do any sanding on the drawers.
My hope was that when I sanded down the white to get the aged look, I would see the gray. When I did the hand sanding, I went straight down to the orange. Oops, I guess the gray and white chalk paints bonded to each other. But, I didn’t hate it and I certainly wasn’t gong to strip all the layers of paint off and start over. I decided to love the orange, in small doses.
I sanded the edges and places where you would expect normal wear and tear. After sanding I applied a coat of soft clear wax followed by a coat of dark wax then another coat of fear wax. I finished with one coat of silver wax and a final coat of clear wax. The orange actually was toned down considerably by the dark wax.
Finally the drawer pulls were painted with rust colored primer and finished with silver metal rub to show the detail.
The drawers were put back and it was ready to go! I love this vanity now. My only regret was moving it down to the basement for the makeover. Now it will have to stay down there until we move.
Also, thanks to granddaughter Emily for her help with this project.