Chic Vanity

Describe your item and its condition before the transformation

I picked this vanity up from a lady on a local Facebook pay it forward page. The vanity had a lot of water damage, so much so that the top was warped, the veneer was bubbling, and the particle board was showing through in some places. The legs needed to be tightened, and the handle had a wornout patina effect going on.

The vintage sewing stool and the vase I got from my neighbor who didn't sell them during her rummage sale. These were covered in dirt and needed a good clean off plus the padding in the stool was so old it practically fell into pieces when I began to reupholster it.

Both ladies gave these items to me for free and had planned to toss the items out if anyone wasn't willing to take them. I already had the faux fur from a pervious project so the only things I paid for were the 5 cans of Rust-Oleum paint which costed me a total of $19.30.


Explain what you did to turn your item from Trash to Treasure

  1. I started out with the vanity; it needed the most work. Because it had so much water damage a simple clean off wouldn't cut it, I had to pull out my handy dandy Orbital Sander with a 220 grit sand paper and try to get it as flat as I could without exposing any more of the particle board.
  2. Once it was sanded, I filled the cracks where the particle board had been exposed with wood fill, let it dry and then sanded it down again till the top was nice and smooth. After that I had a big dusty mess so I gave it a good wipe down followed with a few coats of Rust-Oleums Painter's Touch Paint+Primer in Satin.
  3. I took the vanity mirror apart, unscrewed the handle from the drawer, and then sprayed a coat of Flat White Rust-Oleum Primer over the mirror frame, handle, the vase, and the legs of the base of the Sewing Stool. Once the primer had dried I did a few coats of Rust-Oleums Bright Coat Metallic Finish in Gold. I waited for that to dry before painting the inside of the stool and the base of the seat as well.
  4. The last step was to reupholster the seat. That was a pretty dusty mess, it was so old the cushion crumbled apart in my hands; I really wish I'd have done this step outside. After repadding the cushion I chose to reupholster it useing a faux white fur to give it all the more chic apperance. 

List the Rust-Oleum products you used

  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Paint+Primer in Satin
  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra CoverFlat White Primer
  • Rust-Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish in Gold


List any other Products you used

  • DeWalt Orbital Sander
  • Gator Power Hook & Loop Sanding Discs
  • Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler



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