{Before & After} – Antique Vanity

Hey everyone!!  Its been a while since i’ve posted – sorry!!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas, i am so glad its over!  I’m taking down all the decorations this weekend – cant wait!!  I didn’t even get pics posted of everything after putting it all up – oops!!

Anyways, i just finished up this antique vanity and think it turned out so cute!  I really wish i could keep this one for me or my daughter, but i just don’t have the room.


Sadly the vanity had been left outside when i found it, but overall it was in pretty good shape besides the top veneer peeling off.  I even found the rest of the original hardware in one of the drawers!  It also came with a mirror frame, the mirror was broken out, but i just had a new one made.



I painted the vanity with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Provence, distressed it, glazed it and stained the tops.  The original brass hardware was given a coat of oil rubbed bronze paint as well.

The 411

Paint – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence

Glaze – Sherwood Glaze in Van Dyke Brown – from Sherwin Williams

Stain for tops – Kona by Rustoleum

This sweet vanity is for sale in my shop page!!!

26 replies
    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      Ya, first thing that i have posted using chalk paint i think…not my favorite paint. But no i didnt wax it or clear coat it, just glazed it :)

  1. Holly
    Holly says:

    Did you just lightly sand before your paint and then distress? I have one so similar that I had as a teen and I’m getting ready to re-do it for my daughter. She wants it purple. I may go purple with distressing. Thanks, Holly

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      on this one i didnt even light sand before painting. All the shine on the wood was gone anyways, and i knew that after i painted it i would be sanding everything to distress it – so i just skipped the 1st sanding :)

  2. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    I am so heartbroken that I missed the listing in time! When you posted about it before, I knew I’d want it… Sadly, I missed out.

    I hope you’ll continue making items for sale! I love them & am determined to own SOMETHING one day.

    PS. I’ve been on the hunt for a vanity forever. And I’m telling you this because…? Not sure. Haha

  3. Penny
    Penny says:

    Hello love you work : ) and you had mentioned the veneer thing and I have found using a heat gun sometimes helps release the glue by getting it warm not always but sometimes just wanted to share. Keep up the good work your amazing it you ever get a chance check out my stuff let me know what you think I would really value you opinion. Thanks Penny http://www.facebook.com/forgottentreasures2011

  4. Brooke German
    Brooke German says:

    How did you get the stain to give you that blotchy/worn look. Was it intentional? I love how authentic the wear looks on top (and bottom!). This color combo inspired my new bedroom furniture I just finished! Love it!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      yup! i wanted the worn look, like you said, so immediately after i stained the top, i took a rag with mineral spirits and wiped the whole thing down, just concentrating in areas where i wanted more stain to come off. So easy!

  5. Niki C
    Niki C says:

    Okay, So I’m pretty sure I have this same vanity (It’s in my sleeping daughters room so I can’t check). I just inherited it from my grandma who recently passed away. I have never painted furniture and I don’t dare start on this special item. Can I get a quote based on this vanity to have you re-finish it?

  6. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    Did you use a primer before painting with the chalk paint?

    p.s this is beautiful. totally inspired to do this to my vanity. thank you!


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