{Moody Blue Antique Vanity/Dressing Table} – Before & After

Im super bummed that i cant find a before pic of this vanity!  Im normally pretty good at getting the before pics, i searched high and low and nothing to be found.  Sorry!

painted antique vanity

But, im sure you can imagine the old brown stain that this was covered in making it look old – and not in a good way…

painted antique vanity

I gave the vanity a light sand just to smooth everything out, the tops were sanded down completely for some fresh stain.  The stain i used on this piece was my homemade concoction of vinegar and steel wool that i talked about here.  Every wood takes this solution differently – this is by far the favorite color i have gotten with my mixture.

All those little dots in the wood that you can see in the pic below just showed up when i stained it – i loved the look!

painted antique vanity

To distress the piece i used cabinet scrapers, i talked about those here.  After it was distressed i glazed it, i talked about one way to glaze in this post.

painted antique vanity

 After it was all painted and distressed, i clear coated everything in a satin finish.

painted antique vanity

The knobs are all the originals, i just didnt paint them.

painted antique vanity

I really love the way this piece turned out, the color is one of my favorites and i have used it on so many pieces since.

painted antique vanity

The 411

Paint = Sherwin Williams Moody Blue

Clear coat = Sherwin Williams Wood Classics water based poly in a satin finish

Distressing technique = Talked about in this post (i used the cabinet scrapers)

Glazing technique = Talked about in this post

Wood stain = homemade solution, talked about in this post


12 replies
  1. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    This piece looks gorgeous! Just wondering, what sherwin product you used for the color coat? Ie, latex, satin? Thank you;)

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

      i almost always use sherwin williams wood classics water based poly for the clear coat – i really like that stuff :) For the paint i like SW solo and anywhere from a satin to a gloss – and i always use latex

  2. John
    John says:

    Does anyone know the technique of painting small dots on the surface of furniture like yours? I would like to know the official name for that.


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