Country to Chic Nailhead Vanity Makeover


This post is brought to you by Decor Steals.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Update:  I am so honored to have this vanity appear in the October 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine!  Read more about the feature Here.

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

Hey guys, guess what – I survived birthday week!  My sons’ birthdays are six days apart – add in a big party on a different day and a couple of school celebrations, and it makes for one crazy (but fun) week!  I’m happy to be getting back to a normal routine…

Today I have an awesome makeover to share with you guys – not only because the Before and After are so totally opposite but because you can go buy the knobs I used on this vanity makeover TODAY ONLY at Decor Steals, the fabulous daily deal site!  I’m honored to be a featured blogger over there showcasing these lovely black drawer pulls.  <3

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

Also featured are two lovely dressers from Shades of Blue Interiors (the one on the right above and the pink one below) – click HERE check out Rachel’s projects too!

Shades of Blue Interiors - Dresser Makeover

So do you remember this piece from my last Treasure Hunting post?

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with it.  Seriously, it looked like a lot of work to undo all those squares and bunnies and flowers, and I wasn’t looking forward to it.

Then these black drawer pulls entered my life and I knew I wanted a more high-end look for the vanity.  I decided on upholstery tacks (aka nailhead trim) – similar to this vanity I made over (which was dated 4/23/14… almost exactly one year ago!).

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

I was worried about the colors bleeding through so I sanded it by hand and then slapped on two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey just to test the coverage.   It DID cover the colors, but unfortunately the texture of the shapes was so thick that it still looked pretty bad.  So I had to attack it with my electric hand sander (which took off all the paint I had just used… boo) and then I repainted the whole thing.

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

I added some clear wax and it was looking good!   But plain.

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

Then I sketched out about 10 different designs for the tacks and this was the winner (I’m sure this art will be worth a fortune someday):    😉

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

So I measured about a million times and made tiny dots with a pencil all over the drawers.  Then I pulled each drawer out and hammered the tacks over the dots.  After the last nailhead vanity I did, some readers suggested that I use pliers to grip the tack while hammering – a much better option than using your fingers!  And it went much much quicker this time.

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

Here’s the first drawer finished:

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

And here’s all three together:

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

Don’t the tacks look so pretty with the porcelain pulls from Decor Steals?

Click HERE to buy these pulls (or other color options) today 4/20/15 from Decor Steals while supplies last.

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

I styled it with some of my favorite home accessories…

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

Here’s a handy Before and After comparison:

See how a dated vanity is transformed with Chalk Paint, nailhead trim, and beautiful new knobs. girlinthegarage.net

 What do you think of this vanity makeover?

Head over to Decor Steals today to order these knobs before they sell out!

Jen

P.S.  Today is the absolute last day to enter to win a copy of the book Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color – don’t miss out!  Go HERE to enter.

Also – come back on Thursday for Themed Furniture Makeover Day!


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23 Comments on Country to Chic Nailhead Vanity Makeover

  1. Mari
    April 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen absolutely beautiful! Love this share!!!

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  2. Heather J
    April 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! That is awesome, girl! That is definitely original! You nailed that on the head;) Absolutely gorgeous!
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  3. Hope Williams
    April 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    OH MY GOODNESS!
    Absolutely Stunning!

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  4. Maureen
    April 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

    You create the best stuff! Love seeing these posts!

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    • Jen
      April 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww, thank you Maureen!!

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  5. Debra
    April 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Phenomenal job! One of my personal favourites of everything you’ve done!

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    • Jen
      April 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Debra – that’s so sweet!

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  6. Jenny
    April 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen,
    my absolute favorite project you have done to date! Bravo!!!
    Are the pulls the kind with a nut to hold them in on back or the kind where it screws into the knob itself?
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  7. Linda
    April 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Love love love this!

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  8. Susan Ballard
    April 21, 2015 at 10:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen~ you really have an eye for style and design! If I ever get up your way I would love to meet you! I live in Texas. I have relatives though in the mid-west.

    I love the neutral color you chose to cover all the squares. The squares were definitely overdone!! The simplicity of the nail head design you chose came through nicely with the Knobs. Not over done at all. In the design field less is more.
    The furniture piece really is not a vanity. It is however a chest of drawers with a matching mirror. A vanity is a furniture piece that has a cut out space below for your legs to slide under and a shelf or two for make-up application. I have a 1920’s vanity made of cherry wood with the full-size matching bed and a 4 drawer tall men’s chest. If you send me your email address I will gladly send you a picture of this beautiful set. Keep up the great design work!

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  9. Carol Paulus-Kalis
    April 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

    This dresser is soooo sharp. I love the upholstery tacks and they way they look with the drawer pulls….well all I can say is “va-va-va-voom!” You did an excellent job. So unusual and a conversation piece.
    Carol P-K

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    • Jen
      April 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Laura!

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  10. Beth H
    April 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    What a cool piece!! How in the world do you measure the spacing between each head?? Great job.

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    • Jen
      May 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Beth! I kind of eyeballed the spacing, but each dot that I marked was about an inch apart.

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  11. Karen
    April 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so clever. I like so much the elegance and simplicity. It is sophisticated design! OR: ya did good!

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    • Jen
      April 27, 2015 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Karen! 🙂

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    • Jen
      April 27, 2015 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Paula!

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  12. Julie Shearer
    December 12, 2016 at 10:53 am (8 months ago)

    Love this!!! I just found some old furniture tacks at an estate sale…. I can’t wait to try this!!! Thanks for sharing

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    • Jen
      December 12, 2016 at 9:58 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you so much, Julie! I would love to see your project when it’s finished! 🙂

      Reply

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