Friend, today I’ve got a gorgeous thrifty throwback to share with you (from 2013!) along with lots of black and white painted furniture inspiration. (The new house is keeping me very busy lately with flooring and cabinets being installed, and I couldn’t finish the cabinet I was painting in time.) It’s also Furniture Fixer Uppers day, so be sure to check out my friends’ makeovers at the bottom of this post.
My mom picked this vanity up for me at a yard sale. It was a beautiful, sturdy piece but the top was showing lots of wear and needed quite a bit of sanding. I took the drawers out and mirror off before working on it.
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Note: I did this project back in 2013, when I was still pretty new to painting furniture. I did not use primer first, which I would definitely use on a piece like this now. Grab my free guide for how to prep furniture for painting here.
The base was painted in a few coats of Old White Chalk Paint which is a good off-white color, not too bright. Of course I used my Purdy paint brushes (and I’m still using the same ones after all these years). Then I painted the table top in Graphite, which is light black like a chalkboard.
Learn all my ASCP best tips in my beginner’s article for how to Chalk Paint furniture here.
After the base, drawers, and mirror were painted, I got to the fun part – stripes! I used FrogTape for Delicate Surfaces and measured my stripes at 3″ each and then taped and painted. (Here’s an easier way to paint stripes without measuring.) Tip: Pull the tape off while the paint is still wet.
After stripes were painted on all three sides, next it was time for the Annie Sloan’s soft wax. Learn more about using both clear and dark wax on furniture here in the original full tutorial of this painted vanity makeover.
One important thing to note is always use clear wax first, then you can apply the dark wax over it. If the dark wax goes on a little too dark or thick, immediately apply a little more clear wax over the area you want lightened. Although it doesn’t erase any big mistakes, it definitely helps. Here’s an example of the waxes below:
After all the waxing was done, I added two glass drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby. And here she is…
So very chic with the stripes and the new pulls! Feel free to share or Pin this project to easily find it again later.
If you liked that vanity makeover, I’ve found lots more black and white painted furniture inspiration below!
Now it’s time for more makeovers from my Furniture Fixer Upper friends!
Below are the Before photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing Afters and to learn how they did it: