A few years ago, well, ummm almost 6 years ago, I bought a vintage vanity for my then 5 year old daughter. *Insert tears and nostalgia here* At the time, she was starting kindergarten and I thought it would be cute for her to do her homework on. Ah, the good ole’ days! Now that she is in 5th grade, I yearn for that kindergarten homework! I recently spent a very long night fashioning a teepee and hot gluing moss and rocks to a 12×12 board. That was super fun. Did I mention, I love sarcasm?
After stumbling upon the vanity at an antique market in Washington State, I knew the size would be a good fit for her. There was plenty of drawer space for all her junk that she would eventually stuff in there.
Now again, this was almost 6 years ago. This was long before my “take a picture of everything” self. Please forgive me for not having the original photo. But let’s picture it together. Imagine a dingy white, scuffed up and plain old filthy piece of junk. Add in a few spiders hiding in the drawers and there you have it! See, who needs a picture?
The vanity needed a little TLC with some cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. Maddy’s favorite color was purple, so I painted the majority of it purple with a white top and drawers. On top of the white paint, I added a layer of shimmer paint. It was so cute and most importantly, Maddy loved it.
Looking back, I am kind of questioning my judgment. I know over the years, my style has changed. This is a true example of that.
Maddy has now outgrown the desk. She needs more room…you know, for all that evil 5th grade homework now. I decided it would be better suited for my son, Rylan. I jokingly tried to get him to jump on board with the purple color scheme, but he was reluctant.
I began by stripping the white paint off of the top of the vanity as well as the drawers. The best method, I found, was using a heat gun and scraper. When I first got the vanity, I painted right over the old paint. This time, while removing the old paint, there was a strong scent of women’s perfume. I made my husband Marion come out on the front porch to smell it to make sure I wasn’t going crazy.
After it was all stripped, I (meaning my husband) sanded the entire vanity. I covered the purple with a gray chalk paint.
The top of the vanity and drawer fronts were stained with Minwax Red Mahogany. After it dried, I added some character to the gray painted areas with an antique wax. I sealed the drawer fronts and top with 2 coats of polyurethane.
I like this look a lot better than the purple. It looks more natural with the stained wood. I know the day will come when Rylan will outgrow it, but until then he is enjoying stuffing all his junk into it just like his older sister.