There are a lot of old pieces of furniture that are replicated from antiques. Many are beautiful and many could use a major face lift. This vanity was in pretty good shape except for the finish. The finish was worn down to the wood and damaged on the top. This is a vanity that I found several years ago for my daughter. I had one similar as a little girl but mine had three mirrors that adjusted. I decided to stain it for her as her furniture was white. We did our research to use chalk painting and found that it was expensive. I decided to try using acrylic paint. Art teachers as myself, use acrylic paint on just about everything as it stays on forever! We used several coats on the old pine furniture as it took awhile to cover. You can get a glimpse of the wood on the drawers that are sticking out on the first photo with me in the background. I took a photo of her old bedroom, you can see the vanity in the corner. We put together this bedroom using all recycled pieces as well. Being a teenager, she wanted an update a couple of years later.)
After several coats of acrylic paint and allowing it to dryer in-between new coats using a small and medium brush, it turned out quite well. I put a clear polyurethane coat on top of the dry white acrylic a couple of days later.
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My daughter was given a family heirloom, this old light oak wooden chair that had 1970's blue rough fabric. She asked me if I would stain it to match the cherry furniture for the baby's bedroom. Of course I agreed to help her out. Below are the steps I went through to make the transformation.