French Enamel Blue Antique Vanity

French Enamel Blue Antique Vanity

Vanity

I’m so sorry that it’s been a while since I last posted, unfortunately the past few weeks I’ve been down with the flu, strep, bronchitis, and then pneumonia – just crazy! Never been so sick before in my life… the good news is that I’m 80% of the way back to normal! I’ve completed a few projects which I haven’t yet posted, so here’s one – the Antique Vanity / Desk.

This was a great find on Facebook via a local buy/sell group. The owner advertised a garage sale full of antique furniture. By the time I arrived, this was one of the last remaining pieces. I’ll admit I had to think twice about buying it. It was in fairly worn condition and I had a bias against vanities. They look really cool – but really, I assume they don’t make them anymore for a reason – no one wants them! This particular vanity however had a couple of cool features – 1) the top was all one height so that it could be used as a desk and 2) the drawers had a lovely pattern and all of its hardware intact. So I decided to take a chance and picked it up thinking it would work in my daughter’s room. She’s been asking for a desk and the price was right.

As you can see in the “before” photo, this vanity had a lot of scratches on the surface. This is pretty typical for the pieces I buy. Fortunately, I’ve learned that most scratches only penetrate through the topcoat and that the veneer on these old pieces is pretty thick.

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Stripping and sanding does wonders to make the top look new again. I used my usual method – Citristrip left on overnight and sanding using various grades of sandpaper. Then I stained and finished the top using my go-to faves – Varathane Kona with a General Finishes High Performance Flat Polyurethane. Next, I painted the vanity with a base coat of Miss Mustard Seed Flow Blue Milk Paint. The next coats were Miss Mustard Seed French Enamel Blue. These colors were picked by my daughter – I always like to use a two-tone color palette to give the final piece more depth and interest. After painting, I distressed the vanity using 320 grade sandpaper and finished it in a coat of Maison Blanche Light Brown Wax. Here is the finished piece.

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The rest of the story is that once I finished this piece and moved it into my daughter’s room, I realized it was just a little bit too big for the space – so  I had to let it go. It’s now replaced with a cute new dresser which I will post very soon. I’m still on the lookout for a right-sized desk for my daughter and take pleasure in the hunt :). Thanks for checking out this piece and hope you have a great weekend!

 

Cheers,

Susan

 

 

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4 thoughts on “French Enamel Blue Antique Vanity

    • Thanks, Lucy! My six year old daughter was so proud to pick out those shades of blue – and so sad when the vanity didn’t fit in her bedroom! So glad you like it. 🙂

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