I loved working on this vanity! I usually love working on any vanity or buffet. I think those are my favorite pieces of furniture to find – but they’re pretty rare where I live. This piece had gorgeous lines and I just fell in love with it when I saw first saw it. I went back and forth on how I wanted to go about breathing some new life into this piece for a while. It sat in my garage while I worked on some other projects and contemplated what would look the best.
I eventually settled on this gorgeous color from our new line of Chalk based paint that will be coming out this June called Sea Salt. It’s a beautiful gray-ish blue that has a very calming effect on me. I also wanted to try out our new line of Metallic Powder that just came out last weekend. When we were working on the Metallic Powder line, it was really important to me that the powders not be a “glitter” which is why we didn’t name the Mica Powders. I feel like that name is associated with fine glitter – which wasn’t out intent. The Metallic Powder line is intended to add a bit of shine and metallic lustre to your piece, but not make it childish or “glittery”. For this project, I wanted to demonstrate how you can use Snowflake, which is the white metallic powder in our line, to create a really subtle halo look. The final result is that this piece looks amazing when the light reflects on it.
Part of the reason I decided to paint Nora in the first place is because there were a few different pieces on her that were missing. This left me two options, replace the missing pieces that I could remake myself, and replace the original appliqué on the mirror – then restain. Or use casting resin to duplicate the missing half of the appliqué and the other missing pieces, then use paint to restore the piece. I decided I really liked the original appliqué, and thought the piece would still be beautiful painted, so I decided to just refinish the top.How to Replace a Missing Piece with Casting Resin
The top was in pretty bad shape, so I stripped the finish off, then sanded it down to get a nice smooth top. Then I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg (I think this is my all time favorite stain color), to bring some of the richness of the mahogany back into the finish. I didn’t want to use a mahogany stain because the red color of the mahogany is a bit much for my tastes. I wanted it to be a bit more subtle.
Here she is all finished up. You can see a bit of the Snowflake Metallic Powder reflecting in the light. I tried to keep the original hardware, but the owners had lost one of the pulls, so I purchased some coordinating knobs from hobby lobby to balance it out.
Here’s a close up of the Appliqué. Half of the bow was missing, so I used the casting resin method I mentioned early to replicate it.
- Vintage Storehouse Chalk Based Paint in the color “Sea Salt” (Coming June 2015)
- Vintage Storehouse Metallic Powder in the color “Snowflake”
- Vintage Storehouse Hemp Seed Oil
- Disposable Microfiber Cloths
- General Finishes Gel Stain in the color “Nutmeg“
- High Performance Polyurethane – Satin
- New Knobs from Hobby Lobby
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