DIY Custom Vanity

IMG_1507With the summer season comes a ton of free time for DIY projects!  I have almost a million (hardly an exaggeration) ideas and all the time in the world to work on them.  This project has actually been in the making for a while now.  It all began when I spotted a beautiful solid wood desk at our local mission.  Thirty five dollars later and she was heading home with me!

IMG_1055This feels like it’s becoming a trend, but I forgot to take a proper “before” photo.   I did manage to snap this one of a couple of the drawers before painting.  I have a couple of during shots as well listed below.  I used the same chalk paint that was used for my Entertainment Center.

IMG_1054Here it is before adding the drawers. I painted two coats of the Americana Chalk Paint mostly with a foam roller and a brush in the detailed areas.  This paint is extremely easy to work with and a little goes a very long way.  I only needed an 8 oz. container to cover this entire desk.

IMG_1278The above is the desk before my brother kindly attached the mirror.  This was a mirror that was originally attached to my bedroom dresser.  It was mounted with the frame that held it to the original dresser and some additional screws for added support.  I also changed out the knobs with cute yellow zig zag pulls from Home Depot.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the result of this project.  Look out for a post on how I organized the drawers (still working on it).  I still haven’t painted the mirror frame as I haven’t decided if it would look better white or silver.  I thought I would paint the chair to match!  What do you all think?  Leave a comment below!

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Entertainment Center Makeover

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The previous owners of our home left a few items behind, and the best was this large dresser. I knew the moment I saw this dresser that it would be the subject of my first furniture makeover. It is a quality, solid wood, piece that I knew would make a perfect entertainment center. Here is what I used to create my masterpiece:

Microfiber Towel
Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint
Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax
Wooster Paintbrush, 2-Inch
Crystal Glass Cabinet Knobs Drawer Pulls

This project, unlike many I choose to undertake, turned out to be much easier than I thought. The process was extremely quick and easy largely thanks to the type of paint used. The reason I chose to use chalk paint is that YOU DONT HAVE TO SAND! This was my first time using this type of paint, so I was a bit skeptical. This paint, however, completely lives up to the hype. I used a more economical brand, and it was still amazing. Here is a “during shot” for your viewing pleasure. I wasn’t really careful about protecting the floor which of course led to a mess, but it wasn’t difficult to clean. Just do it fast! I didn’t need to worry about moving the piece outside because this paint doesn’t give off any fumes!

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This whole process literally only took a couple of hours. After removing and discarding the drawers, I simply applied one coat with the short handled brush (this brush enabled maximum control). By the time I had finished the first coat, it had already started to dry. I was able to move immediately to the second and final coat. I was much more careful and neat with the second coat. After I had completed painting, I applied a layer of the wax with a dry microfiber cloth. I then drilled holes into the back panel for cords. After this all that was left was to change the door pulls.post1B

I did later decide to paint the spaces inside the drawers white as well. This has to have been my most successful DIY to date! It encourages me to create hundreds more. Stay tuned for more projects! 🙂

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