Do y’all remember this ugly old Vanity that landed in my lap for free? I asked you if I should Fix It or Nix It? Well, after a few hundred comments here on the blog, Facebook and Hometalk I decided to keep it and work some magic on it.
Let me remind you of the before photos:
Here she is after:
I’ll be the first to admit this is not my style at all. It was a fun little project to work on for some experience though. I used a DIY chalk paint recipe. I added gold to the detail work with a Gold Sharpie Paint Pen. Then I distressed the whole thing a little and finished it off with a wax finishing paste.
I tried really hard to save the wood finish, especially the top but it was beyond repair. I used Citristrip on the top and then tried to sand the stains/gouges out but it was not coming out. As a matter of fact when I finally bit the bullet and started with the chalk paint the stains on top kept bleeding through. Many many coats later they are hidden.
In the end I only spent $13 on the pretty knobs and I have two left over. I’ll likely sell this piece but I’m glad I decided to make it over instead of just nixing it!