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A Painted Vanity-White and Tiffany Blue

A Painted Vanity-White and Tiffany Blue

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Over the summer, my in-laws (who know I LOVE to refinish furniture) were sweet enough to drag this vintage Drexel vanity from Ohio to NC.  When they pulled it out of their car, it was love at first sight.  The curves and lines of this piece of furniture are gorgeous and super feminine.

I finally found the perfect spot to put it (in my home office) so I decided it was time to give her the “new look.”

I started by painting the entire vanity with two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White.  Once it was dry, I distressed it a little bit with a sanding sponge.

I then mixed some of the white paint into a vibrant blue paint to tone it down, and added some water to make it very thin (the blue paint is the same color I used to paint my Tiffany Blue table.)  The resulting color was a perfect robin’s egg blue.
With a small paint brush, I lightly painted the intricate detail with the robin’s egg blue paint.  The color combination of the blue and white was the exact clean and elegant look I was going for.

Finally, I added a protective layer of clear wax.  This table is not only my eye candy-it has to be durable enough to hold up to the many things I plan to plop on it.

Now, I’d like to pretend I always have pink balloons and green hydrangeas just sitting around my house.  (What, don’t you???)  Actually, a dear friend of mine left a bouquet of tulips on my doorstep when the novovirus passed through our house.  (PS….yuck, hope you all were lucky enough to miss that one.  It got all three of us!)  The flowers brightened my mood so much I wanted to return the favor when I learned her clan got it.  So….

Vintage Gallon Jug + Green Hydrangeas + Pink Balloons…perfect to cheer up a friend!

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  1. Marilynn Ronay says:

    You did a great job with the vanity. I’m so glad you could put it to use. I have more stuff but how do I get it to you.

    • Thank you so much! You are too good to me! Hope California was so much fun….can’t wait to hear all of the details!

  2. The Tiffany Blue totally makes this piece. SOOOO pretty…what a showstopper! Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop It Up Mondays:

  3. I featued your vanity as a Bedazzle Me Monday Facebook Feature!!

  4. Oh my word! LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Hope you’ll link up with us for our first linky party ever! Party just started! hope you’ll stop by!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  5. Love how it turned out, you did a great job! I am looking for a piece just like this that I can “beautify”! Yours is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, your newest follower. Tabitha@

  6. i know this post is for the vanity, which is adorable, but i love the letters!! did you do those yourself??

  7. Beautiful job, and I love the intials in the window, did you make those?

  8. Hola!

    What made you decide to use chalk paint?
    I’m considering doing about the same thing with a vanity…totally new to the painting thing.
    The blue is perfect.


    • Hi Melissa! I love chalk paint for two reasons…it is easy to use (pretty fool proof) and it has a beautiful, matte finish!

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