Easy Vanity Bench Makeover…

I rescued this vanity bench from a curbside trash can last year. She has sat patiently waiting to get her makeover – and today was the day. The weather cooperated and showed us a beautiful Spring day. Most of this past week, our temperatures dipped again and then the rain came. Not ideal painting conditions…

This is what she looked like before her makeover…

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.Beautiful lines – but the bench is coated with this pinky/red color that rubs off in your hand – Yuck!

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.The current silk bench cover has a lot of pull marks and the embroidered flowers are very thick and nubby.

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.We made up some homemade white chalk pain and got started… our paint recipe can be found here.

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.The bench required two coats of paint…

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.

 

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.We slightly distressed the bench with sandpaper…

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.…and used paste wax as a finishing coat.

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric. An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.Love this wonderful red and white fabric…

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.

We removed the outer silk fabric , as the embroidered fabric was too think and would show through this new fabric cover. The previous cover layers were left in place – as they appear to have been added a very long time ago.

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric. An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric. An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.

We truly love how the vanity bench looks now. This is the perfect piece of furniture – tucked away in a corner and can be used as extra seating at any time.

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.

The bench really brightens and enhances this previously unused corner.

An easy makeover to a vintage vanity...adding white chalk paint, lightly distressing, add wax and new fabric.

This total project took just 45 minutes from beginning to end. The chalk paint dries so quickly that it is easy to apply the second coat of paint just 20 minutes after the first. The transformation is amazing and we are now using a previously unused piece of furniture – win/win :)

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Comments

  1. Sheri says

    This bench is adorable! Your directions and tutorials are always great – I feel like I can paint furniture too. I have a piece that I have been getting my nerve up to paint. Thanks again for your encouragement.

    All the best,
    Sheri
    Maryland

  2. 2 Bees in a Pod says

    Hey there Sheri-

    We can’t tell you how thrilled we are that you have written us to let us know that we have encouraged you to paint furniture! We promise you that you will have fun and can’t make a mistake :) We are available to answer any questions that you may have.

    Good luck!
    Vicki and Jennifer