Vanity Bench Makeover…

Hey there – We hope you’re doing well. Today we are so excited to show you our vanity bench makeover.

Jennifer rescued this vanity bench from a curbside trash can last year. We wanted a project that we could work on together and this is it! Miss Vanity Bench 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! There are also lots of dried paint drips too – but we’re okay with that.

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. Pretty fabric, but not our style.

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 paint and got started… our paint recipe can be foundĀ 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. We were super nervous about bleed through, but we didn’t have any problem at all :) Typically when a piece of furnish is of a cherry finish – or in this case the mystery paint was coming off in our hands – your would need to add a blocking primer coat before painting.

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 clear 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.We love this wonderful, vibrant red and white fabric. We were super fortunate to buy this as an end remnant for just $5.00. After we got it home we realized there were four yards of fabric. We only needed 1/2 of a yard for the seat cover – plenty leftover for other projects!

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 :)

Before and After:

Vanity Bench Makeover - using homemade chalk paint an new fabric

What have you painted lately? Tell us all about it :)

XO~Vicki and Jennifer

Comments

  1. says

    Vicki and Jen, WOW I can’t believe you found that on the curb! Score for sure. what a great find and what a beautiful makeover and I LOVE the red!! You girls are whiz’s with the paint brushes for sure. have a great day, Lisa
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  2. Heather J says

    Nice! I LOVE benches and stools….my hubby justs shakes his head when I bring another home;) But I don’t have one with the back on it. I love that! And the fabric is just perfect. Great job!

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