Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vanity Remake

I have had this vanity for more than two years. I use it every day and had always wanted to paint it white because everything else in our bedroom is white wood. I never had the courage to do it until now and I am so excited about it. I read a few DIY blogs about people who fix their house up by doing a bunch of different DIY projects. I wish I could do things like that, but in our apartment there is not a lot that I can fix up. So I thought it would be fun to start with something small like my vanity so that someday in the future when we are back in a house, I can fix up my own house. That day will be here soon enough (I hope at least).

Here is what I started with. I also painted the mirror here, but we will get to that in a bit. I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like before I painted the mirror, but it is close enough.
I followed a tutorial by Young House Love about how to paint furniture. They are by far my favorite blog and if you do not read their blog you should. So first thing I did was gather my supplies.
I need paint, primer, a foam roller, a paint brush, a sander, sanding paper, a mask and other painting supplies. 
Per their instructions, I used an oil based primer and latex paint in a semi-gloss finish. One thing that I did not realize before I started is that if you use an oil based paint you need something other than water to clean of your brushes/rollers/skin. So we had to make another trip to buy some mineral spirits so that I could wash my brushes. Funny thing is I realized this after I had painted my mirror in the middle of an ice storm so we did not want to go anywhere to get some and I ended up going to work the next day with paint on my hands. True story.

The first step was to sand my vanity. I borrowed a sander from my co-worker (thanks Laurie) and took my vanity outside on our "patio" to start sanding. Richard was like the paparazzi taking my picture because he was excited for me to be doing this all on my own-he is usually the person who does this kind of stuff. I wore a mask so that I did not end up inhaling anything so don't mind that.
I could pretty much only sand the top of it because the rest of it was too hard to get to. Then I started priming. This was by far the hardest step. So much so that after sanding and priming my arm hurt so bad that night with really intense nerve pain that I could not sleep. No pain no gain.
I used a plastic drop cloth so that I would not accidentally get paint on the ground. I am not very graceful when it comes to painting, or anything for that matter. I had paint everywhere.

Once the primer was dry we brought it in to our living room where it sat for the next week. I finally got around to painting it this last weekend. In total I used one coat of primer and three coats of paint. Since I could not sand most of it, I needed more paint to cover up the primer because it was all splotchy.

I painted the mirror for the top of my vanity as well. It started as a cream-ish color that I painted white. All I did was tape the inside of the mirror, lightly sand it, and added one coat of primer and two coats of paint.
But here is the final result. Even though it is not a super impressive color or anything I am still really proud that I did it with little help from my husband. Now if I could do something about those annoying cream colored walls I would be an even happier girl.
Here is a side by side comparison of the before and after just because it is fun to look at.
Now I have confidence in whatever my next DIY project may be!

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  1. Girl, look at you! I love this. You did a GREAT job! I'm nervous when it comes to doing things DIY because I'm not that crafty, or graceful. LOL.

    I also am jealous. I want a vanity!

  2. That was a big job, but it's looking great!

  3. It looks great, and I love your red chair with it! YHL is great for tutorials. My husband built me a long console table like the one they have, using their guidelines. It's my favorite piece of furniture!


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